The University of Tübingen is a top international university that is clearly committed to common European values. These include above all freedom of science and research, freedom of opinion and speech, equality of all people and respect for human dignity, regardless of origin, religion, social status, gender or sexual orientation. With almost 28,000 students, the university is actively committed to the positive development of society and peaceful coexistence, to the sustainable development of the economy and the protection of the environment.
One of the main tasks of in2code GmbH is to advise the university in questions of web presence. Our project management takes into account the university's past experience, the complex infrastructure and the wishes of the many visitors and editors. Our focus is on a joint development of the website together with the University Communication and the Centre for Data Processing.
In 330 courses of study at the University of Tübingen, students find subjects that will shape their future life. The spectrum ranges from Egyptology to dentistry.
In addition, the University's scientists set standards in many areas of research - this is also reflected in the numerous prizes and awards they have received from external institutions.
The website itself is based on a complex structureof web servers and clusters, which are managed and updated by the University's Center for Data Processing. This solution, distributed over several locations, ensures absolute high availability and reliable usability for visitors and editors. However, the maintenance and further development of applications such as TYPO3 on these servers requires some experience and knowledge.
The university decided to use in2code GmbH primarily because of the experience in the university and college sector. Our main task is the active consulting and support of the customer during the conversion from TYPO3 6LTS to TYPO3 8LTS as well as the further development of the website. During this process, large parts of the configuration and programming were replaced by modern techniques and approaches.
In addition to the many technical tasks such as the development of individual solutions within TYPO3, the automated migration of page structures (approx. 70,000), page content and structured content for TYPO3 8LTS is a significant part of our tasks. Furthermore, in2code supported the creation and setup of an individual zero-downtime deployment - adapted to the complex infrastructure.
During the migration, our focus was increasingly on the easy handling of TYPO3 in the Backend. Editors should be able to manage and update content in their daily tasks as easily as possible without the need for training.
For editors hungry for knowledge, in2code GmbH nevertheless gave several trainings at the University of Tübingen. Here individual topics and questions could be answered directly by our Scrum-Master. The feedback also flowed into the further development of the website.
In addition to a detailed online help, the agency from Rosenheim also created several training videos, which can be watched at any time, in order to refresh the already learned knowledge and make it as easy as possible for newcomers.
With the help of a specially developed migration framework, pages and page content, as well as other structured data records, were automatically migrated from TYPO3 6LTS to TYPO3 8LTS. Manual reworking was thus reduced to a necessary minimum and the relaunch schedule was significantly shortened (see press release University of Tübingen - new website).