Migrating your website into the CMS may be an intimidating process. Use these Migration Tips to help prepare your department for migration into Cascade. 

Evaluate current content in the context of Cascade content types.

    • Get Organized. Know what’s on your site. Organize and understand the content and its purpose.

    • Meet with stakeholders. Other members in your department that are invested in the content can help identify what needs to stay, what can go, and what needs a fresh perspective.

  • Identify unique content. Keep track of any unique content or file types you’ll want on your new website. A few examples are
    • Videos
    • Images
    • PDFs
    • Newsletters
    • Restricted Content
    • Social Media feeds
    • Podcasts

Evaluate content subscription opportunities

    • Strategize images. JMU CMS has an accessible global image directory. JMU Photography services will provide pre-loaded images that you can save to your machine for use on your site. It’s highly suggested you take advantage of this feature. For any unique images you’d like to migrate be sure to upload the correct size and resolution.

  • Consider other content types you can subscribe to and apply to your site. A variety of standardized content will be available to subscribe to and feed your site. Also, if other departments publish unique content relating to your site, consider subscribing to those specific content types such as events, profiles, or news. 

Decide what to keep, what to revise and what to delete/archive.

  • Plan ahead to edit, revise and purge. This is the most important step in your migration process. The content you migrate needs to be fresh, up-to-date and relevant to your audience. A few issues to look for 
    • ROT (Redundant, Outdated, or Trivial content)
    • Broken links
    • Missing meta descriptions
    • Policy changes that affect content accuracy
    • Inconsistencies with JMU Brand
  • Consolidate files. The more you organize and compile your files the smoother the migration process. Such files types may include but are not limited to your image gallery, documents (PDF, Newsletters, Application Forms), and multi-media files.
  • Create a new site map based on your new template. You’re the expert in your website’s content. Consider how you’ll want to organize it in your designated template.
  • Upload content. Once your new navigation with folders and templates are ready, you can start to upload your content into your new website.

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