A Speedy Launch for the United Nations World Food Programme (thanks to Drupal)

Generally, we don't blog (read: brag) about specific projects or clients on Agile Approach. However, our work on the launch of the new United Nations World Food Programme site was particularly interesting for several reasons: the speed and pace of the project, collaboration and some innovative custom development. WFP-homepageDrupal.png Generally, we don't blog (read: brag) about specific projects or clients on Agile Approach.

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Our work on the launch of the United Nations World Food Programme site was particularly interesting for several reasons: the speed and pace of the project, collaboration and some innovative custom development.

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The World Food Programme is the United Nations frontline agency in the fight against global hunger. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization. In emergencies, WFP is on the frontline, delivering food to save the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After the cause of an emergency has passed, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives.

We were extremely proud to be a part of the project and thrilled that a prestigious organization such as the UN chose to use Drupal. But the project was a challenge! We were asked to build it in record time - 9 weeks from design to delivery. And, there was some complicated custom work to be done.The old site had a huge amount of legacy content that had to be moved. There are thousands of photos, articles and videos. In order to support the unique navigation and presentation requirements, a custom video section was implemented using Flowplayer flash video player. There was also a migration of a variety of legacy video formats to Flash video using FFMPeg. And, a custom image gallery implementation was created using Galleria javascript library. We were tasked with collaborating with another top-notch local Drupal shop, Development Seed, which provided a very hip, innovative and highly-usable design. You never know how a partnership will work out the first time, but we really enjoyed working with DevSeed. In addition to the development work, we were tasked with engineering a smart deployment for WFP to then take over and host. The WFP site will have a heavy traffic load. So, we had to design a scalable and fail-safe hosting environment that could take on twice the traffic they requested. So far, the reaction to the site has been great. Take a look. And if you want to undertake a major project like this in lightening speeds, it can done, but not without some late nights and a few potholes. It was well worth it for all in the end.

Jeff Walpole

Jeff Walpole

CEO