Drupal 6 kicked off way back in 2008. For the time it was a major breakthrough in technology, and the platform supported many major websites including whitehouse.gov. Over its lifespan Drupal 6 had more than 700 contributed modules and 600 custom themes. It boasted a nicer menu structure and an easier installation process than its predecessors, as well as improved security and a handy drag and drop menu. Drupal 6 was well ahead of its time. Now it is unsupported, outdated and frankly, old.
Today’s top CMS platforms all offer their own unique flavor for users trying to get their website up and running. All of them have their own strengths and weaknesses, but for complete and total flexibility, Drupal is the best choice. While it requires a strong grasp of web development, the level of customization it offers is far beyond its competition.
Join us as we look at some of the top reasons to use Drupal, followed by an infographic that breaks down today’s top three platforms.
After fifteen years of going from strength to strength, it’s a great time to look back on the Drupal that was and how it became a powerhouse of the open source content management world.
How times have changed. In the old days, an article about open source software (OSS) typically starts off by defending OSS as a viable alternative to proprietary software. To make its argument, it would defer to the Apache web server and the Linux operating system, both OSS centerpieces. Back in those days, OSS is almost synonymous with nonprofit organizations such as the Apache Software Foundation, the Linux Foundation, and the Free Software Foundation. To justify the adoption of OSS to the skeptical world, one would focus on the return of investment and argues how OSS lowers the total cost of ownership.
This article is about the dawning of the new OSS generation. We argue that OSS will dominate the market, which is a far cry from just being a viable alternative.
January is always a time of conclusions. We evaluate a past year, remember its best moments, and hope that the new year will bring us even more positive moments. It’s also a time of different rankings. We at Vardot decided to contribute to the good vibe of the community by going through the best articles of the last year according to BuzzSumo and choosing those ones that had a better feedback from you.
When using the Entityqueue module in Drupal 8 as a tool for editors and site admins to order content, you will end up working on the following use cases:
- Use case 1: Use Entityqueue as a filter: shows only the items chosen in the queue.
- Use case 2: Use Entityqueue as a loose sorting tool: does NOT limit the items based on queue, but prioritizes the items chosen in the queue to be displayed first, then shows the rest, perhaps in a reverse chronological order.
These are the most common use cases we use at Vardot for our clients when we build a site.
Use case 1 works perfectly if you use Entityqueue as is.
However, use case 2 does not work properly. Therefore, we have contributed (or contributed to), two patches that would make life easier to build a solid experience using the Entityqueue module in Drupal 8
IP geolocation detection works through well-known databases that map IP ranges to countries. For example:
- an IP range of 184.108.40.206 to 220.127.116.11, means that it came from Ireland.
- an IP range of 18.104.22.168 to 22.214.171.124 means that it came from Jordan.
- an IP range of 126.96.36.199 to 188.8.131.52 means that it came from Qatar.
and so on.
The DrupalCon in Dublin is over – and now it’s officially. We all had fun, enjoyed sessions, sprints, visited all the booths, collected prizes, and had a lot of great talks with drupalists from all over the globe. All the expectations we had before this event came true, and now it’s time to make some conclusions.
Drupal as a Content Management System (CMS), is known for its versatility and power. Unfortunately, it is also known to have a steep learning curve. The task of mastering the building of a Drupal-powered website can be quite daunting to novice users. The good news is that many online resources are available to help you overcome the learning challenges.
A few month ago when I wrote my first article about Drupal, some people noticed that for listing essential security modules one should have more development experience. It’s true, when I’ve started working at Vardot, I had to interview many developers and site builders before writing every single blog post, but the topic I’ve chosen this time is my favorite.