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Jul 09 2020
Jul 09

The Drupal Steward Program enhances the security of Drupal Sites by protecting sites from exploits even before they are able to patch, and supports the sustainability of the Drupal Security Team and Drupal Association.

PORTLAND, Ore. July 7, 2020—The Drupal Association is announcing the launch of the Drupal Steward security program, together with founding partners Acquia and Pantheon, two of the largest hosting platforms for Drupal, and major contributors to the project. This is a paid service offered to further enhance the sites built on Drupal. A portion of the proceeds from both the founding partners and the community tier are used to support the Drupal Security Team and Drupal Association.

The Drupal Steward program answers the most pressing concern that keeps CIOs/CTOs up at night - "How do I protect my sites from the next unknown vulnerability?" In today's world, a Public Service Announcement of a highly-critical vulnerability means disruption to existing engineering roadmaps, overtime hours, and all-hands on deck waiting for a patch release so that it can be deployed before bad actors reverse engineer the vulnerability.

Drupal Steward addresses this issue by putting in place a network-level mitigation strategy that prevents many of these kinds of highly-critical vulnerabilities from being exploited, even before the patch has been applied. While there may be some rare vulnerabilities that cannot be mitigated with this technique - most of the highly-critical vulnerabilities in Drupal's past would have been mitigated with this method.

"I am proud that we can advance Drupal's commitment to enterprise-grade security," said Heather Rocker, Executive Director of the Drupal Association. "The Drupal Steward program and its security protections should give the world the confidence to build the next generation of digital experiences on open source technology."

Drupal sites hosted with the Drupal Steward Founding Partners Acquia and Pantheon will be directly protected by those partners. For sites not hosted by the Drupal Steward founding partners, Drupal site owners will be able to subscribe to the Community tier of the Drupal Steward program directly through the Drupal Association at an affordable cost, with discounts provided to clients of Drupal Association supporting partners with a record of contribution to the project in the form of time, talent, or treasure.

Learn more about Drupal Steward

For complete details about the Drupal Steward program, including how to sign up - please visit https://www.drupal.org/security-team/steward

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Drupal is a true open source project, leveraging the expertise of tens of thousands of developers around the world. Drupal has a proven track record for strong security practices, with a strong belief that the transparency of open source leads to more secure software.

About Drupal and the Drupal Association

Drupal is the open source content management software used by millions of people and organizations around the world, made possible by a community of 100,000-plus contributors and enabling more than 1.3 million users on Drupal.org. The Drupal Association is the non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the Drupal software project, fostering the community, and supporting its growth.

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Jun 24 2020
Jun 24

The content management ecosystem at large and Drupal in particular have evolved tremendously over the last 20 years, and many developers who haven't engaged with the CMS market in a while may have an outdated conception of what a CMS can do. With Drupal 9's release at the cutting edge of the CMS world, now is a better time than ever to reintroduce developers at large to what Drupal can accomplish.

Stack Overflow recently invited Drupal Association CTO Tim Lehnen to write about the evolution of the CMS marketplace, and what Drupal has to offer:

For many people discussion of content management systems raises unpleasant specters of the early 2000s. But while CMS platforms may not feel like the shiniest new tech on the block, they still have a lot to offer, and they've evolved in ways that might surprise you. Let's talk about Drupal, a 20 year old open source project that still manages to be on the leading edge of the CMS world.
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Jun 12 2020
Jun 12

Recently, Heather Rocker and Tim Lehnen of the Drupal Association, with other open source experts, shared with Builtin tips on the best way to contribute to—and start building relationships in—open source.
 
Involvement with open source can be a rewarding way to learn, teach, and build experience in just about any career/skill you can imagine.

“We want you here. All the leaders within the community want that,” says Tim Lehnen. “There are a lot of people, especially in Drupal, who built their whole careers out of showing up on IRC 14 years ago and saying, ‘Hey, is there something I can help out with?’”

There are plenty of ways to get started with open source. But there are also many questions to answer to find your place: What does it mean to contribute? Breaking into new communities as a new contributor can be hard, and project leaders know that. How do you find the right project? How do you orient yourself to a new project? What if you don’t know how to code? What if something goes wrong?

