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Drupal 8 Transition Development Progress

Work has been underway to facilitate migrating UNLcms websites to a new instance of UNLcms that runs the latest version of Drupal software. This has been discussed at WDN meetings this spring and summer and a tentative plan was established to begin opening up the new version for site migrations in August.

We've decided to hit the pause button on that timeline and reevaluate the path forward in accordance with the future goals of the UNLcms project. Rather than focus solely on migrating all sites as-is into the new version of Drupal, now is the perfect opportunity to think about the future of what a CMS can be and do at UNL.

Drupal 8 Transition Timeline

Drupal 8 logo

Since the launch of UNLcms almost five years ago, we have been utilizing version 7 of Drupal. So now, just as everyone is settled in, it's time to change! Just kidding :) This upgrade to Drupal 8 will be more about enhancements and improvements than change-for-change sake.

Some of the improvments in Drupal 8:

Switching your site to the new 4.1 version of the UNLedu Framework

Preview

If you are a Site Admin you can preview your site in the latest development version of the 4.1 release of the UNLedu web framework and templates.

Doing these steps will only convert the theme for your user account (end-users will still see the site as it is now) and you can switch back and forth any time.

UNLcms Maintenance 10/26, 10pm

Our hosting provider will be upgrading the UNLcms environment beginning at 10 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26. Sites should remain up during the maintenance window from 10 p.m. Monday to 2 a.m. Tuesday, though UNLcms users may not be able to create, edit or update pages. It is expected that normal service will be restored as of 2 a.m. Tuesday.

UNLcms websites maintenance: March 4, 2015 3:30am-6:00am

On Wednesday March 4, 2015 from 3:30am to 6:00am our hosting provider will be performing maintenance. During this time websites will continue to be live but will be in read-only mode. Editing will not be available during this time.

To see the list of websites impacted for which you have editing access, login to http://unlcms.unl.edu/mysites

Switching to the new UNL 4.0 theme

screenshot of a website in the UNL 4.0 theme

Preview

If you are a Site Admin you can preview your site in the latest development version of the 4.0 release of the UNL WDN web framework and templates.

Doing these steps will only convert the theme for your user account (end-users will still see the site as it is now) and you can switch back and forth any time.

New module: UNL Access

Screenshot of a page being edited on the U N L c m s system with the U N L Access tab visible

Need to restrict a page to only students, faculty, or just anyone with a UNL login?  Use the UNL Access module!

  1. Turn on the UNL Access module
  2. When the page refreshes you will see a message that says, "The content access permissions need to be rebuilt." Click the Rebuild permissions link.
  3. Now when you edit a page you will have an option to restrict access based on affiliation of a logged in user to UNL.

In the attached screenshot you can see that this sample page now requires a user to be logged in to view.  To leave a page open to the public leave all the boxes unchecked.

Note that this is to restrict viewing access of the published webpage. Restricting editing access of sections of your site requires the Workbench Access module.

Update (2013-08-07): Site editing will be unavailable Friday night through Saturday afternoon

As part of the hosting transition previously announced, we have some final maintenance and testing to perform this weekend.

Site editing will be temporarily disabled starting at 10:00 pm on Friday August 9, 2013 through Saturday at 6:00 pm. Sites will remain online and available to the general public during this time however site owners will not be able to login.

For a list of your websites that will be affected, visit https://unlcms.unl.edu/mysites/ (login required).

If you have questions, contact Eric Rasmussen at eric@unl.edu

Site editing will be temporarily unavailable starting Friday Aug 2 at 6:00 pm

The Dell environment currently hosting the UNLcms project is being discontinued.  We will be migrating the service to a new hosting service on Friday August 2, 2013 starting at 6:00 pm through Saturday at 6:00 pm.

Your site will remain online and will continue to be available to the general public throughout the move. However, we will be temporarily disabling your ability to login and edit your site starting at 6:00 pm on Friday, August 2, 2013 through 6:00 pm Saturday. This is necessary so that edits are not lost while the data and files are being transferred. A notice will be sent out on Saturday August 3rd when editing access is restored.
 
For a list of your websites that will be affected, visit https://unlcms.unl.edu/mysites/ (login required).
 
For questions, contact Eric Rasmussen at eric@unl.edu

Caching issues on www.unl.edu sites

We are experiencing an issue on sites that begin with 'www.unl.edu' in which sometimes the wrong page is returned at some URLs.

A stop-gap solution if you are experiencing the problem on your site is to go to admin/config/development/performance (as in http://www.unl.edu/mydepartment/admin/config/development/performance) and click the "Purge varnish cache" button. We will investigate a permanent solution.

Note that if your site is located at an address such as http://mydepartment.unl.edu/ we don't believe you are affected.

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