Acharya Narendra Dev College Homepage Screenshot

In the past, the college website was managed by a third-party vendor that pushed intermittent updates to the website as and when they got the content and email requests. The revision control was flawed because small and instant changes that can now be made at the click of a button by any student or teacher, was not possible earlier since the people who did the content never had the technical know-how to edit through HTML embedded in the database.

With Drupal and the WYSIWYG module, all that has changed because when a person edits a page, they see a toolbar they've always been familiar with on their favourite word processor. Drupal writes the HTML for you. All you need to do is create your pages like you would while creating documents or composing an email using your webmail service.

Change is good but it is always good to know that we could revert to a previous page because Drupal even maintains a history of the content created. Elegant but only so complex to allow anyone to be an administrator.

Why Drupal was chosen: 

Acharya Narendra Dev College decided to switch from an ASP-driven hosted on a Microsoft Server to a Linux box running Apache as part of a larger initiative to let Delhi University (DU) be powered only by Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). We chose Drupal because of its immense flexibility and simplified learning curve as users can move from being users to administrators as time passes by without needing to understand the interface to the website all over again. Drupal doesn't require a lot of resources on our shared hosting set-up at DU, thus making the resources already available to us sufficient for the website we intended to create. Since our website went live we have had no problems of spam or downtime faced by similar websites on other content management systems.

We hope to continue to move the rest of the University's websites to Drupal and thank the community for all the help we've got.

Describe the project (goals, requirements and outcome): 

Drupal does Analytics

We were tired of using external analytics services as they only allowed a certain amount of flexibility to sift through the hundreds of pages of results, not to mention the increased page load time with the JavaScript includes. Drupal does a terrific job of statistics. We've got rid of all the external scripts and now see a much improved page load time.

Have you seen that module database?

Everyone know Drupal is extensible and it has an excellent set of modules both out-of-the-box as well as on the modules section of the Drupal website. Today we thought Drupal did everything we wanted. Tomorrow we have other needs and where we non-developers would usually get stuck - Drupal has a module to make that a non-issue. Everything from event-management to embedding PDFs into the website, there's a module available at your service.

Why these modules/theme/distribution were chosen: 

These modules help us create and configure the website to our specific needs.