Zivtech’s relationship with Bryn Mawr College (BMC) first began through Drupal trainings and quickly grew to a multi-phased ongoing engagement. BMC looked to us for the implementation of their third-party designed mock-ups and for technical guidance. The project was large in scope and took hard work on both sides, but in the end our team was able to do some deep digging with the BMC web team and build out superb functionality for their users.
Because Bryn Mawr College already had third-party design mockups and wireframes, we were able to leverage our design teams’ Drupal theming expertise to optimize the existing designs for their new Drupal-based website. Using the Bear Skin theme, which is mobile-first by default, we were able to create a fully responsive website, perfect for mobile students, who are always on the go.
Having a wonderful, engaged web team from Bryn Mawr was one of the project strengths, which made the entire process run smoothly. Thanks to an atmosphere of openness, both teams were able to collaborate successfully and after some great training sessions, Bryn Mawr’s team was able to manage their new site on their own.
Some of the site’s special features include a complex landing page content type that allows the ability to add a slideshow in two different sizes, as needed; the ability to reference and display other nodes that made up the spotlights and facts sections; embedded views; and an option to enter content into a series of different field collections that each had their own display styles. The site uses Panelizer to give content editors the ability to position the display of the content. We also used block placement logic and customization where the content section grouping is done through taxonomy. The taxonomy terms have custom fields for sidebar content, so that tagged nodes will have sidebar terms automatically applied to the node display. These can be moved around or removed completely using Panelizer. The spotlight and facts sections on the site were custom content created to show information about people, topics or college facts that content editors can use on various pages as needed, giving site visitors snippets of information without bogging them down with too much content. The overall goal of using this features was to make the job of content editors easier and tailored to the specific needs of BMC and its students.
Additionally, integration with non-Drupal content was a must for BMC, so while existing content was still being ported to Drupal, much of the legacy content still needed to be used and accessible to site visitors. Based on a whitelist for matching paths, the BMC team set up rules to direct page requests to Drupal or the legacy server. Because of the whitelist, Drupal path aliases needed to be very strict as to not miss any requests. Additionally, the BMC team applied the new theme to the legacy system so that site visitors jump between the Drupal and legacy content seamlessly without ever knowing.
Teamwork Pays Off
Working with the staff at Bryn Mawr College throughout the site building process allowed our team better access to the needs of BMC site visitors. We were also able to determine the best ways to develop content types and find modules that would make BMC’s content editors able to manage their new website on their own. As part of our on-going relationship with Bryn Mawr College, we have continued assisting them in moving their legacy content in to Drupal, and look forward to continuing our wonderful relationship in the future. By harnessing their knowledge of their school and their website needs, we were able to combine our skills to build out an incredible website that will serve as a wonderful tool for Bryn Mawr College and its students for years to come.