Government Websites & Drupal

Government Websites & Drupal

Drupal is a top-performing, trusted platform for building secure websites. One of the biggest testaments to this fact is the top-level domains (TLDs) at the state and federal level presently using Drupal.

When the question arose as to which content management system to select, an astonishing 24% of all .gov websites selected this framework. Here are some examples of significant cabinet, commerce, and congressional agency websites built on Drupal:

The White House: A use of Drupal that bears repeating, not to mention a prime example. The White House powers its Intranet and keeps U.S. citizens up-to-date with Drupal. The site features a clean design with logical menus and layouts. WhiteHouse.gov uses jQuery, Javascript, HTML5 specific tags, and more.

• The White House was the inaugural Drupal site in the .gov movement (2009)
• In 2012, code was released for the grassroots citizen engagement 'We the People'
• Whitehouse.gov/developers boasts a full list of government contributions to the open-source community

U.S. Department of Education: For all things academic-related, ED.gov runs the gamut from Preschool to PhD preparation. The news section is updated multiple times daily. The homepage includes interlinking of relevant programs, research, and other pertinent government sites. The U.S. Department of Education Drupal site currently runs on Unix, Apache, mod_ssl and OpenSSL.

• The ED.gov site leverages Drupal's flexibility and Web 2.0 capabilities
• The Department of Education website averages 30 million hits per month
• Mini websites within ED.gov power blogs, forums, galleries, RSS feeds by taxonomy, and other custom content types

FEMA: An agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security, FEMA.gov features a library of useful resources. Despite criticism of FEMA in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the website continues to provide a ton of valuable guides and real-time updates. FEMA.gov utilizes Apache, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, jQuery, and CSS renderings to support iPad viewing.

• FEMA.gov was developed using the popular Drupal responsive design theme Omega
• The move to Drupal required training of 300 users and migration of over 3,300 pages

HowTo.gov: Perhaps a lesser known publicly funded website, HowTo.gov is a still a highly valuable resource. Companies large and small may find guidance, training, and best business practices here. Whether on a maiden voyage or a well-established firm, the content on HowTo.gov is proportionately driven and inspirational.

• HowTo.gov comes full circle with a Drupal Best Practices Guide for government websites
• The website has been powered by Drupal since it's recent launch back in 2011

FCC: The Federal Communications Commission took a big step in 2010, modernizing their website with a Drupal redesign. The result of this effort has produced a sleek, lively new platform for organization initiatives. Consumers may also weigh in on new rulemaking proceedings, file official forms online and access a comprehensive spectrum of communications data. The FCC website uses Apache, jQuery, and CSS. For comparison, theold FCC website is still available online; and it represents a night-and-day comparison to the markedly improved FCC domain.

• The new FCC website features integrated widgets for Reddit, Digg, Facebook and Stumbleupon
• Development costs in making the FCC site a reality were roughly $1.35 million
• The FCC is a stalwart contributor to the Drupal open-source community

Drupal unequivocally delivers when it comes to the highest of demands. The number of Drupal-powered government websites continues to grow on a worldwide scale, with more than 150 countries and counting using the platform.

Also included in the United States are affiliate websites NASA, the Department of Defense, and the U.S. Military. Powerful integration options paired with an exceptional level of security and management control have made Drupal a popular, go-to solution for government websites.