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Build a Winning Conference Site with COD and Drupal [July 17, 2012]

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Please join Acquia and guest presenter, Energy Action Coalition, as they discuss how the Drupal Conference Organizing Distribution (COD) empowers organizations to promote and execute powerful, engaging events. This webinar will include a real-world example on how COD helped drive the success of the Power Shift 2011 public policy conference in Washington D.C.

Join us and learn how conference organizers can use COD to:

* Streamline conference on-boarding and registration processes
* Facilitate better communication with speakers and attendees
* Automate sponsorship sales and collect feedback

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John: To kick it off, COD or the Conference Organizers Distribution is a group of distribution that’s maintained by Acquia and distribution can be loosely thought of as solutions in the proprietary world or as prepackaged sites that are out of the box.

There are full copies of Drupal that include Drupal Core along with additional software such as themes or modules, libraries, even installation profiles. There could be two main types of Drupal Distributions: one is a full-featured distribution that typically has a more of an all-inclusive product and are considered more complete solutions for specialized use cases and then other use distributions are considered more quick start tools or starting points for developers and site builders.

The full-feature distribution my COD, you can quickly and easily setup a site for specialized purpose. Obviously in this case, to deliver immersive trade show experiences for your customers.

As you know, Drupal is a comprehensive platform and it's really focused, in our perspective, on three main areas: you've got Drupal for delivering content at your sites, Drupal for creating communities, and Drupal for executing commerce and transaction. For content, you can think about it as a traditional WCM, Web Experience Management, Space Community, you can think of social business software, and Commerce as e-commerce. Now we’ll be focused today on the community aspects of Drupal as a platform.

There are a couple of distributions in the community space: the first one that’s been out over a year and very successful is called Drupal Common, also maintained by Acquia, and that’s for delivering robust developer, customer or partner external communities or also internal communities where you need to you do extensive knowledge sharing between team members and collaborations creating those internal social communities. If you want any additional information on Common, please see a lot of our assets and customer case studies and white papers on acquia.com around internal and external community for Common. But today we’ll be focusing on Conference Organizers Distribution or COD.

From our perspective, looking at sort of the landscape – premiere sets and products we wanted to tease out where we think COD has very unique differentiated features in the marketplace. So certainly, to be able to create your personalized, custom session scheduling is very easy in COD. There’s a smooth registration and checkout workflow and if you tried to do that from a custom perspective you know how difficult that can be. There's one quick conference administration menus for your top trade show priorities to keep in check. There’s effortless session moderation and speaker contact that you can change and update in real time as needed at the show. There's robust mobile application support and easy development environment. Configurable event scheduling, of course across multiple tracks as needed and if you need to execute automated sponsorships and build sponsorship pages, that’s pretty effortless in COD as well. The ability to schedule your birds with feather sessions quickly as new ones might emerge or change at the conference itself so we look across at all of the customers we track and support that are implementing COD today, this is sort of our top ten list of how they’re using it to really lower the cost of their trade show participation and really increase the engagement of it as well with creating the trade show community.

Couple of quick snapshots and some of the really key differentiated features we’re seeing in COD here is a couple of DrupalCon examples of customizable scheduling that we've done for our large DrupalCon Developer Events, two different ones here on the left and on the right. A customer can really own the design, the branding for the show and it's very easy to build up and use the scheduling tool. You really save a lot of time and effort in creating those schedules, especially for our DrupalCon events. Regarding registration workflow, so here we see an easy-to-use Contact Information page for attendees and it really is a very quick registration workflow process which might include things like tiered pricing, coupon, even group registration for the event. There’s another area where we hear customers talking about their challenges and their pain point around trying to get folks setup, get the pricing right, get discounts out there and even trying to register groups simply into the trade show so definitely a experience that we've heard good things about, COD in particular.

Here is a very quick, simple, one click conference administration tab for the trade show organizers. It helps to manage their top five or top ten key priority tasks and that’s customizable as well based on your particular needs. Here, it’s how do you check in your attendees, contact your speakers, do moderation for sessions and sponsors and even some help around the distribution itself.

