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Barloworld builds on open source, Drupal

By   |  June 19, 2007

Automotive engineers Barloworld CVT Technologies have set up on online presence using open source software and the Drupal content management system.

Obsidian Switch recently completed the work on a new website for Barloworld CVT Technologies.

A subsidiary of Barloworld, CVT Technologies has developed a revolutionary new gearbox for the automotive industry and required a website to facilitate its business.

"The company has just acquired patent rights for a new gearbox that we have developed," says Jan Naude, managing director of Barloworld CVT Technologies. "The product has been in development since 2002 and is now being marketed internationally. A prototype has already been tested in a car in South Africa."

"Obsidian Switch have delivered a powerful website that allows us to build an online user base, track visitors by region and get a solid idea of who is showing interest in our product," says Naude. "The site was launched in February and since then we have had 20 registrations per month – this is a good sign for such a specialised product."

"The site is powered by Drupal, an open source content management system," says Andre Ellis, information architect for Obsidian Switch. "Drupal is incredibly stable and has a clear upgrade path. It is also flexible, allowing for advanced customisation and functionality which can be added with modules."

He says that adding the video and other media functionality required for the BarloworldCVT Technologies’ website was possible thanks to Drupal’s broad capabilities.

"Obsidian showed me how to use the website and within no time I was able to add content myself and manage the user base," says Naude.

The site is hosted by Obsidian Switch which handled all development and design in-house. Obsidian Switch also optimised video used on the company’s old website to reduce the site’s use of bandwidth.

"Our team converted the video to a compressed Quicktime format that looks great and saves bandwidth," says Ellis.

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