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Blair School of Music moves from Drupal to Omni and WordPress

Lacy Paschal

In September, the Blair School of Music migrated their website from Drupal into OmniUpdate and WordPress. Alongside the migration to a new content management system, we also redesigned the site — streamlining navigation and adding in someĀ  standard Vanderbilt theme elements to the design (a modified brand bar and footer section — which tie in with the main vanderbilt.edu site.)

The majority of the Blair site is powered by OmniUpdate, while the news section is powered by WordPress, and events listings are fed by the University Calendar.

We migrated their faculty profiles and listings into our faculty database — providing the site maintainer with easy mechanisms for listing faculty on departmental pages.

As with all of the sites our office develops — we integrated our Google Search Appliance into the site to power the search — adding keymatches and fine-tuning the search to be sure information is easily accessible to users.

We worked with Kristin Whittlesey, Director of External Relations for Blair, on this project. She is, in a word, awesome; so pleasant to work with and exhibited tireless effort during the build-out process. Thanks for making this project a fun one, Kristin!


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