WordPress vs. Drupal … fight!

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

something, and a developer and user of Drupal since 4.7, I figured that with the release of Drupal 7, this would be a great time to do a comparison of the two. If you want a really detailed look, please read the very exhaustive, recently released, updated Idealware report on OpenSource CMS , which includes Drupal, WordPress, Joomla and Plone. Drupal started out primarily as a web content development platform, with a strength in community features.

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Drupal 7

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I’ve been doing a bit of playing around with Drupal 7 in my copious spare time (not a whole lot of that!) One thing to say – it feels like as big an improvement as Drupal 6 was to Drupal 5. Of course, mostly, Drupal is only as good as it’s contributed modules (that’s a bit more of a stretch, now, because many of the key contributed modules, like CCK, are now in core Drupal.) So Drupal 5 will no longer get security updates and the like.

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Drupal Commerce

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Although it’s not often used in nonprofit settings, the Drupal module (or, more correctly, a large suite of modules) called “ Ubercart &# is a pretty amazing tool if you need to create a shopping cart system. A while back, I’d heard of the Ubercore initiative – a group of developers working to bring Ubercart to Drupal 7 (there was quite a delay between the release of Drupal 6 and the availability of Ubercart for Drupal 6.)

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Drupal/Salesforce Integration

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

A bit over a year ago, I wrote a post about the status of Drupal/Salesforce Integration. At the moment, if you want to integrate Drupal and Salesforce, you have three options: Use the contributed modules (or have a developer install and configure them for you). So what is the status of the Drupal modules? Right now, there is an alpha release for Drupal 6, which is alpha in that very humble open source sense – it’s being used in quite a number of production sites.

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Drupal 7

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I’ve had a bit of time now to work with Drupal 7. The basic user interface is much improved over Drupal 6, and unrecognizable if you’ve only been using Drupal 5 or earlier. In my opinion, the advantages some CMS had over Drupal (I’m thinking specifically of Joomla and WordPress) in the realm of usability have been diminished or even eliminated – especially in the case of Joomla.

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Optimize Drupal with Pre-rendering

3rd Sector Labs

The importance of optimizing Drupal cannot be overstated. The “academic” debate around Drupal typical centers on whether Drupal is a Content Management System (and hence primarily for standard website) or an Application Development Framework (and hence ideal for data-driven, application production). Experienced Drupal developers have long understood the value of tuning Drupal applications by targeting problematic areas using a variety of best practices.

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Drupal and Salesforce

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

So what is the state of Drupal/Salesforce Integration? sf_webform – Makes integration with webforms in Drupal fairly easy. parser-salesforce – Integration with FeedAPI – pulling data from salesforce into drupal nodes via FeedAPI (I hope to start maintaining this module). sf_import – Import Salesforce objects into Drupal nodes (will be folded into the main salesforce module).

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Register for Drupal Day!

NTEN

Attention Drupal aficienados! Whether you're a Drupal user or considering using the Drupal platform for your site, you'll want to register for the free Drupal Day at NTC. This free pre-conference event is packed with information on the latest tips and tools for Drupal and is a great opportunity to make connections with other nonprofit Drupal users. Topics include: Getting Started with Drupal.

Drupal and Postgresql

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

A while ago, I joined a bunch of groups at groups.drupal.org , thinking I’d pick up some interesting ideas, and meet some folks who were doing cool stuff with Drupal. One of the groups I joined (along with “Drupal for Good&# and “Drupalchix&# ) was the PostgreSQL group. It was the suggestion to remove PostgreSQL support from the Drupal core. I was always aware that Drupal supported PostgreSQL, and I didn’t really have any plans to use it.

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NTEN Case Study: From Drupal to WordPress

NTEN

The decision to move from Drupal to WordPress was not taken lightly. NTEN has deep ties with the Drupal community and has been on the Drupal platform for years. However, while we plan to continue our support of the Drupal community as much as ever, we decided for our own website redesign that WordPress was the better option. case study drupal Web Sites website design wordpress

Why use contributed Salesforce modules for Drupal?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I wrote a blog entry a while back on the state of Drupal/Salesforce integration. What I didn’t say is that a number of shops that have done Drupal/SF integration for production sites chose not to use the contributed modules – they built (or are building) their own custom Salesforce/Drupal integration modules. Tags: Consulting Development Open Source CMS drupal opensource salesforce

