We talk a lot about WordPress, but it’s not the only open source content management system we work with. Just last month we rolled out a Drupal powered site for the San Francisco based Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE).
After electing to go open source, BALLE was drawn to Drupal’s ability to blend public and member only features into a unified website. With a healthy repository of plug-ins, Drupal offered a lot of value out of the box, while still allowing substantial control to the development team.
In addition to a custom Drupal theme, the public side serves up a Google Maps based directory, an integrated calendar that replaces a separately managed Google Calendar, and plenty of content maintained by authors that don’t have to worry about HTML.
After users self register and are approved by BALLE administrators, they gain access to premium content and features. Users maintain their own profile and discover or look up other members with the directory. A member only file repository is filled with valuable resources ranging from conference call recordings to grant applications.