Drupal Case Studies are detailed overviews of well-crafted, innovative websites or applications built using Drupal.

If you don't want to submit a detailed write-up and just want to know what people think about your website, the "Show off your Drupal site" forum is the place for such posts.

How to write a case study

  • To submit a case study, use create case study form.
  • The case study must contain sufficient technical detail, but should be written in a way that non-technical readers can understand it.
  • Should be written in grammatically correct English and adhere to Drupal.org content style guide.
  • Provide a brief outline of the business case and the background to the project. You can give short description of the companies participating in the project (use "Brief overview" field).
  • Describe which CMSs/frameworks you've considered and why you've chosen Drupal. How Drupal met specific needs of you project (use "Why Drupal was chosen" field).
  • Discuss the project's goals and requirements, timeline and major milestones. What makes your project special? What project management approach you used? What was the outcome of the project? What business problems were solved? What results were achieved (e.g., increased traffic, better performance, etc.) as a result of using Drupal for this project? (use "Describe the project" field).
  • You can explain how many developers, designers, project managers, etc. were involved with the project and how they contributed to the outcome (use "Project team" field).
  • Provide one main and at least two or three additional screenshots of other web pages or significant site features.

If the case study does not follow the above guidelines, has too few (or no) descriptions and/or technical details added within a month, the case study will be removed from community case studies.

Moderators may ask you to improve your case study (via a comment on the case study, or on the issue if you've requested to be a Featured case study). If there are no improvements a month after notice, the case study will be removed from community case studies.

To add inline images, upload them to the case study issue and reference them with img src= (plus alt and title) in your text. Just remember, use images to enhance text, not replace it.

Note: you don't have to be the site owner or developer to create a case study. If you see an awesome Drupal site, contact the site owners. If they don't want to write a case study and don't mind if you do, ask their permission to write the case study for them!

If you are the site owner but don't have in-house staff to write your case study, you can outsource to one of our volunteer writers:

Examples of good Featured case studies:
FireCore - File Download e-commerce
Integrated Device Technology, Inc. - IDT.com
Show Your Concern
Access Self Storage
Visit Cornwall

Examples of good Community case studies:
Medecins sans frontieres
BonLook Eyewear
Wave House Mallorca
MotionWorks Physical Therapy
Fanzee - Celebrity Fanclubs

Examples of poor case studies:
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Featured / home page vs Community case studies

All case studies appear in the Community showcase first. High-quality case studies can be promoted to the Featured section after a community review. Recently featured case studies also appear on the drupal.org home page.

When a case study can be promoted to Featured

  • The site is live, well-maintained (no broken images, error messages etc.) and has up-to-date content.
  • The site has a custom theme (can be built off a base theme) and is visually appealing.
  • It's an outstanding example of a Drupal site. This means it's pushed the boundaries of performance, design, interaction, customization, or third-party integration.
  • The case study includes a detailed write-up of the project and follows the guidelines above.
  • Ideally, the project has contributed back to the Drupal community/project in some way.
  • The site is a positive example for business owners, site builders and developers to learn from.
  • The site is running a currently supported version of Drupal.

How to request promotion to Featured

Open an issue in the Content issue queue and explain why this case study should be featured.

Moderators will review your case study. They may suggest corrections to grammar, formatting, content, images, etc., as well as report any issues they find while looking over your website/project. You may be asked to make these changes yourself. Minor typos and formatting may be corrected in the case study by the moderator (all revisions can be reverted).

When the case study is deemed worthy of the front page, it will be promoted it to Featured section.

The Drupal.org front page block, "Sites made with Drupal," shows a random case study from the 10 most recently promoted to Featured.

Get involved

Case studies section is maintained by volunteers. You can help by reviewing and/or writing case studies.