Earlier this month at DrupalCon Seattle, the Drupal Community Working Group (CWG) announced plans to begin the process of reviewing the Drupal Code of Conduct. The Drupal Code of Conduct, which is maintained and upheld by the CWG, governs interactions between community members. It is distinct from the DrupalCon Code of Conduct, which governs interactions at DrupalCon and other in-person events and is maintained and enforced by Drupal Association staff.
The current Drupal Code of Conduct was adopted in 2010 and last revised in 2014. Over the last two years, the CWG has received consistent feedback from the community that the Drupal Code of Conduct should be updated so that it is clearer and more actionable:
63% of respondents to a community governance survey held in July 2017 said that updating our codes of conduct should be prioritized as part of the process of overhauling community governance.
Improving the community code of conduct so that it is clearer and more actionable was also one of the key takeaways of the community governance discussions that occurred in the fall of 2017.
Over the last year, the CWG has been working on implementing changes to its charter to make the group more accountable to the community-at-large and provide a sustainable foundation for future growth. Now that those changes are complete, the CWG is now able to shift focus to the process of reviewing and improving the Drupal Code of Conduct.
To that end, we have set up a survey at https://forms.gle/rhKHorXXnp3wPQn2A for community members to share their thoughts, both about the current Code of Conduct and the next steps in the process. The results of this survey will help the CWG determine how, when, and who is involved in reviewing and updating the Code of Conduct.
We will be accepting responses through May 31, 2019, and we encourage as many community members to participate as possible.
Every year, the Drupal community gathers in a new city for the annual DrupalCon show. More expansive than regional camps, DrupalCon gives attendees from all around the world the chance to collaborate and learn from each other face-to-face.
The expansive audience of the convention makes it an ideal venue for Drupal creator Dries Buytaert to address the community. In his “Driesnote,” Dries usually focuses on highlights from the past year and upcoming developments for the platform. As such, the upcoming Drupal 8.7 update got a lot of spotlight, as did the efforts of star contributors working to make Drupal so robust. And with Drupal 9 coming in the not-so-distant future, Dries’ address this year demonstrated the advances being made at the cutting edge of Drupal.
While Dries focused on the present and future benefits of Drupal 8, he didn’t neglect users still on Drupal 7. First launched in 2011, Drupal 7 remains the most widely deployed version of the platform, even though Drupal 8 was released in 2015. The reasons for the relatively slow adoption of Drupal 8 are numerous, ranging from incompatible modules to the standard costs of a redesign. Dries understands that, and in this year’s Driesnote, offered words of support to those who have not made the change.
“There’s no need to panic,” Dries said. Indeed, he said that Drupal 7 will continue to be officially supported for over two-and-a-half years, until November 2021. At that point, Drupal 7 will reach its end of life.
What happens in November 2021, you might ask? We’ve covered the upcoming Drupal release pipeline in an earlier blog post, but the major driving force behind this date is Symfony 3. A major dependency for Drupal 7 and 8, when Symfony 3 is sunset in November 2021, it will expose sites running on D7 and D8 to security threats. Because Symfony 3 is also a major dependency for Drupal 8, most Drupal users will need to upgrade to Drupal 9 before November 2021.
As Dries said, though, there’s no need to panic if you’re on Drupal 7. This end-of-life date is still over two years away, giving you plenty of time to consider your options and decide how to move forward. In the meantime, Drupal 7 will continue to be supported by both the open-source community and agencies like Duo.
If you’re running Drupal 7 and want to get a head-start, there are a few options. Upgrading to Drupal 8 is the most logical route, as it the direct successor to D7. The Driesnote also noted that more and more modules that D7 users are accustomed to using are now functional in D8, which will make the transition smoother. The big draw of this path, however, is the ease with which you’ll be able to upgrade to Drupal 9. Drupal 8 is built on the same codebase as D9, which means that an upgrade between those two systems will not require a major design or development overhaul.
