January 2, 2019 |

At the end of November 2018, the Web Services team inked a deal to switch web content management systems (WCMS) from Sitecore to Progress Software’s Sitefinity. Lest this come across otherwise, we deeply understand that a WCMS change is a massive undertaking and one that we do not take lightly. We are simultaneously excited about the future potential to drive the Cedarville website to new heights and anxious about the unknowns and pitfalls that may lie ahead.

Sitefinity WCMS was first released in 2005 and currently has over 2,000 customers, including national brands like NASA, Pepsico, Gatorade, as well as educational customers like Otterbein University, University of Colorado – Denver, and Manchester University.

Why would you do that?

Many of our current website editors will undoubtedly ask the question, “Why would you do that?” Rest assured that we are not out to make your job more difficult or to throw a wrench in well-established processes. Change is not easy, but in this case, was quite necessary. A future blog post will walk through some of the details.

The Future

Our future begins now. We are currently working with Sitefinity professional services to provide a solid architectural foundation for our new set up and get help moving content from our current system to the new one.

Assuming there are no major roadblocks that would cause us to rollback, our goal is to be live on the new system no later than August 1, 2019. We will use this blog to post public updates to the process, more details to the timeline as we move along, and provide some sneak peeks into the new editing environment.

At the end of day, the Web Services team sees this coming change as a chance to take a fresh look at how our website is structured and organized, how we train users to update content, and how we maintain the overall system in the future. We look forward to sharing the process, both successes and pitfalls, along the way.

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