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Portland developers set up site to help OK tornado victims [May 23, 2013]

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Thursday, May 23, 2013
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KGW-TV 8

Many people are asking how they can help. The answer was easy for thousands of web developers gathered in Portland. Build a website to help people in Moore with some basic needs. News Channel 8's Pat Dooris was there with the marathon session to get Help4OK up and running.

Dries Buytaert: The Current State of Drupal 8 DrupalCon Portland Keynote [May 21, 2013]

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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The Drupal Association

Dries Buytaert presents his State of Drupal keynote, revealing the current state of Drupal 8 between Feature Freeze and Code Freeze, also giving a glimpse of what's beyond Drupal 8 after we have a successful release.

"It's not just about managing content, it's about managing complete digital experiences," Buytaert said. "We as Drupal can help bring these tools to the masses, that we can help do this in an open way, in a flexible way and in an affordable way."

DrupalCon Portland 2013 Opens to Record Attendance [May 21, 2013]

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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The Drupal Association

Event features keynote by Drupal founder, Dries Buytaert; substantial content focused on upcoming Drupal 8 release.

The Drupal Association, the nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the Drupal open source CMS project flourish, today announced that DrupalCon Portland 2013 has set a new record for attendance. The event opens today with more than 3,300 attendees, including a mix of individual developers, designers, IT managers, agencies and Fortune 100 companies. The event takes place at the Oregon Convention Center.

“The amazing global community that powers Drupal continues to grow in energy and numbers,” said Holly Ross, Executive Director of the Drupal Association, which produces and hosts annual DrupalCon events around the world. “DrupalCon is where the community comes together to share and grow technical and design skills, network with friends, exchange best practices and drive the Drupal project forward.”

As always, DrupalCon kicks off with Drupal founder, Dries Buytaert’s keynote address followed by three days of keynotes, technical sessions, training and networking events. Speakers include renowned user experience expert Karen McGrane and Silicon Valley author and engineering leader Michael Lopp.

Online Experience Drives Tourney Participation At Delaware Sports Complex [April 26, 2013]

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Friday, April 26, 2013
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MediaPost

By Bryan House

Near the shores of Rehoboth Beach, Del., stands a premier destination for traveling youth baseball and softball teams. The 95-acre facility at Sports at the Beach features 16 fields, 30 batting cages and dormitory accommodations for visiting teams. From March to November, ball clubs from all over the East Coast descend upon its bluegrass-sod fields to participate in weekend and week-long tournaments.

The complex’s website, sportsatthebeach.com, serves as the digital platform for every stage of the Sports at the Beach experience. From recruiting teams, managing registrations and arranging tournament pairings to publishing bracket updates and broadcasting a LiveStream of key tournament games, the Sports at the Beach site connects players, parents and coaches with up-to-the-minute tournament details. Since some tournaments can attract as many as 100 teams in a weekend, visitors jam the complex’s wifi access to stay up to date on pairings and schedules.

Digital Capabilities Power Growth of Site and Registered Members

Sports at the Beach implemented Drupal, the open source content management system, in 2012, taking advantage of available e-commerce and event registration modules to manage team registrations and e-commerce payments. Moving to the open digital publishing platform also helped the site become scalable and always accessible during peak-traffic periods during the complex’s marquee tournaments, often held during holiday weekends.

Why Should Drupal Power Your Content Marketing Campaign? [April 10, 2013]

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
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Business2Community

By Mike Alton

Have you ever had a new house built, or maybe watched one go up in your neighborhood? We live in a growing community and now that the economy is improving, construction is exploding again. We have two houses being built across the street, and two more where the lots are already sold. In each case, once they were ready to begin construction, the first task was to dig a hole and insert metal frames so that the concrete foundation can be poured. Once the foundation is in, they can build up the rest of the home’s walls, flooring, windows, siding and rooftop.

Your website is that foundation. Your site needs to be the structure on which the rest of your marketing is built, and therefore, it must be solid and well constructed.

When I started my web development firm in 2007, I knew that building static HTML websites was a thing of the past. They were inefficient for customers, and I hated having to update them. At the time, the prime choices for building dynamic, independent websites were WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and DotNetNuke. After careful evaluation, I chose to specialize in Drupal. Since then, WordPress has improved dramatically, DotNetNuke is virtually dead, and Joomla is still pretty much the same. Drupal, meanwhile, has continued to improve and remain, in my opinion, the top choice for professional-grade websites.

