Hungary’s leading psychologist mediator portal moved to Drupal in 2013 after the owners turned to Cheppers for a consult on how to evolve their service. The original website was built in 2011 and the original service developed a lot during the first two years, which resulted in incomprehensible and impracticable custom PHP code, and the design didn’t work well the new functions. We suggested they redesign the website both structurally and graphically, and then rebuild the system in Drupal. The first discussions were followed by a planning period of several weeks, during which we compiled a package that contained wireframe plans, a specification, the graphic designs and the system plan. The users can search for psychologists on the map and filter the results. The website also provides a premium service for users who choose to pay, a professional blog and a program guide. A very important function on the site is an easy-to-use administrative interface for the registered users. The psychologists can edit their own data, answer patients’ questions and submit articles. Besides all this, our task was to make the site responsive to handle both tablet and other mobile devices’ resolution.
The main functions were realized by Drupal contrib solutions and by implementing some custom modules. As the users had entered a lot of data into the system over the years (blog posts, programs and a lot of psychologist profiles), a big task was to migrate the content, as it was too complex to do it manually. The client didn’t want to lose their SEO rankings, in fact, they wanted to improve it more with the development. The client had various important requests for us: a search option with a map, to make the site responsive, properly structured content, easy-to-navigate pages, and to keep SEO in mind. The team included a graphic designer, three developers, a project manager and an adviser. The site uses an Apache Solr powered, fast searching system and different caching solutions. It also uses a progressive conversion for optimizing images. As a result, the site’s load time was reduced by three times, while it became a lot more detailed, got some new functions and is now capable of displaying a lot more information than the previous site. In the three months following the launch, the results from the search engines were tripled. Currently we are working on making the site function as multilingual, as the service is expanding abroad.