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

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


President Obama's Speech at Stanford on February 13, 2015

Read the speech here. One of the key points:

So our connectivity brings extraordinary benefits to our daily lives, but it also brings risks.  And when companies get hacked, Americans’ personal information, including their financial information, gets stolen.  Identity theft can ruin your credit rating and turn your life upside down.  In recent breaches, more than 100 million Americans had their personal data compromised, including, in some cases, credit card information.  We want our children to go online and explore the world, but we also want them to be safe and not have their privacy violated.  So this is a direct threat to the economic security of American families, not just the economy overall, and to the wellbeing of our children, which means we’ve got to put in place mechanisms to protect them.

10 Ways to Avoid Getting Hacked (maybe)

Jesse joins Joe Donahue at The Roundtable on Tuesday, January 20, 2012 at 11:30 am on WAMC  to discuss ways to maybe (maybe not) avoid being hacked. Here's the list of items we'll talk about. Are these best practices? False hopes? Better? Worse? Find out Tuesday at 11:30 AM.

Martha Stewart Is Here -- A Major Milestone for 3D Printing

You can order Martha Stewart's new MakerBot PLA Filament colors here.

Doesn't Martha Stewart's arrival in the world of makers and 3D printing/replicating mean something? (Not quite certain what, but I'm pretty certain it means something.)