The Museum of the History of Polish Jews

The institution named The European Museum of the Year in 2016 granted with Effie Awards and Europa Nostra Award.

The issue
Our solution
Solution in details
Realisation in numbers
The results

The issue

why did we establish cooperation?

Even before establishing cooperation with Smartbees, POLIN - Museum of the History of Polish Jews, already has been using Drupal - the museum’s website was built on that technology. As a public-private institution, POLIN has to take due care of the high-quality data storage security, and the Drupal system upgraded to the highest version, provides it.

That is the main reason why the museum needed the migration to the newest Drupal 8 version. Although Drupal 7 will be officially supported up to 2021, only regular update of CMS provides the highest security of any website.

Upgrading Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 demands numerous changes in website code - it is more like building the website form the ground rather than conducting small updates. That is why only experienced developers can do this without obstacles. Besides substantial safety increase, migration to Drupal 8 provides access to extended content editor CKEditor. It is giant facilitation for websites with a significant amount of published content like POLIN.

The examples of Polin Museum offer

Our solution

which strategy did we apply?

What our client wanted the most was the migration of Drupal 7 based website 1:1 to the newest system version. It means nearly no changes in the website’s layout, just a few visual improvements. That is why we came up with a solution that enables the migration of the site without substantial layout changes. The developments related to the system upgrade are visible mostly from the perspective of administrators and editors of the website. As a result, POLIN gained, among others, useful and straightforward text editor and more user - friendly admin panel. One of the facilitation made concerning POLIN users was the improvement of site accessibility on mobile devices.

Solution in details

which areas were crucial?
Mobile version of POLIN website

1. Customized migration modules

To conduct the Drupal 7 migration efficiently, the creation of modules that facilitate the whole process is necessary. That is why we designed and implemented:

  • content migration module,
  • image cropping migration module,
  • menu migration module,
  • content search module with a multilingual keyboard.

Such a solution enabled us to migrate content and images without changing the layout of POLIN’s website.

2. Mobile version extension

POLIN website build on Drupal 7 had problems with responsiveness - the majority of texts and images were not displaying correctly. That is why we decided to adjust the website to mobile devices. Thanks to that, the mobile version of the website possesses the vast majority of desktop version functionalities.

Realisation in numbers

project’s statistics

Customized modules that enable Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 migration


The team consisted of 3 specialists: Project Manager, Drupal Developer and Tester


We spent 600 hours on migration


Migration of website’s 2 language versions

POLIN Museum website

The results

benefits for our Client
  1. Transparent administration panel
  2. Highest security
  3. Transparent and straightforward text editor
  4. Increase in website’s efficiency
  5. Comprehensive possibilities for website development in the future
  6. The newest version of the Drupal system


which were used

HTML5 is a language that allows creating and displaying websites, stores or web applications.


CSS3 is a language that describes the graphic presentation of elements on a website.


With this abbreviation we define the technique of creating pages that adapt to each screen on which they are displayed.

Our Clients

hundreds of real successes
Tomasz Zbierski
Director of IT / TAI

Smartbees performed a giant experience in Drupal CMS system and helped us to modernize our tender service.

Mateusz Tomczak
Marketing specialist / VELO

They are good at establishing a strong business relationship with customers.

Łukasz Filut
Director of IT / WSB

The partnership approach of Smartbees makes our cooperation an effective and pleasant one. That is why we do not hesitate to contract out new assignments to them.


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