Sonra Pobal launches upgraded Evanston Art Center Drupal Commerce site

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Sonra Pobal has launched a newly upgraded Drupal Commerce website for our client, the Evanston Art Center (EAC).  EAC was founded in 1929 with the mission of creating "a civic agency for the enjoyment and study of all of the Arts."  Today EAC hosts exhibitions and offers courses out of their Central Street location.

EAC's previous website ran on Drupal 6 and the Ubercart e-commerce suite.  With Drupal 6 at end of life, the website needed an upgrade to allow EAC to continue providing a secure experience for their customers.  Sonra Pobal recommended Drupal 7 with the Drupal Commerce suite to meet EAC's need to offer new types of products and functionality to their users.  

Mobile and tablet versions of the EAC responsive website.

After analyzing EAC's existing Drupal 6 site, Sonra Pobal determined the best course of action was to build the new site from scratch and migrate the existing data, rather than attempted to upgrade in place.  This allowed Sonra Pobal to make many other improvements along the way without increasing costs.  Some of these improvements included:

  • The addition of meta tags to improve search engine optimization and social media integration.
  • Rebuilding the theme to be fully responsive.
  • Adjusting page designs to increase readability and keep pertinent content above the fold.
  • Ensuring section 508 and WCAG 2.0 AA compliance.
  • Adding image, CSS, and Javascript optimization to speed up page loads.
  • Laying the groundwork for a Drupal 8 upgrade by weeding out obsolete modules and functionality.

The new EAC website integrates Drupal Commerce features including Paypal and Authorize.net payments, Commerce Licence for memberships, role based pricing, donations, and auctions.  Integration with Salesforce allows the EAC to seamlessly track their online and offline customers.  While the existing design was carried over, Sonra Pobal recommended and implemented responsive design improvements to make the site usable for a growing audience of mobile device users.

Visit the new website and support our local art center.