Describe the Project (Goals, Requirements, and Outcome):
Our goal was to end up with an online that looked like it was from a top-notch design agency. One that we could be proud of for several years. One that looked great on mobile. One that could display our portfolio in a creative new way.
In order to facilitate mobile browsing we opted for a long vertical homepage with plenty of short blurbs of content, and added a bit of very subtle parallax for visual interest.
For our portfolio section, which consisted largely of factbooks and brochures, we opted for the Turn.js jQuery script because it worked very nicely on mobile and gave a clean and crisp page turn effect.
Upon completion we've seen our search engine ranking skyrocket as we now had content that could be indexed, and also because we considered our SEO all the way through.
Whereas for previous several years our executives did not mention the Davies URL when pitching services (because they were embarrassed about the state of the site), now our new Drupal site is being proudly boasted and used in collateral and outreach programs.
We couldn't be happier with the result, and with the way Drupal was able to flex and adjust to meet our needs exactly.
Why Drupal Was Chosen:
We compared most of the available CMS's. Our primary consultant on the web build had previous experience with Drupal and was very enthusiastic about its modularity. When we saw the number of very large sites that used Drupal as well as the security, roles and number of modules available, it was abundantly evident that this was the platform to use.
Key Modules, Theme, and Distribution Used:
CTools CCK Field
Why these Modules, Theme, and Distribution were Chosen:
Views and CTools were instrumental in creating the basic framework from where we could build out the site. We had so much content that we needed Views scripts to help organize it into collection pages like news and media. Also, in creating content types for our less techie editors, we needed simple workflows to be able to add items into the portfolio or into the collection pages as simply as possible.
Panels, and its Stylizer, was a great time-saver for us in building out the content. And finally, when we discovered the Turn.js script and updated our jQuery we couldn't have been happier with the way we could showcase our portfolio in a way to flowed and loaded quickly on all platforms and devices.