Vice-Chancellor's Welcome

Despite how wonderful it seems and what you may read here, please be aware that Bailey University doesn't really exist. Sorry about that. I know it's a great disappointment. If it did exist, I'd be one of the first in line to apply for a course.

In actuality, Bailey University is a website showcase for the University Package by Bailey Web & Digital, my company. It has been built to show how the package can make a "real" institution website easier to run.

Enterprise-grade Content Management Systems (CMS) are expensive. In an era of ever increasing pressure on finances and organisational change, the open-source software movement can bring significant cost savings. However, when considering a new CMS, a paid support solution is important. One system identified as being value-for-money in this regard is the Orckestra C1 CMS. While the core software is open source, licensed under the Mozilla Public License (Version 1.1), Orckestra offers a range of annual support plans at substantially lower cost than the market leaders.

Moving large institutional websites to a new CMS is a time-consuming and costly process that begins with customising the software to accept data tailored to the institution. However, cost savings after implementation can be substantial. Finding a way to reduce the development time and expense of the initial migration process would aid those institutions seeking an alternative solution to their current system.

The University Package aims to create a set of core datatypes, functions and templates that an institution can use to build their website upon within the C1 CMS.

David Bailey, BA (Hons), RITTech MBCS