The Nuclear Skills Academy corporate website has grown over the years in to a commerce platform supporting their industry certification alongside their service and corporate information.
As their virtual learning service has expanded Ixis were briefed to create a more flexible and improved foundation for the Nuclear Skills Academy web platform.
The original site was based on Drupal 5 and Ubercart for the commerce transactions - along with organic groups with a lot of content and users. The virtual learning was and still is based on the Moodle system which is tightly integrated in to Drupal and Commerce with some custom integration modules.
The project involved a great deal of content and user migration along with discovering many gaps in the Drupal Commerce project. It was the first time we'd undertaken a Drupal 5 straight to Drupal 7 upgrade on a large site and it became apparent that the contributed modules can leave holes in the upgrade process which had to be manually filled with custom migration scripts.
The outcome was a vastly improved content administration environment for the Nuclear web editing team and a neatly integrated commerce system which will enable growth in the virtual learning space.
There are clearly still areas of Commerce which need to be polished off to make it a great viable product for clients to use to the fullest, but the beauty of Drupal allows us to work on and deploy the improvements over the coming weeks and months thanks to Features.
The Nuclear Skills Academy website is the first in a series of client upgrades to Drupal 7 for Ixis.