College Website with ready to use Alumni Portal based on Drupal
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13 years ago
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We have recently completed the development of a Drupal based College Website System. We have also successfully implemented this for one of the prestigious educational institutions in the city. Now we are ready to implement this for any other college/university who wants to have a highly scalable and flexible system at very affordable rates. If you would like us to build your school/college/university website/portal Contact Us

The project was recently done for Central Polytechnic College. Since the college wanted a dynamic system that was scalable and at the same time flexible enough to allow for future development we decided to use Drupal for the project. Most of the work involved was identifying the right modules and configuring them in the way we wanted it to work. We also had to develop a couple of modules to manage the alumni and for publishing the results.

Through this project we now have a system which we can deploy at reasonably low costs to schools, colleges and universities who would like to have a full fledged portal as their official website. We believe that a website should be able to be the public interface for the college in terms of providing facilities for students, staff, alumni, prospective students and the general public to submit, search and view information relevant to their contexts. If you represent a school/college/university and would like us to build your portal, do get in touch through the Contact page or send us an email to [email protected]

To start with we selected art4linux theme and modified it to get the look and feel that we see in the site. Then we picked and tried different modules that we felt met the need and decided with the set that we finally went ahead with. We also had to play with a lot of content that we were provided with to settle with the content that was used on the site.

In addition to providing easy to use interfaces for entering and editing data, such a system also allows the college to scale up the website in the future as per future requirements without incurring lot of additional cost. Other than the scalability factor, an enterprise portal also has great flexibility in configuration, layouts along with very strong security for any critical data.

Some of the features of the website includes:-

1) Alumni Directory - A system for the alumni to safely enter and edit their information. The system also allows for broadcasting of emails to registered alumni to communicate news about events and fund raisers in the college. The system will also allow alumni to search the database and contact other alumni through the system itself without revealing any personal details like email and phone numbers.

2) Placement Cell - The system has a basic capability to manage notifications about events like interviews through the website as well as through emails. There are also options to display placement statistics through the site.

3) Event Calendar - There is an event calendar in the system that allows users to browse and view information about events in a chronological fashion. Information about archived events will also be available through the system.

4) Publishing of documents - College will be able to upload documents like tender documents, official orders for the users to download and view

5) Information about departments - Information about departments can be entered in the system and there will be options to edit and update the information as and when needed. Information about laboratories, libraries and other facilities can be displayed through this system.

6) Faculy Information and Faculty Profiles - The system allows for publishing of faculty information including their research information, their academic and professional backgrounds through faculty profile pages.

7) Admissions & Ranklists - The system allows the publishing of ranklists during the admissions. There will be an option to directly import contents from a csv file with the required information. Candidates will be able to browse through the lists or be able to search through the lists to find their ranks and allocations.

8) Photo Galleries - The system allows publishing of photos both in public(viewable to everybody) as well as in private(viewable to registered members) galleries

We felt we should share with the rest of the drupal community the modules that we had used for this project. The following are the modules that we used for this project.

Drupal Core Modules (Optional)

Comment - Allows users to comment on and discuss published content.
Contact - Enables the use of both personal and site-wide contact forms.
Menu - Allows administrators to customize the site navigation menu.
Path - Allows users to rename URLs.
Search - Enables site-wide keyword searching.
Taxonomy - Enables the categorization of content.
Upload - Allows users to upload and attach files to content.

