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Start your LocalGov Drupal build

We've been working with LocalGov Drupal and AWS to create the easiest and cheapest route possible for those without Drupal experience and no spare servers to set up and test LocalGov Drupal in an environment they can share with others.

There's no commitment to continue if LGD isn't right for you. AWS Lightsail was identified as a good entrypoint as it offers 3 months free on the smaller instances, has a simple interface and is specifically designed to allow for application testing.

How it works

An advantage of Lightsail is the ability to provide a launch script. Being a Drupal specialist support company, we already have extensive tooling for deploying Drupal and it's dependencies to Debian-based servers, written predominantly in Ansible. This project uses these existing tools within a cloud-init launch script, which you can use in the Lightsail control panel to launch LocalGov Drupal on it's own Lightsail server.

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Councils we've helped connect to LocalGov Drupal

Cumbria landscape

Cumbria Council

AWS hosting for a LocalGov Drupal site

Read the Cumbria case study


Croydon Council

Connecting a council with LocalGov Drupal to save costs

Read the Croydon case study


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LocalGov Drupal features

Content types

Create pages devoted to providing information about products and services. Service landing pages, step-by-step processes (registrations and applications) and guides.



LocalGov Drupal's microsites functionality allows council content designers to create standalone sub-sites with basic design customisation.


It is a goal of LocalGov Drupal to meet or exceed WCAG 2.1 level AA for its content and functionality. The admin interface also meets or exceed level AA.

Front end

Subsites can be used to create separately themed sections, plus create news, events, multiple types of alert banner and directories

Back end

Use the revisions and history module, approvals dashboard and a variety of patterns, styles and call outs.

Design and theme

Your LocalGov Drupal website can be built on top of our scalable base theme. Different LocalGov Drupal sites follow the same design patterns created using best-practice, data-driven components and GOV.UK's design system. Your site can be customised to match your council's brand guidelines.

Why choose LocalGov Drupal on AWS?

We chose to host the LocalGov Drupal on AWS because it is user-friendly, flexible, secure, cost-effective, reliable, scalable and highly performant.

Plus, we’re Select AWS partners with a specialism in serving public sector organisations. Our hosting team are AWS-certified, so you're guaranteed an undisrupted experience.

Benefits of LocalGov Drupal on AWS

It's free

No vendor lock-in

Extremely secure

Support hours available

WCAG 2.1 AA accessibility compliant

Immediate access to useful features

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Expert support

We're a preferred supplier for LocalGov Drupal. We're also part of the working group and contribute regularly. We’re proud to be actively engaged with LGD.

We offer per hour and 5 hour blocks of support time. With a support block, you get access to our team of talented developers and systems administrators, who are available to help with any problems. In fact, our multidisciplinary website support services allow you to take use of all of our areas of expertise.


  • £130 per hour
  • £600 for 5 hours (saving 8%)
  • £1175 for 10 hours (saving 10%)

Why choose Code Enigma?

Award-winning hosting services

10+ years optimising local government websites

LocalGov Drupal preferred supplier

Crown Commercial Services Supplier

AWS certified and Select Partners

ISO certified management systems

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LocalGov Drupal FAQs

Is LocalGov Drupal mature enough to use?

The LocalGov Drupal teams are both extensive and experienced. They consist of back end developers, front end developers, product designers, interaction designers, content teams, content designers, user experience researchers and more.

There’s no council in the UK or in Ireland that has all those in one team. To have this level of expertise on staff would entail huge budgets that even the biggest, richest councils would not have.

Is it worth pooling resources?

LocalGov Drupal is a public asset that is based on cooperative principles and held by the people of the community. An overall framework comprising common components for all UK authorities was envisioned.

With LocalGov Drupal, councils are able to register for free and have access to the "basics" so that they may focus on developing new, undeveloped features instead of wasting money on what has already been developed and there for the taking.

Can we have a unique website design?

Some worry that all council websites will look the same if they all use the same template. In terms of design, LGD is template-driven and follows the government design system in the UK.

However, it is also a jumping-off point. The template doesn't mean all councils have to use the same method to build their websites. It's possible that councils have a legitimate desire to stand out from the crowd. There is some uniformity in terms of the user experience, but the council has enough latitude to design their own look and feel.

Does LocalGov Drupal support a headless or decoupled system?

Yes. Gatsby has been used to develop decoupled LocalGov Drupal sites.

In 2022, the team is focusing on microsites, which are independent from the main site and where a headless or decoupled front-end strategy can work – perhaps a hybrid approach or one way or the other, working from a base theme that is easy to tweak.