FieldAndStream.com and OutdoorLife.com Launch
I've been heads-down for the past 4+ months working with Bonnier in an effort to migrate FieldAndStream.com and OutdoorLife.com to Drupal 5. I'm proud to say that earlier this week, both sites went live! In case you're not familiar with Bonnier, they're also the parent company of Popular Science, a well-known Drupal site.
As a contractor to the development team, I took part in adding new and expanding existing features to the sites. The previous incarnation of both sites was based on a proprietary content management system that had reached its limits.
The two sites have virtually the same feature set, but each one has their own custom theme and vocabularies (and not just in the Drupal-ese meaning of the word!) Therefore, most of the work we did had to be written in a generic enough way to work in both places.
As with most content-heavy Drupal sites, the workhorse modules we used include CCK, Views, Pathauto, and Taxonomy. We wrote a significant number of custom modules (most of them rather small) in order to tweak different aspects of the site, and spent a considerable amount of time theming the sites to match the meticulously prepared mockups.
My role in the project focused mainly on the Photos and Videos areas of the site (lots of ViewsAPI and form-related jQuery), but I also had a hand with the Answers section, implementing the Nodecarousel module, working with VotingAPI, and using hook_form_alter in virtually everything I touched!
If I take one thing away from my experience with this project, it is the importance having a strong taxonomy system from the very beginning of the project. Amazing things can be done with taxonomy (and Pathauto) when it is treated as the backbone of the site.
Overall, it was a great project and I think the results speak for themselves!