British Epilepsy Association
Ixis IT have worked with the British Epilepsy Association for 4 years. We initially supported the private community site (user forums and blogs) then successfully won the contract for the full site migration of www.epilepsy.org.uk to Drupal along with ongoing Hosting & Support.
The Drupal 5 based site included news aggregation, Twitter integration, form based data collection, and exclusive members area with downloadable PDF back issues of the quarterly print magazine.
Key success points included:
Migration – Migration of existing 25,000 user base from legacy database system to Drupal. A batch system had to be written to allow mass importing due to the large amount of user profile data.
Hosting – We manage a stable and resilient dedicated server set-up. High uptime and low latency has helped Epilepsy Action continue to grow with users returning often.
Search engine optimisation – Care was taken to retain the old URL structure, and where it wasn’t being used correct redirects were used to ensure the site continued to be indexed cleanly.
Accessibility – Our design partner worked with Epilepsy’s marketing department to ensure the brand guidelines were adhered to. Accessibility was extremely important with the site complying with W3C and Bobby standards. Additional factors also had to be considered at various stages throughout the development