Release date: October 20, 2013

This upgrade is for the underlying platform rather than a site redesign. Very little of the visual experience has changed, but some minor changes were introduced, all of which are listed below.

Why upgrade?

Three main reasons:

  1. Move to the current version of Drupal 7
  2. Increase site speed for external visitors
  3. Standardize our development process

More generally, this upgrade puts the site in a much better position for future changes and enhancements, including responsive design (learn more about this here and here and here) and better content management tools and processes.

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Releases since launch of Version 1.0



Internal (web publisher/admin) changes

My Groups and My Account screens merged


Known Issues:

User Mgmt changes


Admin Tools list reorganized


Edit and Content List screens simplified


Known issues:

This image shows the changes for the edit screens

This image shows the known issues for the edit view

This image shows the changes to the Content list:

Preview change


Known Issues:

3-column/4-column layouts merged


Internal Link button & interface changed


Known Issue

This image shows the button change:

This image shows the search interface change:

This image shows the search result interface change:

Office Hours can show as 'Today's Hours'


Audio creation interface changed


Breadcrumbs improved


Character limit for Slideshow Slide Captions



External (general visitor) changes

No more 'mega-menu' dropdown

Events display change

Calendar display change

This image shows the changes to the departmental calendar:

This image shows the changes to the all-USM calendar:

Video size change

Known Issue:

Gallery slideshow minor interface change

Audio display changed

Catalog Degree tabs

All tables now have borders

Known Issue:

More Info

Right-most column width enforced


Known Issues

Problem Links tab not currently implemented - Resolved in Release 1.25

See "My Groups and My Account changes", above

Events edit screen has unused checkbox - Resolved in Release 1.1

The Ongoing Events section was removed from the All-USM Events page, but the checkbox in the Events type remains. Checking or unchecking this box will have no effect.

Strange Subdomain Links ("") - Resolved in Release 1.1

Due to a caching issue, some internal links may appear as "" instead of "". These links are still functional -- they do point to the live web server -- but are not what we wish to display to site visitors. We hope to resolve the problem this week.

Webform Submission Dates - Resolved

Any Webform data submitted since the lockdown began Saturday morning has erroneous submission dates. We will update these fields with correct data this week.

Missing Webform and Results Tabs - Resolved

Some Webform pages are not displaying the Webform and Results tabs which are used to access form components, email settings, general form settings, and submitted form data. A workaround is available.

Deleting content redirects to home pageResolved in Release 1.3

The delete process works correctly, but you will need to navigate back to your department to continue editing other content. A fix is forthcoming.

Special Character Conversion Failure - Resolved in Release 1.2

Certain characters within links are displaying incorrectly.

Overviews without 'teasers' break anywayResolved in Release 1.3

Overview pages without a teaser should display in full, but they currently don't.