Professional growth and building relationships in open-source spaces is, in some ways, easier than in traditional work environments. Lots of open-source projects are also taking steps to make their communities more inclusive and diverse. Building a community that encourages people to use, contribute to, and evangelize your project is very important.

Open source is made by people like you: one issue, pull request, comment, or high-five at a time. Read the full article to get inspired in getting involved with open source.

Jun 03 2020
Jun 03

PORTLAND, Ore.  June 3, 2020—Drupal, the most powerful enterprise open source content management system, is launching the latest—and most comprehensive—upgrade to its popular software today.

Drupal 9 comes with even more of the cutting-edge features that Drupal developers and users love. One out of every 30 websites in the world including Lufthansa, the CDC National Prevention Information Network, the European Commission, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders, NASA, GRAMMYs/Recording Academy and Stanford University trust Drupal as the platform for their ambitious digital experiences.

Drupal 9 - Continuous innovation in technology and user experience

The updated version delivers powerful new features and an enhanced user experience. These features empower Drupal’s vision for the next generation of the web and include:  

  • Dramatically easier tools— a new layout builder, WYSIWYG media management system and content workflow tools make Drupal much easier to use. It enables users to take advantage of Drupal's robust technical architecture more easily than ever before. 
  • Continuous innovation—powerful new features delivered continuously, keeping Drupal at the cutting edge of the web. 
  • Easiest upgrade in a decade—and Drupal’s commitment to easy upgrades in the future means never having to worry about a major replatforming to stay up to date. 

One of the key reasons Drupal has been successful is we have always made big, forward-looking changes,” says Dries Buytaert, founder and project lead of Drupal. “As a result, Drupal is one of very few CMS platforms that has stayed relevant for 20 years." 

One of Drupal’s key users says they depend on Drupal’s easy-to-use interface to keep their content up-to-date—even when their developers aren’t immediately available. 
 

In a case study about how the ACLU uses Drupal, the ACLU team says, "With Drupal's new capabilities to create and administer content, including robust media support ...[and] full layout control, without the aid of developers, ... [Drupal] empowered the ACLU to be more dynamic and responsive to external events." 
 

While this new version makes it easier for non-developers to contribute to dynamic web platforms, it also continues to advance the underlying technology at the forefront of digital experiences—enabling developers to build the next generation of the web.

"Drupal's API-first architecture puts it years ahead of competitors as a decoupled or headless framework,” says Tim Lehnen, chief technology officer for the Drupal Association. “Drupal can serve as the content hub for rich experiences built with the latest technologies, including modern javascript frameworks like React, Angular, or Vue, or even with emerging channels like digital assistants and AR/VR applications." 
 

Buytaert says a key focus was making the process of upgrading as easy as possible for its users. 

"Drupal's innovation has only accelerated since the release of Drupal 8 four years ago,” says Buytaert. “Historically, major upgrades have been costly. With Drupal 9 we wanted to innovate quickly and provide an easy upgrade path from Drupal 8. We did exactly that! The upgrade from Drupal 8 to Drupal 9 is the easiest major upgrade in the last 10-plus years."

Powered by a global community

Drupal is a true open source project, leveraging the expertise of tens of thousands of developers around the world. Drupal has earned a reputation for security, performance, accessibility and scalability that is unparalleled in the CMS ecosystem. Drupal's core strength has always been its ability to manage structured data—written once, and reused anywhere—and the Drupal community has doubled down on this with Drupal 9. 

To upgrade or get started

If you’re ready to experience Drupal, discover how easy it is to build or integrate your digital portfolio by visiting drupal.org/9

Need some help onboarding with Drupal or building a digital experience from scratch? There are many agencies in the Drupal community that would be happy to help.

About Drupal and the Drupal Association

Drupal is the open source content management software used by millions of people and organizations around the world, made possible by a community of 100,000-plus contributors and enabling more than 1.3 million users on Drupal.org. The Drupal Association is the non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the Drupal software project, fostering the community, and supporting its growth.

