Content Before Code: A D8 Success Story

Bec White: Development Operations Manager, Palantir.net
Michelle Jackson: Web Strategist, Palantir.net

Getting content ready for launch is tough for all involved, especially clients. They are often faced with two challenges - tailoring their content to audience needs and restructuring their content to align with the architecture of the new site.

It can take months for product owners to develop content, a process that relies on writing the content and managing internal feedback cycles from the CEO to program-level staff. Clients who envision a seamless transition between development and launch are faced with a mad dash of content entry, or a protracted pre-launch period where the development team is no longer available to respond to questions.

Many of the current solutions available to developers and content strategists pose problems as well. Allowing clients to access the development environment so they can add content as the site is built can introduce unexpected configuration changes and create duplicative work when developers need to make architectural changes to content types or taxonomy. Updating and restructuring content on an existing Drupal 6 or 7 site in preparation for migration can limit the client's ability to restructure content. It can also create missed opportunities for the client to update critical information architecture structures like the primary navigation and taxonomies.

To minimize this issue, Palantir.net gave AcademyHealth, an external content development tool, GatherContent, to integrate into their Drupal 8 development process.

  • In this webinar you will learn how to:
  • Use GatherContent to create content
  • Migrate structured content in conjunction with Drupal 8
  • Collaborate with clients in planning, structuring and curating content prior to development