Ball State was among the first universities in the nation to adopt a web content management system (CMS) to maintain its website. A widespread rollout of the Vignette CMS began in 1999. In fall 2007, the university began implementation of Sitecore. The new system offers more up-to-date tools for web authors, is easier to use, and offers better compatibility with the university's existing technology infrastructure and planned development.
A CMS allows large numbers of web authors (Ball State has hundreds) to maintain web properties and provide a consistent look and feel throughout. Ball State's website is maintained for the most part by individual departments in coordination with the Marketing and Communications. At least one person within a department is assigned to update the department's web content. Learn more about working on the Ball State website.
Although Ball State currently uses two CMS programs, Vignette is being gradually phased out. There are still a limited number of features in Vignette that will be incorporated into Sitecore.
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