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20 + great Drupal 8 websites and case studies

By Craig Hanna

14th Mar 2019

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Drupal 8 is a uniquely powerful platform for design and build teams needing to deliver world-class digital experiences for their clients but sometimes it's hard to get your hands on great examples of live projects. To help out we've pulled together a collection of some of the best examples we've come across.

Some have been built using the DX8 platform but most haven't, they are just great examples of Drupal 8 being used to deliver fantastic digital experiences.

Imperial War Museums

Imperial War Museums recently took the decision to upgrade its website from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 with Deeson, and the results are impressive. The new website provides a compelling online experience and acts as a virtual museum, featuring a rich library of war photography, war stories, and exhibition details.

https://www.deeson.co.uk/

https://www.iwm.org.uk/

 

MCA Denver

At the heart of bustling LoDo, the MCA Denver promotes expression and experimentation both inside with its rotating exhibitions and out with innovative community events. Aten Design Group worked with MCA Denver to create a digital experience that is a direct extension of their unique, vibrant identity as a custodian of creative life in the Centennial State.

https://atendesigngroup.com/work/mca-denver

https://mcadenver.org/

Kineo

With a growing international presence, Kineo, part of the City and Guilds Group and a leading global provider of work-based training services needed the ability to re-platform their existing site and provide their content team with the ability to optimise and author new content on-the-fly. Working with Coherence and their proprietary software DX8 the Kineo content team have been able to take complete ownership of content authoring and page assembly on their site.

https://www.coherence.co.uk

https://www.kineo.com/

Ixia

San Franciscan agency Chapter Three undertook a complete design and development overhaul for leading network testing company Ixia. Their previous site was too large, slow and hard to navigate and administer. Chapter Three worked with Ixia’s design team in Drupal 8 to produce a print-friendly site that reduced size and complexity by 50% while easing administration.

https://www.chapterthree.com/work/ixia

https://www.ixiacom.com/

 

Special Olympics Canada

Looking to increase funding, volunteer support, and athlete engagement across the country, Special Olympics Canada (SOC) looked to Digital Echidna to deliver on both strategy and production. The result is a bilingual Drupal 8 site that is fully responsive and accessible, with ease of use and clean interface front and centre.

https://echidna.ca/work/special-olympics-canada

https://www.specialolympics.ca/

Much Law

When Much Shelist’s website was about to expire in 30 days, it needed to be moved to Drupal, fast. Working with Duo Consulting they planned a full brand redesign to go along with their digital efforts. Duo was able to leverage the existing Drupal backend to bring the project in on time while producing a complete style guide for future adaptations.

https://www.duoconsulting.com/case-study/much-shelist

https://www.muchlaw.com/

The Wilder Foundation

The Wilder Foundation, a prominent charitable foundation in St. Paul Minnesota, helps people across the metro area through service programs, leadership development and community building. They approached Electric Citizen for a web redesign featuring a flexible, responsive platform and integrations with previously built library’s. They also wanted a more persuasive content strategy going forward.

https://www.electriccitizen.com/work/community-foundation

www.wilder.org

YMCA Twin Cities

When the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities (YGTC) approached FFW they wanted them to work on their digital strategy, marketing and technology initiatives whilst leveraging their existing Open Y platform (built on Drupal 8). FFW was able to develop a new CX platform giving them the ability to track their digital goals and other KPI’s while improving SEO capabilities and their content management experience, allowing great scalability for the future.

https://ffwagency.com/work/ymca-twin-cities

https://www.ymcamn.org/

The College of Global Public Health

In 2015 the College of Global Public Health was formed by NYU to consolidate several public health-related degrees. Their mission, to promote and advance health equity by cultivating and inspiring public health scholars, practitioners and leaders to engage in action-oriented initiatives that span disciplinary and geographic boundaries. When CGPH sought to establish a web presence that was reflective of their values: forward thinking, diverse, and exclusively located in New York they looked to Four Kitchens.

https://www.fourkitchens.com/portfolio/nyu-college-global-public-health/

https://publichealth.nyu.edu/

Space Foundation

Space Foundations website is formed together of multiple programs that each cater to a different audience. When restructuring their website they sought guidance from Kalamuna on how to provide a more customer-focused UX for their audiences and increase traffic and donations.

https://www.kalamuna.com/portfolio/space-foundation/

https://www.spacefoundation.org/

Brand USA

Brand USA needed a website redevelopment that handled localisation issues as well as integrating with States-based services to ensure a smooth customer experience wherever they are. Mediacurrent utilised Acquia Lift, allowing the Brand USA team to observe users’ behaviours and learn how different world audiences interact with the site. Content preferences are also tracked contributing to a profile within Lift that centres around the user’s primary interests and other main topic categories.

https://www.mediacurrent.com/work/case-study/brand-usa/

https://www.visittheusa.co.uk

RCPCH

As a website that handles an audience of both membership holders and the general public, with many subgroups between, the RCPCH website sees a lot of daily traffic. It is a hub for its members, provides information and advice as well as CPD services, examinations and events. Its existing site needed a refresh as part of their digital transformation plans so they looked to NDP Studio’s to help.

