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Falcon to Drupal

UIS currently offers two different website content management systems, which is a duplication of cost and effort. To streamline our offerings, we're developing 'Falcon-on-Drupal' – retaining the concept of the Falcon service, but delivering it on the Drupal platform.

University Information Services (UIS) currently offers two different website content management systems (CMSs): Falcon, which is based on Plone, and Drupal. They support more than 500 websites across the collegiate University combined. Running two CMSs is a duplication of cost and effort, and we now have very limited resources to support Plone. In order to streamline our offerings into a single service with ongoing support, we're developing 'Falcon on Drupal' – retaining the concept of Falcon as a service for existing users, but delivering it on the Drupal platform.

The benefits of Falcon-on-Drupal

  • A starter site will have a comparable basic feature set to a Falcon-on-Plone site (see the feature comparison list for details).
  • It will cost the same to site owners: £100 per year per site, including support.
  • Drupal is the third most-popular CMS, and has a strong ecosystem of plug-in functionality. This will make it more flexible and adaptable to the University's needs in future.
  • UIS has a dedicated team of developers who can provide support for the service.
  • Training will be available to help Falcon users learn the new system.

Find out more:

 Falcon-on-Drupal service details

 Falcon-on-Drupal help site

 Feature comparison


Migration plans

Our aim is to complete the migration of Falcon-on-Plone sites to Falcon-on-Drupal by June 2021. Given the number of sites involved, the transition will be carefully phased and prioritised. Please contact us at to agree a time for migrating your site to the new service.

Find out more:

 The migration process


Presentation and Q&A sessions

Thanks to everyone who has attended our project launch and update sessions.

We have a library of recordings and slides from previous events.


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