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TEN7 Blog's Drupal Posts: Episode 060: A Recap of Drupaldelphia 2019
In this week’s podcast TEN7’s DevOps Tess Flynn aka @socketwench is our guest, giving us her observations of the Drupaldelphia 2019 conference she recently attended, as well as a summary of her helpful session, “Return of the Clustering: Kubernetes for Drupal.” Host: Ivan Stegic
Guest: Tess Flynn, TEN7 DevOps In this podcast we'll discuss: 
InternetDevels: Drupal multisite: how it works and when it is the best choice
Drupal allows to find the most effective solution for every business case. Large organizations often need more than one website but a collection of related sites, which would be easy to manage. To meet this need, there is the Drupal multisite feature that has become popular among education websites, government websites, corporate websites, and so on. Let’s explore what Drupal multisite is, how it works, and when it is the best choice. Read more
Lullabot: A Patch-less Composer Workflow for Drupal Using Forks
One of the significant advantages of using free and open-source software is the ability to fix bugs without being dependent on external teams or organizations. As PHP and JavaScript developers, our team deals with in-development bugs and new features daily. So how do we get these changes onto sites before they’re released upstream?
OpenSense Labs: The Alternatives in Decoupled Drupal Ecosystem
The Alternatives in Decoupled Drupal Ecosystem Shankar Wed, 05/22/2019 - 22:48 More and more users want the content to be available via a host of different devices. Various new interfaces and devices are thronging the technology landscape and are touted to bring about sweeping changes. There are even talks of website-less future. Smart wearables, Internet of Things, conversational user interface etc. have been gaining traction and are changing the way we experience the internet. New web-enabled devices need the content that the websites do but in a different format which creates complications in the way we develop. Disseminating content can have different needs from one setup to another.
The content management system (CMS) is rife with labels such as ‘decoupled’ and ‘hybrid’ which requires to be dissected for a better understanding of their benefits. Decoupling the backend of a content management system (CMS) from the frontend can be a remarkable solution for a lot of issues that are caused when you move away from standard website-only deliveries. Decoupling the CMS streamlines the process of republishing the content across numerous channels ranging from websites to applications. Decoupled CMS is not new, but as the digital arena observes changes, it gets more and more important. The Drupal Connect Source: Dries Buytaert’s blogAs one of the leaders in...
Srijan Technologies: Layout Builder: A DIY Tool to Design a Website with Drupal 8
There's this millennial phrase "You snooze, you lose" and nowhere is it more applicable than for enterprises today. Opportunities to engage with your audience pop up fast and disappear faster, and you have to act quickly if you wish to leverage any of it. 
Wim Leers: API-First Drupal: what's new in 8.7?
Drupal 8.7 was released with huge API-First improvements! The REST API only got fairly small improvements in the 7th minor release of Drupal 8, because it reached a good level of maturity in 8.6 (where we added file uploads, exposed more of Drupal’s data model and improved DX.), and because we of course were busy with JSON:API :) Thanks to everyone who contributed! JSON:API #2843147 Need I say more? :) After keeping you informed about progress in October, November, December and January, followed by one of the most frantic Drupal core contribution periods I’ve ever experienced, the JSON:API module was committed to Drupal 8.7 on March 21, 2019. Surely you’re know thinking But when should I use Drupal’s JSON:API module instead of the REST module? Well, choose REST if you have non-entity data you want to expose. In all other cases, choose JSON:API. In short, after having seen people use the REST module for years, we believe JSON:API makes solving the most common needs an order of magnitude simpler — sometimes two. Many things that require a lot of client-side code, a lot of requests or even server-side code you get for free when using JSON:API. That’s why we added it, of course :) See Dries’ overview if you haven’t already. It includes a great video that Gabe recorded that shows how it simplifies common needs. And...
Duo Consulting: Drupal vs WordPress: Which is Right for You?