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For more information contact Heather Rocker,  [email protected]

May 11 2020
May 11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PORTLAND, Ore., May 11, 2020—The CDC, NIH, and Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders—among many others—depend on the power of Drupal, the largest independent open source content management system, to keep their websites dynamic and secure. But the cancellation of the Drupal Association’s annual keystone fundraising event—originally scheduled for May 2020—put the nonprofit’s finances in jeopardy.

 
COVID-19 has delivered a particularly hard economic hit to non-profits, and the Drupal Association (DA) is no exception,” says Heather Rocker, executive director of the DA. “When we made the decision to cancel DrupalCon North America 2020 for the safety of our attendees, the next question was how to recover those funds so we could continue operations for our community of millions around the world.”

 
Enter #DrupalCares, a global fundraiser conceived with the hopes of bridging the significant funding gap left as a result of the pandemic. While the campaign had a strong start, what really put the fundraising into overdrive was the #DrupalCares match challenge, a $100,000 matching grant for individual contributions funded by Drupal creator Dries Buytaert and his wife Vanessa. Then a coalition of Drupal businesses came together to match those contributions again—bringing the potential impact up to $300,000. These contributions, together with the contributions from Drupal service providers and end-users, accelerated the campaign dramatically.
 
As of today, May 11, 2020, #DrupalCares has raised $500,000, meeting its 60-day goal in just over 30 days.  Nearly 150 businesses and organizations, along with over 2,000 individual donors and members donated, to reach the goal in record time.  
 
"I'm in awe of how quickly the Drupal community rallied to raise funds for the Drupal Association,” said Dries Buytaert, founder of Drupal. “With this fundraising campaign behind us, the Drupal Association can refocus on key initiatives such as the Drupal 9 launch next month.

“DrupalCon has been an important reason for Drupal's success,” said Buytaert. “Even though we'll be gathering virtually this summer, I'm very excited that DrupalCon will live on. I'd like to thank everyone who helped us reach our goals—the Drupal community is stronger than ever."
 
While the nonprofit Drupal Association was impacted by COVID-19, the Drupal ecosystem remains strong. As Buytaert wrote in March, open source software seems to be recession-proof.
 
“Open Source has grown to be more secure, more flexible, and more stable than ever before,” said Buytaert. “Today, the benefits of Open Source are even more compelling than during past recessions.”
 
Open source contribution also provides an excellent opportunity for individuals to expand their skills—or even re-skill—during this time of record unemployment. Drupal has demonstrated once again that the power of community and the open source model make projects like Drupal the best possible investment in uncertain times.
 
In addition to the #DrupalCares campaign, the majority of original DrupalCon 2020 sponsors allowed the Association to retain their sponsorship dollars as the event prepares to shift to its first-ever virtual DrupalCon Global 2020.  
  
“Like so many organizations, we had to pivot quickly on a major keystone event, but we also had to pivot quickly on a product launch, as we were planning to introduce Drupal 9, our first major software upgrade in almost five years, at DrupalCon,” says Rocker. “DrupalCon was originally scheduled to host approximately 3,000 attendees in May 2020 in Minneapolis, so we didn’t have time for a ‘wait and see’ approach. I’m grateful to a solid, creative Association staff and the extended leadership of our Drupal community who are willing to do whatever it takes to make this event a success.”
 
“Additionally, Drupal 9 is scheduled to launch on schedule in early June, which is a testament to how dedicated this community is to continuing to be trailblazers—even now, when a delay caused by these world events would have been no surprise,” said Rocker.
 
The #DrupalCares fundraising campaign remains active through May 31, 2020. To learn more about Drupal or make a donation, visit www.Drupal.org.
 
About Drupal and the Drupal Association
Drupal is the open source content management software behind millions of websites and applications, boasting a community of 46,000-plus developers and more than 1.3 million users on Drupal.org. The Drupal Association is the non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the Drupal software project, fostering the community, and supporting its growth.
 
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For more information contact Heather Rocker,  [email protected]

Sep 11 2019
Sep 11

Portland, OR - The Drupal Association, an international nonprofit organization, welcomes its newly appointed board members to help advance its mission to unite a global open source community to build, secure, and promote Drupal. The Association’s Board of Directors ratified the appointment of five new board members in September, including: Grace Francisco, Lo Li, Owen Lansbury, Ryan Szrama and Leslie Glynn, who was elected for the community-at-large seat.

