Drupal Web Design & Development

Our experts can help solve complex Drupal architecture issues, for example migrating From Drupal 6 or 7 to 8, or setting up / improving content types and views, as well as editorial workflows tailored to your specific needs.

Drupal is a powerful content management system that offers you a user-friendly way of editing your web site. Drupal benefits »

Drupal is a great choice for organizations seeking high scalability and a robust set of features, with an eye to long-term growth of the site. The modular approach of Drupal enables us to build a site's functionality gradually over time, and customize it to a greater degree than can be elegantly done using Joomla or WordPress. The version of Drupal we install also features in-place editing of pages in an even easier to use format than WordPress provides, allowing you to move around your sidebar, blocks/widgets, all without touching code or having to navigate to some other page in the admin area. 

While we work primarily with Drupal, it is not the only content management system we work with, and we do sometimes recommend WordPress or Joomla over Drupal. Drupal does take more configuration and setup initially, but you reap the rewards over time in terms of improved editing workflows, performance, security, and a more flexible framework that can accommodate just about any requirements you might throw at it down the road. Some sites that run Drupal include: The White House, NBC Sports, HarvardVirgin Airlines, The Prince of Wales, Penn State, Men's Health, Billboard and countless others. We have designed and built Drupal sites for international non-profits and aid organizations, Fortune 500 companies, local churches, science and technology companies, manufacturers, professionals, and individuals. Have a look at our work.

Drupal Consulting

You may need help assessing a Drupal project in its early stages, or in order to make a decision on Drupal vs. some other CMS. We can provide detailed, descriptive and accurate assessments of level of effort and scope based on your specific project requirements. We have assisted federal agencies, non-profits and associations in making the right decision for their particular needs.

Drupal is Powerful, and Managing Your Drupal Site Will be a Snap

Drupal should be thought of as a set of building blocks. We put them together in a way that makes the most sense for your particular needs, and train you in managing it on a day to day basis. We have seen many customer sites that left out some crucial things that would have made the editing process easier. We do not cut corners on this, and put a special emphasis on the content editing experience.

Scalability, Modularity, and Security

Our team provides the full spectrum of Drupal services — design, development, hosting, server security, monitoring, migration, upgrades, integration, and maintenance. We have the experience to make your Drupal project a success, whether you are a small, mid-sized, or large company, government agency, association, or non-profit. 

Drupal Development

Leveraging Drupal core and the appropriate module for the task at hand is essential any successful Drupal project. Coding to Drupal standards ensures that your project will make sense to any other Drupal developers who may look at the code later on. In many cases existing modules will address your requirements, otherwise we can custom Drupal modules. Read more »

Drupal Monitoring

Our monitoring services keep an eye on your server and Drupal health 24/7, 365 days a year. Drupal security patches for Drupal core as well as modules are applied as soon as they become available, and server updates are taken care of outside critical business hours, in consultation with you.

Drupal Experts

We know Drupal and have been developing for Drupal for years. Most of your projects rely on Drupal, and it is our preferred CMS. You may have seen us at DrupalCon or other Drupal events.

Drupal Migration

Got nodes? Lots and lots of them, every day? Need to migrate them, convert, or export them? Not a problem. Lean on us for large-scale migration experience and support.

Drupal Hosting

We support customers running Drupal sites on cloud hosting, dedicated hosting, and shared hosting. You can rest assured that your LAMP (Linux, Apache, MysQL, PHP) environment will keep on humming 24/7. 

Training

We believe strongly that the whole point of using a content management system is so you can edit as much as possible without involving developers, and that when you do involve developers it is for development or for feature requests, and not so much for help with editing. When we do help with editing, we document it using video so you can keep that on file for future reference. 

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Drupal web design for non-profit organization

USAID-funded Non-profit

We built a site for a public health non-profit called using Drupal 7. It features integrated blog RSS feeds and maps of projects. Name withheld due to client confidentiality.

Please contact us so that we can share additional details.

Drupal web design for organization / non-profit in Northern Virginia

Washington DC region economic development authority
(client name withheld)

 
We maintain a large Drupal 6 site for a northern Virginia county government. This particular client is a county government organization and as such we cannot disclose their name on our site.

Please contact us so that we can share additional details.

