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A New England Revolution


The Independent Schools Association of Northern New England believes there is no purpose more worthy or essential than educating our children. In a day and age of voluminous quantities of information and imagery being rapidly disseminated, in a time when the pace of change is often dizzying, it is absolutely necessary that schools devote careful, personal attention to their students and accept the responsibility for developing values in their hearts as well as capabilities in their minds. 

ISANNE unites, supports and promotes its diverse member schools in a changing world. The problem was, their website hadn't changed along with the world. They were stuck in a proprietary beast of a CMS. It was not easy for non-technical staff to update the site content. They were having to go to the webmaster for many things they should have been able to do in-house. As a result, they were incurring unnecessary website maintenance costs. Also, their proprietary CMS didn't allow them to easily or cost-effectively add the enhanced functionality they wanted. In addition, the site design was looking tired and wasn't a proper reflection of ISANNE's evolving organization. It was time for a change to something better.

After discussing the goals for the new site with Atlas, it was determined they were a perfect fit for Drupal. Our team of Drupalistas would be able to customize the backend for them and make site maintenance super easy! In addition, the enhanced functionality they wanted (especially event registration, booking and ticket sales, which needed to be launched in time for their upcoming busy season) was well within the core capabilities of Drupal Commerce. Because Drupal is open source, everything they wanted could be handily accomplished for a fraction of the cost (in terms of both time and money) of implementing the same features in their proprietary system.

Along with a fresh, new look and feel for the site - and along with the ecommerce integration - there were numerous items they wanted in place for site launch, such as:

  • Private messaging
  • Forums
  • Member resources area
  • Member login
  • Member profiles
  • School profiles
  • Organic groups
  • Job search
  • Partner search
  • School spotlight

...and more.

So, we set to work. Mobile devices are proliferating around campuses. Our mobile-first approach to site building was a perfect fit for this project. Not only would the site look great and work on every platform, mobile devices would load the optimized code first. That means faster page loads - and that means happy users. Over the course of a few months, we worked hand-in-hand with the ISANNE team to develop the new site. Adhering to our five step process and through our weekly conference calls, we were able to keep the project focused on the core objectives, on-schedule and on-budget.

The end result?

Delivered in time for their busy season, ISANNE's website is now mobile-ready and responsive with a fresh, new look. Judging from the increased site usage and the tremendous positive feedback they received from everyone during their tour of events, their decision to work with Atlas ID to re-develop their website in Drupal has proven to be a wise one. All's well that ends well. :)

  • Mobile-first appraoch
  • Responsive Web Design
  • E-commerce
  • Powerful CMS
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Custom Module Development