Founded in 1983, our client is a leading global hospitality group of Thai origin. They currently have 81 deluxe and first-class properties across all of the major tourist destinations in the Kingdom, as well as a further 34 hotels and resorts in the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Laos, China, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.
Our client’s digital properties were migrated from a custom-made CMS to Drupal 8. However managing content for 8 different web properties was still a cumbersome task for their marketing team. We partnered with Acquia and our client to enhance, develop and launch their master website and 7 brand sites in Drupal 9. We also enhanced their multisite platform built leveraging Acquia Cloud Site Factory and Acquia Content Hub for content syndication. We also enable location-based content and ensured a seamless and independent content authoring experience for their marketing team.
Upgrading 8 sites to Drupal 9
Location-based content for multiple geographies
Seamless content syndication from their master site to 7 brand sites via Acquia ContentHub
Integration of a new pricing API for their properties, hotels, rooms, and offers
Enhancements to their components and Translation Management Tool
Enhancements to their custom e-commerce React-based component.
Our client’s master site was the publishing site and their 7 brand sites were the subscribers. The client leveraged Acquia’s content hub, however, there were configuration issues that prohibited Acquia content hub to syndicate content. Our team resolved these configuration issues to ensure seamless discovering, aggregating, delivering, and syndicating of content from the master site to 7 brand sites.
The client’s digital ecosystem was leveraging components, our team re-used these pre-existing components and enhanced them to roll out 8 brand sites in record time. The component-based development approach also enabled the content managers to create, edit and manage pages while maintaining consistent brand identity across all websites.
With different offers being created for different geographies, the client wanted region-specific content to be syndicated on respective brand sites. We enabled content localization by providing a location field to each of these offers, thereby syndicating relevant offers to the brand websites.
Drupal 9 upgrade
The client wanted to upgrade their Drupal 8 sites to the latest version, Drupal 9. We audited their existing sites and removed the deprecated code. The upgrade process also involved making sure their existing Drupal modules and themes were Drupal 9 compatible, upgrading Composer, BLT, and fixing their contrib module dependencies with patches. This resulted in a seamless upgrade and performant Drupal 9 websites.
Pricing API integration
The Pricing API is used to display the price & offers for our client's hotel properties & rooms. It is a third-party API service that gives prices according to a set of given parameters. The client’s older pricing API tool had no TPS (Transaction Per Second) limit. However, the new Pricing API came with a limit of 5 TPS, in order to incorporate this our team made the necessary customizations leveraging Drupal’s custom modules.
Multisite platform enhancement
The multisite platform was developed leveraging Acquia Cloud Site Factory. Our team automated the content syndication process by creating a custom command to automate the export content from the master site and import it to the relevant brand sites. In order to automate the pricing API functionality, we developed a cron that was executed at regular intervals to fetch the updated price and offers and display them on the respective brand sites.
Empowered the client’s marketing team to roll out websites & launch pages independently
Enabled standardization & faster go-to-market with a set of reusable components and codebase leveraging the Drupal 9 multisite platform
Offered a quick and easy approach to content localization
Seamless content syndication enabled the client to manage content on multiple websites effortlessly
We leveraged Drupal 9 for its multilingual capabilities and multi-site capabilities & Acquia Content Hub for content syndication.
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