Case Study

650+ sites migrated: Saving money and future efforts for a leading university

Facts & Figures

Princeton University Web Development Services


  • Princeton Web Development Services (WDS) is a software department under Princeton University's Office of Information Technology.
  • It offers an internal service enabling various university units to create websites without technical expertise. This service also provides access to professional assistance when needed.
  • Established in 1746, Princeton University is a prestigious Ivy League institution known for academic excellence.


  • Princeton needed to migrate 650+ sites to the new Drupal 9 (D9) platform, as well as develop more than five additional themes and features - each with their own variations and settings - required to support them before Drupal 7 (D7) reached end-of-life (EOL).
  • They had around one year to migrate these sites to the new platform.
  • As is usually the case for higher ed institutions, Princeton University is just one single brand, but owns thousands of individual sites. They needed to support a consistent experience and a unified brand from site to site so they can satisfy and connect with their many users while interacting with them across various touchpoints.


  • Discovery / Audits
  • Web Development
  • QA Testing
  • Ongoing Support


  • Drupal 9
  • Acquia Site Factory

Template Sites migrated
Scholar Sites migrated
Custom Sites migrated
FFW's partnership made it possible to upgrade hundreds of websites while a majority of my team continued to do their routine work. We could only have completed this complex project in the short timeframe that we did with FFW's expertise.