Drupal Integration With Amazon S3 File System

BACKGROUND

PepsiCo is a global food and beverage company with a product portfolio that includes 22 international brands generating over a $1 billion each in annual retail sales.

They were looking to store media images in Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service). In order to achieve the above requirements, Mpire Solutions suggested to create an internal portal that provides a functionality to upload media files to the S3 file system while providing limited and restricted Amazon S3 accesses to their employees.

CHALLENGE

Since the client was looking for a digital asset management functionality, our team decided to conduct a deep audit to identify the main objectives and basic requirements before we proposed anything to the client. After a thorough examination of the scenario, we proposed Drupal CMS to the client as it was the best fit as per the requirements.           

The first challenge we faced was to make the connectivity between Drupal and the Amazon S3 file system. The second major challenge was the access control mechanism between Amazon S3 file system and users. After implementing the access control functionality, every user should have only accessed their own media in the portal.

The third challenge was to create the tag-based functionality associated with each media entity. Our ACQUIA certified Drupal team of developers decided to use the Drupal taxonomies to achieve the tag-based functionality.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Amazon S3 back-end file system integration – To make connectivity between Amazon s3 file system and Drupal.
  • Access control mechanism – To make easy access for the users who have already accessed the platform before.
  • Media assets uploading to Amazon S3 & Tag-based functionality  – To control and manage file uploading mechanism.

SOLUTION

First, our Drupal developers used the contributed modules to build the connectivity between Amazon S3 and Drupal and then we created the taxonomy terms specifically for tag-based functionality.

After achieving the above, we created two user roles in Drupal. One role has the functionality to create a tag, associate file assets with tags, and manage the functionality to make a brief association between files assets and tags. The second role has only access to upload file assets to the Amazon S3 file system.

We also created the custom module which contains the functionality to upload file assets to a specific folder in the Amazon S3 file system. This module also contains the permissions functionality for both of the user roles which restricts the users to its own permissions.

RESULTS

  • We managed to make a significant integration between the Amazon S3 file system and Drupal.
  • We successfully created two different user roles in Drupal with specific accesses assigned to each.
  • A custom module was created to upload the required files in the Amazon S3 file system.
  • Taxonomy terms were created for tag-based functionalities.

BENEFITS

  • The portal now provides the functionality to make some effective integrations between Drupal and Amazon S3 file systems.
  • The portal has a flexible, robust, and user-friendly interface.
  • The client is only providing access to the portal to their employees without providing them Amazon credentials.
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Performance Optimization and Functionality Enhancements With Drupal 7

Background

 

The client was a professional Sales enablement and Sales readiness provider that helped businesses and organizations with numerous expert sales enablement programs. The main issue was that while the client already had a Drupal-based official website, they heavily relied on third party agencies to run multiple projects.

The client decided to consolidate all their operations under an in-house team to make the maximum use of their skills and experience and to expand their service portfolio. In order to do so, they had to convey this information to the target audience and existing clients.

Their official website was the most effective platform and source of information to share this update about the expanded service offering. They approached Mpire Solutions to upgrade and modify their website to make it more user-friendly and dynamic using the most reliable technologies while also training their in-house team at the same time.

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Challenge

Since the client was looking to update their website in terms of enhanced functionality perspective, our team had to conduct a comprehensive audit of their existing website to dig out flaws and gaps before suggesting a solution. The main challenge was to deliver the desired solution within the limited timeline provided by the client.

We had to face certain limitations throughout the process of web design, as we were asked to keep some elements of the design unchanged. Furthermore, there was no previous history or information available about the website to help us understand existing issues. Therefore, we designated a professional team of certified developers to look into the details of the client’s website in order to understand and find its flaws.

Requirements

  • Website Updates – Update the website in order to make it more user-centric for critical digital marketing objectives.
  • Website Enhancement – Enhance overall features of the website to let the targeted audience know about updates in service portfolio.
  • Website Redesign – To redesign specific pages of the website for a better user interface.
  • Website Coding Modifications – To fix bugs and other issues on resource center pages.
  • Website Security – To secure clients’ information and other critical data of the website and implement Drupal security patches.
  • A/B Testing – To analyze random behavior of the visitors / users.

