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A New Day for BC Web Pages

09/22/10

Information Technology Services’ Web Technology group is in the process of replacing the content management system used to create and edit official Boston College web sites. Serena Collage is being replaced by Day Communique (CQ5) from Day Software.

The Web Technology group invited twenty-five Boston College web site editors from across the university to assist in the evaluation process. They attended product demonstrations of the five finalists, evaluated each product, and made the decision to implement DayCQ. This group’s input was crucial to the Web Technology group, and the time and effort they gave to the process is greatly appreciated.                                                                                     

New DayCQ users quickly see why the site owners overwhelmingly chose DayCQ. It has a simple and intuitive interface that allows for quick and easy editing of web page content. Additionally, it is a web-based system with a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) drag-and-drop interface. This means that users don’t need to know HTML or other web technologies or applications.

Specific features include:

  • Easy integration of features such as pictures, Flash, and slide shows into a web page.
  • Powerful search and replace capabilities.
  • A responsive interface.
  • A completely browser-based interface, which works equally well on Mac and PC.
  • Multi-column layout controls.
  • Ability to easily edit an image and add it to the page without the need for an external application.
  • The ability to easily add News and RSS feeds to any page.

With approximately two-hundred sites to convert university-wide, the process is expected to take 12 to 18 months. Site conversions began in January 2010. Serena Collage will continue to run in parallel with DayCQ until all the sites have been converted. As of September 20, 2010, 51 sites have been converted.

The response to DayCQ from users who have converted their sites has been very positive. The Web Technology Group continues to hold training sessions for new users and expects the conversion process to be completed by the first quarter of 2011.

For updates and information, including the conversion schedule, go to http://www.bc.edu/dayhelp.