Session moderation. A highly integrated session moderation can help reduce the cost and complexity associated with getting your sessions processed, getting them accepted, ultimately getting them posted final on your trade show sites, and really just reduces the amount of time it takes and your ability to have that marketing agility to adapt to sessions that change at the last minute, someone who is sick and wasn’t able to attend and the speaker make those updates in real-time get that information out to your attendees quickly without a lot of coding.

As I mentioned, every DrupalCon since 2011 has used COD as the distribution of choice to roll out these trade show experiences and most of fifteen plus DrupalCamps are also using it as well. So feel free to go check some of those individual sites and see what the booth people would do and some of the savings and ability to create more prioritized schedules and sessions.

One quick example is around Codestrong Conference. Codestrong was created by Appcelerator to give mobile application developers a place to learn about titanium development and lets cross platform mobile application or framework was able to host thousands of developers. This particular site offered a tiered pricing registration page with early bird passes, had quite a sleek design as well as you can see and ultimately they deployed COD to really focus their time, energy and investment on the customed theme and design here so very customizable and simple to roll out the branding and experience that they wanted to show. They also used typecast fonts to highly customize the design instead of spending the time building a customed conference application for themselves. So when they went through the options in the marketplace, they chose COD as the best one to fit their particular needs, as you see here.

Another good example is the European Organization of Research and Treatment of Cancer. Their event attracted about three hundred attendees. They had 23 presenters and five sessions and they also used COD to organize their program. They were able to include specific website links for their sponsors. They had a sponsor-specific Application Form that they were able to develop with an Integrated Webform Module for their mobile experience. Even their Hotels tab was performed in the COD distribution itself using the CCK Module and as you can here, integration with Gmap tools where we'll see location of specific hotels and the proximity to the conference itself. And then the home page you see is built with panels and the slideshow is built with a host of different views as well, again, very sophisticated event, highly successful enemy that use COD as well.

So with that one proper, brief overview of where we’re seeing some of our customers use COD and some of the key features of the distribution itself, I’d like to introduce once again Jeff Mann from Energy Action Coalition to ultimately take us through the Power Shift 2011 Conference and some of the results they saw from implementing and using COD. So, Jeff…

Jeff: Thanks John. I’m Jeff Mann, I worked on the Online Director at the Energy Action Coalition and to give you a little background about what we do, we are a coalition of close to 50, all youth-led, organization that their work on climate and energy issues.

We have a relatively small central staff that work with our partners and as well as the campus groups and community organizations. They reach to basically connect hundreds of thousands of young people most are primary college students and reach graduates to care about climate and energy and building the Clean Energy Movement in the United States.

The other thing that we're best known for is the Power Shift Conferences which we hold professionally every other year. In 2011, we held our third Power Shift Conference which was in Washington DC in April 2011 which in that conference brought together over ten thousand people in DC which was a large logistical and strategic undertaking and we were looking at you in run up to the Power Shift looking for a platform that we can use online to support all the different aspects of hosting a conference of this size.

Just before that, you see there, you can see and have the scale of how many people are at one of these events. That one on the right is some of the impact, that’s actually twelve of our teen leaders meeting with President Obama. Two are hard to see. So that’s some of the backstory.

For Power Shift 2007 and 2009 we had used a variety of different tools for different pieces of the conference. We’re using both of our CRM and RegOnline as event sign-up tools. We had other information collected in different Google Docs and other places where you know, it was just very difficult to get the right information to the people who needed it for actually organizing this conference.

Some other challenges we had with using those systems was, in particular, the Registration Workflow and Group Registration which we had particular needs for that kind of registration which I’ll talk to in a minute. We also needed a single place where we could capture things like volunteer sign ups and sessions sign ups so that they could all be accessed easily and we could flexibly determine where to put resource for the conference.

