Pages sites are intended for Arts & Sciences faculty, research groups, and other unique entities that exist outside of Departments, Centers, and Programs. Check out our Featured Sites page to see some of the sites that have already been created in Pages.
Pages is built on the Drupal Content Management System. It uses Drupal 7 and the Organic Groups module to produce individual work spaces for faculty and other groups around Washington University. It was developed in response to faculty requests to provide a solution for individual web sites that did not require the site maintainer to know HTML.
Arts & Sciences Departments, Centers, and Programs are already using Drupal to maintain their websites, but to support large numbers of individual faculty, A&S Computing needed to develop a more out-of-the-box solution.
If you are already familiar with the full Drupal sites that A&S Computing offers, here is a summary of the differences between a Pages site and a full Drupal site.
- Administrators may choose from a number of color schemes, but they do not get a fully custom theme or home layout.
- Standard list of content types and list options (e.g. Blog, Forum).
- Only allows for a single menu.
- No custom URL path aliases for individual pages, custom footer, or search in the header.
- Pages sites may not have individual domains, but A&S Computing can provide a redirect.
- Very quick turn-around. A full Drupal web site can take a few months to complete. A new Pages site can be available almost immediately.
- Individual pages within a site are automatically given logical URL aliases and breadcrumb trails.
- Sites may be public or private (available only to members).
- Individual pages within a site can be public or private.
- With one login, a user can be a member of multiple groups (sites) within Pages with different levels of permissions in each one.
- Administrators have more direct control over the appearance of their site and may change color, menu location, logo, site name, site slogan, and site banner at any time without asking A&S Computing.
- Administrators can create new content divisions and lists on the fly without the assistance of A&S Computing.
- Administrators can add and remove users as members of their group. (The user first needs an account in Pages provided by A&S Computing.)
- Almost the same set of content type options available in A&S Department web sites.
- Improved user interface over Drupal 6 sites.
Interested? You can request a site using our lovely webform.