Drupal web design for BSI

Business Strategies International - Consulting and venture development firm. When Business Strategies International came to us, they had a web presence containing very interesting articles, but required an enhanced site they could easily maintain themselves. We converted their Macromedia Contribute site to Drupal 7 with full multilingual functionality in English, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. We also added custom lead tracking that writes leads to an Excel-compatible log file and e-mails them to the client.

 

Drupal web design for e-learning company in Baltimore, Maryland
Emerald Education Systems - Emerald Education Systems is an online publisher of authoritative and accredited continuing education (CE) courses with a current focus in low vision rehabilitation. We provide ongoing Drupal support and maintenance, including Drupal module updates, security audits, PCI compliance, e-mail configuration, and design improvements.
Drupal web design for e-learning company in Baltimore, Maryland
PPLVR - The PPLVR Learning Community is a peer-to-peer online network where low vision rehabilitation (LVR) professionals can meet one another, share knowledge and new ideas, discuss challenging cases, and keep current on issues of concern to LVR practitioners. Optometrists, ophthalmologists, occupational therapists, orientation and mobility specialists, vision teachers, social workers, psychologists, and other vision rehabilitation and education professionals regularly participate in PPLVR's online courses. We provide ongoing Drupal support and maintenance, including Drupal module updates, security audits, PCI compliance, e-mail configuration, and design improvements.

Drupal web design for charter school (education)

Brooklyn Prospect Charter School

After being referred to us by another NY charter school, we set to work upgrading Brooklyn Prospect's Drupal site to the latest version and correcting a number of issues. Our focus then shifted to improving the design and functionality, so that the school now has a list of teachers, who each have their own profile which students can watch for announcements and additional course materials. The improved site also has an events calendar which sends a tweet to Twitter each time a new event is 

Drupal provides a simple interface to easily create new content and update existing content.

Below is an example of the process to create and and update a web page as shown using the customized Drupal site at eit.com:

1. Login with the administrator username and password:

 drupal content management system - step 1

2. After logging in the admin sees the option to create content and clicks the option to create a new page:

 drupal content management system - step 2

3. Choose which content type you wish to create:

 drupal content management system - step 3

4. The admin is taken to an interface to enter in the title, text, and images for the page:

 drupal content management system - step 4

5. Preview your page or click the Submit button to publish your page live to your website:

 drupal content management system - step 5

To edit an existing page you simply browse to the page on your site, click the edit button and follow the steps described above.
As you can see from the brief example above, Drupal makes it easy to create and update content.

You probably need to be able create multiple types of content such as static pages, blog posts, news items, press releases, videos, newsletter issues, etc. Drupal is perfectly suited for this.

Each type of content has unique fields and each content type needs to be published to specific areas of the site so it makes good business sense to automate the standard processes that never change.

Custom Content Types are especially useful if you have multiple people publishing content to your website as this approach ensures that consistency is maintained.

Custom Content Types Examples

  • Page - a regular static page which would be used to create pages such as an About Us page, What We Do and other pages that rarely change and only have the basic needs of text, links, and images.
  • Blog - a blog post may have a Title, Summary, Full Description, Author, and Date and will display under the Blog category as well have a short description of the blog promoted to the home page under the latest blog posts section.
  • News Item - a news item could have a Title, Summary, Full Description, Date, and possibly fields for PDF attachments, for example for press releases. The news item would then show up on the news page as well as on the home page in the "latest news" area.

Benefits of Custom Content Types

  • Automates the repetitive processes of content creation, resulting in faster content creation
  • Maintain consistency of appearance and organization of your content

 

Drupal provides the ability to create multiple groups of users (user roles) and assign unique permissions to each role.

Example Scenario of Multiple User Roles and Permissions:

A clinical laboratory regularly posts operating instructions for lab equipment. The lab writes the web page text but their technical support department writes the technical manual and supplies PDFs.

Drupal is used to create three user groups:

  • Lab Instruction Page Editor Role
  • Technical Support Department Role
  • Management Role

Process:

1. The Lab Instruction user group can add an instruction page to the site which goes into moderation for Management to review. Management has the ability to approve the instruction page and notify the Management that the page is ready for review.

2. Management is able to review the instruction page and post comments that are viewable by both the Lab Instruction Page Editor and Management. This notifies the Technical Support Department user(s) that the instruction page is approved and ready for the instruction manual PDF.

3. The Technical Support Department user creates the PDF and uploads it to the system.

4. Management approves & publishes the content.

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