Additional Contributed Modules (Available at drupal.org)

CAPTCHA - Base CAPTCHA module for adding challenges to arbitrary forms.
CCK - For content management. Allows administrators to define new content types.
DHTML Menus - Adds dynamic menus with DHTML to reduce page refreshes.
Event - Calendaring API, calendar display and export.
Flash node - Allows easy uploading and display of Flash content.
GMap - Filter to allow insertion of a google map into a node.
Google Analytics - Adds Google Analytics javascript tracking code to all your site's pages.
Image - Allows uploading, resizing and viewing of images.
IMCE - An image/file uploader and browser supporting personal directories and user quota.
Location - The location module allows you to associate a geographic location with content and users. Users can do proximity searches by postal code. This is useful for organizing communities that have a geographic presence.
Mime Mail - E-mail with HTML and attachments.
Panels - Create pages that are divided into areas of the page.
Pathauto - Provides a mechanism for modules to automatically generate aliases for the content they manage.
Search 404 - Show the results of a search based on the terms in the URL for the missing page.
Site map - Display a site map.
TinyMCE - The most popular WYSIWYG editor for advanced content editing.
Token - Provides a shared API for replacement of textual placeholders with actual data.
Video Filter - Filter to include videos from sites like Youtube, Godtube etc.
Views - The views module creates customized views of node lists.

Modules Created by Zyxware

Alumni Management - Manages alumni registration, editing, listing and searching
Publish Results - Import data from spreadsheet and provide searchable interface where students can search for their results.


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Hello Sir,
When I open cptc site scroll bar appear bottom of my PC. Please reply for this comment.

Regards
Dileep



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Email list business (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11

It's very interesting to follow the developments of drupal lately and to see how the drupal themes are scaring up against the WordPress themes. Like what you've done with this college campus webpage and all the modules you developed for the theme. Thanks a lot for this blog.


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I have been watching with interest the momentum that drupal seems to be building. I use wordpress on my blog but am thinking about diving in and learning drupal.


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Stan Brower (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11

I am somewhat new in my blogpost and Drupal skills. How do you by-pass the .htaccess redirect rules in regards to the looping issue? 


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AshleySc (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11

I was doing some research for my latest fashion post when I came across your lovely blog. Thank you for the information, so refreshing... and I love WordPress :)


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Latterkursus Peter (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11

My old college is really small with only a few hundre alumni. For a couple of years they have been searching for something that can work both as a website and alumni portal. This might be just the trick, I will pass on the link to them


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Software testi… (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11

Of course Drupal is the best solution for a dynamic system. If you need "scalable and flexible for future development" project I can't imagine anything better. :)
How much time did it take to normalize existing modules and develop several additional modules for such a project? Will you name it a slight project? Any problems arise?


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Born4Holdem (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11

In reply to by Software testi… (not verified)

Drupal is good for large scale projects with a dynamic system, but totally unnecessary for a small website or just a blog. Flexibility is a key strength of Drupal. It is quite difficult to learn as it was not born user-friendly, but once you master the key features, it can create amazing websites.


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Kreikan Matkat (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11

Drupal seems like a great fit for webpages. I wonder how it compares to wordpress in the case of plugins and upgrades? luckily there is the free blogger option too :D


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Omaha SEO (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11

Having the event calendar is a HUGE plus. This straight forward feature provides a big value for the community and offers a centralized place for activities to be scheduled.


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Expandable cor… (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11

I agree that Drupal rocks. The security provided is pretty awesome and although the add on's arent in the league of Wordpress, the platform is more professional in my opinion!


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I'm currently using WP for my blog, but Drupal's blogger option looks tempting. I'm concerned about the options though...will I still be able to do everything I do with WP on Drupal?



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Emprestimo Pessoal (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11

Cool! I am researching the stuff about Drupal. You say that it is not as user friendly as Wordpress? Why is that?


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Bathroom Suite (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11

While I'm sure the wordpress vs drupal argument will rage on but for me Wordpress is a lot cleaner and less bulky.

I do agree that you see some very nice Drupal templates out there now.

elle.


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sandalias (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11

I'm using WP for my blog too and some friends told me aobut drupal, what i have many questions about his operations.
Is really better than WP?, easier?,
What do you recommed me?
Thanks for the post


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blagues (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11

excellent article, thank you



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check cashing … (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11

Great stuff, thanks!