The last and probably the most significant challenge we had with previous systems was that, we were using these sites as kind of one-off conference site for the event. People would register but that was kind of where it ended. As a movement, the conference is not the end goal, our goal is to build a dynamic and powerful movement so we really wanted to create a space where that was functional for a conference and accounts what we needed for the conference but then also could continued to keep people engaged in the run up to the conference and after the conference to keep people coming back and actually be able to grow our movement beyond just this one-time event.

Some of the goals for powershift2011.org which we launched in February before the conference and worked with Adramatic as well as GBS on that site, so we needed custom Registration Workflow and we want to automate tasks like when people sign to volunteer, tell us what food restrictions they had and features like a housing board where people could find couches to stay on and ride share so people could figure out how to get to DC. And then also, like I was saying, building community features to keep people connected.

Just to give you a sense of what kind of is possible, when you use your system later, for our registration we work with a lot of student groups and due to the complexities of student organizing and school budget processes there's a lot of groups that there's a need for them to be able to register their group and pay for ten slots or however many but not necessarily know who exactly which students were attending at that point. So we ended up doing was creating a system where those groups could register as a group and receive a group code that they could then distributed to their members to register individually. We could still then capture individual attendees, names, and info which we needed for the conference but give that flexibility to the groups so that they could work with their schools to be able to pay for pay for the conference registration.

Another, kind of, interesting challenge we had was for room assignments. We had hundreds of sessions for the conference. The exact room assignments we had at the convention center weren't even determined until a week or two out. There was limited time for us to get that information to people and so when our paper programs had to get into print, we still didn't know all the room assignments at that point. Instead of giving you the correct information, what we did was print the note idea for the sessions, free sessions in the program so that people can use the mobile site, which I’ll show you in a second, or a text message to look up their room number.

This is a wireframes for our mobile site, we kept it pretty basic but it had the schedule, the macro schedule where everything was and then you can log into your account to use to your custom schedule that you are created ahead of time on the website. It would also try to promote our sponsors and give people more information about sessions.

The part that I’m most excited about and was really like the big motivator for us was, like what I’m saying, the ability to keep this website going after the conference. At Power Shift, we re-launched the Power Shift 2011 site, where everyone before the conference had been going to register and sign for sessions, things like that so everyone who registered, all ten thousand people, had a user account on the site already and at Power Shift, at the conference we re-launched it as WeArePowerShift.org and use the conference kind of as a springboard to kick off this online community for our conference attendees and the youth climate as well. It’s been really successful. Just a year or so, the third conference we’ve had, over nine hundred and sixty-two blog posts contributed by three hundred sixteen authors which is both really cool for us which we would never have seen that level of engagement in our online space and it wouldn’t have been possible with any of the other conference platforms that are out there.
That’s kind of our experience and happy to answer questions, if people have them, later.

Ezra: Can you hear me? Okay, great. This is a copy of the Power Shift site that we can use to poke around and see what the site looks like. As you can see, this is the site front page and if we take a look around you really get a sense of the strong community interaction that happen on this site. There’s a showcase video about the event and there’s a list of popular and recent posts, and here you can see some of those hundreds of blog posts that have been posted by other users on the site and share links and the twitter feed as well. So, really strong sense of community based website.

The first thing that would be good to show is the registration process that Jeff talked about. Suppose that I am registering for this event on behalf of a group of students and I want them to all be able to register by themselves at their leisure. You can go to this Group Registration page, answer how many people are coming, and add those registrations to my cart. You can see I’ve got the ten registrations at eighty dollars and my subtotal of eight hundred dollars. I can just go ahead and check out. Here you can see how the registration process has been slightly customized to meet the needs of Power Shift, in this case I can enter the organization that I’m associated with and, for example, the school that I’m associated with so let’s just choose Alabama that’s first in the alphabet and I can start typing here and you see that we've got a list of school names that auto complete here.

