When I founded Duo nearly 20 years ago, my goal was simple: I wanted to help organizations communicate with their clients and prospects online. Today we use Drupal to help organizations take a strategic approach to website and design in development.
One of our primary areas of focus is higher education. After all, 71 of the top 100 universities in the world use Drupal. Every Ivy League school has websites using Drupal. In fact, 26%of all .edu websites use Drupal — that’s twice as high as the number of sites using Wordpress.
Higher Ed and Drupal are a natural fit.
Over the course of the coming months, my team and I will use this blog to go in-depth into why the two work so well together.
We will explain some of the most important reasons why Drupal is so popular among educational institutions. From multi-site functionality and complex integrations to personalization options and unique collaboration tools, we will dig deep into what Drupal offers and how it can benefit your institution.
But that’s not all we’ll be looking at. We’re also going to place a major emphasis on website accessibility. Many of our clients don’t realize how inaccessible content on their site is. And when it comes to higher education, schools could be sued or lose funding if their websites don’t meet the standards set out by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We don’t want that to happen to you, so we’ll touch on different topics that will strengthen your site’s accessibility.
If you talk to anyone who uses Drupal, they’ll probably tell you that one of the best things about the content management system is the community that comes with it (take a look at our CTO Rich Lawson’s post about DrupalCon to learn more about Drupal’s unique community). Drupal is open source software, meaning it can be downloaded, used, worked on and shared by anyone. That’s one of the reasons we love it. At Duo, we believe in the power of open: open source, open communication and being open to new ideas.
With that in mind, we’re going to start to spotlight various higher education institutions that use Drupal and talk with representatives of the school about why they use the system, what they like most about it and what our readers can learn from their school’s experiences. I’m truly excited about this, think it will further emphasize the notions of community and collaboration.
We also will pay close attention to examples — both positive and negative — of content marketing and how it presents itself in higher education.
So stay tuned to this blog for the latest information about Drupal and its benefit to higher education. In the meantime, if you have a question about Drupal or would like to participate in our higher education research please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly. I’d be more than happy to answer your question or connect you with someone who can.
Thanks for reading, and enjoy the blog!