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Anyone using the Panopoly drupal distro, or even more specific Open Academy

We are in the process of moving our site off of an dead ended legacy CMS to something drupal flavoured. ( Happy to talk about that if any one is in the throes of same decision making)

We have been looking hard at any established resources specific to .edu that we can find.

Yesterday I happened on Open Academy, and in doing research for that backed into the Panopoly flavor of drupal, upon which Open Academy is based.

  • I am both attracted to and wary of subset distributions of any project, I have already had experience with a different flavored drupal that was great, until it was time to upgrade the CMS and the distro lagged behind the core dev roadmap. It seems like Panopoly is more responsive to the drupal dev roadmap, is that accurate?

  • Does anyone have feedback specifically on Open Academy...it seems like a great idea and has lots of shiny objects that site editors would like, but is it so tailored to its own way of doing things that I will be restricted in drupal dev later? ( In truth, part of that is me, I have always relied on blocks and the context module for page building, I have not used panels much and Panopoly is heavily panel based)

  • Does anyone have a sense for how hard it would be to take an existing Open Academy/Panopoly based site and migrate away from that dependence, say a few years down the road if development of those dependencies was not supported?

Interested in what you all think...and happy to answer questions.

Ken Pooley

SmccMe.edu

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