So let’s just go ahead and register and see how this Group Registration works. I’ll enter my information here and then I can just go ahead and I’ll use the tax credit card. In real life of course I couldn't just enter 1234 and now I’ll proceed to the review order screen where I can make sure that all my information is correct. I assume it is correct and I go ahead and submit the order. So now I’m in my email, I’ll get an email that tells me where to go on the site so that I can see my group registration and so I know where to go for that. You can figure that I've paid for ten registrations for power shift and that each attendee should use this coupon code. I can actually email that coupon code directly to people who are going to register for my party and I'll be able to see who reviewed that code and how many registrations are remaining as people sign up.

So let’s see what the process would look like from the point of view of a student or somebody using that coupon code. So I’ll just copy and paste the coupon code and switch to another browser window where I'm not logged into the site yet. So, I’m a different person here and I'll go to the Registration Page. So I just click Register Now, and you see I’m prompted for my email address so let’s just say that’s my email address. Now you’ll see that the site could reflect the information that is specific to this site. We’ll start with personal information, let’s use a different name and I‘ll just go Bill Smith and 234 … Now there’s also space for me to enter my twitter username or my website and I could also say I’m from Taubman College, for example. I can also enter new contact information so this might be ... and that way there's no tracking people down to wrangle them for their emergency contact information. Of course all of this is customizable so this was specific to this particular site but you could do the interface for COD, configure these fields, and so I can choose to volunteer to help to run the conference, I can sign the waiver all from this screen. So now I've got a similar check-out screen as I had before only this time, I’m asked to enter my ten dollar registration. Instead what I’ll do is enter the coupon code that we used before that we were given before, I’ll just paste that right in, click apply to order, and now you can see that my order has been discounted that coupon code right there and to pre-order so no payment is necessary, I can go to review screen, make sure that everything looks okay and submit the order.

So now I’ll be registered for the conference. I’ll as well get a confirmation email and that will include information from the login to the site and start participating and contributing content. If we switch back to the original user who made this purchase, let's refresh that group registration screen, see what happens. So you can see Bill Smith has registered, we could see Bill’s email here. I can see that I've used one registration for my party and that I have nine remaining. So I can keep track and make sure that the people that are part of my group of are registering. So I don't have to call and ask, ‘have you registered?’ things like that. It really makes that registration process easier. So that's one thing that's really great about out the Power Shift site. Let’s take a look at some of the community focused functionality that the site has.

So one thing that's really nice is the selected feature which is kind of like additional sessions that appear during the conference. I can filter here by the type of session, training or workshop or a panel. I can filter on things that are interesting to me and then I've got this handy add to my schedule link so I can click that and without even refreshing the page, I can add and remove sessions from my schedule and then when I am ready to look at my schedule, I can easily view that, I can see what I'm doing on every day. For this site, there’s a set of default sessions that are added to everyone's schedule so if you want to suggest to people, for example, everybody needs to check in and go to registration you can make sure that that’s added to the schedule. So that's another handy feature that makes things easier for the attendees and then also for the conference organizers and people know where they’re going.

There's also a housing board. A common need for conferences is for people to figure out where they’re going to stay. The housing board here allows things easy for people to see if they can share housing with other people. So I can post at housing work from the top of a screen and then I can also say I’ve got a couch or I need to find a couch and this could just as easily translate to sharing hotel rooms for example. So you can see that people have been at several pages of people using this tool to figure out where to stay. Similarly, there's also a ride share tool which features a handy map so I can see people who are driving to the conference and share a ride with them. So if I know that I'm leaving for example on Wednesday, I could just filter down to Wednesday and see which people are leaving on Wednesday and where they are and choose to contact them and see if I want to ride with them. I can also filter by zip codes so you could imagine that that would really help people figure out how to get to the event and foster a sense of community.

