Status is about what I expected. Drupal is a developer’s dream — tons of functionality, highly configurable, and expandable enough to accommodate our large membership and hectic business demands. From a user’s perspective, it can be pretty tough to learn. Especially for individuals who aren’t comfortable doing much more than basic emailing and web searching. But, I knew and anticipated these challenges. Still, our business needs outweighed our users’ existing comfort level.
The concept of individual site logins, passwords, and profiles is a pretty foreign concept to much of our membership (there’s 130 of us, ranging in age from 15 to 81). Just getting members logged into the site has been a bit of a challenge, and only about 10 or 15 percent have gone into their account to update their profiles. But, we’re getting there.
As far as content, I’m generated most of it at this time, while I recruit and train a small team of web editors to assist with content publishing and small site maintenance tasks. Until I have that help in place, I don’t really have time to spend on additional development work.
I’m very optimistic about the chorus’s transition to the new site, though. These ladies are remarkable, and very accustomed to hard work and to pushing themselves to develop new skills.