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Drupal How-To: Keep on top of news and developments

If you’re new to Drupal you maybe haven’t noticed yet. Things more fast in Drupal. One of the mottos is: “The Drop is always moving”. It can be hard to find out what new tools and methods are becoming popular and where the action is. Good thing is, there’s lots of great sources with a high signal-to-noise ratio.

In this first blog post, I’m going to show you the main sources for fresh news and information about Drupal. In the next post, I’ll round up the best blogs and sources for tutorials in the Drupal community.

Drupal Planet.

Drupal Planet is a great place to start with a good mix of advanced and beginner topics. The sources are vetted against a set of guidelines about content. The quality of the content is really good.

Drupal Sun makes it easier to browse Drupal Planet, and you can search. Drupal Sun was built by Evolving Web, one of our training partners. [PLUG warning!] By the way, they’re training on Feb 27th and Apr 5 in Ottowa See more upcoming training in Canada.

The volume of blog posts on Drupal Planet is quite frequent. I think you could check it once a week and still miss some great content. When I sat down to write my blog post 3 part series on images in Drupal, it was three weeks since my first post. In the meantime, Chris Ruppel of Four Kitchens beat me to the change and blogged about responsive images, so my 3rd part was fairly moot by then!

Drupal Sun

Subscribe to the Weekly Drop.

This is a great little newsletter. Little in a good way. If the Planet and the Sun are too much, the Weekly Drop is a manageable dose. Bob Kepford curates the best articles and events in the Drupal Community. You’ll get a weekly email with just what you need.

An interesting factoid: Our internal Acquia staff newsletter is called “The Weekly Drop”. It pre-dates the public newsletter, but just thought that was a funny coincidence!

“Like” the Drupal Facebook Page.

The Drupal Facebook page is managed by the Drupal Association, so the topics are a great selection of community-wide news about good things happening. Like the page, and share with others.

Drupal Facebook page

Subscribe to the security newsletter

Subcribe to the Security Newsletter in your Drupal.org user account.

Go to Drupal.org > Profile > Edit > My newsletters

You don’t neccessarily need to update with every security announcement. If you’re not employing a certain module, or you haven’t mis-configured your permissions, then it’s likely you’re safe. However, it’s vitally important you keep your site safe and secure by keeping aware of the security vulnerabilities discovered.

Drupal Security Newsletter

Subscribe to your favorite projects

Go to Drupal.org > Profile > Notifications

You can get notified when there are new issues in a project you’re following closely. Type in the name of the project and set your notifcations the way you want them. Also: Use the “follow” button on key issues you’re concerned about.

Subscribe to projects

Track Drupal 8 Core Development

Here you can get updates from each initiative for Drupal 8 core development. The page shows office hours, the overall schedule as well as an an easy to see list of key issue they need help with NOW.

Drupal 8 updates

Find your group on Groups.Drupal.org

I also like to check out Groups.Drupal.org and see what is popular on the site. This aggregates lots of local community conversation.

Also, make sure you find your own local group on there too. Geographical group search.

Who to follow on twitter

The Drupal Association maintain several “official” Drupal accounts. http://drupal.org/social-media Of those, the @drupalplanet is a good little bot to follow because it simply tweets whatever is posted on Drupal Planet.

The Drupal hashtag is often pretty good, but there’s the odd bit of weird spam or noise in there too. I warned ya!

I'm on twitter too. I was tweeting so much about Drupal, I made a Drupal specific account: @learningdrupal

Set up Google Alerts

Of course Google alerts are pretty handy too. Get custom notifications based on the information you need. Such as DrupalCamps

Subscribe to Acquia.com/blog RSS feed

Of course I have to mention our own blog, right? And of course, please do sign up to my training newsletter where I’ll have more useful articles and tutorials for you.

In the next part, I'll be giving a detailed round up of the best new blogs with great tutorials.


Posted on by Vivek M. Chawla (not verified).

Thank you so much for writing this article!

Keeping track of all things Drupal is a huge challenge, but your suggestions finally make me feel like I can get a handle on the 10% of sources that will give me 90% of what I need.

Thank you!

PS: How awesome is Drupal Sun? Wow! Kudos to the gang at Evolving Web for putting that together! :D

Posted on by Jess (not verified).

such great tips!

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