Victoria Legal aid taps Drupal for website redesign

Ditches RedDot for open source

Victoria Legal Aid has gone live with a new Web presence based on Drupal. Previously the organisation, which provides legal aid to disadvantaged Victorians, used the proprietary RedDot content management system.

Ditching RedDot (now rebranded as Open Text's Web Site Management solution) for the open source Web platform means VLA will not have to pay ongoing licence fees to maintain the site.

The revamped website, developed by Melbourne Drupal shop Realityloop, also has a mobile-friendly responsive design.

"They also had a problem with the way content got deployed from the old system," Realityloop director Brian Gilbert said. "It had to be pushed a couple of times, whereas with Drupal the content will go live as soon as it's approved."

In addition, the organisation's former CMS generated static HTML pages, which prevented dynamic reuse of content on multiple areas on the site.

The new site is integrated with MailChimp, allowing editions of VLA's email newsletters to be listed online. Realityloop also integrated with VLA's internal authentication system, so content creators can log in to the website using the same user name and password to add or edit content.

Instead of Drupal's default search, the new site uses Solr, Gilbert said.

Drupal Commerce is used to handle publication ordering. Although VLA doesn't charge for its publications, the module is used for order processing and tracking inventory.

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