Have You Heard the Buzz About Drupal 8? [July 13, 2015]

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Have You Heard the Buzz About Drupal 8?

By Dom Nicastro

More than four years of waiting for the new release of the world’s second largest open source web content management systems (CMS) is winding to a close.

The team at Drupal plan to release long awaited, much discussed Drupal 8 in less than a month — Aug. 9, to be precise. Already, the preview edition is drawing plenty of buzz, both good and bad.

Mobile, Multilingual
For Sam Wendel, content marketing officer for Vardot, a Drupal development firm, Drupal 8’s mobile-first approach and multilingual support enhancements are reasons for excitement.

“Mobile websites and apps are the new reality,” Wendel blogged about Drupal 8, “and so for the first time Drupal is addressing this comprehensively. All built-in themes in Drupal 8 are responsive, making it easier to administer on a mobile device.”

He added that Drupal 8 emphasizes “improved multilingual support” and prioritized globalization support “to deliver improved web experiences for both users and developers. There are improvements to language maintenance options, site translations and easier-to-customize settings. This bodes well for developers and site users everywhere.”

While there is enthusiasm about the Drupal 8 release, there are critics, too. Some users complain the platform should have evolved more in the past several years — and that the new release offers little innovation.

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WordPress Vs. Joomla Vs. Drupal [April 13, 2015]

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PC Tech Magazine

By Ephraim Batambuze III

In case you have decided to create a website and you are wondering which content management system (CMS) is the best choice for you. This post is going to look at three of the most widely-used ones.

WordPress, Joomla and Drupal are open-source software, each developed and maintained by a community of thousands.

Apart from being free to download and use, their open-source format means that the platform is continuously being improved to support new Internet technologies. With all of these systems, basic functions can be enhanced ad infinitum with an ever-expanding array of add-ons, contributed from their respective communities.

The CMS comparison chart below from website up gives a summary of what each CMS has to offer.


Git Success Stories and Tips from Drupal Core Committer Angie Byron [April 8, 2015]

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By Libby Clark

The Git revision control system is “at the center” of Drupal's hyper-collaborative community says Drupal core committer Angie Byron. The open source content management platform has 37,802 developers with Git commit access, and about 1,300 actively committing each month, she says.

“Git (was) the smartest/safest choice for our community, and a choice that definitely paid off,” said Byron, who is also the director of community development at Acquia.

In celebration of Git's 10-year anniversary this week, we talked with Byron about how and why Drupal uses Git, their success stories using the tool, and her favorite tip for pro users. For more Git success stories in our “Git Week” series, see our interviews with Git creator Linus Torvalds, and maintainers on the KVM and Qt projects. And there are more to come still this week.

Linux.com: Why does Drupal use Git?

The short answer is community momentum.

The longer answer is we were on CVS for about a decade (there weren't a lot of other options back in 2001), and went through an enormous evaluation to decide which distributed version control to move to: hg, bzr, or git (see http://groups.drupal.org/node/48818 for the REALLY longer answer).

Git won out, both on the metric of wider adoption among other open source projects we looked at for inspiration, but also within the Drupal community. We discovered that unlike with bzr and hg, numerous Drupal community members were already using Git on client/personal projects, building Git integrations with our various software management tools, and signing up in droves to offer Git support for CVS refugees.

This made Git the smartest/safest choice for our community, and a choice that definitely paid off. (see "success stories" below)

What makes Git such a great tool?

For me, it's Git's ubiquity. Particularly in the last couple of years, Git has become the clear winner in the version control wars, and having one common language to speak with and collaborate with other developers has solved SO many problems.


OpenScholar: A Drupal-based Content Management System for Universities [March 31, 2015]

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By Adrian Bridgwater

OpenScholar is a Drupal-based content management system designed specifically for academic use, created by Harvard University and released under an open source license.

So what?

Well okay you so what types... this tool aims to solve the "Babel Tower" problem many academic institutions face.

What's that?

As the web began to make its way into academia, staff and departments often created their own sites, hiring students or external companies.

Within a few years, many university IT departments found themselves having to maintain an assortment of different code bases written in various programming languages and environments - not only making it hard to update the websites' content, but posing a significant security risk as well.

There must be some kind of way out of here, right?

Increasingly, institutions chose to standardise on a single solution, with Drupal - the open source CMS also used at Whitehouse.gov to Economist.com.