Solution

Once our expert Drupal team found the inefficiencies within the website and understood the requirements of the client, we made significant changes in the design and functions of the same.

There were two main changes required – one was redesigning the blog page and the other was homepage revamp. These were quite challenging while keeping all other factors in consideration. The homepage revamp required complete redesign and functionality changes to improve the overall user experience.

The website’s load time optimization was yet another flaw. We decided to start updating the website with the best practices of minified CSS, JS, advanced aggregation, and image optimization to decrease the loading time of the website. It all worked as per strategy as the loading time of the website improved significantly.

Results

  • The entire website was updated and modified with the help of Drupal 7 technology.
  • The website’s loading time was enhanced.
  • The website’s functions were modified as per the requirements of the client.
  • The necessary web pages were redesigned to optimize the landing pages
  • The website’s security was strengthened with the help of authentic tools.
  • The client was 100% satisfied as we managed to update, modify, and optimize the website within a narrow timeline.

Benefits

  • The website’s load time has improved to Grade ‘A’ from Grade ‘B’.
  • The website’s user experience has been improvised to a huge extent.
  • The newly optimized website has helped attract maximum organic traffic to the website.
  • The website has become much more flexible and functional at the backend for content editors.
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Custom WordPress Plugin Development and Implementation

Background

 

SirsiDynix is a well-known flexible co-workspace provider for start-ups, businesses, and organizations. They were facing issues over the reservation process of their workspaces i.e.,  conference rooms, coworking spaces, event spaces, desk spaces, shared offices, meeting rooms, breakout spaces, and etc.

The dimension of their service was massive as they were operating in a number of countries offering customized workspace solutions across various cities. They approached us to develop, implement, and manage a solution to tackle the challenges effectively.

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Challenge

Before reaching out to us, they had no digital solution or tool (except for a WordPress website) to tackle the ever-growing high-tech issues. However, with a continuous business expansion over the years, they had to deal with a lot of complexities throughout the reservation process of workspaces.

The key challenge was to create a plugin from the ground up and to show availability of the workspaces. We had to develop and modify the plugin in such a way that it can handle the demand of workspaces with different frequencies while specifying ranges of availability at the same time.

Requirements

  • Upgrade of Reservation Process – To upgrade the reservation process while making the availabilities visible and up-to-date for the customers.
  • Visibility of Available Workspaces – To assist users in determining the availability of essential workspaces over the course of days, weeks, months, and years.
  • Customized & Optimized Mechanism  – To make sure that the developed plugin can help manage all the business needs during the reservation process while considering different frequencies and recurrence challenges.

Solution

To start with, our WordPress developers performed extensive analysis of the specifications before recommending the development of a custom WordPress Plugin that can address all reservation issues from the beginning. Before taking any further action, our initial responsibility was to fully comprehend all of the client’s requirements.

We were able to effectively develop a user-friendly and customized WordPress Plugin with the best implementation and practices of WordPress development that tackles all the reservation issues efficiently. The users could easily search through the workspace availabilities and even recurrence frequencies for booking their desired workspaces.

Following are some of the customizations that we successfully managed to implement throughout the event calendar;

  • Add/Remove Events.
  • Edit Events.
  • Update Events.
  • Recurring Events.
  • Upgrade in display design.
  • Events with different frequencies.
  • Provisions in the workspace, such as multimedia / projectors, sound system, stationery, whiteboard, seating arrangements, refreshments, etc.

Results

  • The WordPress Plugin was successfully developed and implemented.
  • Dynamic customization of the plugin.
  • The users can now easily find the slots for reservations with different ranges and frequencies throughout the event calendar.
  • The client’s expectations were met in terms of objectives within set timelines.

Benefits

  • The upgrade helped SirsiDynix to achieve maximum operational efficiency.
  • It also helped them expand their business with the availability of more specific data about the bookings pattern and as per the demands of the target audience.
  • The entire project was delivered in a cost-effective manner with an enhanced user experience.
  • The client credited this upgrade for an overall turnaround of their business operations and multifold revenue increase.
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Development of Integrated Leaderboard, Event Calendar, Email Management System, and Reward Redemption Process

Background

Blue Studios is providing online learning opportunities to students starting from preschool to 12th grade with the help of online learning classes and many other skill based courses of various categories through webinars, videos, and live classes.

