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New site launched for Food Growing Schools

As part of our new working partnership with organic growing charity, Garden Organic, we've spent time over the summer working on a new website for one of their projects, Food Growing Schools: London (FGSL).

The FGSL project has been running for a number of years and works towards the aim of seeing every school in London involving its pupils in food growing projects. Originally Lottery funded, the project was due to come to a close at the end of the 2016/2017 school year when the Lottery funding ended. However, a new funder was found late in the school year which has enabled the project to continue.

In a bid to share resources with the wider Garden Organic project, the FGSL team asked us to look at migrating the previous stand-alone FGSL website into the Drupal platform - a challenge we were happy to rise to.

The team at Adaptive were really responsive and supportive throughout the whole process and ensured everything went smoothly.
Adam Wright, Communications Executive, Food Growing Schools: London

Using the Drupal Domains Access module, we were able to create the new site within the same Drupal installation as the main Garden Organic website - leaving them still with just a single installation to host and maintain going forward for the whole organisation.

A custom theme was created for the FGSL site based on the existing project branding and suitable roles and permissions were set up across the Drupal installation to enable FGSL content to be created and managed completely separately from the existing Garden Organic content, but with the option for both sites to share common content if and when applicable.

Content was manually migrated to the new website by FGSL's communications team with support from Adaptive. The previous site also had a blog section powered by Wordpress, which we were able to successfully migrate over lock-stock and then re-theme to match the look and feel of the new Drupal website.

A core element of the site is the Schools Survey, used to engage schools in the first instance with the project and to monitor progress of the project's KPIs ongoing. This was successfully produced using the standard Drupal Webforms module. Additional integrations on the site include an email newsletter signup option delivered by Dotmailer and social sharing tools from AddThis.

Adaptive were quick to understand the needs of the project and to help with identifying what our key requirements were. The team worked well with us to ensure a smooth transition.
Colette Bond, Head of Education, Garden Organic

The new website was completed and went live in late August, perfectly timed for the start of the new school year.

Feedback on the project from the team at Garden Organic has been very positive.

FGSL Project Manager and Head of Education for Garden Organic, Colette Bond, said "Adaptive were quick to understand the needs of the project and to help with identifying what our key requirements were. The team worked well with us and our partner organisations to ensure a smooth transition!"

Adam Wright, FGSL's Communications Executive, was very hands on with the development of the new website from the client's perspective, working to transfer much of the content over from the previous version of the site.

Adam said of his experience of working with us on the project: "The team at Adaptive were really responsive and supportive throughout the whole process and ensured everything went smoothly.

"They did a great job of breaking down the complex, technical talk into simpler, more manageable steps while helping me learn a lot along the way. I'm glad we chose to work with Adaptive on this project and proud of what we achieved in a short time frame."

Speaking about the project, Adaptive's Head of Client Services, Steve Allen, said: "The FGSL team approached us with the task of rebuilding the existing website in Drupal with tight budgets and timescales for the project. We were able to successfully address both challenges by building the site into the existing Drupal framework for the Garden Organic site."

"This enabled us to create the new site for them in a very short time and, working closely with the FGSL team on content migration, we were able to have the site build completed and launched in plenty of time for the start of the new school year."

Steve added: "The project is a really good example of how Drupal can be utilised to deliver multiple websites from the same Drupal installation. This gives our clients the benefit of only having a single installation to have to host and maintain whilst still being able to present what look like completely separate multiple websites to visitors."

View the new website and find out more about the FGSL project at www.foodgrowingschools.org.

For more information on creating multiple websites from single Drupal installations, or for any other help and advice on Drupal development projects, please contact the Adaptive team and we'll be happy to help.