The Catlin Gabel website recently turned one! After a gestation period of six months, the website launched on July 1, 2009.
The Drupal-based website held up well last year. Dedicated hardware helped ensure that performance would remain high. The site received high ratings for usability. We improved the site throughout the year in response to user feedback and continue to develop it now.
Drupal 6 itself matured over the course of the year. Code and SQL errors resolved themselves as the community released patches and we installed the updated versions.
The year validated our decision to integrate password-protected, community content throughout the site. When logged in, users access protected content and tools based on their group membership. Users get to these tools in their expected locations on the site, rather than having to enter a separate community portal.
This year, we plan to build a complete online admission application, improve the design of section landing pages, and make a lot of small features more usable.