In 2017 Ohio University embarked on a three-year project to migrate their website to Drupal. To meet the needs of the 30,000+ students with associated faculty and staff, along with potential students and families, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) wanted a website that was secure, accessible, and uniformly branded. They chose Drupal over their previous content management system because it would be easier to use and maintain. When they needed help to meet their deadline for the project, they turned to their partner GlobalSourceIT who recommended the Drupal experts at Kosada.
Kosada quickly got up to speed with the migration process — a collaboration among OIT, the university's marketing team, and the faculty/staff who manage the content. With Kosada's help, OIT was able to step up their pace. In addition to the routine migration, Kosada implemented special features that some departments needed, such as safety measures on the Survivor Advocacy Program's site for people escaping domestic violence.
Over the first two years of the migration, OIT's web team had accumulated a backlog of issues. Kosada helped pay off this technical debt. By replacing temporary solutions with Drupal best practices, auditing the team's custom code, and preparing for the Drupal 8 to 9 update, Kosada strengthened the site in order to reduce future maintenance costs.
After the migration was complete, OIT kept Kosada on for several months to help prepare the web team to be self-sufficient going forward. Team members improved their Drupal skills through mentoring, code review, and training sessions provided by Kosada's developers.
Ohio University's site is now fully migrated, and OIT's web team is empowered to continue improving it. Thanks in part to Kosada, the site integrates with services such as Digarc Acalog, Digital Measures by Watermark, Aurora Information Systems’ FoodPro, and Microsoft Active Directory. From streamlining the day-to-day paperwork to bringing the campus community together for a virtual commencement, the revamped site serves the university's 11 campuses and worldwide audience. In 2020, the site ranked among the top 10 university websites in the US for accessibility.