Sustain

Support Site Sustainment

Support Site Sustainment, helps the planner define and create processes needed to ensure the site can be sustained. In order to sustain a site, you need to consider the technology and the use of the site: general technology maintenance, new technology enhancements, and content growth.

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Fresh Content

keep the site updated with fresh content

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Performance Monitoring

What is performance monitoring? Dictionary.com states that performance it is “the manner in which or the efficiency with which something reacts or fulfills its intended purpose.”

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User Support

For sites that will have some form of authenticated user, you need to do some planning and configuration while the site is in project mode. The operations side of business should not be responsible for setting up and configuring the different types of users and their permissions. You might be wondering why this is the case. Consider security and workflow for answers.  

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Audience Support

First, what is the difference between audience and user? The answer is semantics for the most part. But if you distinguish between those who will see/view your site versus those who will interact with your site, you can start to draw the line between anonymous and authenticated users. So, your audience is who you want to come visit your site, see what you have to offer, look around. In Drupal terms, these are your anonymous users. Drupal refers to users who can contribute to your site or those who have special viewing permissions as authenticated users.

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You could have one or many individuals performing these tasks. They could be part of your organization or be members of a community. As long as the design of your Drupal site allows for operations tasks to be performed by those assigned to do so, you will be fine.

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Your Processes Can Drive Your Requirements

There are three types of [tip:processes=Processes are a series of actions (tasks, steps, activities) that yield a specific result. Processes are present in and outside websites and can be performed by humans and technology.] that can influence how you plan your site.

  • Processes that influence if, when, why, and how some would use your site (life)
  • Processes used to perform tasks within your site (content management)
  • Processes used to plan, build, and sustain your site (site production and sustainment).
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Multiple Sites

You can run multiple Drupal sites off one installation of Drupal. By doing so, you can use the same modules you used on other sites eliminating the need to install modules over and over as you build different Drupal sites. When one site is updated, all sites are updated.
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Workflow and Editors

The Modr8 module and Workflow module help you manage how your site content gets published on your site. Also, you can add a WYSIWYG editor so that your content developers can create and format content in the site versus offline. Will you need this feature in your site? Will these features be needed once the site goes live?
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