Whitehouse.gov Goes Drupal

Some exciting news within the Drupal community emerged this past week. Whitehouse.gov went Drupal, according to the Personal Democracy Forum, the AP, and other extremely important news sources that you may or may not have heard of or care about.

According to a source of a source of the Obama Administration, the White House has spent months planning for the switch to the open-source Drupal platform from the proprietary CMS that the Bush Administration had utilized for the past eight years. The switch came after the Obama new media team decided that a more malleable development environment was needed for the White House website. Drupal provided them with a quicker, easier, and more graceful solution for their vision for interactive government.

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A Short Drupal Guide to XML Sitemaps

As thorough as the Google spiders can be, it is still possible for them to miss pages while indexing your site. Perhaps you have moved content around so that it is not easily accessible. It can be possible that your site is so big that Google’s spiders can’t crawl it all without completely pulling all your server’s resources. Yowzers!

No matter the problem, there is a solution: a sitemap. Sitemaps are an easy way for Webmasters to inform search engines about pages on their site that are available for crawling. a Sitemap is an XML file that lists URLs for a site along with additional metadata about each URL so that search engines can more intelligently crawl the site. There are three different types of sitemaps that you should use in Drupal, and each has a different purpose. Let’s take a look at each one and discuss their advantages.

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Drupal's Results in the 2009 Open Source CMS Market Share Report

Last Friday, CMSWire announced the release of the second annual 2009 Open Source CMS Market Share Report. The project was a collaborative effort with the full service digital marketing agency, water & stone. Disclaimer I have no affiliation with CMSWire or water & stone. I am discussing the results for this report with a fresh set of eyes and am doing so in order to share the findings that appeal to the Drupal community. By no means should these results be used for commercial purposes. To view the license terms for this report, visit this link. Report Overview The report measures the brand strength and market share of 20 open source content management systems. The goal is to provide a body of useful data that will assist the average consumer in making an educated decision when choosing an open source CMS. The research was assessed using a variety of metrics related to two main categories: Rate of Adoption and Brand Strength. Within each category broad trends and patterns were identified that divided the projects into one of three classifications: Leaders, Movers, or Laggards. Overall, there were 622 respondents to the survey. Some of the areas of discussion did not have responses from all 622 respondents. Because Volacci is a raving fan of Drupal, we have catered the results for fellow Drupal community supporters.

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Vote Drupal as Best Open Source CMS of 2009 Now!

Everybody loves a good old-fashion, democratic vote. Pull the level. Stamp the ticket. Check the box. It’s what makes our apple pies taste so sweet. Especially when “normal” people get to participate and help determine who totes the trophy in the end. This is why awards like Pact’s Open Source Award has emerged as an honored and respectable prize to win every year. After a month-long nomination process, the rest of October is open for voting for the greatest open source CMS of 2009. The nominees, please.

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Drupal SEO Checklist Module: How to Download and Install

The following blog post is a short taste of my book, Drupal 6 Search Engine Optimization, which is now available through Packt Publishing. Drupal is an exceptional content management system and has a variety of useful modules that will help your site succeed. Once you have Drupal installed and set up for your new Drupal website, follow these instructions to download and install the Drupal SEO Checklist module.

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All Will Be Revealed

Throughout history, man has marveled at the vast complexity of this planet called Earth; where humanity has been left searching endlessly for answers to the unknown, unexplained, and undefinable. In a world where nuclear weapons threaten the extinction of mankind, global warming is melting polar caps, and dirty dancers can’t beat back the beast, one man emerges with the power to shed light on what has never been seen before.

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Put Another Drupal on the Barbie, Mate

Volacci’s favorite content management system (CMS), Drupal, continues to grow in popularity worldwide as several high profile sites in Australia migrate to the CMS. Websites in Australia who have recently powered up with Drupal are the Prime Minister’s site and ABC’s three digital radio websites - Dig Music, ABC Jazz, and ABC Country. Also on the international scene, Drupal is used by a wide range of organizations, such as the Obama Administration, McDonald’s, and Green Peace. Two years ago, the man over at Drupal, Dries Buytaert, spoke with Computerworld Australia that the five-year goal with Drupal was to see it utilized for more complex sites as it spread internationally. There are now more than 400,000 Drupal-hosted sites around the globe, with more than a million unique visitors per month to their website, www.drupal.org.

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The Drupal Community Answers The Question: What PMS Do We Use?

Last month I published a blog post asking the Drupal community what Project Management Software they use, how they use it, and what their experience was. This was in an effort to understand what PMSes are being implemented amongst our inspiring community of Drupal fans. Are they enjoying the software or cursing and shaking their angry fists at the screen? We received a total of 17 unique comments, with 13 answers to the query.

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Acquia Reveals Drupal Gardens at Drupalcon Paris 2009

This past Wednesday at Drupalcon Paris 2009, Acquia, a company who provides commercial support for the Drupal content management system, revealed a sneak peak to attendees of their new project Drupal Gardens. Drupal Gardens is the company’s new “software-as-a-service” version of Drupal specifically targeting non-technical users and designed to speed up the design and deployment of Drupal social publishing sites. This new software will not only keep Drupal competitive with other hosted publishing platforms but also extend its reach to new users who might be intimidated by the technical adoption barriers that any CMS present.

Drupal Gardens was built on Drupal 7 and is a hosted webs service that includes design tools similar to blog publishing platforms. There are no skill set prerequisites or ownership of hosting environments required. According to the announcement, Drupal Gardens will include:

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