Drupal in Ireland - Project 5
As part of our series of showcasing what Drupal is doing in Ireland, we are happy to bring you another awesome online experience that Drupal has created.
Project 5 - Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Monsoon Consulting worked with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to build the next generation of DLR websites and internal intranet platform, using Drupal 7 as the content management system.
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is the local authority responsible for delivering high quality services and infrastructure for its population, ranging from housing and libraries to local tourism and planning. The existing website presented several problems as it was built around County Council Departments rather than citizens, and used multiple platforms with inefficient content delivery. Our project team took a strategic approach to produce a user-centred and easily managed, public service website. The responsive new website better showcases the wide range of services and activities offered to DLR residents, visitors and businesses.
Drupal was chosen as the content delivery platform for this project for a number of reasons. This open source software served as a fully customisable, scalable solution to cope with a content-heavy platform. DLR were already using Drupal for its Libraries and Events websites and were happy with its highly flexible and responsive features. A group structure with permissions and roles was defined, within which content editors could easily publish SEO friendly content.
Several Drupal modules were implemented to refine site navigation, performance and content retrieval. Solr Search improves the speed and relevancy of search results, while Scald Library enables effective document management. Other Drupal highlights include page content feedback, Organic groups for editors, term related map pins and a news publication workflow.
Overall, Monsoon Consulting delivered an end-to-end solution to a local government that will improve the access to information for all the website visitors, and the content management process for the DLR internal web team.