UVA Darden Ideas to Action

To secure their place as one of the country’s top business schools, the Darden School of Business sought to redesign and rebuild their web properties in Drupal 8. Partnering closely with peer agency Viget on design, Savas Labs consulted throughout the design process and engineered the new Drupal 8 site.

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UVA Darden Ideas to Action provides actionable insights about management and leadership from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. Connecting readers with leading research and the latest thinking from the School’s faculty and other experts, Ideas to Action presents accessible and relevant ideas for modern global leaders who see an active and responsible role for business in society.

Project highlights

  • Drupal 8

  • Content Migration

  • UX design and implementation

  • Client Training

The Objective

Migrate the Darden School of Business’s Ideas to Action website from Wordpress to Drupal, greatly enhancing content usability and performance. We provided content editors (new to Drupal 8) with a powerful ability to create unique content by creating an intuitive CMS publishing user experience, empowering them to create dynamic, engaging content in a more efficient, streamlined manner.

Our Approach

Training the Darden staff on Drupal 8—a flexible and powerful tool— efficiently and effectively by integrating Viget’s front end code into Drupal, which involves taking their static templates and translating them into Twig, Drupal’s templating language, enabling the templates to be dynamic with changing content. Then, configure the Drupal backend to pass us data in the proper format and output on the pages properly on the frontend.

Savas Labs collaborated with Viget designers to use the power of Drupal 8, providing a slick content management interface, custom entities to fulfill the client’s needs, and a responsive user experience.

UVA Darden website on various devices

The Results

Today, visitors to the Ideas to Action site get a glimpse of the global business thought-leader that Darden has become through the improved content structure and user experience. Both average site sessions and email submissions have increased since the launch of the ultra-performant, new site experience.

The Details

  Client since 2018 - Present
  Services provided
  Technologies used
  • Drupal 8
  • Responsive web design
  • Acquia Cloud
  • Swiftype
  • Central Authentication Service
Kelly Kenny

Kelly Kenny

VP, Client Services, Viget (Partner Agency)

Savas is a strong Drupal partner. The end result was an easily customizable, powerful CMS that worked well from day one.

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