In order to meet the needs of our diverse users across the university, GW launched GW Drupal as a central content management system in 2012. Drupal was selected as GW's platform for a variety of reasons including its scalability and ease of use, among others. The result is a system that supports multiple types of content with a customizable layout so that you can make your website what you need it to be.
We do not create custom designed websites. GW Drupal websites use the same template, with a few exceptions, including the main GW site. Our goal is to provide additional design templates in the future.
If you are an official GW administrative office, center or institute or initiative and you want to build a new website (from scratch or as a revamp effort), you are required to use GW Drupal as your platform.
Schools and colleges have the option of using GW Drupal or can choose to work with an outside vendor for a custom built platform. All official GW websites need to follow visual identity conventions to ensure the site complements other GW web properties. Contact Amanda Harding if you have questions about visual identity.
Websites for individual students, faculty or staff are supported by the GW Blogs service, which provides self-service WordPress-based websites that can be created at the website owner's pace. Websites for student organizations are supported by OrgSync through the Center for Student Engagement.
GW Drupal is built on Drupal 7 and includes a variety of key features that can be used to present the content your audiences need.
GW Drupal does not offer the ability to put certain sections of content behind login. If you have a need for this functionality, contact us for alternate solutions.
Transitioning Your Website to GW Drupal
GW Drupal projects follow a standard process and typically take anywhere from three to six months depending on the amount of content that needs to be reworked and your department's capacity at certain times of the academic cycle.
If you’re ready to start a website project with us, submit a project request and we'll reach out to discuss next steps and timeline considerations.