Having a Drupal support partner has led to increased efficiency for our higher education clients through on-call troubleshooting and building custom modules.
Having a website that makes it easy to have different user controls is a huge benefit for higher education institutions that have to coordinate between multiple departments, while also allowing different access points for professors and students. But if a Drupal website isn’t implemented or updated properly it can lead to more problems than solutions.
We understand these challenges for educational institutions having built Drupal websites as well as being Drupal support partners for Harvard, Stanford, McGill University, University of Delaware, University of British Columbia, University of Victoria and Lethbridge College.
Check out how these Drupal features can add efficiency for higher education institutions through having a support partner:
1. MULTI-SITE FUNCTIONALITY
Most universities and colleges maintain multi-faceted websites, ones that serve a broad range of purposes including represent different brands or affiliate organizations. By leveraging Drupal’s built-in multi-site functionality, institutions provide their departments with a substantial toolbox and relevant media types for communicating with students, staff, and other users.
This multi-site capability helps institutions break out independent websites by giving control and ownership to individual departments. This control structure significantly reduces administrative overhead from the IT office. Drupal also have the ability to build intranets, an addition that makes it easier to communicate with staff through an internal network.
But, if there is a website bug or Drupal update required it can create confusion between the departments and their IT teams. Having a Drupal support partner ensures accountability and reliability from a main point of contact with the sole focus of alleviating website concerns.
2. CONTENT & USER ACCESS CONTROL
Drupal’s site roles allow site administrators to create privileges grouped together by access level, function, and role. These permission sets can be assigned to groups of users rather than manually granting privileges to each and every user. Permission sets help decentralize task responsibilities which is exceptionally beneficial on higher education websites where professors, students, alumni, and guest site visitors require unique user experiences and different access rights.
The domain access module enables sharing content across multiple sites quickly, allowing site owners to share configuration settings and users among various college or university portals. If you ever need to make a substantial change to the module or how users get access control, it can be useful to have a Drupal support partner. We’ve even investigated similar issues for Drupal 8 builds.
3. COLLABORATION MODULES
Most colleges and universities house complex content on their website such as course schedules, calendars, videos and PDFs. Drupal provides powerful collaboration features and document management for back-end users. These systems are not typically part of the public front-end but are critical for faculty and students who require access to manuals, handbooks, procedural guides, and research documents.
Drupal’s collaboration modules ensure your website maximizes your team efficiency by leveraging Drupal’s functionality.
Does your higher educational institution have Drupal website goals that aren’t being met? Find out how we can increase your team efficiency by being a support partner.