Another thing to note about this site is that this site houses multiple and usual conferences. One of the main benefits of being based on Drupal is that you can take advantage of the different Drupal modules and functionalities so in this case you’re using like the main app module so that there is the same Drupal installation you've got multiple, different, individual conferences. We were just looking at the main Power Shift conference but you can see there's also the New York Power Shift or the Midwest Power Shift website. You can easily browse to each of those sites and they have a similar look and feel although those could be different and they've also got their own community content going on within those sites. So those are some of the nice features about the Power Shift site.

I'd like to show some of the features that we have in COD for conference organizers so I’ll switch to a different site just so that we don't expose personal information from the Power Shift site that has some people’s email addresses in it. So I'm logging here to the Awesome UK Conference 2012 example site and you can see another example of this session schedule, this could be formatted vertically or in a grid format. The vertical format is nice because it translates both mobile and is also good for more complex schedules and more simultaneous sessions. I’ve got this wrench icon in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. I can click that and here's this conference administration menu that John described earlier. You can see that it’s an organizer, I can check-in attendees, contact speakers for the event and moderate content like sessions and sponsors all from this handy menu.

The nice thing about COD is that you don't have the grant permission for everyone at your organizers to access all these things. For example, if you have a set of volunteers who are working on the conference and only need to work on check-ins, you can make sure that they're not able to manage people orders for example. Let’s take a look at that sponsor moderation and contact speaker functionality so suppose I’ve got a list of speakers I've gone through and I’ve accepted their sessions through the website and I want to make sure that they know that they're attending the site. You can see here there's a list of speakers and I can directly from the website send this email to them saying here’s a specific session that’s been accepted, it’s happening at this date and time, please confirm that you can attend. And so then if we switch to the view of one of the presenters so I'll go back to this tab where I’m a different user, I’m logged in as Bob Smith on this site and you can see that Bob has had a session accepted and when Bob logs in, after Bob gets that email, Bob can see this is the session, here's when it's been accepted to happen and confirm I can present this session at listed day and time, I can click that link and you can see that I’ve confirmed. If I want to unconfirm then I've got to contact the organizers. This is a really handy tool to organize the conference with a number of presenters. Before it can be difficult to track down all those presenters and confirm that they are able to attend the event, that they can still make their session that they know that their session was accepted. So this is a tool that automates process. It really takes a lot of the organizing burden off of the organizers.

Similarly, there's a lot of other tools for organizers, as you would expect there’s an order tracking system, so you can see who bought what product and at what time and what they paid, how much they paid, and what their payment method was, kind of all the typical e-commerce functionality that you might expect with any e-commerce system. Of course you get all the benefits of Drupal’s e-commerce enhancement along with that.

So this is the session moderation view. In this site we've already scheduled a number of sessions but you could see here how sessions would start out you'd allow people to submit sessions and they’d appear on the unprocessed tab and as you go to the moderation process, the organizers could meet or just organize through the website and choose which sessions they want to accept and decline. Once those sessions are assigned to specific rooms and time slots then you can go ahead and send that contact message out that that we showed earlier.

Some of the useful features that are built into COD are things that like community directory so folks can appear once they've registered for the event. In this directory, and if you're looking for a particular person or somebody for a particular organization or with common interest that you'd like to meet at the conference, you can do that through the COD’s site. You can also browse for sessions and of course the types of sessions are completely customizable so you could change the extract and experience levels to anything that you would want, and has a nice way of filtering down to sessions that are relevant to the user and all that. It looks great out-of-the-box but it can also be customized for your site. As we saw, this looks very different from the Power Shift site which looks different from the Codestrong site. You can really brand and design this COD sites to your heart's content.

One last thing to show real quick here is this Sponsor Moderation system. If I take a look at the Sponsors page on this conference site, you can see that Acquia is a platinum sponsor and the way that Acquia became a sponsor and this is an example is that they bought their sponsorship directly through the website. You can actually sell sponsorships, allow sponsors to enter their branding information, their logo, their website, their blurbs, specify who from their organizations is attending. At the conference organizer you can moderate that that sponsorship through the site. For example, let’s go back to where Acquia was still in moderation, if you look at the Sponsors page and you refresh here, you’ll see that no sponsors have been announced but once Acquia has purchased this sponsorship, they will automatically appear in this unpublished sponsors area. As a reviewer, I can just go ahead and look at their sponsor information and with one click publish it if I approve it or I can edit it if I want to do that. And then, when we refresh that sponsor information will appear on this page. You can imagine how this would really simplify the sponsorship wrangling process between the sponsorship collection and confirming with attendees. COD offers a lot of functionality to make things easier for the event organizers as well as the community who had a lot of ability to interact as we saw with the Power Shift site.

