Code Enigma was awarded the contract to develop the new website for University College of London. Drupal was the preferred choice of CMS for the university. Code Engima is a Drupal development agency which is based in London. For more information on Code Enigma, and to read more of their case studies, please head over to their profile.
Drupal Case Study
Helping a University develop a content management system UCL is London’s leading multidisciplinary university, with 11000 staff, 35000 students and an annual income of over £1bn. Code Enigma worked with their internal team to build a CMS that ultimately powered hundreds of sites.
Code Enigma was commissioned to plan the move from UCL’s legacy CMS to Drupal. A number of systems were considered but Drupal won out because of its flexibility and accessibility. The existing CMS powered over 700 sites and the University counted at least 2,000 sites that formed part of its web estate, this was not a project where they simply jumped in and started. There was a detailed investigation and scoping phase looking into functionality, performance, and usability issues.
Drupal Delivered The Right Solution
They started to build the new CMS platform using a mixed team of our and UCL’s developers. The logic being that their team needed to maintain and extend the site once we were no longer fully involved. (Also, the internal team had no experience of Drupal). This was one of a number of projects where we mentored the internal team, such as Wellcome Trust, Oxford Council, and Redactive Media.
From a design perspective, Code Enigma had a head start because UCL had already developed its Indigo front-end framework. However, there were some development challenges, particularly around Search and caching. There are also numerous custom navigations such as the Funnelback search engine, and the Iris research database. Needless to say, it was very exciting to help one of the world’s top academic institutions to move across to Drupal.