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Most of the work I've done on sites has invlolved either static HTML or, more recently, WordPress. But I just got asked to give a quote for a site that will involve both a forum and mebership, and I've heard good things about Drupal for such sites.

I like the college site you did, and plan to keep reading; I'm iffy about taking on a new technology with a brand-new client, but the money for this project would be nice right now!

Thanks,

Jacob Angel


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darren (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11

When my wife's blogger blog became popular, we were having a hard time choosing between wordpress and drupal. Eventually we settled on drupal for its security and advanced scalability features. It's been great so far :)


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dictionnaire (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11

excellent article, thank you


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I have used TinyMCE I dont rate it high but does anyone have any more suggestions on editors??

Sam


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Chicago Realtor (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11

I still using Word press but I have been reading so much about drupal, so I am thinking to change to drupal. I will let you know how I feel in a couple of weeks.


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James hamilton (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11

This is a great site the article has been very very helpful and i would recommend it, and some good points have been made here, this what blogging should be about.


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Design Inspiration (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11

Drupal is one of the best CMS software out there, and I'm glad to hear you're using it for an educational system. It'll work out great for you, I have noticed that it has been quite successful for bigger businesses, while smaller business use WordPress. I don't have much experience using Drupal, but I did help someone with a problem they ran into while using it.


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Jey (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11

How much do u charge if I require to build a website for my college, similar to the one developed for Central Polytechnic College?


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Hi Jay,

The rates will depend on the actual amount of work required for the project. Somebody from the marketing team will be contacting you to get more detials

Regards
Team Zyxware


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electronics (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11

I have experience working with both CMS systems, I think WordPress is more user friendly and is much simpler than Drupal, but it doesn't make it better. I use WordPress CMS on my cordless phones blogs and it is very simple to work with. I add and edit multiple phones articles everyday with the click of a button. And Drupal is for more experienced users and it is more bulky and has more advanced features. I think running Drupal CMS on college's portal is super great and will bring long time benefits to the students.
Peter - home phones, business phones and cordless phones expert.
Thank you


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Unique Article… (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11

What is the difference between developing a website using Drupal compared to developing one using php?

Is it easier, or is it a kind of framework based around a language like php?


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Cheap Hotel Deals (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11

great info.. thanks for sahring info on drupal.. was able to gather still more info abt it and upgrade my knowledge of it!!!


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amber (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11

I prefer Wordpress to Drupal, it's a little easier


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Istria (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11

If you are handy with drupal, you can build your own alumni portal and edit the modules by yourself


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burçlar (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11
Drupal wont be a half of wordpress , wordpress rulez!

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Bottled Water (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11
Drupal is powerful for this kind of stuff. You might also consider Wordpress. We're using it for the redesign of out water site - it's been working great and almost finished!

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Fen (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11

Although is slow, Drupal is better than Wordpress. Anyway, it depends on the user's hability...wordpress is more user friendly than Drupal.


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çiçek sepeti (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11

it was very useful for someone learning about Drupal


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social bookmarking (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11

Many thanks for putting this up. I have recently been hired to redesign a college website and have decided to use Drupal, which I am new at. One issue I have run up against is that the school uses Datatel and I have not figured out a way to integrate that with the web site I am creating, other than having to Datatel push a bunch of data into a MySql database, which is not an ideal solution. Anything else you have to offer in the way of specificity as to how you integrated the two would be greatly appreciated.


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patricashok (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11

I am very new to Drupal..i am getting knowledge throught this kind of post...thanks for the post.


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John (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11

very usefull for colleges and other Acadamic-Centeres.. well done--'Central Polytechnic College', thanks for your effort...


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Anonymous (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11

I like the college site you did, and plan to keep reading.


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cure for snoring (not verified)
access_time 21 Sep 2021 - 08:11

Now a day’s not only the professional institutions but also the educational institutions are making use of the drupal sites and I think this is only because they are very good in performing their own task perfectly.