This page provides an overview of the general timeline and milestones for Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Extension Service website.
Phase 2: Timeline and milestones
- Annual web and content strategy check-ins with program area leaders and content leaders, and Q&A session at Extension annual conference
- Migration and new development of Outreach and Engagement, EESC, and Impact (formerly Bridges) websites
- Drupal 6 servers taken down, including archived county sites, branch and combined station sites, and program sites on this old platform
- Iterative changes to web functionality continues to improve user experience related to events, search, subpages, content types, etc.
- New look to Extension Service website topic pages roll out and topic committees set up to feature content
- New look to Extension website program pages and then county/combined stations to follow along with other pages, including homepage, in phases
- Communication: Regular blog updates including status updates, FAQs, content team progress, previews/examples, etc.
- Content strategy: Content teams, program areas, and EESC collaborate to develop content strategy
- Content management: Content teams manage content on Extension web presence (assess needs, evaluate, prioritize, create/revise, publish, maintain, retire)
2019 details coming soon
Previous Phase 1: Timeline and milestones
- Content teams: Evaluate and organize existing content, prioritize content and identify gaps, Revise and create new content (as needed)
- Hold kickoff and follow-up meetings with content teams
- Continue technology development and initial wireframes/design/theming
- Move internal content (employee resources) moved to new site
- Preview new web presence at Extension Annual Conference
January – May 2018:
- Content teams:
- Evaluate and organize existing content, prioritize content and identify gaps,
- Revise and create new content as needed
- Enter content in new website (Began March 2018)
- Continue meetings with content teams as needed
- Recruit and hire content strategist
- Refine framework (programming, design)
- Internal user testing
- Initial training
- Ongoing training, support, consultation as content teams begin to enter content
- Import centrally-managed content
June 1, 2018: New Extension web presence launches (Phase 1)
Our minimum viable product approach means we launched with essential features and priority content. Following launch additional functionality was added. See Blogs
Phase 1: Completed
- Outreach and Engagement (O&E) executive green light, form steering committee, announce project
- Research and discovery work (users, scope, SWOT, current status, analytics)
- Discovery report** (what we know, where we are, where we need to be)
- Strategy work (content audit, priorities, options, implications, resources)
- Strategy report** (how we will get where we need to go).
- Identify/confirm contacts for site managers/decision makers for each website in the OSU Extension family.
- Preliminary development: With Central Web and Mobile Services, set up necessary servers and development sites.
- Identify essential features/functions/content and develop initial content strategy for new OSU Extension CMS/main web presence.
- July/August 2017: Digital strategy review/approval from O&E exec team
- September 2017: Digital strategy overview meetings with program leaders, regional administrators
- November 2017: Internal (employee resources) content moved to new site (“intranet”)
- December 2017-June 2018: Webinar trainings and meetings with content teams and county offices
- June 2018: Launch of the website
- June 2018 – October 2018: Webinar and in-person trainings, additional functionality added, and remaining content migrated from Drupal 6 sites.
** Key point for O&E executive team input, direction, decision