The following products and services have been selected to provide a robust digital communications platform for all strategic communications and marketing teams at MU and UM System. Complete a Service Request or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss any of the services below.
Mizzou Web Themes
Digital Service developed a design system consisting of components, patterns, assets and processes to support our campus websites and other digital experiences. The Mizzou Design System provides guidelines and code to help you quickly create trustworthy, accessible and consistent websites.
The university has selected new website hosting providers. Websites from servers provided by the Division of IT, campus departments and hosting vendors will be migrated to the new cloud providers. Review the overview of website hosting options for pricing information.
Content management system hosting
WordPress and Drupal are two popular content management systems (CMS) with large support communities. Hosting for both is provided jointly by the Division of IT and Joint Office of Strategic Communications and Marketing.
Static website hosting
Sometimes, you need a site that is simple, does not change often and is too small for a full content management system. In these situations, you should consider static website hosting. More information can be found on the Digital Service Documentation site.
Web address redirection
Redirection is helpful when internet traffic for an old URL cannot be routed directly to a web application, website, or website subdirectory. For example:
- When an old URL needs to redirect traffic to an externally hosted website not controlled by the university;
- When an obsolete URL is being phased out, traffic must flow to the website’s new name and we want search engines to stop referencing the old URL;
- When traffic must flow to a specific subdirectory on a static website.
For the above scenarios, web address redirection is accomplished using Amazon Web Services. This service is available at $2.00 per month per redirection target (i.e. the specific destination or end-point that traffic is redirected to). Each subdirectory having traffic redirected to it requires a separate AWS charge. Request more information.
Custom website development
Digital Service provides custom website development to departments at the University of Missouri on a time and material basis. Using university resources to develop small or medium-sized websites is cost-effective and cheaper than using an outside vendor. Our process includes discovery with the department (identify scope, discover content/audience, functional requirements, workflow needs, etc…) and then a detailed estimate is provided for review. The development will then proceed with a dedicated web developer and oversight from the department and Digital Service. Charges for the project will be processed to a university account after the work is accepted. If you need custom web development, request a consultation with Digital Service.
Website development using preferred vendors
After consulting with Digital Service, it may become clear that the resources required to complete a proposed project are more than the university has available. When that is the case, we will recommend using one of the Preferred Vendors we have on contract.
Website Support and Custom Development
Custom development of plugins and modules
Digital Service staff can develop and implement WordPress plugins or Drupal modules as required to automate well-defined business processes. Digital Service will provide expertise to design and develop custom applications following University of Missouri standards on a time and material basis. Contact us to schedule a discovery session where we will discuss your needs and identify solutions.
Maintenance and support
Every website launched requires maintenance over time to make sure it remains secure, performs properly and receives updates to software and code. Digital Service does not currently provide maintenance of content, but we do provide CMS, plugin/module, and supporting tool updates. Contact us for more information about website support services.
Digital Asset Management System
The University of Missouri utilizes a Digital Asset Management System (DAM) from MerlinOne to catalog and manage official pictures and videos for use in marketing and communication activities. MerlinOne was purchased jointly by MU Extension and Engagement and the Joint Office of Strategic Communication and Marketing in 2018. It is available to all marketing and communications teams at Extension, MU and the UM System office. More information can be found in the Digital Service Documentation site.
Google Custom Search
Digital Services provides support and consulting on using and configuring Google Custom Search on university websites. Details are available in the Digital Service Documentation.