Zero to Zen in 30 Days or Less: Using ZenSource to Build Better Experiences and Get in Market Faster
February 11, 2021
When there is a timely marketing opportunity that needs to drive results, a lack-luster experience just to get in market simply won’t cut it. And luckily with ZenSource, a breakneck speed doesn’t have to sacrifice the user experience or marketing results.
When time is of the essence ZenSource is the solution
Our ZenSource clients span across multiple industries and while their Drupal experiences need to drive different business needs, they all at some point need to go from an idea, to a full-fledged web experience in record time.
Here’s how ZenSource tools can help take your idea and bring it to market even in 30 days or less.
Meet Lotus, our turnkey Drupal 9 foundation
We start all projects by installing Lotus which is our standard Drupal 9 distribution. This simply means we’ve spent the time building Drupal modules as well as vetting and improving upon ones already in the community to help initial project setup be completely turnkey.
Combined with our highly available and secure AWS powered ZenCloud environment, a ZenSource website and admin authoring experience can spin up and be ready to customize new creative within just a few hours.
Layer in ZenCore, our Drupal 9 admin with UX accelerators baked-in
While any web experience big or small is going to need its custom experience, brand messaging or design components layered in, there’s also a lot you can do to jump start the process. With a standard pattern library of available page layouts and content widgets, ZenCore can help.
The ZenCore admin was designed 100% using Drupal components to provide an incredibly easy to use admin experience so authors can onboard quickly and easily build engaging content.
Beyond the standard configurations to setup up a Drupal site quickly, it also comes standard with page templates and content modules you can essentially drag into your site at install. Moreover, these experience components are tested and vetted for usability, accessibility and security.
Things like image and video sliders, accordions, callout cards and link lists install out-of-the-box and can be easily skinned or enhanced to match your brand standards. Using our flexible page templates, you can layout your content widgets however you need to right on the page.
More functional features like forms can be created like any other content widget and dragged onto the page as well as integrate with your CRM. Even wayfinding sections like a news directory can be installed at the same time, skinned and powered by a built in author-driven tagging taxonomy.
Plugin Power Site and free up more time to customize
At this point, within a few days of a project kick off, users can access the ZenSource admin and start building out pages while more project requirements and content development start coming together.
This also means custom feature development can start in parallel while users start building out their content and site experience, gaining a large amount of overall timeline efficiency.
On more functional experiences, ZenSource’s Power Site component can be installed which includes a powerful Solr site search as well as our data import and normalizer connector to pull in third party data that needs to co-exist with Drupal page content.
Scale and future proof for tomorrow
The best part about using ZenSource to get in market quicker, is that it also starts your foundation for future growth. When planned correctly, something like a simple landing page or a microsite to help introduce a new brand can just be the start of your toolkit. With ZenSource installed and published to the ZenCloud, a best-in-class micro experience can begin to grow into fully realized and expansive web ecosystem, with zero rework required.