New Brand. New Home Page.
The home page refresh was driven by a number of requirements; replacing the carousel with video, emphasizing news and events, and adding visual cues from the new branding.
Hello Layout Builder
While the site already makes extensive use of the paragraphs module, the Duo team quickly recommended using the new Layout Builder now in Drupal core. Paragraphs has been a Duo goto module since Drupal 7. And now with Layout Builder, Duo has created a set of reusable blocks and layout configurations which jump start the building process. From there, we built new components for the pages, which included custom styling controls giving site admins more visual design flexibility.
Having worked with another developer on the initial Drupal 8 build, their internal dev team had some concerns with working together on code and deployments. And a major change to the navigation would have profound effects on the rest of the site. With the complexity of recategorization, Duo had to manage shifting links to the new navigation scheme, but also do this on a live site. All this while the North Central dev team was actively maintaining the site, updating core, and other configuration. We setup new menus which the North Central team could populate, while we were able to pull the database locally when needed, and handle all other changes through Drupal configuration. This made it possible to push the new menu and home page live without downtime.
Working with an existing Drupal site can present its own set of challenges, but with Duo’s deep Drupal experience North Central College was able to implement this important project smoothly, and early feedback has been very positive! With this first engagement, Duo and North Central have established a collaborative relationship and the foundation of future site enhancements.