Our group has been working the past couple months on bringing the UofM web templates available at webdepot.umn.edu and bringing them into UMContent. We are at the point where we are ready to start beta testing them.
The UMContent templates have been designed to serve two different groups. The first group is those who want to get a website up quickly and want to use a standard web template. The second group is web developers who use UMContent and want to re-use web template pieces where needed.
For the first group, the web templates allow users to quickly setup a website. Website wide settings are available for users to select pre-defined header images, pre-defined secondary colors, set a horizontal nav, site footer, show breadcrumbs, and other options. For layouts, users can select between one and two column layouts with a left navigation. We will be adding additional layouts and features as they are developed.
For site developers, pieces of the web templates will be available for units to re-use for their own sites. These pieces include the UofM Header, the Twin Cities campus footer, and breadcrumbs. Other pieces will become available as we make them more re-usable for other sites.
If a group is interesting in BETA testing the UMContent Templates, please e-mail Jeremy Casper at email@example.com. Documentation on how to use the templates will be posted within the next couple of days.