“We are excited to have these amazing individuals join us in our efforts to broaden our reach into diverse communities and to grow Drupal adoption. They bring a wide range of experiences and expertise to the Association that will enhance our opportunities to reach new audiences, support the Drupal community and elevate the Drupal project around the world,” said Adam Goodman, Drupal Association Board Chair. “We welcome Grace’s significant work in developer relations, developer marketing and program management; Leslie’s experience as a developer and project manager long emphasized by her years of contributions as a Drupal community member; Owen’s creative problem-solving, local Drupal association and DrupalCamp experience and business leadership skills; Lo’s extensive work in content management, brand promotion and tech platforms alongside her advocacy for women in technology; and Ryan’s product and service development and business skills coupled with his strong relationships in the Drupal community. We look forward to working with all of our new board members to achieve the Association’s strategic goals.”

grace's headshot photoGrace Francisco joined MongoDB in July as Vice President, Worldwide Developer Relations. Prior to that, she served as Vice President of Developer Relations and Education at gaming platform Roblox where she doubled the size of active developers to 2+ million. A seasoned developer relations leader with over 20 years of experience in software, she has co-authored three patents and led worldwide developer initiatives at Microsoft, Intuit, Yodlee and Atlassian. Francisco graduated cum laude and holds a BBA in Business Management from Golden Gate University.

“I am super excited to join the Drupal Association board,” said Francisco. “I first encountered the Drupal project back in 2010 while I was at Microsoft doing outreach to open source projects - building bridges to open source communities. It’s wonderful now, almost a decade later, to help from the other side to build bridges from Drupal to other tech organizations to broaden Drupal’s adoption.”

leslieg's headshot photoLeslie Glynn has more than thirty years of experience in the tech field as a software developer and project manager. She has been a freelance Drupal Project Manager and Site Builder since 2012. Glynn is very active in the Drupal community as an event organizer (Design 4 Drupal, Boston and NEDCamp), sprint organizer, mentor, trainer and volunteer. She is the winner of the 2019 Aaron Winborn Award. This annual award recognizes an individual who demonstrates personal integrity, kindness, and above-and-beyond commitment to the Drupal community.

“Being a volunteer at numerous Drupal camps and DrupalCons has given me the opportunity to meet and learn from many diverse members of the Drupal community,” said Glynn. “I hope to bring that knowledge and experience to my work on Drupal Association initiatives. One of the things I would like to help with is growing Drupal adoption through new initiatives that reach out to underrepresented and diverse groups through an increased presence at secondary schools and universities and to groups, such as Girls Who Code, in the tech space.”

owen's headshot photoOwen Lansbury is co-founder of PreviousNext, an independent Australian digital design and development company that has been one of the world's most prolific code contributors to the Drupal project. With 25 years’ professional experience and a background in Fine Art, Digital Media and User Experience Design, Lansbury blends creative problem solving with the business skills required to sustain his own company and work successfully with complex customers. He is also an active leader within the Australian and New Zealand Drupal community, bringing DrupalCon to Sydney in 2013, acting as Track Chair at several regional events and chairing the DrupalSouth Steering Committee.

Lansbury said, “As a long-term Drupal community contributor in Australia and New Zealand, I'm excited about the opportunity to bring my grassroots experience to the Association board at a global level. I've always been a bit jealous of our developers contributing code to Drupal, so being able to contribute my own business and community leadership experience to the Association board is a great opportunity for me to give something back at a global level."

lo's headshot photoLo Li is the Senior Vice President, CIO of Global Consumer Solutions at Equifax. She has spent the past two decades leading global multi-billion dollar corporations for some of the world’s most renowned hospitality and retail brands in the world, working with hundreds of teams dispersed in the UK, China, Singapore and India. Some of her work includes the creation for dynamic pricing and predictive analytics engines for global hotels; and scaling big data and Agile to enable business transformation at large retailers including double digit growth plans for digital and international presence. She brings a deep understanding of how to translate corporate visions and strategies into simple, elegant solutions - using her international business acumen and technology background as both a business enabler and a competitive differentiator. Li, who is multilingual - fluent in Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish and English - is the recipient of several industry accolades and serves on the Board of Directors for several national nonprofit organizations. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Georgia.

