Drupal was selected for this project based on several factors. First, its focus on structured data fit well with Rainforest Alliance’s need for portable and searchable content. Second, the deep integrations with Apache Solr allowed for a nuanced content relation engine. Solr was also used to power the various search interfaces. Third, Drupal has historically had powerful workflow tools for managing content. While these tools weren’t quite ready for Drupal 8 when we built it, we knew they would be simple to integrate when they were ready. In short, Drupal was a perfect fit for the immediate needs, and Drupal 8 met the organization’s longer term goals.
Over the years, the Rainforest Alliance has cultivated a repository of structured content to support their mission. While the content is primarily displayed as long form text, there is a wide variety of metadata and assets associated with each piece of content. One of the primary goals of the new site was to enable discovery of new content on the site through automatic selection of related content driven by the metadata of the content the user was viewing. Additionally, the Rainforest Alliance had a future requirement for advanced permissioning and publishing workflows to enable stakeholders outside of the web team to play a role in the content lifecycle.
After some initial consultation, the Rainforest Alliance was looking to build a responsive Drupal 8 website, which included both building out new content types and migrating existing content from their then-current Drupal 7 site. It needed to be ready to launch on a 4 month timeline, by the end of September 2016.
The project followed a highly collaborative, agile project management style such that the Rainforest Alliance could provide wireframes, design and UX direction, technical specifications, user testing and QA for all content types, and Last Call would carry out all Drupal Development, including theming, and project management, providing guidance based on our expertise and best practices. The result was arguably the most impressive Drupal 8 site, launched within a year of D8's initial release, and in time for Rainforest Alliance's major end-of-year donation campaign.
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