Another option for D7 users is to bypass D8 altogether. Jumping from Drupal 7 to Drupal 9 would be more akin to a traditional redesign, both in terms of the work involved and the cost. That being said, even though moving from D8 to D9 will be relatively easy, it will still require some effort. Going from D7 to D9 streamlines the process, requiring only one comprehensive upgrade.
Whichever path you take, rest assured that there is time. Dries acknowledges that there are still many users who enjoy the benefits of Drupal 7, and this year’s Driesnote signifies that this crowd hasn’t been forgotten. While ever Drupal 7 site will eventually need an upgrade, users can rest easy knowing that they have plenty of time.
When the time comes to make a decision about upgrading, Duo can help you chart your journey ahead. Whether you want to stay on Drupal 7 or can’t wait for Drupal 9, we’re committed to delivering the best possible version of your site.
WordPress and Drupal, two of the most popular content management systems that are currently on the market. So, in case you're wondering what content management system to pick, keep in mind that both of them serve different needs. The decision that you are going to take is going to be based off your individual needs for your business or yourself. In this article, I am going to aim to make it easier for you to take a decision, by presenting information about both systems. With the help of this article, you should be able to take an informed decision when it comes to making a choice between WordPress and Drupal.Ease of Installation Left: WordPress's famed 5 minute installation. Right: Sooperthemes custom Drupal distribution with Glazed theme and Glazed Builder included.
WordPress is famed for the ease of their installation process. While they claim that the installation process takes only 5 minutes, you have to take this with a grain of salt. Sure, for somebody who is highly experienced in WordPress, an installation might take 5 minutes. However, for a total beginner this might take longer.
Drupal on the other hand is a little bit more tricky when it comes to the installation. There are more steps and clicks involved. The experience is very similar to installing WordPress, there is just more of it. Drupal has one advantage over WordPress: Distributions. Distributions are packages of features, design, and demo content that let you install a full functional turn-key website just by running the installer. At sooperthemes.com all our demo websites can be reproduced in your own environment in just about 10 minutes with our custom Drupal distributions.Functionality
WordPress is an easy and intuitive easy to use open source CMS. One of the reasons WordPress is simpler is that is has fewer features and options compared to Drupal, so there is a trade-off going on here! Although there are a number of extensions that can make up for what WordPress is lacking, the more complex a website becomes, the harder it is for WordPress to be able to manage the website properly.
Now, when it comes to functionality, Drupal is considered to be highly functional. It was designed from the beginning to be able to meet the users needs as well as software developers' needs. Through modules, Drupal is able to fulfill the many needs a user has for developing a website. On top of that, Drupal is able to handle complex websites in a without slowing down the user experience, thanks to its advanced caching layers. Functionality is one of the areas where Drupal is shining.
Here are some of the advanced built-in features inspires some to choose Drupal over WordPress:
- Custom content types and block types, equipped with menu different field types for your content
- Multilingual is both built-in and more advanced than in most other CMS
- The views module lets you create custom content listings, with support for fields, tables, portfolio grids, external data sources, and much more. It's a beast and a big part of why Drupal got popular to begin with.
- Fine-grained permissions for your custom user roles
- Advanced API's for batch processing, REST services, and many more advanced programming concepts
WordPress is well known for its ease of use. The dashboard and layout are intuitive and easy to use. This means that even a beginner can make good looking websites. However, it gets harder as the complexity of the website increases.
Compared to this, Drupal is not so beginner friendly. Since Drupal is the more complex CMS from the two, there are more tricks to be learned and discovered when working in it. Drupal has been criticized in the past as having a steep learning curve. Indeed, it is harder to master, however, it also is capable of handling more complexity and it is able to better cater and fulfill the needs of its users.
