Posted to Ben Finklea's blog on October 22nd, 2010

Drupal Search Engine Optimization News

Over the past several Fridays, I have been publishing Drupal SEO 'how-to' posts instead of the Drupal SEO news some of you love and crave. Well, there have been a few major developments within the community that I cannot go without sharing; So much so that I came here today to inform rather than drop a few nuggets of Drupal 'how-to' knowledge on you. So join me after the jump and catch up on a few news-worthy conversations buzzing around the Drupal community. You can even get involved. Gotta love Drupal! Redesign is Launched! This week, the new website was launched. While you might think this is on par with how Drupal continues to be awesome, it is an important milestone in the history of Drupal. As described by Dries Buytaert on his blog, here is why: In 2007, the Drupal Association made the redesign of a top priority, based on results collected from a State of Drupal survey. The community had spoken up and they wanted a visual refresh with more effective tools for collaboration and a better way to promote Drupal. The redesign effort launched in 2008 under the leadership of Mark Boulton and Leisa Reichelt. With the help from the community, they uncovered issues with the old design that led to a new layout, improved site architecture, new functionality and style guidelines. Thus, began a series of redesign sprints conducted by Drupalistas all around the globe. Volunteers sacrificed their time and expertise, all the while upgrading the existing site from Drupal 5 to Drupal 6. One year in, the Drupal Association paid a small team of developers to complement the volunteers and drive the redesign to completion. Volacci also held two different SEO-focused sprints in our Austin office over the last few months and were able to contribute our Drupal SEO knowledge to the final result. We are very grateful and excited for having the opportunity to add our “two cents” to the redesign project. Thanks Drupal! The new is the result of many years of blood, sweat, tears, and tons of coffee. Congratulations and a job well done to all the Drupal developers and volunteers who contributed to the project. 
This is not only good for Drupal, but for the community and all the millions of people who interact with Drupal every day. While all the issues with the new site aren’t completely finished (it never is), you can still help make the new website look and functional even better. Check out some of the existing issues and join the team! Vote ‘Drupal’ in the 2010 Open Source Awards If you are somewhat familiar with the Drupal community, you will be familiar with Packt Publishing, the company responsible for publishing oh-so many Drupal books, including Drupal 6 Search Engine Optimization. Packt Publishing is also responsible for the Open Source Awards, an annual online event that distinguishes excellence within the open source community. Award winners receive fists full of cash money for use toward their projects. 
Over the last five years, Drupal has been quite successful in competitions sponsored by Packt, winning thousands of dollars in prize money. This comes as no surprise to the Volacci team, as we are no strangers to the passion and strength of Drupal’s community. They say it takes a village.. This year, Drupal is up for an historic award in the Hall of Fame category, and we are up against some stiff competition: Joomla! and WordPress. The winner takes home $2,500 and a ton of handshakes. 
Do you want to see Drupal win? Go to Packt’s site and vote for Drupal. Do it now because voting closes November 5th and you are just going to forget. So click the link above and do your duty to the Drupal community. I just did. Oh yeah, and Packt is going to give away a free Amazon Kindle to randomly selected voter. So, go vote for Drupal to win some awards and (possibly) take home an Amazon Kindle. I like to call that a “win/win”. Commonwealth Games Using Drupal In case you missed it, the XIX Commonwealth Games were held in Delhi, India this past October 3rd - 14th. It is the largest multi-sport event conducted to date in Delhi and India, so certainly a pretty big deal. While there were a ton of winners at the games, there was only one winner for the privilege of running this event’s website. The winner for 2010 was Drupal, and it is certainly a big win! Check out the site yourself: Thank You For Reading! No one likes people who don’t share, especially Keanu Reeves and his gang of crazy dogs, giant flying cats, and magical monocle. So if you liked what you read, please share my post with any of our socially-labeled buttons, or we’ll sick the whole gang after you! Please subscribe to our RSS feed as well so you can receive daily fodder from our blog.