Li said, “I am thrilled to join the Drupal Association board because of the incredible open source community that has been fostered. The nurturing and growth of communities, like the one we have at Drupal, are the very catalyst to help organizations leap forward and provide an incubator for new ideas and thought leadership amongst digital citizens. It's truly an honor to be able to help shape the future of such a great organization!”

ryan's headshot photoRyan Szrama co-founded Commerce Guys in 2009 to offer Drupal-based eCommerce consulting and development services. He was the project lead of Drupal’s most popular eCommerce framework, Drupal Commerce, from its creation to its eventual use on over 60,000 websites. In 2016, Ryan acquired control of Commerce Guys from his partners, leading the company to rebrand to Centarro and launch new product and support offerings that enable teams to build with confidence on Drupal Commerce.

"My personal goals align perfectly with the mission of the Drupal Association: uniting a global open source community to build Drupal,” said Szrama. “I've been privileged to build a career in this community as a long-time contributor turned business owner, and I'm continually inspired by the members of this board to think bigger and give back more. I hope to apply my knowledge and experience to board initiatives that empower more people to better themselves and their organizations by using and contributing to Drupal."

The newly-elected members will join the following Association board members, continuing their service in the upcoming term: 

  • Baddý Sonja Breidert, 1xINTERNET

  • Dries Buytaert, Acquia

  • Luma Dahlbacka, Charles Schwab & Co

  • Suzanne Dergacheva, Evolving Web

  • Adam Goodman, Northwestern University’s Center for Leadership

  • Mike Lamb, Pfizer

  • Audra Martin-Merrick, Red Backpack Limited

  • George Matthes, Johnson & Johnson

  • Vishal Mehrotra, Tata Consultancy Services

  • Ingo Rübet, BOTLabs GmbH

  • Michel van Velde, One Shoe

About Drupal

Drupal is one of the leading content management software platforms that has been used to create millions of websites around the world. There are 46,000 plus developers with 1.3 million users on Drupal.org, and Drupal has the largest open source community in the world. Drupal has great standard features, easy content authoring, reliable performance and excellent security. What sets it apart is its flexibility; modularity is one of its core principles. Its tools help you build the versatile, structured content that ambitious web experiences need.

About Drupal Association

The Drupal Association is an international non-profit organization that engages a broad audience about Drupal, the leading CMS open source project. The Association promotes  Drupal adoption through the work and initiatives of a worldwide community of dedicated contributors, and support from individual and organizational members. The Drupal Association helps the Drupal community with funding, infrastructure, education, promotion, distribution and online collaboration. For more information, visit Drupal.org.

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May 02 2019
May 02

Release offers all-new stable layout builder, meets web accessibility guidelines
 
Washington D.C., Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - The Drupal community announces an update to Drupal 8. This new version — Drupal 8.7.0 — is a leap forward in the Drupal content manager experience as a creative tool streamlining workflows and improving efficiency within teams. Drupal 8.7.0 also maintains the project's commitment to web content accessibility guidelines, enabling screen readers or keyboards to navigate options — meaning this version is accessible to all. 
 
Drupal's newly stable Layout Builder module enables a drag-and-drop editing experience, which means no custom code or theming is required in order to lay out pages. But Drupal goes far beyond similar offerings by competitors, empowering content editors with increased power and flexibility: enabling management of templated layouts, support for powerful overrides based on content-type, and support for one-off landing pages. 
 
“Not only can this version support basic use cases, it also supports advanced use cases,” said Drupal Founder Dries Buytaert. “These types of templated layouts and workflow updates are not available in competitors’ layout building tools.” 
 
