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. eCommerce sites.

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Drupal 7

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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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Optimize Drupal with Pre-rendering

3rd Sector Labs

The importance of optimizing Drupal cannot be overstated. Booster Pro’s SaaS platform utilizes a D7 multi-site architecture to generate and support hundreds (then thousands) of websites. We set out to build a Software as a Service platform for start-up company Booster Pro.

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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 7

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I’ve had a bit of time now to work with Drupal 7. I’ve been playing with it since it was still pretty experimental, but I finally put together a whole site with it recently, and am pretty happy with it. The basic user interface is much improved over Drupal 6, and unrecognizable if you’ve only been using Drupal 5 or earlier. WordPress still has a usability advantage if you are creating a simple blog site.

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Drupal/Salesforce Integration

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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 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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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. This is stuff that would be hard to match, and makes building integrations for different kinds of sites easier.

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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. 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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NTEN Case Study: From Drupal to WordPress

NTEN

NTEN is excited to announce we will be working with Pongos Interactive to implement our new site. 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.

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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Drupal 101

Idealware

I've been doing a lot of work with the open source content management system Drupal lately, and thought I'd share some thoughts on how to get a new site up and running. Drupal, you might recall, got high ratings in Idealware's March '09 report comparing open source content management systems. Despite it's popularity, there are some detractors who make good points, but I find Drupal to be flexible, powerful and customizable enough to meet a lot of my web development needs.

Drupal, Joomla and Plone! Oh my!

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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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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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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. eCommerce sites.

CiviCRM and Drupal (& Joomla)

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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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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. March 23: Getting Started with Drupal Theming.

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. Here are my key takeaways for those looking to dive into Drupal. Stephanie Gutowski. Special Projects Coordinator. ThinkShout.

Why We Switched from Drupal to WordPress (And Why Maybe You Shouldn’t)

Idealware

Last week we launched a new website and switched from Drupal to WordPress. This doesn’t mean that you can’t have an excellent AX in Drupal. For us, one of the biggest downsides to Drupal was the amount of maintenance it requires.

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 101: Navigation

Idealware

Here's the third in a series of posts on getting started with Drupal, the popular open source content management system. Today we'll look at site structure, and how menus, blocks and taxonomies can make your site navigable for your visitors.

Drupal 101: Look and Feel

Idealware

I'm wrapping up the Drupal 101 series with some talk about Drupal themes, and some additional info on topics that we've already covered. So, now that we have a functional web site, what does it look like? The first place to go is to Drupal Theme Garden.

Interesting sites I’m looking at (weekly)

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Jackson River Drupal Modules | Jackson River. tags: drupal modules salesforce toblog. The average web design project, illustrated – TNW Design & Dev. tags: toblog webdesign. Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here. Blogs I read

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Drupal 101: More on Modules

Idealware

Last week, I kicked off this series on setting up a basic web site with Drupal , the popular open source Content Management System. This week we're going to take a closer look at Modules, the Drupal add-ons that can extend your web site's functionality.

Interesting sites I’m looking at (weekly)

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Recipe for a Flash-Free Flickr Slideshow in Drupal | johanna bates. tags: drupal flickr slideshow webdevelopment toblog. IndieGoGo. tags: crowdfunding toblog. Social Media Monitoring and Analysis Made Easy | RowFeeder. tags: socialmedia export data toblog. Export and Analyze Social Media Analytics | Export.ly. tags: socialmedia export data toblog. Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here. Blogs I read

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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.

Interesting sites I’m looking at (weekly)

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tags: toblog webdev webdesign drupal. 24 ways: Contract Killer. tags: consulting toblog freelancing. OpenChurch | drupal.org. The Art of Estimation | Lullabot. tags: toblog webdev consulting. Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here. Blogs I read

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Extending Drupal Beyond E-mail Authentication (Part 2)

Beaconfire Wire

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. He or she should receive a code by text message, and on submitting this form, will be logged into the site.

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.

Extending Drupal Beyond E-mail Authentication (Part 1)

Beaconfire Wire

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.

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.

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

NTEN

Deciding how you will build your site, how you'll maintain it, and how you'll host it, are three separate, but related, decisions. Deciding how you will build your site, how you’ll maintain it, and how you’ll host it, are three separate, but related, decisions. Deciding how you will build your site, how you’ll maintain it, and how you’ll host it, are three separate, but related, decisions. or only need a basic web presence, you can get by with a simple site.

Live Demos of WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Plone!

Idealware

For anyone who's ever asked how WordPress compares to Joomla, or Joomla to Drupal. TOMORROW (Wed) at1-2:30 Eastern, Idealware's conducting the online seminar Comparing Open Source CMSs: WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and Plone, for a $40 registration fee. we have your answers in demo form. It's the return of the Open Source CMS webinar!

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. We frequently use Drupal as the core of custom SaaS platforms that we develop.

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.

Welcome to our New Website

3rd Sector Labs

Carr Systems’ growth has prompted us to redesign our site to better reflect precisely what it is that we do for our customers, who those customers are, and the unique approach that makes us an ideal solution for SMBs, nonprofit organizations and public agencies. Additionally, Carr Systems remains more committed than ever to Open Source solutions such as Drupal Gardens, CiviCRM, and WordPress.

Amazon S3 for web server backup

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

We’ve been using it for “offsite&# backup for drupal sites for a while now. Tags: CMS Linux amazon aws backup drupal s3 I’ve been getting to know Amazon S3 lately, and there are some great things about it. I think it is one of the long list of unpredicted successes that resulted from the near-ubiquitousness of open source software on the server side. We have a script going which runs by cron daily to do the backups. There are a number of ways to do this.

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

Influence

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. functionality (blogs, documents, wikis, profiles, groups, etc) and can support open, partially open, and closed community sites. 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.

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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? The report is available once you register (for free) at Idealware's site.

The PB&J Principle: Managing expectations of data and how it flows to make an appetizing website

NTEN

We talked about the fundamental elements of a Drupal site, how they relate, and—most importantly—the order in which elements need to be determined. drupal information architecture taxonomy Web Sites websites IT Staff Chad Cappellman. Digital Strategist. Taoti Creative. Whether it's making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or designing the architecture of a new website, attention to detail is critical, and clarity is king.

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Welcome to the new theme!

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Also, it coincides with a new installation of Drupal for my consulting website , using the same basic template (called “ Blueprint “). I’d been working with Drupal for NOSI (we’ve had the site in Drupal for a while now,) but I’d never installed and configured and messed with Drupal from scratch, so I did that.

More RSS Tools: Web Site Integration

Idealware

So the article covers the first use well, but omits many cool things, like RSS Pipes , OPM L, web site integration, and aggregators/portals. Let's start with web site integration. If you manage a web site, then you know that the name of the game is fresh content. While RSS will not eliminate the need to actively maintain your site, it can supplement your content in an automatically refreshing stream, as well as serve as a publishing medium.

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