Drupal at Cal Poly

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Who Gets Drupal Sites?

Drupal sites are provided for official Cal Poly websites. For a detailed explanation of what constitutes an official Cal Poly site, please see Section E.11 of the Responsible Use Policy.

However, please note that there are many valid Cal Poly web needs that are much better-suited to being a page or small section within an existing site. Too many small and specific sites tends to make it more difficult for users to find the information they need, in addition to causing extra overhead and administrative issues.

As some examples - entire sites are usually not granted for short-term needs such as creating web presence for an event, nor for individuals. Usually, such content can be hosted on the sponsor or department site. If the administrator of the existing site is concerned about granting access to new users for the purpose of maintaining this additional content, Drupal's sections functionality is a useful tool to control which content users can access and edit. We have video tutorials on how to implement this functionality.

There are also cases where what is needed is actually a URL and/or redirect, rather than a website in a content management system. Drupal sites are not provided for these cases.

Under normal circumstances, staff and/or faculty need to be in charge of a site (although students can work on a site).

Clubs, which are recognized as an ISO as defined under the resources section of the ASI site and officially recognized by the Dean of Students as such, are not given websites on the Cal Poly Enterprise Drupal environment.

Instructionally Related Activities (IRAs), as defined by Academic Programs and Planning, are handled on a case-by-case basis. Many IRAs are hosted within their sponsoring department's website, which is the recommended method, however there may be circumstances which warrant an IRA being granted its own Drupal site.

Research websites are considered similarly as IRA sites with the preferred hosting solution within a sponsoring college or department website. Again, these are handled on a case-by-case basis.

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