Drupal 8.7.0 provides significant improvements over all past versions of Drupal, particularly by including JSON:API as a stable module in core. By enabling the JSON:API module, all Drupal entities such as blog posts, users, tags, comments and more become accessible via the JSON:API web service API. This is a powerful, standards-compliant, web service API to pull content into JavaScript applications, digital kiosks, chatbots, voice assistants and more. This propels Drupal further into the lead among headless content management systems, making it the clear choice for the backbone of digital experiences beyond the web.
 
Drupal 8.7.0 provides the JSON:API for reading and modifying resources, interacting with relationships between resources, and filtering, sorting, and pagination of resource collections. It also supports complex workflows, allowing for a staging or approval process. 
 
Tim Lehnen, Executive Director of the Drupal Association, said, “Drupal 8.7 is a milestone release for the Drupal project. It simultaneously extends Drupal's lead as a powerful, API-first content framework, and leapfrogs competitors' tools for content editors.” 

In addition to being incredibly powerful, JSON:API is easy to learn and put into practice, and uses all the existing tooling to test, debug, and scale Drupal sites. 

“This feels like the dawn of a new chapter for Drupal and its authoring experience and we’re certain we’ve only scratched the surface,” said Caroline Casals, a developer at Phase2 - a digital experience agency. 
 
Overall, this version streamlines the user experience for Drupal content creators and site builders, allowing front-end developers to work easily and efficiently. More than two years’ of commits from the open source community built this rigorous release. 
 
“On behalf of the Drupal Association and the Drupal community, I want to thank all of the contributors who made the Drupal 8.7.0 release possible,” Lehnen said. 
 
 
 
About Drupal
Drupal is content management software. It is used to make many of the websites and applications you use every day. Drupal has great standard features, easy content authoring, reliable performance, and excellent security. What sets it apart is its flexibility; modularity is one of its core principles. Its tools help you build the versatile, structured content that ambitious web experiences need.
 
About the Drupal Association
The Drupal Association is dedicated to fostering and supporting the Drupal project, the community and its growth. The Drupal Association helps the Drupal community with funding, infrastructure, education, promotion, distribution and online collaboration.
 

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May 01 2019
May 01

SEATTLE (PRWEB) APRIL 23, 2019

The Drupal community has just announced the winners of the inaugural Global Splash Awards. The Splash Awards were originally founded by Taco Potze, Bert Boerland, and Imre Gmelig Meijling. For this first international award show, Drupal development and design leaders from around the world gathered in Seattle for the awards ceremony in mid-April, where 14 winners across 13 categories were announced, with 1 tie. The awards were held in conjunction with DrupalCon Seattle 2019.

The Splash Awards recognize the best Drupal projects on the web. Each digital experience represents a step forward in digital innovation, and a new model for others to follow.

Michel van Velde, co-organizer of this year's awards, said, "It is wonderful to see the Splash Awards come both to North America and to a global audience for the first time." Co-organizer Baddy Breidert added, "With the wider reach of audience, we saw an outstanding level of projects nominated and showcased at this ceremony."

The Nominees

A total of 109 nominations were submitted, across 13 categories. In the tight field, there was a tie for project of the year: Lullabot for JSON:API and the City of Detroit, Michigan for their government municipal site detroitmi.gov. Other categories and winners include: 

  • E-Commerce: Rob Edwards Freelance, Apex Running 
  • Corporate: Elevated Third, Central Square 
  • Design/UX: Burst, Chupa Chups 
  • Non-Profit: Made It Digital, Memory of Nations 
  • Education: Connect-i, Opigno 
  • Government: City of Detroit, detroitmi.gov 
  • Publishing / Media: Lemberg Solutions, Monda Magazin 
  • Tools / Apps: Genuine Interactive, FotoOppTM 
  • Social / Community: Phase2, Pinterest 
  • Theme: Last Call Media, Mass.gov 
  • Care / Healthcare: Mediamonks, Montefiore - Orthopedics 
  • Best module: Lullabot, JSON: API

Edgar Montes from the City of Detroit, Michigan, and tied winner for Project of the Year, said, “We like to believe that our dedication to the people of Detroit has helped us deliver a website that can serve the needs of the city and its people; a majority of the web team lives within the city and we make a point of trying to understand the needs of every part of the site and how to best convey the information it contains. It's important to us to try to demonstrate that great things continue to come out of a city which has seen its fair share of struggles and triumphs.”

