Custom Websites for LibrariesCustom Websites for Libraries hedgesst Wed, 07/08/2009 - 09:36
The OPLIN Website Kits depend on a standardized software installation and design template that allows us to keep the cost low. We do offer limited customization, but some changes "break" our standardized model. For example:
- in-house changes that break W3C standards compliance;
- changes that require modifications to a standard Drupal module or the Drupal code;
- changes that require any special server configuration; and
- changes that require custom scripting that accesses web resources outside of OPLIN's control.
When a library customer requests such changes, we suggest that it consult with an outside vendor. OPLIN is not able to accommodate these types of development needs.
Working with third-party designs
When a library requests that OPLIN use a design created by the library or by an outside designer/vendor, the implementation is charged at the hourly rate and as an additional fee. While we will implement outsourced designs, they typically increase work time in constructing custom CSS files, re-working graphics to work with the Drupal theme template and communications required between OPLIN and the third-party designer. This can increase a library's cost considerably.