A design system enabling flexible, self-service landing pages
Before moving to Drupal, each new page was custom-designed, custom components were built to implement the design, and then those components were rarely used again. Editors were constantly creating brand-new pages.
To solve this problem, we created a design system that includes all available designed components at different breakpoints to help assemble the building blocks of a page. Content authors can browse the design system library, choose a template they want, and see all of the components that make up that template.
These templates and their components map to tools in the editorial interface, so constructing landing pages is now a matter of assembling the appropriate pieces using a template approach. Each template can be replicated and repurposed instead of full customization. This model completely changes the way New Relic publishes content. New Relic can now iterate and launch pages quickly, contributing to a 400% increase in visitor signups.
A migration from many to one
New Relic had accumulated several platforms to meet various needs, including two WordPress blogs, Adobe Experience Manager, a custom CMS, and just raw HTML. To unify the content experience into Drupal 9, each platform required a different migration strategy. We determined each strategy by inventorying URLs, organizing content audits, mapping out the data architecture from each source, and then initiating a migration process for each source.
Agile publishing for the future
To grow, New Relic needs to reach target audiences with agility and speed, and now, their publishing tools are no longer an obstacle to this goal. The new Drupal website enables them to:
- reach more people than ever before.
- publish content from different geographical locations in five supported languages, with more to come.
- templatize and reuse complex landing pages without editors spending time re-inventing the wheel.
- add new components and patterns weekly that easily slide into current workflows and meet evolving needs.
- respond quickly to opportunities due to the integration of marketing automation.
- communicate the right message at the right time with speed and precision.
New Relic went from publishing a few landing pages per quarter to publishing dozens, all with consistent branding and flexible layouts. For one product, this rapid-fire publication model led to a 4x increase in the visitor signup (VSU) rate and a nearly 4x decrease in cost per VSU.