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Drupal Primer

By Brian Egan on July 7, 2009 6:19 PM | Permalink

After my post Thursday, I realized: Do people even know what Drupal is? I thought today I'd take a step back to explain what Drupal is and how it can help the library.

Why do we need Drupal?

To understand why we need Drupal (pronounced /ˈdruːpəl/), let us first examine our current website. We have a ton of material scattered throughout the site. Some of it is well organized, some not, and organizational structures differ from section to section. Some of it conforms to the Web Style Guide, some doesn't. Some content is duplicated in multiple locations. Some information is uselessly out of date. The site is probably not easily accessible for users with disabilities. The navigational structure is inconsistent and often confusing. Search engine positioning is only mildly addressed, and naming conventions for our pages differ drastically from section to section. We don't have any sort of versioning to keep track of changes to our website, nor do we really offer any social tools.