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

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

Cybersecurity on The Roundtable on WAMC Tuesday Feb. 17, 2015

Join Jesse and Joe as they talk about what's new in Cybersecurity on The Roundtable, Tuesday February 17, 2015 at 11:10 AM. It's time to update our previous chats as more and more people are weighing in on the problems and opportunities of our new digital world (people like President Obama and Tim Cook, CEO of Apple as well as a number of other people and organizations -- see the links later in this blog).

Data Breach Response Guide from Experian

Prevention is best, but even after a hack, there are concrete steps to take. Here's guidance from Experian.

President Obama at the FTC January 12, 2015

Perhaps the most important quote:

If we're going to be connected, then we need to be protected.

Four major action points:

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