Fortunately, there are some options you have to make Drupal more pleasing to your content, communications, and marketing staff. For exampel you can simplify their toolbars and menus by limiting their permissions. Sooperthemes also provides a visual drag and drop editor: Glazed Builder provides an entirely new user experience, letting your users design and create pages and interactive content in the frontend, away from Drupal's forms and administrative tools.How secure are WordPress and Drupal?
Security is one of the most important things when running a website with important user information on it. In case of a security vulnerability of the CMS, a hacker can exploit said vulnerability and get the important user information off the website, such as usernames, passwords, emails, credit card information, etc. This is why security is so important for a content management system.
Since WordPress is the most used content management system to date, it is also bound to be the target many cyber attacks. When it comes to security, WordPress has three components, the core, plugins and themes. The core is always watched by cybersecurity experts who are continuously working identifying and patching vulnerabilities. The plugins and themes are reviewed and patched by the community members, which means that there is an increased chance to suffer a malicious attack by installing a certain plugin or theme that has an undiscovered vulnerability.
Drupal is recognized as the most secure content management system that is currently on the market. This is partly because the security team works on spotting vulnerabilities in the core of Drupal. On top of that, before a module is released to the general public, the code is usually examined for vulnerabilities. After being released to the general public for review, the contributors are then again checking the code for vulnerabilities that can be exploited by a hacker. This measures add up to an increased security compared to its competitors. This is why a lot of big names have trusted Drupal with the security of their websites. Examples are UNESCO, The US Senate, Fox News, Harvard University and many more.WordPress vs Drupal Costs
WordPress is free to install and use. You can have the option to use WordPress.com, offers both paid plans and a free plan that shows ads on your website. Since WordPress is open source, you can download the software for free if you intend to host it yourself. Hiring a developer to build your website will also have to be taken into account when talking about costs. Generally speaking, hiring a WordPress developer is cheaper than hiring a Drupal developer, simply because a Drupal developer is harder to come by.
Drupal is also free to use and install, because it is an open source software. For a beginner, it is harder to make full use of the features that the CMS has to offer, especially when building a professional website. Depending on the needs of the customer, the website being built might have different degrees of complexity. Some of the most demanding websites are ecommerce websites.Typical WordPress vs Drupal Pricing
Typical WordPress websites will be informational business websites, or simplistic community platforms based on popular themes and plugins, and would cost anywhere between 500,- USD, and 20,000 USD on the more complex and customized end of the spectrum. Most Drupal agencies aim to take on projects starting at 20,000 USD, and love to build the most complex online platforms, with contracts often running into the hundreds of thousands. These platforms could be so called "Site Factories" where a single platform will be responsible for spawning hundreds of websites, or it may be large content platforms for governmental bodies where hundreds of thousands of content items are managed.
That said, once you've mastered Drupal nothing stops you from making simplistic content websites with it. In fact, with the products and demo websites provided by Sooperthemes, it is very much possible to create a complete business websites within one day, and within a most humble budget.Conclusion
In conclusion, WordPress is a great CMS for beginners and people that are not demanding complexity from their CMS. When it comes to security, although WordPress has good security practices in place, it is the most widespread CMS, making it a great target for hackers.
Drupal on the other hand, while not as easy to pick up as WordPress, it compensated with the complexity that it can handle. So, for people or organisations that require big websites, Drupal is the way to go. Furthermore, Drupal is perfect for this group of people, simply because it offers a great security.
So before choosing the right CMS for you, you have to be aware of the needs that have to be met by the CMS. Only after that can you take a decision.
Do you need to set up a custom image carousel? Or maybe one slider with a teaser, displaying content from your website? What are the best Drupal 8 slideshow modules to consider for implementing and maintaining your slideshow?
And out of the box options are... out of question, right? Your requirements are too specific for that.
Maybe you need:
- a certain number of slider items
- different arrow designs
- to display the image slideshow on other pages, too, not just on your homepage
With such flexibility and customization requirements in mind, we started digging into the “pile” of Drupal 8 image slider modules.
