Program in Law and Public Affairs

When Princeton University’s Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) approached Inforest about reworking their existing site, they knew they needed to fix their broken, proprietary content management framework with something robust yet easy to manage. Drupal was an obvious choice for the project, particularly given Drupal’s support for managing large communities of users and it’s flexibility in both building and presenting site content, two important objectives for the LAPA website. In addition, Drupal also promised to be a good starting point for future site improvements LAPA was considering.

Inforest managed the migration of content from the old website to Drupal with a combination of database queries and the Drupal Feeds module. Using the Drupal Views module and custom templates, various indexes, summary and detail pages were created from this content. Redirects were added to make sure visitors and search engines can find these pages after the site was launched.

Rather than attempt to migrate hundreds of user accounts, Inforest utilized the Rules module to automatically grant ownership of profile content to a user by matching the email address of the user to the profile. This eliminates the bulk of user accounts that were never used, as well as making it easy to disable or eliminate user accounts in the future, helping make the site more secure.

The result is an improved LAPA website which is dramatically easier to maintain, reclaiming hours every week that were previously used to administer the site. The redesigned site is mobile-friendly and helps bring a brighter focus to the many events and programs LAPA sponsors throughout the year.