A few days ago, I came across a question on LinkedIn about "Which tool do you recommend to build microsites rapidly?". Some users have posted about Joomla and others have mentioned Alfresco. In terms of building microsites, I believe that Drupal is the perfect platform for this due to the multi-site capabilities. Using Drupal, we can easily construct a single database and codebase infrastructure and create sites with the same functionalities but a different look-and-feel. The domain access module allows for the easy set up of new microsites on the platform. We recently launched a multi-site platform for the Canadian Cancer Society. The platform is used for the various campaign web sites operated by the society. These include sites such as: ThingaMaBoob (breast cancer campaign) and Toxics Campaign. Another parental health education community will soon be on the platform too.
For the society, the key reasons behind launching a multi-site platform is the ease in adding administrators who can update content across the sites. The platform also reduces maintenance cost by having one code base. I would imagine that a lot of other non profits can also benefit from having a platform like this. This is especially true for organizations with a lot of different campaigns, each requiring a different web site.
Arnold is the CEO and Founder of Appnovation Technologies. Although he is a finance graduate from the UBC Sauder School of Business, he has always been an enthusiast in the realm of information technology. In 2007, Arnold saw the emergence of open source technologies in enterprises and governments and as a result founded Appnovation with the goal of helping organizations deploy open source solutions.
Arnold is the winner of the Vancouver Top 40 under 40 Award and the BDC Young Entrepreneurs Award. He is also a board member of the Vancouver Enterprise Forum.
Countries Visited with Appnovation: US, UK, France, Hong Kong, Vietnam
Favourite Movie: Aliens vs. Predators
Best Restaurant near Appnovation: The Pourhouse