The 25th NSF EPSCoR Conference

Migration to Drupal, theming, and design for the Montana NSF EPSCoR Program

About the client

The 25th NSF EPSCoR National Conference is hosted by a Montana NSF EPSCoR Program. This meeting will gather people from across the USA to talk about science, education, and outreach. The Conference is open to NSF EPSCoR jurisdiction-selected faculty, students, VIPs, and staff.

Goals

Our web development agency ADCI Solutions achieved several goals: we migrated the structure of a website from Drupal 6 to Drupal 8, changed and optimized it to make content management easier for admins and user experience better for visitors.

The project required a mobile-first theme development with a clean and simple layout, a prominent slideshow on the front page, and an easy access to key event information including location, logistics, program, and a map.

Design

We were provided with a wireframe so the main goal was to create modern bright graphics for a website. Every step of a design process was discussed with a client and program committees. It took us several iterations to create an overall design. We took into account the fact that content will be changed by the client. For that reason, we illustrated several situations of pictures, links and other content collaborating with each other.

The main colors of the website are white and blue, several red accents for buttons were added too. We also used slight shadows to brighten the main content.

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Theming

This theme was developed using a mobile-first strategy. Nowadays mobile overtook desktop computers as people’s preferred device to access the Internet. To help a client achieve his goals, we paid a particular attention to the convenience of users of such devices.

Migration

The previous version of the website was developed with Drupal 6. Due to the fact that Drupal 6 support was stopped, it was decided to use Drupal 8, migrate all contents and develop a new responsive theme. We are not simply transferred a structure of the website but also optimized it so that the client and users feel comfortable working with it.

Conclusion

All in all, we migrated a website from Drupal 6 to Drupal 8, developed a new responsive and user-friendly theme. We copied all content and optimized a website structure. This Conference highlights unique aspects of the NSF EPSCoR program through invited speakers and interactive sessions. We’re extremely honored to be the company that was trusted to perform such a responsible work. We welcome you to visit The 25th NSF EPSCoR National Conference website

Cast

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Erlan Aytpaev

Team Lead
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Dmitry Chuchin

Front-end Developer
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Tatiana Shulgina

Lead Designer

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