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November 23, 2021

What do the usage data on Drupal.org actually mean?

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Many Drupal insiders recognize that data on Drupal usage that's collected and displayed on Drupal.org have their limitations. Since 2018 there's been a proposed Drupal core telemetry initiative to expand and improve the data collected. Meantime, though, the usage stats are widely referred to and cited. So it's worth spending a bit of time with them. What do they actually capture?

November 16, 2021

Drupal 8: Towards a postmortem

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As Drupal 8 entered its last months of life, I found myself reflecting. What did version 8 mean for the project? What was lost? What was gained? What were the roads not taken? To try to puzzle out at least some preliminary answers, I read up on what others had shared and spent some time with various sources--Drupal core and contrib code bases, usage statistics, old conference presentations, release announcements and more. I started the exercise motivated by personal interest but now that I've wrapped it up I figure I may as well share my observations in case they're of interest to others.

June 11, 2010

Implementing a new website system in your organization

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Change can often be a hard thing for groups—even progressive groups.  Getting a staff team to willingly adopt new software or a new website can be challenging.  Especially for staff who always feel a shortage of time in getting the important work done.

June 11, 2010

Upgrading to a new version of Drupal: Questions to ask before you begin

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Any way you do it, upgrading an organizational website to a new major version of Drupal - for example, from Drupal 5 or 6 to Drupal 7 - is a significant task.

June 10, 2010

Our approach to site development

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Get as much as you can out of existing solutions. Often, this means adjusting expectations or adopting different solutions for the same problems.

January 23, 2015

Drupal 8 configuration management: what about small sites and distributions?

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In a recent blog post, Drupal 8 co-maintainer Alex Pott highlighted a seismic shift in Drupal that's mostly slipped under the radar. In Drupal 8, he wrote, "sites own their configuration, not modules".

January 26, 2015

Drupal 8 and distributions part 2: problems and prospects

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This is part two of a series on configuration management challenges in Durpal 8. Part 1 looked at challenges for small sites and distriubtions.

February 5, 2015

Customizing the Open Outreach distribution: A case study

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As part of a long-term collaborative partnership with the University of Victoria's Geography Department, Chocolate Lily has been working on producing a customized version of Open Outreach suitable for community mapping.