So it seems to me like it would be a good time to take questions. I know we had questions and we should probably leave time for those.

John: Great, thanks a lot. We have some questions coming in. Looks like Ezra are you still on?

Ezra: Yup I'm still here.

John: Looks like a few of them you might be able to help provide some perspective on.

Ezra: Sure.

John: Let’s see… Is there a base theme being used for COD?

Ezra: Yes. There are two versions of COD: COD for Drupal 6 is still very well regarded fusion theme from top notch theme and in Drupal 7 it’s still found in the also well regarded adopted theme. And the benefit of that Drupal 7 adoptive theme is that it’s responsive out of the box so it makes it much easier for your site to work well out of the box and mobile devices. You can still go ahead and built that dedicated mobile apps that that work great but it provides an even higher level of out of the box mobile functionality that’s configurable so that you get configurable ability to choose how things stack for responsive mobile design which is really handy.

John: Seems like there’s a new version of COD beta three. Can you talk about any of the newer, most important features in that?

Ezra: Yes so we, we recently released a Drupal 6 version of COD beta three. COD beta three was a maintenance release so we updated contributed modules in Drupal core so that everything all that offers is up to date out of the box on the road map for COD related to stack of new releases is we're going to be adding the Acquia connecter as an optional installation choice when you install COD so that you try and take advantage of things like Apache Solar Search where Acquia has in-site tools to help you with your COD sites. You can get that without downloading any additional software. For the Drupal 7 version we’re actively working with a number of community contributors including folks like InShout, I don't want to try and name everybody because I'm sure I’ll miss some because there's so many contributors but we’re working to produce a Drupal 7 version.

John: Great. Are there any pre-build integrations at different CRMs like Salesforce, Net Squid or anyone else?

Ezra: Yeah so the benefit of again of COD being based on Drupal is that there is integration for Drupal that will work very well with COD that you can download and add to you COD site. There’s at least a couple or specific immigration tools like RegOnline so we certainly would hope that folks would want to register and do integration in their events site but occasionally people, they have been an organization that’s kind of has a lot of relationship with external providers and our so other update that we want to make sure COD works well with everyone so we’ve got registration integrations for those as well.

Jeff: We also use CRM with our Power Shift sites. Everyone who registered automatically it was added to a group in our sites as well so we could email them so they would receive our organization emails and things like that.

John: Okay, a couple more questions. Let’s see, COD seems to be good at handling one large event. Can it be used to handle a large number of smaller events in one installation or one domain?

Ezra: The answer there is yes and there's a number of ways of doing that. As we saw with the Power Shift site one way of achieving multiple COD sites is to add the domain access module and that allows you to really segment out content like sessions and blog posts to different domain so you want to have different domains on one Drupal inflation you can do that. But right out of the box, COD allows you to have multiple different events within a particular site so if you want to have your workshop and your main event and maybe some post-event parties, for example, you can very easily allow registration for all of those events within COD. There’s different approaches for example domain access organic roots if you wanted to have people submit sessions within one installation of COD that are specific to different conferences. There’s several different really great ways to handle that.
John: Does that include Uber cart or Drupal commerce for the shopping cart experience?

Ezra: Yes. In the Drupal 6 version of COD we use Drupal carts and in Drupal 7 we used the Drupal commerce distribution.

John: What’s the installation like for e-commerce for example?

