The Challenge

Rue89 is a French news website started by former editors of the newspaper Libération. They came to us with an outdated site built on Drupal 5. It needed modernizing, a future-friendly platform, better media sharing modules and improved performance. To add to this, Drupal 5 support was ending, and there were no more security patches. For these reasons they decided to go with an upgrade to Drupal 7. They also wanted to optimize their workflow, content validation process, dashboards and homepage management.

Our Strategy

Rue89 was one of the first major Drupal 7 sites ever released. As D7 was in alpha at the time, we had a lot to debug. During this process we contributed patches to Panels and Views, helping with the final live release of Drupal 7. Our work with Rue89 started with a new architecture, followed by integrating HTML for the new design. Next we created the Media Asset module. This enables streamlined publishing with massive amounts of content, from re-using media to adding citations. We actively support the Media Asset module on

The Benefits

Besides an updated look and a future-proof CMS, our transition from D5 to D7 went seamlessly. No downtime during migration, with perfect synchronization of articles, users and comments. We migrated all URLs so they maintained their indexed pages. Their team appreciated the more user-friendly back office, the streamlined workflow and vastly improved media management.

facts & figures


One of the biggest French media pure-players


Media - news website

Company size

48 employees - 2013 Sales: €1.6 million

Type of work

Migration from Drupal 5 to Drupal 7, one of the first major Drupal 7 sites ever released, security and performance optimization