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Adaptive Review - Q3, 2018

October already and, as several gruff Northerners are known to have said, “Winter is coming"! As we head into the final few months of 2018, we look back at what the Adaptive team have been up to over the last quarter.


New website launches delivered by the Adaptive team over the summer have included two new Drupal multi-site builds utilising Drupal’s powerful Domain Access module. The module enables you to build multiple websites – each with their own branding, navigation, content and designs – from within a single Drupal installation.

Mencap Trust

The Mencap Trust Company is an independent Trust service set up by UK charity, Mencap. Having previously had information about the Trust as part of the main Mencap.org.uk website, the need arose to create a standalone site for the Trust Company to enable the information to be more easily found.

Rather than having to start from scratch on a completely new website build, the Adaptive team have been able to utilise the Domain Access features within the main Mencap website to deliver the new site for the Trust in a quick and cost-effective way. See the new site at www.mencaptrust.org.uk

Lichfield BID

The Domain Access module has also come into its own on our recent project for the Lichfield District Council tourism team. Following the launch of the new Visit Lichfield website back in June, we used the Domain Access module to enable us to also deliver a new website for the Lichfield Business Improvement District (BID) from the same platform.

As part of the joint project, the new BID website -  www.lichfieldbid.co.uk – launched in July and has been a big hit with BID Manager, David Tomalin.

Speaking about his experience of working with Adaptive on the project, David said: “Developing a new website is never easy [but] meeting with Adaptive was a very reassuring experience, as they will very quickly work with you to develop your vision. They are helpful and supportive but never intrusive or pushy.”

“This continues the style through the build process, with a great team of individuals who want to make things work for you, without fuss or hassle, quickly understanding your issues and concerns and converting that into a reality that really works.”

Drupal / thankQ CRM integration

September saw the launch of a new version of the Members online portal for horticultural charity, Garden Organic.

The organisation uses the Access thankQ CRM system from The Access Group and we’ve been working closely with the teams at both Garden Organic and The Access Group for several months to fully integrate Garden Organic’s Drupal site directly with their thankQ CRM via the system’s various APIs.

The new portal enables users to register and pay for new memberships online as well as view and amend their personal details and marketing preferences held by Garden Organic. Both members and non-members can also use the portal to make one-off or recurring donations to the charity and to book places on the organisation’s various events too.

With the new portal now in place, we’ll be looking to further enhance the features for Members in the coming months. We’re also working with another charity client to look at further enhancing their Drupal/thankQ integration too.

We’ll have a more detailed case study on our Drupal/thankQ integration work soon.

New Drupal Support clients

We’re delighted to have begun working with several new clients over the summer to who we’re now providing our ongoing Drupal support and development services.

Independent Age are a UK charity delivering practical support, advice and campaigns to help older people to continue to live independent lives in their later years. Adaptive have been successfully selected to replace their previous agency, who are moving away from Drupal services, and we are excited to be providing ongoing Drupal support, development and hosting for the charity ongoing.

Also joining our growing list of Drupal support clients is Adder Technology – renowned providers of KVM (Keyboard, Video and Mouse) and IP services and solutions for IT systems. We will be delivering Drupal support and development for their website – adder.com – as well as hosting the site in a dedicated Drupal-optimised cloud environment via Amazon Web Services.

We’re also pleased to be providing additional service for various different areas of the Mencap charity. In addition to our existing work on their main website, we’ll also be delivering Drupal developments for the charity’s Gateway Award scheme and also their online community, Your Network.

Find out more about Adaptive’s Drupal support and development services here.

In Other News

In September, Drupal founder Dries Buytaert announced the official roadmap for Drupal’s future versions and we’ve been looking at what that means for our clients and their current websites’ life spans. Read our blog post here.

We were also pleased to announce last week that our Drupal services are now available on the UK Government's Digital Outcomes and Specialists 3 (DOS) framework. Having previously been a part of the G-Cloud 8 and 9 frameworks, we are delighted that our application has now been successful for the Digital Outcomes and Specialists 3 framework. Read more here.

Coming Up

We’re looking forward to launching fantastic site redesigns for two of our clients in the coming weeks – Linkwave and IIC. We’ll also be going live with a new development for animal charity, Cruelty Free International too later this month. More on all of these projects soon.

We’re also working on an exciting new development project for Mencap and are about to start providing our Drupal support services to four additional new clients too. They include two more charities, a cyber-security company and a UK legal firm. We’ll be able to share more details of these in our next review towards the end of the year.

If you'd like to know more about any of the projects featured in this post, or to find out how Adaptive could help with your next Drupal site build or ongoing support requirements, please do get in touch.