Seven Modules You'll Be Using Next

Michael Anello lists a selection of seven modules you should know about. And a very good selection it is! Read it all. An extract:

The Module Filter is one of those modules that as soon as you install it on one site you'll know right away you'll be installing it on all your sites. It organizes your site's administrative Modules List page (admin/build/modules) the way it's supposed to be. By making use of vertical tabs, it greatly reduces the vertical scrolling on the page. The genius behind the module is its "Filter list" quick search box.

Drupal Project Management

Matthew Dorman from NorthPoint gave, as it appears, a very useful presentation at DrupalCamp Colorado covering many things Drupal companies will find useful. Read it all, but here a selection:

Questions to Get Answered

Before the Project Begins…

  • Need to have a launch date - what is driving that date? Budget? Advertising? Is it a hard date?
  • What are the business goals?
  • What resources do I have? How much money?
  • Who edits and maintains the site now? Have they used a CMS before?
  • Is there an easier solution?
  • When will the designs be final?
  • --many companies aren't comfortable with wireframes…

After the Project Begins…

  • What are my teams' blockers and how are they affecting the schedule
  • Where can I get a list of all the current site URLs
  • Do we really need X number of modules to do this piece of functionality
  • That module is still in dev/alpha/beta, do we have time to fix issues?

Drupal market share: Drupal powers 4.5% of top Finnish sites

In an interesting analysis Vesa Palmu crawled the 1438 Finnish sites that are in Alexa's top 1 million. 4.6% of them were Drupal:

CMS name Total indentified Market share %
Drupal 65 4,5 %
Wordpress 52 3,6 %
Joomla 49 3,4 %
Total 1438 100 % 

What I wish I knew when I started Drupal

Acquia's Heather James reports on a survey of 203 people responding to "What I wish I knew when I started Drupal":

12% were related specifically to contributed modules, mainly around the selection of them. Hopefully changes at Drupal.org are assisting in that.
9% of responses were about the community, specifically how easy it is to get involved.
6% were related to best practices. This is a tough area, which you can learn most easily from those with experience.

Here at Xplain Hosting we're helping with that last bit by giving you a best practise environment for developing and deploying Drupal applications.

How The Economist migrated data to Drupal

The Economist is a flagship user of Drupal. As is often the case, they had to migrate their content to Drupal. As we're currently involved in migrating a dozen typepad blogs to Drupal, we know data migration is a project in itself. In The Economist.com data migration to Drupal Moshe Weitzman describes how they did it:

The Economist hired Cyrve to migrate its large and volatile dataset to Drupal. With the sponsorship and encouragement of The Economist, Cyrve open sourced its migrate module which is the heart of its migration methodology. The Economist and Cyrve hope this article helps more sites migrate to Drupal.

Cyrve used the migrate module which as some really cool features:

Security in the cloud

An interesting article in the NZ Computer World describes the security issues when moving to the cloud:

"The cloud model is more threat-rich than the shared hosting model, mainly because in shared hosting the core OS and apps- php, perl, mysql- are kept updated by the service provider," Kilbin says. "In the cloud, the customer has to keep the core OS updated, along with the application stacks, in addition to their code."

Quite so. That's why at Xplain Hosting we offer both: cloud and a sharing hosting model. We keep the server up-to-date, we do the backups, and we make sure customer websites are in perfect isolation from each other. We require customers to run fully patched Drupal sites.

We're here to make the cloud easy.

Semantic View Module in a Nutshell

Adaptivethemes posted an interesting video on the Semantic Views module a while ago. Semantic View Module in a Nutshell:

When to use Drupal

Chuck Vose compares Ruby on Rails and Drupal. His advise how to choose between the two:

Do your clients want to be on the Internet, or do your clients want to create some chunk of the Internet. If they want to create awesome content and reap the rewards of it, Drupal is probably your framework of choice. If they want to do something that really doesn't fit into something that every other website is doing, Ruby on Rails is probably your framework of choice.