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Drupal and WYSIWYG editors

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I think that if I had to pick only one thing that would help people understand the character of Drupal, it would be the WYSIWYG editor that comes standard with an out-of-the-box Drupal installation. There is no standard WYSIWYG editor that comes with Drupal. That would be NONE. You have to figure out how to find one, and install and configure it yourself. So if you want to start adding content to your new site, and you need a little formatting, or a picture, etc.,

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Drupal security, and other CMS Report comments

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

On the Four Kitchens blog , they say, “While both reports above seem to identify Drupal (and Joomla! Drupal gets a “Solid&# on Scalability and security. But Four Kitchens seems to suggest that part of the reason for more vulnerabilities in Drupal compared to Plone is that it’s more popular. Tags: CMS Open Source drupal idealware plone security Now that the Idealware CMS report is out, I get to have my say about it.

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My Year in Drupal: The Power of a Collaborative Community

NTEN

The Drupal community is awesome and other takeaways from BADCamp, et al. I’ve been fortunate to attend some of the biggest Drupal events in the U.S., Months ago, NTEN afforded me the space here to sing the Drupal community’s praises and I haven’t stopped since. More recently, I flew down to San Francisco to take part in the Nonprofit Summit at BADCamp that I’d co-coordinated, where I got to hear from the Bay Area folks about Drupal and nonprofits in their neck of the woods.

WordPress vs Drupal. Fight!

NTEN

Michelle Murrain , Drupal Developer, OpenIssue. something, and a developer and user of Drupal since 4.7, I figured that with the release of Drupal 7, this would be a great time to do a comparison of the two. If you want a really detailed look, please read the very exhaustive, recently released, updated Idealware report on OpenSource CMS , which includes Drupal, WordPress, Joomla and Plone. A focus on ease of use didn’t come about until Drupal 7.

CiviCRM and Drupal (& Joomla)

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I’ve implemented CiviCRM together with Drupal, and I’m really psyched to keep working with this great combo. CiviCRM originally only integrated with Drupal, but recently a lot of work has been done to also integrate CiviCRM with Joomla. CiviCRM acts in Drupal like a module, and in Joomla like a component. Using CiviCRM and Drupal is a great way to easily get powerful integration between your CMS and your CRM.

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More Evidence of Drupal's Rising Star

Forum One

Here are some of my high-level reflections on CapitalCamp DC this weekend: As always, the energy, interest, and momentum that Drupal continues to gain is so encouraging to me. It's exciting to see the broad ecosystem of interested parties that attribute Drupal as a key factor in their continued success online. Drupal is being used in many important - and varied - ways. Influence Drupal Drupal

What Drupal and Salesforce have taught me about coding

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

The transition from writing free-form web applications, to writing modules for Drupal, or APEX customizations for Salesforce, is another set of lessons in protocols and constraints. Even though it feels like beating my head against a wall, it’s nice to know that I won’t “dump core&# and break Salesforce (although I for sure have broken Drupal on occasion!). Tags: Consulting Development apex code drupal salesforce

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Drupal, Joomla and Plone! Oh my!

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Drupal, Joomla and Plone! April 15, 2007 At NTC , there was a lot of talk about the “big three&# open source CMS packages that most people these days in our sector are using: Drupal , Plone , and Joomla. It’s the same, really, with Drupal, only different. Do I like it better than Drupal?

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What Your Nonprofit Should Know About Drupal 8

See3

Drupal has spent the past two years working with contributors and developers to make Drupal 8 a more “stable” software. The post What Your Nonprofit Should Know About Drupal 8 appeared first on The See3 Blog. web CMS DrupalStable software doesn't just mean fixed bugs and closed issues. It means testing the software in real life situations, making sure that it can deliver strong performance, and that popular hosting companies support it.

The joy of Drupal (and other tales)

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I’ve been working with Drupal a fair bit over the last few weeks, with the ultimate goal to basically be able to really work with it to create sites. I converted my (very simple) consulting site to Drupal, without any bells and whistles. I’m working now on a site that needs some bells and whistles, like translated pages and a WYSIWYG editor (ah, the WYSIWYG editor thing in Drupal is going to get its own blog entry, I’m sure).

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CiviCRM and Drupal (& Joomla)

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology CiviCRM and Drupal (& Joomla) January 26, 2009 CiviCRM was the first nonprofit-focused open source CRM (one of only two, at this moment.) I’ve implemented CiviCRM together with Drupal, and I’m really psyched to keep working with this great combo. CiviCRM acts in Drupal like a module, and in Joomla like a component.

