What's New & Cool in Drupal 7

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  • 1. Drupal 7 in 60 minutes or your money back
  • 2. I ’ m @eaton! I ’ m from Lullabot. Hi there! I ’ m @webchick! I ’ m from Acquia.
  • 3. What ’ s Drupal?
  • 4.
    • Customizable PHP CMS
    • Open Source, built by its users
    • Relies on plug-in modules
    • Supports many content types
    • Great for lots of content & users
    • Third most popular CMS
    Drupal for the impatient What is it?
  • 5.
    • Released as open source in 2001
    • Used by Dean campaign in 2004
    • Adopted by news & media sites
    • Tools for builders as well as coders
    • Drupal 6 was the tipping point
    Some Drupal history What is it?
  • 6. New in Drupal 7
  • 7. Usability!
    • New theme
    • Streamlined editing
    • New admin section
    • New update manager
    • Usability testing & team
    What ’ s new in 7?
  • 8. Custom fields
    • Custom content types
    • Custom data fields
    • Configurable formatters
    • Add fields to anything!
    What ’ s new in 7?
  • 9. Image handling
    • Best solution now built in
    • Define image fields
    • Configure “ image styles ”
    • Auto-thumbnails & variations
    What ’ s new in 7?
  • 10. Under the hood
    • Automated testing
    • New database layer
    • More flexible file handling
    • Improved AJAX APIs
    • Improved installation profiles
    What ’ s new in 7?
  • 11. Easier to scale
    • Master/Slave databases
    • Improved proxy support
    • Improved caching system
    • More efficient access control
    What ’ s new in 7?
  • 12. More standards
    • RDFa everywhere
    • jQuery + jQuery UI
    • Accessibility improvements
    • PDO & PHP Streams
    What ’ s new in 7?
  • 13. Should you upgrade?
  • 14.
    • Major versions break APIs
    • Upgrade path for data
    • Modules & themes must upgrade
    • 6-9 month lag for upgrades
    The drop is always moving Should you upgrade?
  • 15.
    • Use “ Upgrade Status ” module
    • Nuke unnecessary modules
    • Use “ Coder Upgrade ” module
    • Start upgrading your own
    • Watch for upgrade paths, not just new releases
    Modules & custom code Should you upgrade?
  • 16.
    • CCK module needed for upgrade
    • Most field types still in progress
    • Don ’ t jump in without testing
    Custom fields Should you upgrade?
  • 17.
    • PHP 5.2.5+
    • MySQL 5.0.15 & PDO
    • 32 megs of PHP RAM
    • Slower, but easier to scale
    Server requirements Should you upgrade?
  • 18. Real-world Drupal 7
  • 19.
    • Drupal “ Core ” is great
    • Major third-party modules in beta
    • “ The bench ” isn ’ t ready
    • Upgrade paths patchy
    • New approaches to learn
    • Using Drupal rough cuts!
  • 20. And now…