Rebuilding the College Website During a Pandemic: A Journey of Discovery

Drupal Camp Asheville 2024 - July 12th-14th

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Kevin Pittman
Georgia Institute of Technology
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A look at my 2020 year-long project of migrating the website for the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech from a completely proprietary content system to Drupal 9, all while dealing with the uncertainties and headaches of a pandemic.  We'll explore how I dealt with finding and getting content out of a one-of-a-kind CMS with zero documentation and managed the project with virtually no help while keeping our Communications Director happy and getting the project done by the time she retired at the end of 2020.  Along the way we'll look at how I made heavy use of core components like Layout Builder, Media Library, and Views to both make the job easier and build a site that will be sustainable well into the future.  Of course, we'll finish up with lessons learned from the project and a look forward now that the site has been in use for half a year.

Target Audience

Anyone looking to move a large website into Drupal 8/9 from any other content management system, especially small teams and individual developers who don't have a lot of help.

Learning Objectives

Insight, tips, and tricks for managing a large site migration with a very small team.

Prior Technical Knowledge

A general understanding of website building in Drupal, ideally Drupal 8/9.