Drupal was selected as the CMS because of its flexibility, ability to add more features and seamlessly scale to the varied and emerging new needs of this enterprise organization.
An overall theme was created for Sport Manitoba and its programs. Each program was made distinguishable by its unique colour and logo, however page layouts, navigation, and overall “look and feel” are now shared. The new solution allows for shared content such as news items to be entered by the overall site administrator into the database and served up onto the sites using that site’s identity, including its colour. The site administrator is also now able to select which websites display, or don’t display, the promoted content.
Drupal’s “Organic Groups” module, with some additional custom configuration, was used to address the multisite authoring, content sharing, workflow and governance requirements. It allows the build of a multisite website using one shared database but with a number of different site editor permissions, accessibility and content visibility settings.
Although Drupal is capable of content migration for standard platforms, the proprietary CMS forced a manual migration of content to the new CMS. Following the migration, the content was manually checked. Due to the complexity of the project and the migration requirements, extra training was required to ensure a smooth transition to the new solution and to stay within the client’s budget.