With any complex web development project we realise that the work doesn’t start and finish with the actual development of the site and Drupal is no different. Today there are so many different technologies and paradigms available that it can be a little overwhelming and difficult to know where to start. ComputerMinds are only ever too happy to help you find your way through the fog with our consultancy services. Obviously by the very nature of consultancy the specifics of what we do on each project varies greatly but to give you an idea of some of the ways we can help keep reading!
A successful project starts by clearly gathering your requirements, it is often easy to overlook the importance of this step of the development process but without it you are almost certainly going to regret it as things develop. There are various forms this process can take but the end goal is something resembling a functional specification which can be handed over to the development team to deliver. We would usually start by looking at where you currently are, often looking at your current processes and using this as an opportunity to improve them when necessary and advising you on the best way forward in the Drupal world.
Once you have a clear idea of your requirements we can advise you on how best to present your solution to your users. The technical term for this is an Information Architecture; however, this is really just a fancy way of saying how we structure all your content so your users can best find what they’re looking for and what you want to show them. In its most basic form this would be how do we structure the site navigation to make it easy to move around.
Once your Drupal site has been delivered it is often the case that this is the start of a journey because Drupal is so easily extendable. It is not uncommon to want to add functionality as time goes on and we’re happy to advise you on the best ways of doing this. We can help by showing you what is possible from the community ‘out of the box’ right the way through to specifying new units of bespoke code to meet your requirements.
When ComputerMinds first came on board on this project the main requirement was one of consultancy. UCAS manages a number of sites which are supported by their in house development team. The first task was to come up with an elegant solution to their hosting woes. Under the legacy system UCAS were supporting quite a lot of technical resources when it came to hosting so that peaks in demand could be handled without any adverse effects.Read full case study