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

Home Automation: Energy Savings and Smart Control on The Roundtable December 15, 2015 11:30 AM

Join Jesse and Joe as they talk about what's new in home automation for smart control and energy savings (there's a lot!). After several years of almost-readyness, it looks as if we're starting to see results. They range from the evolution of smart bulbs and lighting controls in the home, to integration and smart hubs along with more offerings in the energy saving and monitoring department. There are lots of controllers in the $100 vicinity (just under to just over and into the 200s). Devices are more available than ever and there are more of them.

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