And here are the 4 ones that we've selected, those with the best reviews in the Drupal community:
We would like to introduce a new tool called Rector that could speed up an upgrade process and can reduce upgrade costs. We run a proof of concept for the possible use cases in which Rector can be beneficial for Drupal developers - including but not limited to the automated update to Drupal 9.
Delicious food is able to inspire people even as they just see it on a website. That’s why food industry companies greatly benefit from well-built sites. The platform choice also matters. Drupal suits websites in all industries — e-commerce, real estate, education, or any other. In this post, we will explore why create a food website with Drupal.
Why did we pursue this certification?
On the 1st of August, 2018, Karuna Batra began the process of getting our organization ISO certified. Here is her reflection on that journey.
The effectiveness of an organization depends heavily on its ability to perform several interconnected activities simultaneously in order to achieve its intended results and meet stakeholders’ expectations. These relationships have to be managed, prioritized and controlled.
Simple or custom-made? Is it a quick-to-assemble, rather “prototypical” form that you need for your website? Or a more complex, custom-made one? In a Drupal 8 Contact Forms vs Webform “debate”, which Drupal form builder best suits your data collection requirements?
On one hand, you have the convenience of creating your web forms in no time: simple, straightforward, “conventional” web forms. On the other hand, you get to scan through a never-ending list of advanced options and come up with a complex, fully custom-made web form.
The Drupal Global Training Day is a conference where professionals share their knowledge and work experience with web development beginners. It’s two days of training that consist of reports and practice.
ADCI Solutions is a single GTD event organizer in Russia. We are trying to boost the Drupal adoption and engage as many developers as possible in the Drupal community. Read the article how the last GTD by ADCI Solutions was.
Find blog post here.
For 2019, I've set up three main goals: improve my English, find a "real" Drupal Team to work with and launch this website. So, I've reached one of my goals. Checked! To be honest, I think it was the easiest one. Improving my English and finding a community-oriented Drupal agency will be harder. But I'm working on it!
This blog has been re-posted and edited with permission from Dries Buytaert's blog.
DrupalCon Seattle Driesnote presentation
Last week, many Drupalists gathered in Seattle for DrupalCon North America, for what was the largest DrupalCon in history.
DrupalCon Seattle was not only the largest, but also had the most diverse speakers. Nearly 50% of the DrupalCon speakers were from underrepresented groups. This number has been growing year over year, and is something to be proud of.
I actually started my keynote by talking about how we can make Drupal more diverse and inclusive. As one of the largest and most thriving Open Source communities, I believe that Drupal has an obligation to set a positive example.
I talked about how Open Source communities often incorrectly believe that everyone can contribute. Unfortunately, not everyone has equal amounts of free time to contribute. In my keynote, I encouraged individuals and organizations in the Drupal community to strongly consider giving time to underrepresented groups.
Improving diversity is not only good for Drupal and its ecosystem, it's good for people, and it's the right thing to do. Because this topic is so important, I wrote a dedicated blog post about it.Drupal 8 innovation update
I dedicated a significant portion of my keynote to Drupal 8. In the past year alone, there have been 35% more sites and 48% more stable modules in Drupal 8. Our pace of innovation is increasing, and we've seen important progress in several key areas.
With the release of Drupal 8.7, the Layout Builder will become stable. Drupal's new Layout Builder makes it much easier to build and change one-off page layouts, templated layouts and layout workflows. Best of all, the Layout Builder will be accessible.
Drupal 8.7 also brings a lot of improvements to the Media Library.
We also continue to innovate on headless or decoupled Drupal. The JSON:API module will ship with Drupal 8.7. I believe this not only advances Drupal's leadership in API-first, but sets Drupal up for long-term success.
These are just a few of the new capabilities that will ship with Drupal 8.7. For the complete list of new features, keep an eye out for the release announcement in a few weeks.Drupal 7 end of life
If you're still on Drupal 7, there is no need to panic. The Drupal community will support Drupal 7 until November 2021 — two years and 10 months from today.