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Reflections on Drupal Day: Creating a One-Size-Fits-All Day for Nonprofit Professionals and Technologists

NTEN

After an action-packed Drupal Day event at the 14NTC, Stephanie Gutowski shares her key takeaways for those looking to dive into Drupal. I spent the last four months preparing for Drupal Day , a Drupal-centric, day-long workshop that ThinkShout coordinates as part of NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC). Here are my key takeaways for those looking to dive into Drupal. Stephanie Gutowski. Special Projects Coordinator. ThinkShout.

Drupal security, and other CMS Report comments

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Drupal security, and other CMS Report comments April 3, 2009 Now that the Idealware CMS report is out, I get to have my say about it. On the Four Kitchens blog , they say, “While both reports above seem to identify Drupal (and Joomla! Drupal gets a “Solid&# on Scalability and security. WP and Drupal had about the same number.)

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Drupal Day at the 2012 Nonprofit Technology Conference

NTEN

If you didn't have enough reasons to attend the 2012 Nonprofit Technology Conference , here's one more: the first ever Drupal Day for Nonprofit IT Professionals. ThinkShout is facilitating an NTC Drupal Day on April 3rd, 2012, the first day of the NTC. The content of this full-day event will be geared toward IT decision-makers who either currently manage, or are considering, the Drupal content management system. 12-1 pm: Drupal BOF sessions during a working lunch.

3 Reasons We Use Drupal Commons for Problem Solving Online Communities

Forum One

That’s why we love Drupal Commons. Influence Drupal Drupal Collaboration Communication Drupal DrupalHere at Forum One, we love helping organizations make real progress on some of the world’s most pressing issues - education, poverty, the environment, global health, and international development to name just a few.

How to Install Janrain Federate on Drupal 6.x

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

I’m in the middle of doing an installation of Janrain Federate on our Drupal 6.25 There seems to be very little discussion on how to do this on Drupal. You need to have some intermediate Drupal skills to do it. You’ll have to follow the steps below on multiple Drupal servers. After you’re done, you should be able to login once on a Drupal server and automatically be logged into all the other servers that you installed this Janrain Federate on.

Drupal for Nonprofit Decision Makers

NTEN

After the success of our one-off Drupal webinar last Fall, we knew a lot of. the Drupal experts at OpenSourcery to. bring you an entire series, " Drupal. If you're considering Drupal as your next Content Management System, or if. you've already decided to use Drupal and are starting to plan your transition, we can help you start things off right. series, which will cover: Drupal. Drupal. Drupal. Tags: drupal NPTech NTEN CMS

Crank Your Drupal Site Up a Notch

NTEN

Web sites powered by Drupal. The fact that I had the opportunity to write that sentence is itself an example of the power of Drupal!). Drupal has been out of the tech hobby shed for awhile now, of course. Or you may be looking for a CMS platform for your next web site, and giving Drupal a hard look -- and not just because it's free and open source, but that helps, right? March 23: Getting Started with Drupal Theming. Tags: drupal NPTech NTEN

Extending Drupal Beyond E-mail Authentication (Part 1)

Allegiance Group

We will examine Drupal architecture and custom code used in a Beaconfire project. At Beaconfire we recently completed a Drupal 7 site with a previously unfamiliar requirement: allow users to authenticate using an email address or mobile phone number. In addition, this Drupal site needed to integrate as a sign-on gateway for a third-party application. Prerequisites: This example will assume knowledge of Drupal module development.

Questions About Drupal? Ask Jacob Redding (He's an Expert!)

NTEN

Jacob Redding wrote the book on Drupal. Well, a book on Drupal, anyway -- but it's a book on Drupal 7, which has only been live for a few months. In addition to writing and maintaining several Drupal modules , he's also the Executive Director (and a Board Member) of the Drupal Association. So, if you have questions about Drupal -- where it's heading, how far you can push it, why you should implement it -- Jacob would be a very good person to ask.

Extending Drupal Beyond E-mail Authentication (Part 2)

Allegiance Group

We are examining Drupal architecture and custom code used in a Beaconfire project. Drupal’s default verification doesn’t modify any data associated with accounts. php class MobileCode extends BF_Object{ public $id; public $drupal_uid; public $code; protected $_valid_until; public $used; const TABLE = 'one_time_mobile_codes'; public function MobileCode($attributes){ // Apply provided attribute values. This is the second of a two-part technical post.

