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After years of working with 100s of html coded pages on a static website, SGR managed to raise the funds to get their website rebuilt with Drupal. The budget was tight so we worked together to prioritise their requirements and make a plan that would meet their needs without overspilling. A bespoke page design was out but an automated (scripted) migration of all the old html pages into the Drupal database, and integration of their subscription form with a PayPal gateway was in. SGR took on the mammoth task of tidying up the imported data and categorising it with their new  index terms. We then set up a faceted search which sorts through all their material to serve up filtered lists according to user selections.

As a membership organisation, the online subscription component of the project was particularly important for SGR. We rejected using a shopping cart facility in favour of building a custom tool for capturing subscriber data that could be organised for simple subs management by SGR staff, and automatic processing by the payment gateway.

In spite of the compromises they made at the beginning, SGR now have a fully functioning website, and because it's been built with Drupal, it can be extended and elaborated in a very scalable way.

Web projects with Drupal

GreenNet’s current CMS of choice is Drupal. It is an open source system for developing websites and publishing content to them. A Drupal website has at its heart a database of the site’s content (articles, reports, profiles, events etc..). The system serves content from the database to the right pages of the site in the appropriate style, as they are called for by site users. Site authors can add, modify and manage their content in that database using simple private online forms.

The advantage of this system for GreenNet members is that their sites can be updated by anyone who has authorised access from any internet connected computer. All they need is an ordinary web browser such as Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Once they have mastered the simple art of filling in the Drupal forms, resources and...