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MIT School of Science

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Drupal Version 
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Brief Overview 

MIT’s School of Science wanted to move from a flat HTML site to a full-featured Drupal content management system, complete with a ground-up redesign. The ambitious new build includes feed-driven listings for faculty, departments, academic programs, news and events in addition to housing the school newsletter and policies/procedures database, all nested within a gorgeous, responsive framework.

Launch or Publication Date 
Monday, September 10, 2012
MIT School of Science
Key Modules, Theme, and Distribution Used 
Modules: Feeds, Workbench moderation, Panels Theme: Zen Distribution: N/A
Why these Modules, Theme, and Distribution were Chosen 


Feeds: Many content types, including News, Events, Schools/Programs/Centers and Faculty/Staff come from external sources. The Feeds module is used to manage this data.

Workbench moderation: Workbench moderation manages a complex role based content workflow including authoring, moderation and publishing.

Panels: Panels were used for assistance in responsive layouts and CTools custom content plugins for complex logic.

Zen Theme: Zen is a simple and stripped-down starter theme great for full customization. It comes built in with SASS and a responsive framework.

Owner's Name 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Development Company 
Common Media, Inc.
Common Media is a web development and consulting firm headquartered in Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley. We specialize in open-source and custom-built content management solutions for startups, schools, universities, foundations, media and publishing companies. Our finest work is performed in conjunction with best-in-class design and branding partners, and we take special pride in matching our partner’s level of execution with intuitive and dependable back-end solutions.
Why Drupal Was Chosen 
There is a movement at MIT dedicated to using Drupal as their primary new website platform.
Describe the Project (Goals, Requirements, and Outcome) 

MIT’s School of Science required a custom designed site that could handle multiple listing feeds throughout many areas and house a database of newsletters, policies and procedures for the department. Drupal in itself was a requirement because of MIT’s dedication to using Drupal throughout their schools. A mobile-friendly design with the new look was also asked for and included. The result is a robust, multi-layered Drupal 7 powered site with a sleek responsive design and framework and highly-functioning database system.

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