Website development

 

Overview

Acquia is a third-party enterprise website platform that will house sites across UCLA and UCLA Health and provide streamlined organization-wide digital branding.

The Acquia platform is HIPAA-compliant and provides out-of-the-box features to build sites based on the Drupal 8 software.

Learn about the product

 

Acquia knowledge base

The Digital Team will reach out to provide site managers and stakeholders Acquia access depending on where their sites fall on a migration timeline based on leadership and institutional priorities. Anyone may learn more about using the platform by visiting our customized Acquia knowledge base. 

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Top features

  • Robust configurations and options
  • Easy-to-use interface for creating content
  • Pre-configured templates for basic pages, articles/blogs, people profiles, events, and images galleries. 
  • Direct control for site managers to modify user accounts

Our team plans to continue adding new and modifying existing information as the platform grows iteratively and we prepare to launch.

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Modern designs

This website was launched as a proof-of-concept, providing a minimum set of features and templates. As we work with the DGSOM to re-instate governance, we'll manage and maintain a product roadmap with additional features and design options. 

The following sister institutions have implemented the Acquia/Drupal service offering. We're excited to follow and learn from their implementations:

Our designs will look different and follow UCLA's Brand Guidelines, but these examples help showcase the new system's potential. As an example, the UCLA Nursing site recently launched on the new platform.

To see what the back-end will look like, we encourage you to view our initial Acquia knowledge base and view the For Everyone section.

 

Administration Team

With an eye on maximizing benefit to our community, we find and deliver new technologies and process improvements. We communicate with staff and users, keeping everyone informed and empowered. We create and maintain websites that connect audiences with services and support offerings.  

Meet the team

 

Frequently asked questions

When will the new platform be ready?
 

We plan to complete development work in October of 2021.

When may I start using the new platform?
 

Different groups may begin using Acquia at different times, depending on where the sites they manage fall on the migration timeline. You do not need to request access; the Dean’s Office Digital Team will reach out when it’s time to set up your access and begin migrating.

Owners and stakeholders of the sites included in the first phase of the approved migration timeline will be the first to receive access to the Acquia platform.

The first phase of migration is expected to take place from fall 2021 to winter 2023 and includes the following DGSOM mission-critical websites:

  • MD Education
  • Admissions
  • Current Graduate Medical Education
  • Research
  • Research Themes
  • JEDI
  • Cultural North Star
  • GPB
  • PhD Education
  • Post-Doctoral Education
  • DGSOM Executive Communications
Which sites are included in the first phase?
 

The first phase of migration includes the following DGSOM mission-critical websites:

  • MD Education
  • Admissions
  • Current Graduate Medical Education
  • Research
  • Research Themes
  • JEDI
  • Cultural North Star
  • GPB
  • PhD Education
  • Post-Doctoral Education
  • DGSOM Executive Communications
How can I prep for the new system?
 

Think of it as a physical move

We understand that some of the departments DGIT supports are eager to use the new system. While we build the platform and work with the DGSOM to create migration timelines, we encourage you to:

Review existing content: think of it as a move from house to house. When you are preparing to move, you consolidate and start to pack boxes early, and the same goes for your site. There are general housekeeping items you can start now.

  • What content is out-of-date?
  • Are there areas where you can consolidate?
  • What will be most useful for the users of your site?

Think through your goals for the site: there are a few questions you can ask yourself, and your team, to help clarify the underlying reasons for an updated website.

How will I learn how to use the new platform?
 

All teams may browse our Acquia knowledge base to find guides and tutorials for practically every access type and every Acquia feature.

Do I have to pay to use the new platform?
 

All costs associated with using Acquia are covered as an enterprise service to the community. Teams who pursue the following scenarios will incur a fee: