Building 195 networked Drupal 8 Sites with Pantheon's Upstream

Drupal Camp Asheville 2024 - July 12th-14th

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Brooke Heaton
Forum One

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is the largest school system in Virginia and the 10th largest in the United States, with more than 200 schools and centers serving 186,000 students. It's network of 195 school websites keeps this large community of students, parents and the public informed.

Struggling with an archaic patchwork of 'hand-made' sites, FCPS engaged Forum One to create a Drupal 8 enterprise platform that connects their sites centrally and provides ongoing code-updates via an 'Upstream' system.

This case-study session will explain how Forum One is building this network of 195 Drupal 8 sites that creates turn-key sites by combining an Upstream repository, installation profile, default configuration and default content.

We will look at how the Pantheon Upstream can quickly spin-up new sites while also pulling updates 'downstream' to be integrated into the Drupal sites. We'll also look at the specific architecture that allows for content syndication from a central website using Views, Feeds and Migration and how the Default Content module can be leveraged to provide 'out-of-the-box' and standardized content, menus, taxonomies, feeds and blocks.

This session will appeal to generalists, back-end specialists and DevOps specialist alike as it covers a range of topics from site-building to enterprise-level site management.

Some elements of this talk are covered in this Pantheon blob post: