OpenScholar Upgrade FAQs

The following FAQs pertain to websites in the OpenScholar (Drupal 7) platform. The OpenScholar platform will be discontinued and all websites will upgrade to the Princeton Site Builder.

During the Upgrade

What do I need to do for launch?
Nothing. A launch date will be scheduled for you. Refer to the Upgrade Phases.

What if I need to make an urgent update during a content freeze?
Please email drupal-upgrade@princeton.edu to notify the upgrade team. Make a note for yourself so you remember to redo the update on your newly upgraded website. 

When will I be able to update my new site?
You will receive an email notifying you that your upgrade is complete and that you may resume editing. The email will include the new link to login as well as links to documentation and training.

Where will I be able to access my old site?
Instructions will be provided in the email confirmation of your upgrade. You will temporarily be able to access the old website and then it will be deleted. Afterward, check the Internet Archive for a snapshot of the public content. 

URLs

Why has my URL changed?
The new platform does not allow websites to be nested in a subdirectory under a third-level domain name (using a name after the “/”). The platform requires all websites to have their own domain name, therefore the name that came after the “/” was moved ahead of the “scholar” name. 

  • Old: scholar.princeton.edu/yourname
  • New: yourname.scholar.princeton.edu 

Logging in

How do I login?
Add /cas to log in to the new website. This will prompt you to use the University’s Central Authentication System (cas). Ex. yourname.scholar.princeton.edu/cas 

Top Editing Questions

How do I edit the page layout?
Advanced Page controls are available through Layout builder that allow you to leverage Sections and Blocks to customize pages, and can be accessed directly on the Page. Specialized blocks and Featured Events, People, News and Press Lists. Section controls allow for 14 different column widths to responsively work with many types of content for a unique layout. See Page Layouts for details.

Can I change my design?
Yes, Start with settings in Appearance for the Scholar theme. 4 colorways, 3 font sets, and several other means of customizing design are available for your easy control. See the Scholar Design Theme for details.

How do I change my website colors?
The Scholar theme allows for 4 colorways with additional light and dark settings. Start with Settings in Appearance for the Scholar Theme. 4 colorways, 3 font sets, and several other means of customizing design are available for your easy control. See the Scholar Design Theme for details.

How do I change my fonts?
The Scholar theme allows for 3 unique font combinations. Start with settings in Appearance for the Scholar Theme. 4 colorways, 3 font sets, and several other means of customizing design are available for your easy control. See the Scholar Design Theme for details.

How can I update my home page?
Advanced Page controls are available through Layout builder that allow you to leverage Sections and Blocks to customize pages, and can be accessed directly on the Page. Specialized blocks through Billboard and Featured Events, People, News and Press Lists with enhanced design control through background colors and images. Section controls allow for 14 different column widths to responsively work with many types of content for a unique Home Page Design. See Page Layouts for details. 

Publications

The Publication content type and their listings have changed significantly. Please contact us while we work on the details of the documentation and refer to the Publications documentation.

Upgrade questions?

Please email drupal-upgrade@princeton.edu