How Commercial Progression Built A Business On Drupal [Mar 12, 2013]

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
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Forbes.com

Drupal is one of the most prominent content management systems and is used by about 2.1% of all websites worldwide. Alex Fisher, a native of Dearborn, Michigan was able to build a business with six employees by designing websites using Drupal. Commercial Progression counts organizations like National Geographic Channel, TRW Automotive, the University of Michigan, and Detroit Public TV as customers.

Fisher worked at Ford’s communications division for 7 years while attending school at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. This is when Ford used to have a TV network with several channels broadcasting programs demonstrating how to fix and sells cars. After working at Ford, Fisher joined a company called Move Networks, but was laid off along with many other employees in 2009. This is when Fisher decided to take the plunge and start his own company with a $4,000 investment of his own money.

Drupal 8: Re-architecting for world domination [Mar 11, 2013]

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Monday, March 11, 2013
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Computer World

Drupal 8 will be the open-source project's "boldest release to date", according to Drupal's creator, Dries Buytaert. The new version of Drupal is due at the end of the year or "whenever it's ready" and includes significant behind-the-scenes changes, such as the incorporation of elements of the Symfony2 Web framework.

Buytaert, who is also the founder of Drupal services firm Acquia, has ambitious goals for Drupal, as it continues to shift away from purely a content management system towards a unified Web platform that organisations can standardise on to build Web-based services, for both internal and customer-focussed sites.

Drupal Association to focus on governance, D8 launch [Feb 19, 2013]

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
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Computerworld Australia

Holly Ross joined the Drupal Association on 1 February as its executive director. Techworld Australia caught up with Ross at DrupalCon Sydney seven days into her new role to chat about her background and the top priorities for the DA in 2013.

Prior to joining the DA, Ross was the executive director of the US-based Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN). "Our mission was to help non-profits use technology to meet their own missions," Ross said. NTEN's work focuses on two key areas, Ross said: training and education, and community building.

"That community building role was really the heart of [my] work. But it was really broad — so we talked about telephony and security and databases and social media and websites. It was really easy to stay focussed on the trends in each of those areas and not necessarily always have to know the minutiae. Obviously this community [Drupal] goes a lot deeper, so that'll be an interesting transition."

DrupalCon Sydney: Looking beyond content management [Feb 7, 2013]

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Thursday, February 7, 2013
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Computerworld Australia

Drupal creator Dries Buytaert sees opportunity for the open-source project to challenge proprietary systems in the WEM space

Drupal 8 will continue the open source project’s move beyond being purely a content management platform, Drupal’s creator, Dries Buytaert, told the inaugural DrupalCon Sydney, held in Coogee.

The next version of Drupal, Drupal 8, is due to enter feature freeze on 18 February, followed by a code freeze on July 1. Drupal 8 will be released at the end of the year or “whenever it’s ready”, Buytaert said. So far more than 4700 patches have been submitted for Drupal 8, by more than 1000 contributors, he said.

Highlights of the next version include better mobile support, including responsive design to adapt sites for display on devices with different form factors, improved configuration management to make it more attractive for larger, more complex sites, and better integration with third-party services.

“People are excited about the direction we are going in for a number of different reasons. But even despite the fact that Drupal 8 looks very promising, I do believe we have a long way to go,” Buytaert said.

Drupal currently runs 2 per cent of the world’s websites, Buytaert said, but there’s no reason the community shouldn’t aim for it to run 10 per cent of them. Drupal’s creator cited Linux and Firefox as examples of open source projects with significant market share.

Drupal Special Edition [Oct 3, 2012]

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012
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Linux Journal

As Linux Journal's resident Drupal nerd, I could not be more pleased to bring you this special Drupal issue. Drupal really is everywhere these days, and it's available in more "flavors" than most people in the Open Source community are aware of. So in the interest of spreading awareness about my favorite and ever-growing open-source project, we hope you'll find this special issue both informative and inspiring.

I see a lot of parallels between Drupal and Linux, and not just because "distributions" are such a significant part of Drupal's current landscape. Like Linux and the Linux community, I see both the Drupal software and the Drupal community embracing the fact that no one solution is right for everyone's problem. By maintaining the flexibility of the platform, scratching one's own itch can have tremendous benefits for all. To illustrate this, we've put together an issue full of information about some products that have come to fruition as a direct result of Drupal's flexibility, as well as information on how you can take advantage of the same flexibility to put Drupal to work for your specific use case.

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