Ezra: Credit card handling transaction et cetera. What’s the installation like well if you want to take credit cards directly within your site they are some things like getting a SSL certificate and those kinds of security that practices apply but the benefit of using Drupal Commerce or uber cart is that they have a number of different payment gateways so it’s easy to integrate with iron providers that have off-site payments or paypal or cybersource there’s kind of a long list of the providers where people check out on your site and then they click one step to go off-site into their credit card information and get sent back to your site. So if you want to take credit card information directly on your site you certainly can, and if you prefer that people pay off-site there's a lot of different integrations for providers that support that as well.

John: This question is for Jeff, how many development hours generally for the Power Shift conference?

Jeff: Let’s see, I don’t remember specifically, If I had to guess I’d say around four hundred or so although you might know there’s a lot involved in that beyond just the conference site so we were really building it to be a longer-term platform so there is more work going into that in customization and themes and we need a fair amount of custom functionality but I think it was around… but if I had to guess I’d say around four or five hundred hours total.

Ezra: To add to what Jeff was saying, that’s definitely larger than a typical COD implementation and the benefit there about extra work was getting all those multiple content sites with all that custom functionality and design that we showed.

John: Yes, definitely there is widely on this case. Obviously, we saw a great demo today but is there an online demo of a COD site online?

Ezra: Also if you go to useCOD.com, you can see a showcase of a bunch of different COD sites that are live sites and there’s not currently and actually if you can find out for Acquia’s dev cloud trial, there you can get one quick installation of COD, I’m trying to find the URL for that, if someone has the URL that handy I'm sure we can post that when we post the webinar so those are two ways to get a trial and then of course COD is free software so you can download it and try it anytime you like, in your leisure.

John: Okay any more questions? In session creations that have beginner, intermediate, advanced, you can customize fields like that correct?

Ezra: Absolutely. I bet that’s all customizable through the interface so you can have custom tracks and custom skill levels and you can add additional fields if you want to help organize.

John: Got it. And I think you answered this, can event managers manage their own subsites and events if they have a large number of regional events throughout the year managed by many different distributed people?

Ezra: Yes, I think that is the same answer as before but the different approaches for doing multiple events.

John: Question about difficulty or if you can comment on integrating COD into existing Drupal sites and we’ve talked about this Ezra where if someone already has commons or some other communities running and they want to extend it to COD, what that means.

Ezra: Right. Well the short answer that it depends on the site but often it's very easy to do, we've actually split out the COD feature modules separately from the main distribution download so if you've got an existing site, you can go to the URL here to blood.org/project/cod_support and you can download these feature modules and it's very easy to just add those to an existing site. The only time that’s a challenge is that maybe somebody has some very specific piece of functionality that conflicts but I would say that’s not super likely.

John: Great. So I think that those are great questions. So i think a lot we’ll wrap it up here today a little bit early I just want to thank both Jeff and Ezra for joining us today, and everybody on the phone, we didn't go through a lot about detail on the Acquia offering but just to say that if you are interested in a COD implementation certainly you can call Acquia and we obviously help you set up the free distribution, you can host it on our manage cloud offerings. We’ve also got depth cloud offerings for development in the cloud and we have Acquia network to provide full support and additional services around things like COD so that's really where we help provide a complete solution. We can also help make introductions to different Drupal implementation and even strategic partners in the community and social business arena so that's really where Acquia fits in so feel free to reach out if you have any additional questions whatsoever. So thanks everybody for joining us today and have a great week. Thank you.

Female: Thank you everyone again the recording will be posted on the Acquai.com website in the next forty eight hours and again that website was useCOD.com. Thanks.

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  • Use [acphone_sales], [acphone_sales_text], [acphone_support], [acphone_international], [acphone_devcloud], [acphone_extra1] and [acphone_extra2] as placeholders for Acquia phone numbers. Add class "acquia-phones-link" to wrapper element to make number a link.
  • To post pieces of code, surround them with <code>...</code> tags. For PHP code, you can use <?php ... ?>, which will also colour it based on syntax.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
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