Both the Splash Awards and the DrupalCon conferences bring the world community together; big agencies and small independent developers, all using Drupal and harnessing the power of open source. The next European Splash Awards will be held in conjunction with DrupalCon Europe 2019, taking place in Amsterdam, Netherlands in October 2019.

About Drupal

Drupal is content management software. It is used to make many of the websites and applications you use every day. Drupal has great standard features, easy content authoring, reliable performance, and excellent security. What sets it apart is its flexibility; modularity is one of its core principles. Its tools help you build the versatile, structured content that ambitious web experiences need.

About the Drupal Association 

The Drupal Association is dedicated to fostering and supporting the Drupal project, the community and its growth. The Drupal Association helps the Drupal community with funding, infrastructure, education, promotion, distribution and online collaboration at Drupal.org.

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Apr 30 2019
Apr 30

Heather Rocker will lead the Association in supporting the global Drupal community.

Washington DC, April 30, 2019 - The Board of Directors of the Drupal Association has voted unanimously to appoint Heather Rocker as Executive Director to lead the Drupal Association.

Adam Goodman, chair of the Drupal Association Board, said, "Drupal is for ambitious digital experiences. Heather’s experience matches this ambition as we seek to increase adoption, diversify and invest in our community, and grow opportunities for builders, agencies, content creators and marketing decision makers. Heather brings seriousness of purpose, character consistent with our values and principles, and lively good humor — just what the Board and I were seeking out for our next leader."

The Drupal Association's mission is to unite a global community to build, promote, and secure the open source Drupal software. Since 2008, the organization has supported a global network of open source contributors; a robust business ecosystem; and has hosted events across 4 continents and more than 20 countries.

Heather Rocker said, "It’s an incredible honor to serve the Drupal Association in this capacity.  This opportunity is not only in alignment with my skills and experience but also with my core belief that outstanding things can be achieved through a dedicated and diverse community of volunteers and partners.  I look forward to building on the solid foundation and collaborative spirit that exists today. "

Heather will begin her work with the Association at the beginning of June.

Heather Rocker

About Heather

Heather Rocker joins the Drupal Association with a strong history of leadership in technology and the nonprofit world. She was the first executive director of the Women in Technology Foundation, as well as the CEO of Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta. Most recently she acted as the Managing Principal of Systems Evolution, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia. She also serves as Immediate Past-President of the Board of Directors of Georgia FIRST Robotics.

Dries Buytaert, founder of the Drupal project, said, "I’m confident that Heather will move the Drupal Association into its next chapter. Her skills and experience at building relationships in both the non-profit and technology spaces will be a tremendous asset.  I also believe she’ll be a great partner with me to move forward the Drupal project as a whole."

About Drupal

Drupal is content management software. It is used to make many of the websites and applications you use every day. Drupal has great standard features, easy content authoring, reliable performance, and excellent security. What sets it apart is its flexibility; modularity is one of its core principles. Its tools help you build the versatile, structured content that ambitious web experiences need.

About the Drupal Association

The Drupal Association is dedicated to fostering and supporting the Drupal project, the community and its growth. The Drupal Association helps the Drupal community with funding, infrastructure, education, promotion, distribution and online collaboration at Drupal.org.

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Aug 31 2018
Aug 31

A better experience for developers and content users

Washington D.C., September 5, 2018 - The Drupal community has just announced a major upgrade to Drupal 8. This upgrade delivers a better user experience, turning the customer into a hero at work. From easier installation and more stable upgrades for the technical teams, to improved user experience for the marketing and content editor teams—Drupal 8.6.0 provides significant improvements over all past versions of Drupal.

A new demo is provided to inspire site builders with the art of what’s possible. Plus, marketing teams can publish complex content with ease using new content editor features, including: improved video embed support, a new media library, a workspaces feature for enhanced workflow moderation, and significant layout improvements. As with any major feature update, users will also see quite a few overall fixes and testing improvements.

