Drupal Come for the code, stay for the community WNC Web Tech Meetup Group CMS Panel Sheena Donnelly June 2, 2010
Costs <ul><li>Free. Drupal is open source software </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nothing is free (time, effort) </li></ul></ul><ul...
Buyer Beware? <ul><li>“ The Developer’s CMS” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Traditionally a developer-centric project - This is cha...
The Drupal Sweet-Spot <ul><li>True separation of logic from content </li></ul><ul><li>Powerful theme layer </li></ul><ul><...
So Sweet it Needs 2 Slides <ul><li>Custom content types and custom lists of content via Views/CCK modules </li></ul><ul><u...
End-User Friendliness <ul><li>Room for Improvement in Drupal 6 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lots of modules to help out with end-...
Programming Friendliness <ul><li>Drupal and programmers are the best of friends! </li></ul><ul><li>Drupal’s APIs and Hooks...
Ongoing Maintenance <ul><li>Upgrading within a version (i.e. from 6.12 to 6.13) is very easy.  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Every...
Support Options <ul><li>Acquia (www.acquia.com)  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Major support provider for Drupal - founded by Drup...
Who is Using Drupal?
<ul><li>whitehouse.gov </li></ul>
<ul><li>mtv.co.uk </li></ul>
<ul><li>economist.com </li></ul>
<ul><li>Sony BMG Artists </li></ul>
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A Quick Look at Drupal

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