Why Drupal?

Appalachian State University Web Services hosts, maintains, and supports college, departmental, programmatic, and administrative websites on the Drupal content management system (CMS). Using a CMS makes it easier for units to develop and sustain high quality websites that consistently represent Appalachian well. Drupal allows non-technical users to create and manage content easily while also allowing the Web Services team to develop custom features to meet departments' unique needs. 

Benefits

Update your website easily with less frustration.

Drupal is easy to use - experience with web development and HTML is not needed. Our Drupal 7 platform offers features like webforms, news,  and media embeds (YouTube, Google Calendars, Google Docs) that allow users with no technical skills to create rich, modern sites. 

Enlist help in managing your website with a team of contributors.

The ability to have multiple site admins on a single site allows you to share the management of the website with colleagues. 

Create a responsive site that works on any device and is consistent with university branding.

Drupal 7 sites all come with the Appalachian theme pre-installed. This responsive theme works on any device and incorporates typography, branding, and design approved by University Communications. The design work is done for you, leaving you free to concentrate on creating quality content to serve your audiences. 

Improve your site's accessibility.

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) require universities to create websites that are accessible to persons who utilize screen readers, cannot hear audio content, or have other disabilities or impairments that limit their access to the information on your website. Drupal offers key accessibility features and the capacity to create standards-compliant pages. Web page authors could still unknowingly insert content that is not compliant, so please attend a Drupal training and check out accessibility.appstate.edu to learn more. 

Manage the site from any computer.

With Drupal, all you need is an internet connection and a web browser. You do not need to purchase or download any software.

Get the support and training you need.

Web Services provides workshops, user manuals and how-to documentation, and email/phone support for all Drupal users on campus.

Know that your site is secure.

Hosting, security, and backups are all managed by Web Services, so you can focus on your content.