https://www.ndp-studio.com/portfolio/royal-college-paediatrics-and-child-health

https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/

Starwood Retail

With a focus on developing communities as well as shopping destinations, Starwood Retail Partners’ 28 shopping malls and lifestyle centres can be found spanning the United States. Their corporate website needs to cater to retailers and provide information on locations as well as provide resources for potential investors. When they needed a new website they partnered with Palantir to see that information isn’t lost in the new design.

https://www.palantir.net/experience/starwood-retail-partners

https://starwoodretail.com/

SFWMD

Government agency the South Florida Water Management District manages water resources in the southern half of the state and covers 16 counties from Orlando to the Florida Keys. They needed a modern, user-friendly platform and a CMS that can comfortably handle large amounts of information. Agency Promet Source reduced their reliance on custom modules by using Drupal 8’s existing modules and code whenever possible.

https://www.prometsource.com/index.php/work/drupal-8-ada-web-accessibility-case-study-south-florida-water-management-district

https://www.sfwmd.gov/

Oxfam India

Oxfam is a rights-based organisation that links grassroots movements to local, national and global advocacy groups and policymakers. The Indian branch is a member of a global confederation of 17 others tasked with managing their nations shifting needs. When Oxfam India approached Srijan they highlighted the need for new team coordination mechanisms, payment failsafe’s and cost-effective web support.

https://www.srijan.net/case-study/drupal-website-improved-gateway-oxfam

https://www.oxfamindia.org/

Aerospace

Aerospace Corporation is ahead of the curve with exceptional content and thought leadership which is some of the best available in the industry, but their website wasn’t reflecting this. Third and Grove worked tirelessly to make this content more accessible across the site developing their layout and organisation to ensure Aerospace teams hard work doesn’t become overlooked.

https://www.thirdandgrove.com/aerospace-case-study

https://aerospace.org/

Jewish Education Project

Creating outstanding Jewish experiences for over 160,000 children, teens and families in 800 programs in Westchester, Long Island, and New York City the Jewish Education Project works to spread innovations and increase the impact of Jewish education. Before Unleashed Technologies helped they had 6 websites with differing CMS’s, requiring much work to maintain. Unleashed Tech migrated all properties to one server, automating much of their sites management and maintenance.

https://www.unleashed-technologies.com/our-work/maintaining-various-web-properties-nonprofit

www.jewishedproject.org

Teaching Tolerance

Southern Poverty Law Center created the program Teaching Tolerance as a way to educate young people in democracy and promote their greater participation. They needed a site that would enable rapid deployment and removal of new articles, as well as being able to reuse past assets as necessary. ThinkShout organised their existing sites into a learning plan builder, deep content library and a guided learning plan builder – making them classroom ready.

https://thinkshout.com/work/tolerance/

https://www.tolerance.org/

Crestone Capital

Since 1991 Crestone Capital has provided specialized wealth management to ultra-high-net-worth clients and currently has over 50 client families including CEO’s, founders, entrepreneurs, and more. They Partnered with Elevated Third for a full website redesign to focus on their staff, their teams and to serve as reinforcement to prospective clients trust.

https://www.elevatedthird.com/work/crestone-capital

https://www.crestonecapital.com/

Arsenal

Among the most popular Drupal 8 sites on the web, Inviqa and Phase2 made exceptional use of many of the standard modules packaged with a Drupal install. Built mobile-first and with an aim to transform their fan engagement with Arsenal’s new content hub and social media options up front, this site won the 2018 ‘Peoples Voice’ Webby Award and has become a favourite of Dries Buytaert himself.

https://inviqa.com

https://www.arsenal.com

Rethinking Guernica

When the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia asked Biko to undertake the most ambitious research and build ever undertaken on Picasso’s Guernica they had little idea how far it would take them. Utilising technologies such as Gigapixel imaging to bring new perspectives to the artwork and compiling catalogues of documentation and photo’s together for public search, Biko had their efforts recognised when awarded with ‘best 2018 Cultural Institutions Website’ from the Webby’s.

https://www.biko2.com

https://guernica.museoreinasofia.es

The Wildlife Trusts

In order to consolidate their localised sites whilst still allowing the 46 local trusts that make them their editing independence, CTI Digital chose to use Drupal 8 for it’s centralised content management options and custom branding tools. This choice has allowed them to continue to support their 800,000+ members in the way they have become accustomed while bringing the organisations profile up to the 21st century.

https://www.ctidigital.com

https://www.wildlifetrusts.org

About the author.

Craig Hanna, Sales and Marketing Director

Craig leads Sales and Marketing at Cohesion and is a regular keynote speaker across Europe and US on a range of topics from marketing to digital transformation. Craig has over 15 years of experience across the digital sector and has worked with DuPont, L'Oreal, KPMG, British Airways and Vodafone among many others.

By Craig Hanna

14th Mar 2019

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