Each quarter, we update our Drupal editors on what’s new with Middlebury’s websites. Our goal, as always, is to be as supportive and responsive as possible to all your web needs, and we encourage you to reach out to us with any questions!

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New Websites Launches

The new Middlebury College homepage features an animated impact statement, a grid of related content, and a tool to explore typical College events. The animated statement introduces you to three key themes: Middlebury’s approach to learning, the experience of place, and finding a sense of purpose.

A screenshot of the new Middlebury College homepage. At the top is the statement “At Middlebury you will explore what inspires you” followed by three statements: “Focus your undergraduate learning with faculty who get as excited about things as you do”, “Discover Vermont, a place that grounds us in history and extends to the world”, and “Find meaning in doing, and feel energized and ready for what’s next.” Below this text is shown a grid of images of students and instructors engaged in applied studies and a

In addition to this new homepage for Middlebury College, we have launched the following sites this quarter, including all of the academic department sites for the College:

New Features​

Middlebury College Department-Level Course Filtering

After some great feedback from our College academic coordinators, we implemented a feature that allows viewers to filter courses to show all, current, or upcoming courses. 

A screenshot of a course list showing the three filter options: all courses, current courses, and upcoming courses.

Middlebury College Majors and Minors List

Our list of majors and minors in the College academics site allows students to see departments and options at a glance, while an introductory paragraph directs them to additional non-departmental academic programs and opportunities.

Profile Enhancements

We added several features to the profile component after hearing some great feedback from the community:

  • Pronouns: You can now add your preferred pronouns.
  • Additional listings: If you are part of other offices or departments, they will automatically be listed.
  • Professional works: The section titled “Publications” felt limiting to some so you can now enter whatever title is most appropriate for your work, whether it’s Creative Works, Performances, of anything else you prefer. 
  • Images: The biography field can now include images in addition to videos and text.

See a helpful overview the new features as well as a tutorial for faculty profiles.

New Look in the Edit Module 

We’ve slightly updated the design of the edit module. Nothing has changed but the look; all the functionality is the same. The new look improves overall accessibility in the admin interface.

A screenshot of the new look in the edit module.

What’s Next

Now that we have completed most of the website redesign, we are actively involved in the support of our everyday Drupal editors to help improve and enhance their existing sites. 

In addition, here are some of the things we are working on and hope to have ready in the coming months.

  • A new institutional homepage to replace what is currently at https://www.middlebury.edu
  • Moving over the last of the content that was on our Drupal 7 website.
  • In order to prevent unwanted deletion mishaps, we will implement a “soft delete” safety net that will save any deleted content for 30 days. The “delete” option that used to be in the top of the editing module will be move to the “Current State” functionality, where you choose “draft,” “published,” or “archived.” Please request help immediately if you have mistakenly deleted a page. NOTE: This feature is now live! Drupal Now Holds onto Deleted Pages for 30 Days 

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Drupal Module Updates

General Changes

  • You can now link directly to items in FAQs which will expand to show the answer by copying the URL from their question headline. For example: https://www.middlebury.edu/office/registrar/faq#midd-accordion-item-label-37681
  • RSS feed component can now extract an image from item descriptions when the RSS feed doesn’t properly include the image as an enclosure.
  • Fixed an error issue when creating a profile for someone whose office hours in the Directory are longer than 255 characters.
  • A special page at /people on each of our sites that provides a listing of all profiles had the unintended effect of acting as a pseudo-directory and allowing external crawlers to see some profiles of people not employed by the institution in a context implying that they might be employed by us. This page now redirects to each sites’ homepage.
  • Videos missing splash images will now load with a placeholder image rather than generating an error that prevents the page from loading.
  • Events on the main Events site as well as the Institute site now include structured data which will make them easier to crawl for third party providers like search engines.
  • Profiles will now be batched and synced with our Directory so that every hour we process updates for thirty seconds and then restart the processing queue after an hour. This should speed up the updating of this information so that changes to Directory information are reflected on the website after an hour or two rather than once a day.
  • Added an eight hour cache lifetime to event lists so that the information will be refreshed from the Events website at least three times a day.


  • Added a Majors and Minors list.
  • Changed ENAM to ENGL and GEOL to ECSC.
  • Renamed “Hebrew” to “Hebrew and Israeli Society” on the Majors and Minors list.

Course Hub

  • Added a note about the decommissioning of the Docutek ERES service.
  • Removed the now-decommissioned SecondLife resource.
  • When new users are assigned reused email addresses an automated account comparison is now made in the Hub and any old conflicting accounts are renamed out of the way automatically if they are older than 1 year, haven’t logged in for 1 year, and have different Banner IDs than the new account. These duplicates had popped up several times per year and previously required manual conflict resolution.
  • To support syllabus policies of the academic administration in collaboration with AGDAI, CTLR, and DLNQ, syllabi are now required to be doc/docx file uploads less than 30 MB and must be “institution” visible.


  • Imported events from 25Live going back to 2015.
  • Removed additional MIIS locations from the list of which events to show in the main view.
  • Added reCAPTCHA v3 to Pardot forms.


  • Events with images in 25Live will now have their images shown in the event calendar.
  • Redesigned the Featured News section of the homepage modeled on the “Dispatches” component from Middlebury Magazine to better showcase news, including images, attribution, and an indication of whether the item includes a video.


  • Added a custom footer for the Library and Special Collections.
  • Disabled the “Library response to COVID” site banner.


  • Allow editors to view stories which would normally redirect to third party sites if they are logged in and have permission to edit the story.

News and Announcements

  • The homepage list will now only show stories with the “News” tag.

Offices and Services

  • Created an interface to all the Alumni and Families Stories collection to be manually sorted by its editors.
  • Made various fixes to the contact information shown in the ITS site header.
  • Added a custom content type to show faculty housing.

Service Catalog

  • Changed editing permissions to ensure that users can edit most content types.

WordPress Plugin and Theme Updates

General Changes

  • Fixed an issue where the Subscribe2 plugin’s settings page wouldn’t save because it was trying to show a list of blogs you can subscribe to which included every blog on our site. This was taking longer to load than our server allows, so we’ve removed the feature.

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