Before reaching out to Mpire Solutions, they were not aware of the concept of a leaderboard. Morever, no mechanism existed to rank the users based on projects, assignments, and quizzes for a specific subject and / or other categories. Instead, they were using a grading system based on marks without any conceptualization of leaderboard rankings.

To begin with, they required a complete mechanism of an event calendar where the users can easily book online projects based on availabilities and offers. We had to select the most appropriate technology to develop an efficient, user-friendly, and integrated event calendar.

Furthermore, with live classes and other online learning activities that can help the users earn rewards, they wanted us to create a mechanism of reward redemption using the right technologies and integration with third parties and within the platform, so that registered users can easily redeem their gifts without any delays.

The last thing they required was a customized and integrated email management system to deal with the auto-generated email throughout the registration process.

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Challenge

The main task was to create a leaderboard from scratch while integrating all other functions that are related to assignments and the grading system. Since Blue Studios were already using different third-party integrated platforms (Klayvio, Userpilot, & Typeform), our team had to face a lot of limitation throughout the process of development.

Another main challenge was to initiate the custom codes due to no direct access. Our team of experienced and certified developers spent extensive time on the project to find and implement the best possible solution in order to meet the requirements. The client provided us with a specific design and we had to suggest the most efficient technologies for different platforms of the website to get the desired results.

The reward redemption process was yet another challenge for our team. We had to use the right third-party integration platform to develop a well-structured and smooth reward redemption process for the registered users that were ranking in the leaderboard. Other than that, the client required a proper email management system for the new users so that when they register on the platform, they can get the confirmation email right away. 

Requirements

  • Integrated Leaderboard Development – To create, implement, and integrate a leaderboard for a proper ranking system based on different online activities.
  • Event Calendar Development – To manage the live activities and to book for available projects.
  • Features Enhancement – To enhance existing features in order to effectively integrate with the leaderboard.
  • Integrated Gift/Reward Redemption Process – To redeem the gifts based on grades & ranking, on the leaderboard.
  • Email Management System –  To generate and send auto-generated emails through third-party integration throughout the registration process.

Solution

Since the basic design was provided by the client, our experienced and certified team of developers came up with the right mix of technologies (ASP.NET, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Uscreen) to perform both tasks.

We started the leaderboard development using ASP.NET for backend & HTML/CSS/JavaScript for frontend development. Since we used customized technology throughout the development process, there were no limitations or barriers throughout the coding process.

We managed to get 3rd party integrations with various platforms to achieve the desired results with the leaderboard. We suggested and implemented a variety of technologies for the admin panel and registration process of the website to make them more optimized and user-friendly.

After successfully developing an integrated leaderboard, we moved towards creating an effective event calendar for the users to book the live events easily. We used Uscreen technology to create an event calendar that shows the availability of the live events.

Furthermore, the implementation of the integrated gift redemption process greatly helped the registered users on the leaderboard in redeeming their gifts based on total points, projects submitted, and quizzes.

To address the need of a proper email management system, we implemented third-party integration with Klayvio technology, so that newly registered users can get an instant auto-generated email for confirmation.

Results

  • We managed to successfully create a customized and integrated leaderboard for the client with the implementation of ASP.NET, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript technology.
  • Registered users can now see their rankings through the leaderboard.
  • An event calendar was developed with the best practices of Uscreen technology.
  • A proper reward redemption was developed using third-party integration.
  • An integrated and customized email management system was implemented to send instant emails to newly registered users.
  • All the features that were mandatory for successful customization and integration were enhanced.
  • The management of Blue Studios was fully satisfied as we managed to custom deliver the project as per their exact requirement.

Benefits

  • The integrated leaderboard encourages the registered users to perform above par and to get the motivation to see themselves ranking on top of the leaderboard.
  • The event calendar helps the users to register for various live classes throughout the week/month.
  • The reward redemption system allows the registered users to easily redeem their gifts based on ranking, grades, assignments submitted, and, quizzes.
  • The integrated email management system makes the entire registration process more flexible and significant.
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