Harvard University chose to take this approach a step further by creating a custom CMS on top of Drupal.


Appnovation Announces $30,000 Donation to Drupal 8 Accelerate Project [March 26, 2015]

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Appnovation today announced that it will commit $30,000 to support the D8 Accelerate project efforts to help move Drupal 8 from the initial beta to a full release.

Appnovation Announces $30,000 Donation to Drupal 8 Accelerate Project.

Appnovation today announced that it will commit $30,000 to support the D8 Accelerate project efforts to help move Drupal 8 from the initial beta to a full release. This directly relates to the Drupal Association's mission: uniting a global open source community to build and promote Drupal.

D8 Accelerate is a pilot program from the Drupal Association to put $250,000 of community funds toward accelerating the release of Drupal 8; due to the strategic impact this work has on the entire Drupal ecosystem. Drupal 8 is the latest release on the Drupal journey, that is substantially more powerful than previous versions and provides new ways to tailor and deploy content that looks great on any device.

“We’re excited to support the latest and greatest Drupal release to benefit the whole open source community,” said Arnold Leung, CEO of Appnovation. “We also want to accelerate the development of this release and join the more than 2200 passionate people who have contributed to Drupal 8’s success so far.”


Five Reasons why Drupal Should be on your Digital Agenda Next Year [Dec. 18, 2014]

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The Drum

From recent conversations with marketing and digital directors at blue chip brands, it’s clear that big data, open source, content marketing, personalisation and online communities are just a few of the trends that are high on the agenda for 2015.

A good content management system (CMS) will allow marketers to develop and deploy innovative digital campaigns and initiatives, giving them flexibility and power to improve the effectiveness of their marketing.

But all too often we meet companies who are struggling with just the opposite.

The content management system has become an obstacle to getting the job done.

Too much energy goes into finding ways around content management systems that have failed to keep pace with the needs of the contemporary marketer.

So how can you avoid these issues? The first step is to make sure that in the crowded world of content management systems you choose the one that best meets the needs of your business.

At Deeson we specialise in the open source Drupal CMS that’s built specifically for managing online content, communities and commerce.

As a marketer I know that Drupal has a lot to offer marketers in 2015, so here are my top five reasons why Drupal can really help you build and deliver marketing campaigns:

Integration with social media
We all know that the right social media can be a great platform for reaching your audience. We work with Robbie Williams and his management team to develop and run Robbie’s official website.

The site is designed with social content at its core, featuring heavyweight social integrations to give a seamless cross-channel experience for Robbie’s fans.

Using Drupal we’ve made sure it’s resilient to the traffic spikes that are inevitable on a website for a global pop legend.

Targeted to the right audience
Another very clever thing that we can do with Drupal is to flexibly personalise the content of a website according to the users visiting the site regardless of whether a user is logged in.


Drupagora 2014 : « Drupal est parfaitement adapté et intégré au SI » [20 Octobre 2014]

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TOOLinux est partenaire de Drupagora, le rendez-vous de l’éco-système Drupal qui rassemblera une fois encore plus de 350 professionnels le 14 novembre prochain à Paris. Cyril PIERRE DE GEYER, (Directeur de l’Executive MBA, Epitech) et Maxime TOPOLOV (CTO, Adyax) ont accepté de répondre à nos questions.
Cyril PIERRE DE GEYER : « C’est aujourd’hui le CMS le plus utilisé dans les grands groupes et organisations »

Vous axez Drupagora cette année clairement sur l’entreprise et l’intégration au SI, c’est un signe fort par rapport à Wordpress ou d’autres CMS ?
Absolument ! Drupal a déjà gagné la guerre des CMS Open Sources dans l’entreprise. C’est aujourd’hui le CMS le plus utilisé dans les grands groupes et organisations. La vraie concurrence pour Drupal est aujourd’hui celle des CMS des grands éditeurs, historiquement très présents dans les SI : Oracle, Adobe, IBM. Raison de plus pour démontrer durant Drupagora 2014, que Drupal est parfaitement adapté et intégré au SI.