For website builders, the perennial debate between WordPress and Drupal rages on. As a Drupal-focused agency, it would be easy for us to promote Drupal’s benefits while badmouthing WordPress. Ultimately, though, that kind of thinking distracts form a more nuanced take on the debate: which CMS is best for you? While we’ve covered the comparisons between the two platforms before, it’s always worth revisiting the similarities and differences between them. Part of the reason why the “WordPress vs Drupal” narrative persists is because there is no definitive “winner.” Drupal and WordPress are both great tools that we’d have no problem recommending. In fact, the two platforms have more in common than you might realize. Both WordPress and Drupal are free, open source content management systems with vast ecosystems of contributed plugins and modules. Both are also sustained by communities of users and developers who continue to make each platform successful. Ultimately, the choice between WordPress and Drupal comes down to you and your site’s requirements. Both platforms come with advantages and disadvantages depending on the task at hand, so it really is a case-by-case basis. Instead of boiling the matter down to “Drupal vs. WordPress,” consider the following comparisons against your needs to determine which platform is the best fit for your project. Ease vs Order Imagine that...
Acro Media: Drupal for Open Source Experience-Led Ecommerce
This is the first of a two part series discussing a couple of different platforms that we at Acro Media endorse for our clients. First up, I’ll talk about Drupal, a popular open-source content management system, and how it’s excellent content capabilities can be extended using an ecommerce component of your choice. For companies that require experience-led commerce architecture solutions, Drupal as an integration friendly content engine is an ideal open source choice. A quick introduction People who follow our blog will already know about open source technology and Drupal because we talked about them a lot. For those of you who don’t know, here’s a quick introduction. Open Source Wikipedia sums up open source software well. Open-source software is a type of computer software in which source code is released under a license in which the copyright holder grants users the rights to study, change, and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose. Open-source software may be developed in a collaborative public manner. Open-source software is a prominent example of open collaboration. Open-source software development can bring in diverse perspectives beyond those of a single company. A 2008 report by the Standish Group stated that adoption of open-source software models have resulted in savings of about $60 billion (£48 billion) per year for consumers. While...
myDropWizard.com: Drupal 6 supports MySQL 8 (starting in Drupal 6.51)
As you probably know, Drupal 6 reached its End-of-Life (EOL) on February 24th, 2016. However, the mantle of supporting Drupal 6 was taken up by the Drupal 6 Long-Term Support vendors - including the team here at myDropWizard!Long-Term Support isn't glamorous or exciting.It's making security releases. It's minor bug fixes. Sometimes it's updating a contrib module that hasn't had an official release since 2009 to work with PHP 7. :-)In fact, a big part of Drupal 6 Long-Term Support (D6LTS) is updating Drupal 6 core and contrib to work with new technologies, especially as the older versions that it was originally designed to work with become deprecated or reach their own EOL, like when PHP 5 reached its EOL at the end of last year. (Did you know that Drupal 6 now works with PHP 7?)Today, I'd like to announce that Drupal 6 supports MySQL 8, starting with Drupal 6.51!This was implemented in collaboration with the community, largely the contributions of f1mishutka, but also a number of others who contributed testing and bug reports.I know there's a lot of anxiety over how Drupal 7 Extended Support (D7ES) is going to work, however, I think that this is more evidence that the vendor-supported model used by D6LTS (and soon, D7ES) is working.You can download the latest Drupal 6 LTS core release from GitHub.
ComputerMinds.co.uk: Upgrading your site to Drupal 8 or 9
Your current website/platform is built on Drupal 7 and news has hit your ears about 7’s end of life (EOL). Maybe your site is a Drupal 8 site and you want to know what the future has in store for you. Good news is, you don’t have to do anything immediately, but it is definitely a question that you want to start thinking about very soon. This article is mainly aimed at Drupal 7 builds looking to upgrade to 8 or 9, and we will explore the pros and cons of each. However, if your current platform is based on Drupal 8 and you want to know what your options are with regards to Drupal 9, you can skip to here. Or, if like my fence (yes, that really is my fence and it is in desperate need of an upgrade), you require an upgrade, skip down to see what we can do for you. Drupal 7’s EOL is November 2021, which is a little way off yet, but it’ll soon creep up on you (very much like my fast approaching wedding day… eek!)! So what does EOL mean? After End of Life in November 2021, Drupal 7 will stop receiving official support: this means no more security fixes and no more new features. Any new ‘Drupalgeddon’ security issues will be ignored, leaving Drupal 7 sites open to attack; we saw a minority of sites being used as bitcoin miners last year as a result of sites not being patched… this is just an example of what could/can happen! There appear to be talks in the...
