Californian City, Santa Barbara Moves to Drupal

Santa Barbara, a predominantly Spanish city on the West Coast of the United States, California, turned to Drupal when it decided to revamp its web presence with better mobile compatibility. A pack of websites with Drupal as the underlying CMS was launched on June 28, 2022, with a clean and modern design. 

The website aligns with the City’s goals of inclusivity, providing the capability for Spanish translation and a better experience for those in the disability community. The enhancements were driven by public input expressing a desire for ease of navigation and the ability to search.

Information Technology’s Director Justin Cure said that the City’s former website was nearly ten years old, based on technology that was no longer supported, and did not provide the functionality to make it more inclusive.

“The move to a new website platform allowed us to focus on being more resilient to future change and improvements in technology,” 

Cure said. 

The new site uses the open-source Drupal platform, which the federal government has standardized as the website foundation of preference. Drupal provides a flexible, scalable, and accessible website foundation.

When faced with the need for a new website, the City outlined three overriding goals that helped to shape the project:

  • Accessibility: Making the website experience better for visitors with disabilities.
  • Bilingual: Installing a website platform capable of providing an immersive Spanish user experience.
  • Mobile Devices: Offering a better user experience on all devices.

The changes affect the City’s main website and sub-sites for the Airport, Parks and Recreation, and Library departments.

Visitors are invited to experience the City’s new online look and get reacquainted with the navigation at; or