Open source is quickly becoming the success story of this decade, and we are only two months into it! The momentum actually started a few years back with the Internet’s takeover of the first world’s attention, but I don’t think Dries Buytaert is complaining much. There are several different content management systems available to build your website with, but each one has their subtle differences.
At Volacci, we are convinced that there are content management systems, and then there is Drupal. Drupal stands out as a superior CMS experience for a host of reasons and I’m going to talk about five of those today, after the jump...
If Drupal held an annual NBA-like All-Star Game for its modules, Mollom would be the LeBron James on the roster. And if you have yet to download and configure Mollom, then you just found out why your website hasn’t ever made the team.
Drupal’s Spam Blocker
The Mollom module is “a one-stop solution for all spam problems” and offers:
• CAPTCHAs - both image and audio
• Text analysis
• User reputations
Also, while not busy fighting crime, the module can:
• Block comment form spam
• Block contact form spam
• Protect the user registration form against fake user accounts
• Protect the password protect form
• Block spam on any node form, such as forum topics, stories, pages, and more
If your Drupal website allows anonymous users to post comments, fill out contact forms, or post in any other way, Mollom is a MUST. It is a piece of cake to set up, doesn’t require development knowledge, and is very non-intrusive. Sound familiar? There is even better news on Mollom, because a new version (1.11) has been announced with tons of new features that your Drupal site will want to have immediately! Check them out after the jump...
Read this article: Drupal’s Mollom Module Gets Makeover
Everyone who knows Drupal also knows how amazingly supportive and creative the entire Drupal community is. I cannot be more proud to work with such a great CMS day-in day-out. I am also proud to know, firsthand, how well Dries Buytaert rides a mechanical whale! Over the last few years, the Drupal community’s creativity has truly shone through, and perfect examples of said creativity are all the Drupal logos getting “pimped out” at DrupalCamps and DrupalCons around the world. I included the original logo here as a visual comparison to the following pimped out logos. They in no particular order in creativity or "pimpness". They are ranked solely on the order in which I found them. So, without further ado, here are 10 pimped-out Drupal logos... after the jump.
Read this article: 10 Pimped-Out Drupal Logos
In case you missed it, Drupal 7 Alpha was recently released for testing. That means all Drupal developers who want to get involved in fixing bugs and kinks can help out with making Drupal 7 the best release to date. If you are interested in helping the greater good, visit www.drupalgardens.com for more details.
Our friends over at learnbythedrop.com have put together a preview of Drupal 7 Alpha in the video below. Enjoy!
Read this article: Drupal 7 Alpha Preview Video
Yesterday, Dries Buytaert announced the upcoming Drupal Association 2010 election on his personal blog. On March 1st, 2010, elections will be held for new Permanent Members to the General Assembly (Applications are due by February 22nd). The General Assembly will then select the Board of Directors, who are responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations. More information on who the Drupal Association is, what they do, and why you should care, are after the jump.
By now, you should be familiar with the popular “Hitler Meme” or “Hitler finds out” video meme involving the addition of new sub-titles to the dramatic scene of Hitler’s final meltdown from the German movie, Downfall, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel. The subtitles are altered with humorous English subtitles surrounding current events.
Below is the Hitler meme about Drupal 7, which has recently hit the Internet around the time Drupal 7 Alpha 1 was released for testing. This appears to be a compliment for the Open Source sensation reaching video meme parody status! Enjoy!
Read this article: Hitler Discovers Drupal 7 May Release Without Panels
Just last Friday, Drupal celebrated its ninth birthday. Not too shabby, seeing as Drupal 6 was recently anointed as the runaway success story in Open Source of 2009. Since 2001, Drupal has released 6 full versions and is on schedule to release Drupal 7 in 2010. They would like to release it sooner rather than later and, in fact, have asked for its developer community’s help to expedite the release. Drupal 7.0 Alpha 1 has officially been released for download and testing.
The Drupal 7 Alpha 1 is an alpha version, which means that it should not be used for production sites. They expect at least one more alpha version, followed by a few beta versions, before Drupal 7.0 is finalized and released. After nearly two years of development, the alpha version includes tons of new features and improvements for both users and developers. Here is a quick overview of what changes you may expect to see from Drupal 7:
Read this article: Calling All Developers! Drupal 7 Alpha 1 Now Available for Testing
Today marks the day, nine years ago, that founder Dries Buytaert released Drupal 1.0.0., the first of what is now 6 full releases, the last release being deemed the runaway success story in open source of 2009. It started as a hobby for Dries and is quickly turning into a social publishing, digital revolution. Happy birthday, Drupal! from all of us at Volacci.
Read this article: Happy Ninth Birthday Drupal! (A Brief History Lesson)
Yesterday, Acquia, the enterprise guide to social publishing and almost all things Drupal, announced their new ‘Social Publishing for Open Government’ program. This program is designed to provide agencies a seamless platform to successfully meet the requirements of the new Open Government Directive (OGD).
Read this article: Acquia Launches New ‘Social Publishing for Open Government’ Program
Everyone wishes for a white Christmas, but in these times of global warming, it can be more of a daydream than a reality. If you are located in a geographically-challenged area of the country, (Volacci calls Austin home) it can be impossible to enjoy a good snow ball fight over the holidays. But that doesn’t mean you can’t bring the season to your website! Here are five holiday-themed modules you can add to your Drupal website that will make you forget what view your window has to offer.
1. Snow Forecast
The Snow Forecast module integrates the weather service from Snow-forecast.com with your website so your visitors know the conditions anywhere. This module will update every fourth hour with an issue over the next six days. Each day is divided into three periods: Morning, Afternoon, and Evening, and each period is divided into three elevations: Min, Mid, Max.