Why Should You Build Your Higher Education Website in Drupal?


Drupal is the ideal CMS for higher education institutions such as Harvard and MIT, who have been using the platform for over eight years.

The constantly evolving open-source platform offers powerful functionality coupled with high security protocols, which are appealing for industries that are housing sensitive or personal information. And schools that want specific functionality based on their own campus needs can look to the Drupal community or to a Drupal agency and inquire about custom module development. The other huge benefit is that site administrators can provide input on the interface to ensure ease-of-use and comfortability.

This generates a website that is customized to their institution.

If you’re looking to find a solution to enhance student enrollment, the first place to investigate is how your website is engaging prospective students.

We understand these challenges for educational institutions having built websites for Harvard, Stanford, McGill University, University of Delaware, University of British Columbia, University of Victoria and Lethbridge College.

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The Drupal content management system is successful in the higher education space because it’s been able to address key pain points that come along with managing and maintaining complex sites with hundreds of different contributors from various departments and schools. Managing a university’s entire web presence, maintaining and implementing a current content strategy, and keeping compliant with campus-wide standards and accessibility guidelines isn’t easy. Thankfully, Drupal addresses these challenges and has become the top choice for higher education websites.


Content Generation

Drupal administrators do not need to understand code or be web experts. By tailoring the interface to client’s needs, it allows simplicity and efficiency for simple tasks like updating content, adding images, and embedding videos. Drupal is specifically designed to effectively create and update new content.

North Studio has created a custom layout system and component structure, Build Lab. The grid implements an easy drag and drop interface for adding and editing content on website pages.


Branding and Design

Staying on brand, being compliant with campus-wide standards and having the ability to adapt quickly have all proven to be a hassle with other proprietary web platforms. Drupal allows for a consistent user experience across many websites by adhering to design templates. You even have the ability to create clones of sites in Drupal.


Seamless Operations and Accessibility

The goal of educational institutions is to create a site that accommodates not only its administration and faculty, but also its students. This is where user experience is a top priority. It needs to be easy for students to access the site and find the information they are looking for. In the first stage of our Drupal development process we develop a UI/UX strategy based on the target audience. This then becomes part of our analytics-driven strategy based on user behaviours.


This May Google updated its algorithm that prioritizes mobile-first content and websites. The criteria for mobile-responsiveness has become more sophisticated due to a growing demand. The majority of organic searches occur on mobile, equaling 100 billion searches a month, with consumers spending an average of three hours and 16 minutes a day on their smart phone.

The Drupal community has taken a progressive stance amidst this digital transition.

It’s latest version, Drupal 8, isn’t just mobile friendly: it’s mobile first. All of the themes are responsive, meaning they are compatible with any device whether its iPhone, tablet, or desktop. Administrative pages are also simple to use on mobile devices, making it easy to post photos and videos to clients’ websites. The new administrative experience features a lightweight, mobile-first ‘Back to site’ button that directs back to the last front-end page.


Drupal is the trusted CMS for highly secure government websites such as The White House. Yes, POTUS is rocking a Drupal site. Drupal has established a legacy for security because of extensive and comprehensive security audits.

There are thousands of Drupal developers in the community, including a security team that are constantly testing and evaluating security vulnerabilities. The support and resources offered by the Drupal community allow for enhanced security through consistent monitoring and the creation of modules to create a security forcefield.


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