InfoBeans Case Study on Content Management using Drupal for the publishing industry


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A case study that shows how InfoBeans provided a robust open source option for web content management for a publishing company. The use of Drupal to create a web 2.0 style website that enhances user's stickiness is the highlight of this implementation. An offshore team in India along with an onsite project manager was able to successfully deliver immense value to the organization in a lot less time than initially estimated.

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InfoBeans Case Study on Content Management using Drupal for the publishing industry

  1. 1. Case Study CAD Tips Wiki development on Drupal having a mix of Web2.0 and CMS features. CAD Tips
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Highlights </li></ul><ul><li>The Business Need </li></ul><ul><li>The Technology Need </li></ul><ul><li>Business Solution </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Solution </li></ul><ul><li>Team structure </li></ul><ul><li>Results </li></ul>
  3. 3. Highlights <ul><li>Extensive experience on popular Wiki tools like MediaWiki, Confluence and Drupal </li></ul><ul><li>Requirements were a mix of CMS + Wiki + Web 2.0 features </li></ul><ul><li>Migration of huge amount of data from MDB to Drupal </li></ul><ul><li>Making content fully searchable by external search engines </li></ul><ul><li>Continuous and frequent changes in design based on feedback from client </li></ul><ul><li>Active consulting with client on features, user interface, usability and overall success of the CAD Tips site </li></ul><ul><li>Drupal 6.2, MySQL </li></ul><ul><li>InfoBeans’ commitment to high quality and on time delivery of the project </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Business Need <ul><li>Build a “CAD Tips” wiki from Cadalyst Microsoft Access Tips database and library of Hot Tip Harry columns </li></ul><ul><li>Establish Cadalyst as the place to find CAD programming code on the web </li></ul><ul><li>Improve the frequency of same-person visits to “CAD Tips” </li></ul><ul><li>1700+ odd tips were distinguished just on the basis on Topic and it needed better ways to classify and categorize them </li></ul><ul><li>Make Tip search powerful enough to help drive traffic </li></ul><ul><li>External Search Engines could not index the bundled tip code files </li></ul><ul><li>Existing site lacked Web 2.0 features like comments , rating etc and was not conducive to audience engagement </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Technology Need <ul><li>Making the tips searchable and index-able via Google and other search engines was critical to success for the client </li></ul><ul><li>System did not have enough support for metadata without which search engine optimization was impossible </li></ul><ul><li>Highly useful tips could not be downloaded individually </li></ul><ul><li>Increase traffic on the site. Single-access users would likely browse additional pages; new users would find the site via SEO </li></ul><ul><li>A clean, simple and intuitive user interface had to be built. </li></ul><ul><li>Client did not have a good idea of UI design issues, so needed inputs from InfoBeans </li></ul>
  6. 6. Business Solution <ul><li>UI of Tips was aligned with the look and feel of the main site </li></ul><ul><li>For site stickiness, related tips functionality was built </li></ul><ul><li>Tips were categorized and made searchable based on various parameters and internal search was made very powerful. </li></ul><ul><li>Enabled users to add tweaked version of the tip along with their comments </li></ul><ul><li>High priority new feature requests were implemented after quick Proofs of Concept (PoCs) </li></ul><ul><li>To facilitate agile development via daily status calls and biweekly server builds </li></ul>
  7. 7. Technology Solution <ul><li>Implemented Drupal 6.2 modules for Web2.0 + CMS + Wiki like features and MySQL </li></ul><ul><li>Wrote smart scripts to migrate excel data to Drupal and map source fields to destination fields as the new schema was very different from the old schema. </li></ul><ul><li>Implemented CAPTCHA to prevent spam and malicious software </li></ul><ul><li>Highly secure system to prevent cross site scripting and SQL injection attacks </li></ul>
  8. 8. Team structure Role Responsibilities Experience and skills Location Project Manager Requirements Analysis, Communication, Co-ordination, Project Scoping and Management 4 years development & project management experience US East coast Project lead Leading the team, establishing priorities and regular status updates 8 years - Drupal,.NET, MySQL and Web Technologies India Developer 1 User Interface 4 years - .NET, Flex, AJAX India Developer 2,3,4 Application, database and deployment 3 years - Web technologies, Drupal CMS, MySQL India QA 1,2 Automated testing, load testing, black box and white box testing 3 years with various QA testing tools India QA3 Black box and functional testing 1 year with various QA testing tools India
  9. 9. Contact us for more information <ul><li>Siddharth Sethi </li></ul><ul><li>InfoBeans Inc </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Bishop Ranch Corporate Park </li></ul><ul><li>2410 Camino Ramon, Suite 288 </li></ul><ul><li>San Ramon, CA 94582 </li></ul><ul><li>USA </li></ul><ul><li>+1 888 4 INFOBEANS </li></ul>