After the community support ends, there will be extended commercial support for a minimum of three additional years. This means that Drupal 7 will be supported for at least five more years, or until 2024.Upgrading from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8
Upgrading from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 can be a lot of work, especially for large sites, but the benefits outweigh the challenges.
As announced a few months ago, Drupal 9 is targeted for June 2020. June 2020 is only 14 months away, so I dedicated a significant amount of my keynote to Drupal 9.
Making Drupal updates easier is a huge, ongoing priority for the community. Thanks to those efforts, the upgrade path to Drupal 9 will be radically easier than the upgrade path to Drupal 8.
In my keynote, I talked about how site owners, Drupal developers and Drupal module maintainers can start preparing for Drupal 9 today. I showed several tools that make Drupal 9 preparation easier. Check out my post on how to prepare for Drupal 9 for details.Thank you
I'm grateful to be a part of a community that takes such pride in its work. At each DrupalCon, we get to see the tireless efforts of many volunteers that add up to one amazing event. It makes me proud to showcase the work of so many people and organizations in my presentations.
Thank you to all who have made this year's DrupalCon North America memorable. I look forward to celebrating our work and friendships at future events!
You've got less than one week to get your session proposals in, so submit your ideas today. Get a sneak peek at next year's DrupalCon location, or come back to the camp you know and love.Why Twin Cities Drupal Camp? Great speakers – we've hosted nine years of keynotes and sessions from well-known Drupal contributors all over the country Great location – located in downtown Minneapolis in a beautiful, modern college campus, with a tall sunny atrium, comfortable classrooms and professional setups Great weather – summer in Minneapolis is not to be missed, and June has always been a beautiful month. Sidewalk cafes, rooftop bars, food trucks, music, lakes, and sun Great socials – outdoor parties with food trucks and karaoke, board game parties with free food and drink, and a welcome gathering with a little of everything Great (free) trainings - each year we host 3-5 trainings from some of the best groups in the country, free for all conference attendees Great networking - we bring 200 to 300 people each year, from universities and colleges, nonprofits, businesses, government, arts, and agencies of all kinds Great reputation - ask a friend or co-worker who's attended in the past, they will surely tell you why to attend.
As always, all accepted presenters get a free ticket to Camp. We'd sure love for you to come see us this June, and that's made a heck of a lot easier by getting your free ticket once your session is accepted. So, please send your sessions to us and we'll let you know first thing in May if we found a place for your talk.
In March, Gabriele Maira Manifesto’s Lead Drupal Engineer, and I, gave a talk at DrupalCamp London’s CxO day on how to build a successful Drupal agency. It was a highly-calorific meal with plenty to chew over for anyone looking to improve their agency’s ability to win new Drupal work and successfully deliver projects. Here, the. Continue reading...
At the Lab section of our name: "Ramsalt Lab" we tried to put Drupal on steroids to test and see how much can we get out of Drupal performance wise and we will now publish a series of blog posts that together make a coherent How-to guide on Drupal performance.Experience, general web performance and Drupal optimization articles
For gathering all the data in this document, we did some heavy research. We have studied a lot of general website performance, Drupal optimization articles and we have done a lot of tests and put in the organization's over 100 years of total Drupal experience into play. A highlight that we would like to point out is this great presentation in DrupalCon 2018 Nashville that you can download its pdf and take a look for yourself.Chapters in the "Faster Drupal" blog series
As a starting point, note that it’s a much easier bet to start with a Drupal 8 installation instead of Drupal 7 since you can get much better results built-in. But in many cases, the current project is already on Drupal 7, so we try to cover both cases. Some of the items are, to say the least, “Obvious” but this list is supposed to be as coherent as possible. For most of this, we consider you have full access to your server and can set up the things listed here, so based on that, let’s kick things off with Caching. Then for the second blog article, we will look into asset distribution, CDN, compression, and aggregation. Thirdly we’ll be taking a look at one of the greatest enemies of performance: Images! Fourth step we will cover some techniques for Database/Web Server Tweaks & Improvements and lastly some general tips and HowTo’s for optimizing theming in Drupal.Improving Caching in Drupal:
Use Redis: Integration of Drupal with the Redis key-value store. It provides cache, lock, and path optional backends
Redis Drupal module
Not happy with Redis for some unknown reason? Try Memcache
For a simple drupal installation, we can take advantage of these two modules:
Drupal Memcache + Drupal Memcache Storage modules
Use Varnish Cache: If you want to improve the performance of your website without using Varnish is like trying to cook without a pan! Varnish is an advanced and very fast reverse-proxy system. In the common configurations Varnish will handle all caches regarding anonymous page-views, and sometimes even static files and pages for logged in users via per-role-caches and ESI (Edge Side Includes) for your site.
