With the planning and definition period behind us, it only took the two of us three weeks to port the website on ExpressionEngine and to have it functional on a development server. As always, the support from both EllisLab and the community was top notch. Our next job is to migrate the other 4 websites of the International Polar Foundation to that new platform.
Add-ons in use
With the update to 2.0 getting closer, we didn't want to rely on add-ons too much but used a handful of them making the life of contributors and developpers a lot easier. Here is a short list for those of you wanting to know the nitty gritty details:
- FieldFrame by Brandon Kelly
- Playa2 by Brandon Kelly
- Gypsy by Brandon Kelly
- nGen File Field by nGen Works
- Image Sizer by David Rencher
- User Module by Solspace
- Freeform by Solspace
There are few other add-ons in use but these are the main ones. By looking at the list above, it seems we owe Brandon Kelly a few beers ;o).
Combined with a new server, moving to ExpressionEngine has made the site significantly faster for users and administrators alike. Using a paid solution like EE gives us a solid base to build on, a terrific online support, a good security track record and the ability to hire external developers more easily.
See you all at EECI 2009 in Leiden.