Building and Supporting Your Drupal Website: In-House, Outsourced, or Both?

NTEN

Ongoing maintenance is a necessity, unless you choose Drupal Gardens , an affordable solution for simple sites. Do you have a full time staff member who lives and breathes Drupal? As Stefan Wray posited in a drupal.org post , “The capacity or ability for a nonprofit to create and maintain its own Drupal-based CMS / web site … is a function of, and proportional to, its size (measured in staff and budget) and (or) the amount of technical know-how that its staff possesses.”.

Matthew Saunders - Drupal Presentation from NetSquared

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Matthew is a drupal expert and did a presentation at NetSquared. I also stumbled across this site called Drupal for End Users Photo by Laura Whitehead. I've known Matthew Saunders for a long time through his work at Westaf. His slides are here. Laura Whitehead took excellent notes here.

Drupalcon Highlight Reel

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Automated Testing and Drupal – the sound on this presentation is pretty terrible, but it’s worth it. Certifications and Drupal – interesting questions. Developing Apps for iPhone/Android using Drupal as a base system – Very interesting stuff on mobile apps. Drupal Commerce - Stuff on the new iteration of Ubercart. Drupal in the Cloud – cloud service providers talk about their stuff. CMS drupal

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Fun with Drupal Commons, a Powerful Solution for Online Community Building

Forum One

However, the tools continue to get better and better, and we are excited to begin working with Acquia's Drupal Commons , a recent entrant into the enterprise collaboration fray. It is a powerful hybrid, combining many of the best features of Jive together with Drupal's powerful taxonomy tools and Acquia's awesome faceted search. But now that the Drupal Community has their hands on it, we expect to see it mature quickly and are excited to help drive the evolution.

3 Reasons We Love Acquia Commons for Problem Solving Online Communities

Forum One

That’s why we love Drupal Commons. Influence Drupal Drupal Collaboration Communication Drupal DrupalHere at Forum One, we love helping organizations make real progress on some of the world’s most pressing issues — education, poverty, the environment, global health, and international development (to name just a few).

Drupal Themeing, and other projects

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I’m learning Drupal bit by bit - one of the first tasks was to learn how to make a new theme. But, in any event, by the end of an hour or so of hacking, I’d turned a template that I found online at Open Web Design into a Drupal template. Drupal and google docs single sign on. There is already a SSO Module for Drupal 5.x, Drupal sidebar connecting with the NPR API - perhaps to provide a targeted news stream?

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Report Comparing Open Source Content Management Systems: WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and Plone

Tech Soup Blog

Our pals over at Idealware have just released a pretty comprehensive report comparing some open source content managment giants — WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and Plone. Here's more from their announcement: WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and Plone are all free and open source systems that can help nonprofit build and manage websites - but how do they compare?

Tools I use: Personal Web Presence

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I used to have two blogs on WP – this blog and my personal blog, but I moved my personal (and author blog) to Drupal, to integrate it with other stuff I had online. Drupal – I use Drupal for my personal blog and also other purposes, like the website for my intentional community. My main personal site will be migrated to Drupal 7 soonish. My main sci-fi author site is already on Drupal. Software Technology Zen Web/Tech CMS drupal web wordpress

6 Reasons Open Source Makes Sense

3rd Sector Labs

Proven – Open Source platforms like Drupal, WordPress, CiviCRM, etc., Drupal is close behind in the number of websites, and it powers leading sites like The White House and The Economist. It isn’t just that WordPress or Drupal work, it’s that the support universe is so vast that if you have a special need chances are almost certain that someone else has built a plugin or widget for it – in fact, there are probably dozens of them.

Building Online Communities with Drupal and Dave Briggs has a new blog!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

His post, " Building Online Communities With Drupal " is an excellent primer for non-geeks. Update 8/24 - Here's Some Reverse Linktribution : TechSoup Blog points to Building Online Communities With DrupalDavid Briggs has a new job and as a result as a new blog called FEconnect. FEconnect is a blog about using social media and web 2.0 technology in building communities in the further education sector.

Open Source vs. Proprietary: CMS

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

The open source options are many, but the big four: WordPress , Drupal , Joomla , and Plone , stand out from the pack. As you know, I am pretty loyal to Drupal (and secondarily, WordPress) but I have to say that Joomla and Plone are solid, wonderful projects, with great communities, and active development, and will serve you well. CMS Nonprofit Tech Open Source Web Tools blackbaud convio commonground drupal plone sharepoint wordpress