Case Study

How migrating 650+ sites saved this major university time, money, and effort for years to come

Facts & Figures

Princeton University Web Development Services


  • Princeton Web Development Services (WDS) is a software and application service department within Princeton University’s Office of Information Technology.
  • The group manages an internal service for the Princeton community - including departments, centers, and programs - to provide them the flexibility to design and build websites with little to no technical skills, as well as access to a professional team when they need extra help.
  • Princeton University is a four-year Ivy League university in Princeton, New Jersey. Founded in 1746, Princeton has a well-established reputation of academic excellence as the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.


  • 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.