qed42.com: Pune Drupal Group Meetup - May 2019
Pune Drupal Group Meetup - May 2019 Body QED42 has always been an ardent participant in the Drupal community. We pride ourselves for contributing to the Drupal community via modules, code patches, Drupal initiatives, DrupalCons, DrupalCamps or hosting Meetups! Drupal Meetups play an integral role in fostering community. Dries Buytaert was quoted on Drupal.org’s getting involved page: It’s really the Drupal community and not so much the software that makes the Drupal project what it is. So fostering the Drupal community is actually more important than just managing the code base. We hosted the Pune Drupal Group monthly meetup on 18th May 2019 at our office. The healthy turnout to the local meetup was a reflection of how connected the Pune Drupal Community was. Packed with people, plenty of snacks, and laptops our Meetup commenced. After a brief introduction from all the attendees, the lights dimmed and Meena Bisht from QED42 started her session ‘ Be Ready for Drupal 9!’               It was a highly interactive session that pivoted around Drupal’s ever-evolving nature. She spoke about how long Drupal 7 will be supported, Drupal 8 end of life, and how it would impact businesses. Drupal 8.7 features - Layout Builder and Media Library and challenges faced while moving from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8.               We welcomed the newest...
Jacob Rockowitz: Sponsor a Feature
Three years ago, I started to talk about "coming to an agreement within the Drupal community and sponsoring a Webform feature." In that blog post, I discussed creating a reusable and free-to-use agreement template with a defined process which could make it easier for organizations to sponsor feature requests. Now I want to share my current process for handling sponsored feature requests to the Webform module for Drupal 8.For the past three years, organizations have reached out to me for paid support and feature requests. Adding the ability to import submissions was a feature request paid for by Kennesaw State University. Only two parts of my transaction with Kennesaw State University were publicly visible, the issue on Drupal.org (#2902977) and a blog post.Sharing my process for handling paid feature requests will hopefully clarify how organizations can sponsor a feature for the Webform module and other Drupal and Open Source projects.Steps for sponsoring a featureSponsoring a feature can be broken down into four key steps:CommunicationDocumentationAgreementPaymentCommunicationGood communication is one of the keys to the success of any Open Source project. Currently, there are several approaches to initiating the communication process for a sponsored feature.The easiest and most immediate way to start a sponsored feature request is to create a user...Read More
Srijan Technologies: The Modern Guide to Building the Right Content Strategy with Drupal
To keep up with consumer demand, businesses need to tactically rethink and reform the way they produce and manage content.  What you need is a way to stand out in the consistent content chaos. To make that happen, you need a strategy that can help: push out content intuitively transform disorganized assets into a comprehensive manner manage real-time collaboration effectively And that’s where the role of a CMS is important.

Here’s a comprehensive guide to building the right content strategy with Drupal, focusing primarily on the technological aspect, which will help you build and establish the right notes with your audience.
Agiledrop.com Blog: Optimizing Images with Drupal 8 Core Features
In this post, we’ll take a look at what you need to consider when preparing images for the web and how Drupal 8 can help you make this process automatic. READ MORE
Drupal Association blog: Announcing the Drupal Community Working Group Review Panel
The Drupal Community Working Group (CWG) consists of volunteers who help promote the health of the Drupal community; maintain and uphold the Drupal Code of Conduct; and act as an escalation point to help mediate conflict between community members. In December of 2018, following extensive input and feedback from the community, the CWG proposed a new charter to Dries and the board of the Drupal Association. This new charter changed the oversight of the group from the project lead (Dries) to a three-person Review Panel consisting of the two community-elected members of the Drupal Association Board along with an independent representative from a different open source project who is appointed by the full Association Board. The new charter also included an expanded mandate to focus on proactive measures for community health. Dries supported these changes as did the Association Board. An important next step following these changes was to fully appoint the CWG Review Committee. The Drupal Association worked in the first part of 2019 to identify candidates for the third party seat of this panel. At DrupalCon Seattle we were pleased to announce that the Review Panel is fully staffed. The current members are now: Suzanne Dergacheva Member of the Drupal Association Board. Elected by the community to a two-year term in 2018, Suzanne is a community leader and co-founder of Evolving Web....
Lullabot: Behind the Screens: Behind the Screens with Adam Bergstein
For years, SimplyTest.me has provided a once-and-done tool for testing Drupal, and Adam Bergstein has recently taken over maintainership. In this episode we find out why, how you can help, and coffee!

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