London-based, International Alert was established 26 years ago and works with people who are directly affected by violent conflict to improve their prospects. International Alert seeks to influence the policies and workings of governments, international organisations like the UN and multinational companies, to reduce conflict risk and increase the prospect of peace.
International Alert’s website receives a lot of traffic; approximately 250,000 page views per month and promotes the work of the organisation with up-to-date news items as well as providing downloadable resource publications. As a result, they need a clearly organised and well-defined content management system, as well as secure reliable hosting and round the clock support to keep their site in the best of health. Their website was developed in-house in Drupal 6.
Ixis began by undertaking a full site Health Check. The Health Check is like a comprehensive MOT for your website. Engineers went through the application's code, including the full Drupal document root, the application database and all files present on the International Alert system. The engineers looked for errors, duplications and inaccuracies, and anything that could leave the site vulnerable to security breaches. Following the Health Check, the engineers produced a report, including a prioritised list of remedial actions, some of which were carried out immediately, and others that were lower priority could be completed throughout an ongoing support contract.
For International Alert, their Health Check was followed by a support retainer including updating Drupal contributed modules, monitoring core security updates and assisting with contributed module selection and evaluation.