As long-time users of the Drupal 7 CMS, the web team at Davenport University selected Drupal 8 as the CMS for their new, prospective student-focused website. The content and design for the new site is optimized for an audience engaged in a college search. RDG prepared mobile designs for supplied desktop layouts, devised the Drupal 8 architecture to support the desired design variations, implemented a custom, accessible Drupal 8 theme, and built a Drupal-powered system for managing and presenting the course catalog, programs and degrees.
Prior iterations of the Davenport University website attempted to serve the information needs of multiple internal and external audiences, with content ownership distributed widely among many departments. Because of this, the project had multiple goals:
- Create a public-facing site focused on the needs of prospective students and their families (delegating functionality for existing students, faculty and staff to a separate student portal site).
- Implement an all-new website design in the Drupal 8 CMS, with an emphasis on ease of content administration for Davenport’s marketing team.
- Implement design and structure using accessibility best practices, focusing on creating an inclusive experience for people with disabilities. At the same time, optimize for usability on mobile devices and for search engines.