Quels sont les principaux arguments en faveur de Drupal face à ses concurrents en 2014 ? Oracle, Adobe...
S’il n’y en avait qu’un seul, ce serait la communauté. Aucun éditeur, aussi puissant soit-il, ne peut faire face à la plus grande communauté Open Source au monde, celle de Drupal. Le deuxième argument est la modularité de Drupal. Avec un coeur très léger et plus de 26.000 modules, Drupal est à la pointe de l’innovation, là où les éditeurs proposent une roadmap, toujours en retard par rapport aux demandes du marché. Puis, c’est le prix, un projet moyen Adobe est estimé à 2 millions de dollars et plus de 450.000 dollars de coûts de licences. Avec un nombre d’intégrateurs plus importants et donc un marché plus concurrentiel, les coûts d’un projet Drupal sont largement inférieurs. L’absence de coûts de licences permet de développer plus de fonctionnalités, d’être plus innovant et d’être plus proche des demandes de vos clients finaux. Enfin, les objections sur l’absence d’un éditeur ne tiennent plus, avec Acquia et sa présence internationale, Drupal est désormais présent dans la fameuse matrice Gartner des CMS.
(Paru dans Toolinux.com)

MIT’s New Social Hub is the Best-designed University Portal Ever [Sept. 5, 2014]

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By Nidhi Subbaraman

There are a million different things going on at MIT every day, and the Institute is using slick design and every imaginable social channel to put on a MAXIMUM display.
A terrifyingly comprehensive and darned good-looking new hub, MIT Connect, catalogues each and every social media post associated with any of the university’s sprawling departments.

“It’s trying to give you a feeling like you’re right there on campus,” Stephanie Leishman, social media strategist at MIT, said. The goal is to connect with alums and prospective students.

The genius stroke is, all the streams meet in one place.

On its home page, the redesigned MIT Connect offers a tiled snapshot of everything that’s going on from every corner of the university. It’s a remarkably well designed showcase, designed to let prospective students become even better connected with the institute than ever before.


Sports Illustrated Unveils A New Web Design And A Fantasy Sports App [June 23, 2014]

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By Anthony Ha

It’s been a busy few months for Time Inc. Not only has the publishing company spun out from Time Warner, it has also revamped the websites for its publications Time, Money, and Fortune. Now Sports Illustrated is launching a new website, and new products, too.

I got a quick tour of the website last week, and the change struck me as a bit more dramatic than the company’s other recent redesigns. Jim Delorenzo, vice president and general manager of SI.com described it as a “soup to nuts” rebuild (based on Drupal’s content management system) of both the website you see and the backend publishing tools. Instead of a standard magazine landing page, the Sports Illustrated homepage has been transformed into an endless stream of customizable modules that can feature different kinds of content, like sports scores and video highlights.

Naturally, it’s also a responsive design that will adjust the layout to accommodate different screen sizes, including those of a smartphone or tablet. Publisher Brendan Ripp said it’s designed to incorporate a variety of different ad formats, including native ads, as well. (You can see a sample expanding ad in the screenshot below.)

Even though this comes a few weeks after the spinout, Paul Fichtenbaum, editor of the Time Inc. Sports Group, said the timing is actually just “a great coincidence.”

“We started this process before anything related to the spinout was announced,” Delorenzo added.


What the History of Photography Teaches the Cloud [June 4, 2014]

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By Sean Michael Kerner

The founder of open-source Drupal content management system details how the 100-year evolution of photography can inform open-source development and the upcoming Drupal 8 release.

It took more than 100 years of evolution for the modern photography industry to reach its current state, and there are lessons from that century that apply to the modern world of cloud and Web development too. That's the message delivered by Dries Buytaert, founder of the open-source Drupal content management system (CMS), during his keynote address at the Drupalcon conference June 3 in Austin, Texas.

Drupal is one of the most widely deployed content management systems on the planet and counts big-name deployments including WhiteHouse.gov among its users. Buytaert (pictured) is also the CTO of Acquia, a company he helped to create that delivers commercial support and solutions based on Drupal. Acquia closed a $50 million funding round on May 27, bringing total funding to date up to $118.6 million.

Buytaert noted that the first camera in history over 100 years ago was big, bulky and very difficult to use, with a complex process to actually take a picture. Within a few short years of the first camera, the Kodak company came out with a camera that made the technology easier to use.

"They [Kodak] had this notion that, 'You press the button and we do the rest,'" Buytaert said. "It encapsulates how they simplified photography."

Over the course of 100 years, Buytaert explained, photography and cameras were simplified drastically in a number of phases. The introduction of 35mm photography provided a form of standardization to the industry that also made things simpler for users.

"The industry standardized on a common format and, as a result, there was a whole ecosystem born of different cameras and tools to project photos," Buytaert said.