Community & Nonprofits

Building a Community or Nonprofit Website in Drupal

One of the earliest and still most common uses of Drupal is to build websites for community organizations and nonprofits. The reasons are obvious: as open source software, there's no up-front or continuing cost, and the Drupal modules provide enormous functionality right out of the box (or out of the download to be more specific).

In addition, the wide array of social media/social web modules means that you can have a modern website up and running quickly. My rule of thumb is that it typically takes half a day to a day to put up a site like this. That means a site that has appropriate security settings so that a variety of people can update and maintain it and so that its long-term prospects for survival are good. One of the problems with webmaster-based websites is that when the webmaster moves on to another project, the website languishes.

This series is based on experiences, comments, and questions many of which have come from others for which many thanks.

I'm trying to keep the technology in the background. It's based on my book, Sams Teach Yourself Drupal in 24 Hours which covers just about all of the technology here. In addition, there are updates about the modules mentioned on northcountryconsulting.com.

This is a work in progress, so comments and requests for other topics are welcome.

Roundtable

Agile Software Development on The Roundtable Tuesday March 24, 2015 11:30 AM

Join Jesse and Joe Donahue on The Roundtable to find out more about Agile software development. Is it...

  • The next big thing?
  • A buzzword you should know to drop?
  • A buzzword you should know the meaning of before you drop it?
  • Hype?
  • Important to developers?
  • Important to real people?
  • Something that will change my life?
  • A guarantee that the winter of 2015 will end soon?

Agile Software Development (from Wikipedia)

Agile software development is a group of software development methods in which requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing, cross-functional teams. It promotes adaptive planning, evolutionary development, early delivery, continuous improvement, and encourages rapid and flexible response to change.

The Manifesto for Agile Software Development,[1] also known as the Agile Manifesto, which first laid out the underlying concepts of agile development, introduced the term in 2001.

Microsoft Adopts First International Cloud Privacy Standard

Brad Smith, Microsoft's General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs blogs about adoption of  the ISO/IEC 27018 standard about personally identifiable information (PII).

Read the blog posting here. More on the standard here

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