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

US Digital Services Playbook

The U.S. DIgital Service [USDS] was launched inside Office of Management and Budget (OMB). They released their Digital Services Playbook on August 11, 2014. FInd the Playbook here.

Windows XP on The Roundtable, January 21, 2014 11:35 AM

Joe and Jesse will be discussing the lingering of Windows XP. Originally released in 2001, Windows XP has reached the end of its useful life. Microsoft announced that support (including security updates) will cease on April 8, 2014. Then, last week, with a minimum of fanfare, Microsoft sort of took it back.

Ebooks Today: Roundtable on WAMC -- Wednesday 12/18/2013, 11:30 AM

Jesse and Joe Donahue will talk about the state of the ebook market as it continues to take shape. What genres do well as ebooks? What don't? And what do we know about the people who read both ebooks and print books? We'll review some of the stats and trends from the last six months at 11:30 on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 on WAMC's Roundtable.

Here are a few of the articles we may discuss (you never can tell -- it's live radio):

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