I recently assisted in a total conversion of that high-profile (also astonishingly high-traffic) Sorted.org.nz to Drupal 5. Released last Sunday.
All the heavy lifting, Design, Content conversion etc was done by the Sparks Interactive team. I'm sure they won't mind me making this announcement partly on their behalf.
I assisted mostly in a remote mentor/sharpshooter role with a few of the tricky bits.
The New/Interesting/Drupal features include
- Some menu magic - displaying subsection-relevant nav only. Plus activemenu.module and CSS tweaks
- Incorporation of several years worth of legacy, custom PHP code Sorted Calculators all done in bespoke templating systems and User Session things. All this functionality was 'wrapped' using an updated version of a technique I developed a while ago.
This thankfully avoided the worst of the re-writing of legacy code, whilst retaining the functionality of several years of user budget data retention. Jas K @ SparksInteractive did the tricky internal bits to the old code, I did the generic Drupal integration.
- Migrating and blending thousands of user accounts and profile details (hundreds of columns) into becoming compatable with the Drupal user management system. (that was not me, apart from a few pointers on session integration and I'm in awe of the job done on the DB there)
Not a heck of a lot of big add-on modules were used. LoginToboggan, nodeteaser, site_map, jstools(activemenu), relatedlinks, on the front-end.
fckeditor plus some minor custom work on the back.
No CCK, No Views, Not even any real Taxonomy used (tagging for internal content-managment only so far).
There's a couple more features waiting under the hood (like comments), yet to be finalized. And there's probably a few rough corners still to be found on the site if you look hard enough. For now we are bracing ourselves to see how the scaling has worked in a live environment. So far so good...
Plus, from which I hear, the client (NZ Retirement Commission) is very happy with the Drupal back-end and management features.
I just thought that as sorted.org.nz gets so much airtime in NZ some folk might recognise it.
and its ... modified mascot.