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Drupal Intranet Implementation
Drupal Intranet Implementation

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How EPAORD Moved to Drupal 7 Jessica Dearie US EPA Office of Research and Development Office of Science Information Management Jessica Dearie IT Specialist Federal Government Employee ID: 534768 Download Presentation


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Drupal Intranet Implementation

How EPA/ORD Moved to Drupal 7



U.S. EPA, Office of Research and Development

Office of Science Information Management Slide2

Jessica Dearie

IT Specialist – Federal Government Employee

Web Application Developer turned IT Project ManagerMember of the DC Air National GuardJavier GonzalezSoftware Engineer, AboutWebTechnical Lead – ORD Drupal Migration Effort

About SpeakersSlide3

Old CMS was on it’s last leg

Embracing Open Government Initiative

www.epa.gov moving to DrupalEventually – all EPA intranet content will reside in an enterprise roll out of DrupalWhy Drupal?Slide4

Distributed Content Management

Most CMs had little to no Web CMS experience

New Information ArchitectureMigrate content from two sources: OpenCMS and WordPress

Not all content from either would migrate

Use One EPA Workplace site design

IE 7 as our agency standard browser

Our RequirementsSlide5

Easy to manage content


Web Theme createdUser Controlled Calendar FilteringBlog(s)News ArticlesOnline NewsletterGroup pages have slideshows, content boxes, filtered events


Two separate systems to migrate from


and WordPressHow to map old content to new architecture“Scrapping” a lot of old contentStrip all styling (lot’s of bad code)Maintaining



(topics and tags)

Incorporating new URL patterns and Node Hierarchy settingsMigration ConcernsSlide7

Drupal 7

LAMP stack

Two ServersDevelopment and ProductionContent not managed on development server – used to test new featuresLots of Contributed Modules and a few custom ones

Our Drupal Installation Slide8

Organic Groups

Node Hierarchy

ContextCalendar, Date … (several Date type modules)LDAPFAQ (eventually adding FAQ_Ask)Webforms

Modules – The Big OnesSlide9

The Good

Organizational (and some non-org) groups created.

Group pages were customized to create a template for organizational home pagesMultiple roles within each GroupContent managers can manage users within their groupThe BadDoes not play well with editorial workflows

Organic GroupsSlide10

The Good

Menus managed dynamically

Content stays well organizedThe BadHard to manage once site gets largeThe UglyMenu links to external content (I know, I know) requires admin Menu access

Breadcrumbs for content outside the hierarchy – Custom Breadcrumbs and Node Hierarchy fight for breadcrumb access.

Node HierarchySlide11

Allows block placement to be easily managed

Display menus created by Node Hierarchy

Displays fields of certain content types in sidebarDisplay special role-based links (Add Event, etc) Display filtered event content by group on group pagesContextSlide12

Created Event content type, and then built a filter-able calendar

Events use 2 taxonomy vocabularies – ‘Organization’ and ‘Event Type’

Exposed Filters allow users to filter calendarCalendar and DateSlide13

The Good

Use existing Active Directory Accounts to generate Drupal accounts

The BadInternal network issues has caused authentication problemsLDAPSlide14

The Good

Ability to create FAQ categories with Taxonomy and then generate FAQs based on topics

FAQ pages have many nice display optionsThe BadBreadcrumbs (Due to Node Hierarchy)Each question is it’s own content nodeThe Ugly

To make FAQs truly effective, and ready them for the


functionality, each question must be written so that it stands on it’s own.


The Good

Quick and easy form creation

Used for comment boxes, simple forms, etcThe BadInability to easily customize the submitted field key presents difficulties trying to POST forms to external applications


Basic Page (with sidebar displays)


FAQ – (created by FAQ Module)Group (OG group/Org home pages)Featured Content BlogNewsletter and Newsletter ArticleOSIM Service Catalog

Primary Content TypesSlide17


Navigation - PrimarySlide19

Navigation – Quick LaunchSlide20

Navigation - InternalSlide21

Group HomepagesSlide22

Group HomepagesSlide23

Group HomepagesSlide24


Customized Admin InterfaceSlide26

Workbench + Workbench Moderation

Doesn’t allow content managers to assign their own sub-editors – Adding users to sections still relies on

adminsMediaToo many issues for migrating our files with MediaNot enough time to develop a full solution Still investigating how to implement further media requirements

What we DIDN’T use and whySlide27

Make sure your development staff has the right kind of Drupal experience – and a lot of it!

Organize – figure out how you want to organize content - hierarchical vs. taxonomy based

Plan for requirements you expect to have, even if your content managers say they don’t need it.Media Management – make sure you have enough time to select a media solution – especially if you are doing a migration.

Lessons LearnedSlide28

Invest in training for your content managers

Make sure the interface for content managers is intuitive

Customize your interfaceDashboards Admin moduleDo your Research!Lots of modules do similar things

Spend time in the issue que

Invest in researching your modules before you start using them

Lessons LearnedSlide29

Rolling Drupal out to Lab and Center Sites

Each site runs it’s own technology (ColdFusion, Lotus Notes, Dreamweaver templates, etc)

Theme in additional navigation areaFeatures that will be available to allNewsBlogCalendar

Phase 2Slide30


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