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Web Design and Development

Website Design and Development

The university has officially adopted Drupal as the standard for departmental websites needing the added functionality of a database driven website. Drupal is a powerful and flexible open-source content management system that lets users more easily manage the content on their Web sites.

We can help with your website project whether it is a new website or a redesign of an existing one. We will work with you to define the site goals and scope of the project and help you to obtain an understanding of user experience and design needs. Whether we build your website for you or work with you to contract with an outside web developer, we are here to help you design a successful solution that will best enable you to communicate with your intended audience, as well as satisfy the UMass Amherst guidelines for university branding and accessibility standards.

Hiring outside web developers

When working with an outside vendor on a website project that will be hosted in the CNS server, it is advisable to work with CAFE admin at the start of the project to make sure the vendor has a clear understanding of the protocols that need to be followed when hosting on our server.

Please contact us BEFORE beginning a Drupal web project so that we can plan for installation of a Drupal site on the CNS development server, coordinate with vendor and schedule for launch on the CNS production server.

All website projects need to adhere to the University of Amherst branding guidelines for websites.

More detailed requirements for hosting a Drupal website developed by an outside vendor.

Guidelines for writing for the web

We have put together guidelines to help you with writing content for the Web that will best support and help your Web site visitors find useful information as quickly as possible.