Varnish Drupal module (not required for caching, but essential for cache purging).
But hey I’m on shared hosting and don’t have access to any fancy Varnish HTTP cache thingy? Well then use Boost module
Drupal Boost module
Take advantage of PHP Cache (APC): With APC caching your PHP script executions can run more efficiently, by cutting down on dynamic PHP executions.
Let’s all agree we all love CloudFlare: CloudFlare is a FREE reverse proxy, firewall, and global content delivery network and can be implemented without installing any server software or hardware. At least based on Cloudflare module’s page, on average, CloudFlare-powered websites load 30% faster, uses 60% less bandwidth, and process 65% fewer requests. CloudFlare-powered websites are protected from many forms of malicious activity including comment spam, email harvesting, SQL injection, cross-site scripting, and DDoS (denial of service) attacks.
Drupal CloudFlare module
The Purge (Not the movie): So by now you cached the hell out of your website and now you just want to change something on your website? The purge module facilitates cleaning external caching systems, reverse proxies and CDNs as content actually changes. This allows external caching layers to keep unchanged content cached infinitely, making content delivery more efficient, resilient and better guarded against traffic spikes.
Drupal Purge module
Did you know you can cache your views? In Drupal 7 Enable “Views Caching” in each Views manually and in Drupal 8 there’s a module that helps a lot with that.
Drupal Views Advanced Cache module
Using Panels? Enable Panels caching in each Panel
Drupal 8: Do you like BigPipe in Drupal 8 core? How about some sessionLess BigPiping? (No pun intended)
Sessionless BigPipe module
Use views with minimum pagination navigation to save some SQL time (just first, previous, next, last links instead of (1,2,3,4,5…). In Drupal 7 you also need to use:
Views Litepager module
A long cache lifetime can speed up repeat visits to your page, Serve static assets with an efficient cache policy
Read more on Google developers
Drupal 7: People need to login to your website and you still would like some caching? AuthCache to the rescue
Authenticated User Page Caching module
Drupal 7: You like Drupal 8 core cache tags and cache max-age? But maybe for Drupal 7?
Drupal 8 Cache Backport module
Drupal 7: Need different caching per block? Fear not
BlockCache Alter module
Drupal 7: Already setup Memcache and Redis? Add some Entity Caching
Entity Cache module
Drupal 7: Render Cache is also quite powerful but has some issues on the cache clearing level, so use with caution.
Render Cache Drupal module
Consider using Google QuickLink Library if possible. Enables faster subsequent page-loads by prefetching in-viewport links during idle time at the cost of increased page loads for the client.
Google QuickLink Drupal module
Okay, that was a long list of things to consider/do for just caching, but hey we are here to make something extra performative.
In the next upcoming part that will be published in about a week, we will focus on Drupal Aggregation / CDN / Compression
Written by Sohail Lajevardi
Developer at Ramsalt Lab
Recent Aaron Winborn Award winner, Leslie Glynn, talks about what keeps her coming back to DrupalCon, her love for illuminating people, and when the heck will Tom Brady retire?