Ixis IT have worked with Epilepsy Action for over 5 years. We initially supported the community site www.forum4e.com (user forums and blogs) then successfully won the contract for the full site migration of www.epilepsy.org.uk to Drupal along with ongoing Hosting & Support. Key success points include:
- Migration – Migration of an existing 25,000 user base from a legacy database system to Drupal. A batch system had to be written to allow mass importing due to the large amount of user profile data.
- Hosting – High uptime and low latency has helped Epilepsy Action continue to grow with users returning often with no unplanned downtime in 5 years.
- Search engine optimisation – Care was taken to retain the old URL structure, and where it wasn’t being used correct redirects were used to ensure the site continued to be indexed cleanly.
- Accessibility – Our design partner worked with Epilepsy Action's marketing department to ensure the brand guidelines were adhered to. Accessibility was extremely important with the site complying with W3C and Bobby standards. Additional factors also had to be considered at various stages throughout the development such as avoiding certain colour combinations which can cause people with photosensitive epilepsy to have seizures.
Ixis are now a single point of contact to Epilepsy Action for any Drupal related issues.
We chose Ixis IT for supporting and hosting our online community in 2006. We were so impressed with their work, in 2008 we asked them to develop our main epilepsy information website (the most visited epilepsy website in Europe). They built bespoke Drupal modules for our needs. They provide stable and cost effective hosting for our site and their ongoing support is always reliable and speedy.
Mark Morton, Digital Manager, Epilepsy Action, January 2012