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Presentation for the WNC Web Technology meetup group. A quick look at the pros & cons, startup costs and ideal applications for Drupal

Presentation for the WNC Web Technology meetup group. A quick look at the pros & cons, startup costs and ideal applications for Drupal



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    A Quick Look at Drupal A Quick Look at Drupal Presentation Transcript

    • Drupal Come for the code, stay for the community WNC Web Tech Meetup Group CMS Panel Sheena Donnelly June 2, 2010
    • Costs
      • Free. Drupal is open source software
        • Nothing is free (time, effort)
      • Free modules & themes on drupal.org
      • Typical website hosting costs
        • $10/month at hotdrupal.com (local company)
      • For-pay support available (acquia.com)
      • Maintenance Costs: simple to upgrade and maintain your own site
    • Buyer Beware?
      • “ The Developer’s CMS”
        • Traditionally a developer-centric project - This is changing!
      • Steep learning curve at first
        • Many opportunities for help and mentoring
      • Clunky HTML output
        • This can be overridden!
      • Too many options, depending on the project
        • If you just need something simple, Drupal can be overwhelming
    • The Drupal Sweet-Spot
      • True separation of logic from content
      • Powerful theme layer
      • Robust framework for building applications
      • Thousands of free, supported modules
        • Free as in freedom
      • A welcoming, friendly community
    • So Sweet it Needs 2 Slides
      • Custom content types and custom lists of content via Views/CCK modules
        • In Drupal 7 core!
      • Fine-tuned user access controls
      • Semantic web features - RDF in D7
      • Community-building features
      • Robust e-comm w/ Ubercart modules
        • Drupal Commerce in D7
    • End-User Friendliness
      • Room for Improvement in Drupal 6
        • Lots of modules to help out with end-user experience
      • Drupal 7 features vast UI improvements lead by Mark Boulton Design
      • Drupal Gardens (by Acquia - in beta)
        • Drupal SaaS - great for designers who don’t want to developer (or deal w/ a server)
    • Programming Friendliness
      • Drupal and programmers are the best of friends!
      • Drupal’s APIs and Hooks systems aid in developing custom modules
      • A large selection of modules geared towards testing, debugging and development
    • Ongoing Maintenance
      • Upgrading within a version (i.e. from 6.12 to 6.13) is very easy.
        • Everything can be done easily through command line using the drush module
      • Upgrading between major versions (i.e. from 6.x to 7.x) varies
      • Drupal.org project pages include easy-to-use issue queues for researching and reporting bugs
    • Support Options
      • Acquia (www.acquia.com)
        • Major support provider for Drupal - founded by Drupal’s creator
      • Fusion (fusiondrupalthemes.com)
        • Premimum drupal themes and support for themers using Fusion as a base theme
    • Who is Using Drupal?
      • whitehouse.gov
      • mtv.co.uk
      • economist.com
      • Sony BMG Artists