Megan Sanicki, Executive Director of the Drupal Association, said, “Drupal 8.6 is a significant upgrade because of its emphasis on ease of use. This version levels up the customer experience, making it easier and less expensive to migrate from older versions, easier to install, as well as easier for marketing teams to deliver impact, faster. With a highly engaged community focused on delivering features that make customers shine, I’m excited about this release and what is on the horizon for Drupal.”

So what's new in Drupal 8.6.0?

A great feature in Drupal 8.6.0 is that migration support is greatly improved and makes it easier to migrate from Drupal 6 and 7 to Drupal 8. This release sees both Migrate Drupal (migrations from previous major Drupal versions) as well as Migrate Drupal UI (upgrade user interface) modules provide a solution to update older sites. This means that if you have a monolingual Drupal 6 or 7 site, you can now use a supported and built-in user interface to migrate your site to Drupal 8. Multilingual migrations are still experimental and now wrapped in the Migrate Drupal Multilingual module.

Also new in this version is built-in stable support for embedding remote media, shipped preconfigured to support YouTube and Vimeo videos. Also, in a new experimental module, you can now browse existing media and add new media using an integrated widget. The media library can be customized depending on customer needs.

The layout capabilities in Drupal 8.6.0 are much improved. The experimental Layout Builder module is an exciting advancement for site builders as it supports per-display customizations (e.g. full mode vs. search result). Rather than being limited by fields stacked on top of each other, users can create layouts with dynamic sections—creating more opportunities for custom layouts. It is also possible now to add content unique to a specific layout. This is useful for things like a promotion that is only visible within a single landing page.

Drupal 8.6.0 also offers a new demo profile and theme within the installer. This is particularly interesting for CMS evaluators and development agencies as it provides an easier way to see what’s possible with Drupal 8. The cooking magazine demo, Umami, is a beautiful, modern demonstration of Drupal's capabilities using an imaginary food site to showcase Drupal's data modeling, listing, page composition and content moderation capabilities. Sample author and magazine editor users are created to experience different aspects of using Drupal's content management interface.

Digital agency Palantir.net's CEO Tiffany Farriss states, “Drupal has powerful capabilities. For too long these have been hidden behind the scenes where only existing or technical users could experience them. We are thrilled to now have Umami, to show the strength and capabilities of Drupal to both technical and marketing users, right out of the box.”

Drupal 8.6.0 is also offering a new experimental workspaces module that is crucial when reviewing large amounts of content. The existing content moderation functionality is great when you need to move individual pieces of content through an editing and approval workflow. The new experimental Workspaces module will allow packages of content to be reviewed all at once, with the ability to define multiple workspaces, make changes and deploy between them with an intuitive user interface.

The Drupal community has worked hard to make it significantly easier to start a quick evaluator or development environment; the numerous technical improvements allow quick setup that opens a browser ready to use. The installer now also recognizes existing configuration and provides an option to easily rebuild a site from that existing configuration—pulling content from the cloud rather than requiring the content to be stored locally.

“This update is full of new and exciting features which show that Drupal is the go-to platform for ambitious digital experiences. On behalf of the Drupal Association and the Drupal community, I want to thank everyone who contributed to Drupal 8.6.0,” said Sanicki.

About Drupal

Drupal is content management software. It is used to make many of the websites and applications you use every day. Drupal has great standard features, easy content authoring, reliable performance, and excellent security. What sets it apart is its flexibility; modularity is one of its core principles. Its tools help you build the versatile, structured content that ambitious web experiences need.

About the Drupal Association

The Drupal Association is dedicated to fostering and supporting the Drupal project, the community and its growth. The Drupal Association helps the Drupal community with funding, infrastructure, education, promotion, distribution and online collaboration at Drupal.org.

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More information about Drupal 8.6.0

Tim Lehnen, Director of Engineering, Drupal Association: [email protected]

About Drupal Sun

Drupal Sun is an Evolving Web project. It allows you to:

  • Do full-text search on all the articles in Drupal Planet (thanks to Apache Solr)
  • Facet based on tags, author, or feed
  • Flip through articles quickly (with j/k or arrow keys) to find what you're interested in
  • View the entire article text inline, or in the context of the site where it was created

See the blog post at Evolving Web

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