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Hurrah, you can now share pages with Digg, Facebook and Twitter. Even the list of agendas for the Economic Development, Culture, Sport and Tourism Committee.

All BBC websites are produced in-house. They don't trust much software that they don't write themselves to handle their requirements.

It gets a pass from me. I tried finding two documents I regularly need access to: the waste strategy and the London Plan. Once I found out that all of the meaty bits of the website are under the heading "Priorities" I got to both documents within a couple of clicks and exactly where I expected to find them. Believe me, this is a LOT easier than 90% of other local authority websites.

It's not exactly an example of beautiful, cutting-edge web design or functionality, but then it's basically a glorified local council site, and when are they ever cutting edge? And indeed, do they need to be? This does its job, even though it looks like countless other Drupal / Joomla / Wordpress magazine sites. But I'd rather they got a cheap-ish, off-the-shelf solution than paid through the nose for some noomeejah consultants to get them an all-singing, all-dancing flash monstrosity.

More worrying is that there are unfinished sections and pages - that's a little amateurish, to say the least. And the header and navigation being slightly wider than the page body is really irking me - but then I'm a straight lines freak, I guess.

Supposedly the New Johnston typeface for most TFL applications will be "safe". We shall see. I mean how can you "brand" a single organisation using two different fonts?

All the archived documents have been dated 1 January 1970, which doesn't exactly help when you're searching.

The previous administration has been completely airbrushed from history - no details of the first Mayor and history of the GLA.

Oh, and I really hate websites where you have to scroll up and down to view the whole front page. Why have they removed the links to the GLA functional bodies from the front page?

Seems clear and straightforward to me. Somewhat bland to look at, but I found everything I looked for at once (with one link that hasn't been set up yet).

Don't blame Drupal! It's a flexible enough system to be able to do what you want with it, it's not the Drupal developers faults that sometimes people who use it get a little lazy.

The only problem with Drupal is that making really good-looking templates for it, is a bit of a pain, so yes - you tend to get stuff based on standard templates that looks rather samey. But it is a *very* sensible choice financially if only because it avoids being locked into to a single developer.

Another recent Drupal switcher is:

Don't think the London 2012 site is Drupal either.

You can make nice Drupal sites - The Economist is about to go Drupal at, but as has been pointed out it takes more effort. You'll notice that looks a bit like, another Drupal site. They probably both use the same base theme.

p.s. I don't think the 2010 link you posted is Drupal, it's postCMS, I thought it was wordpress but the Meta information says postCMS.

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