The site makes heavy use of the Domain Access, and Domain Theme modules to provide multiple sites on top of a single shared content repository. Content is published to one, or both of the available domains depending on business needs.
The site also makes heavy use of the Location suite of modules to provide location based services such as “Where’s my nearest” functionality for finding various council managed services such as leisure centres, allotments, and community centres.
The sites feature over 150,000 nodes, including details of properties that the authorities are responsible for and details of council meetings, and minutes.
The domain module allowed the authorities to choose how content was managed across the two sites, allowing re-use without any duplication of effort or ownership, this was a key aim of the project.
Modules such as Location and GMap allow the site to present relevant local information to citizens, and help the authorities with their channel-shift goals to provide the information that people need easily online. The bulk data that the authority has is managed using the Feeds module to integrate data from other business systems into Drupal, including electoral information, refuse collection data, property and planning data.
The site uses Apache Solr integration to power the site search to allow more flexibility than Drupal’s built in search features.