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.


Short Format Novels

BuzzFeed has a list of 46 novels you can read in a day (mostly under 200 pages). It's an interesting collection of this increasingly popular format.

Trails, Transportation, and Apps on The Roundtable July 28, 2015

Join Jesse and Joe Donahue to talk about what's new in trails (and specifically what's new with bike sharing in NYC, plans in Saratoga, and the expanded Saranac River Trail Greenway in Clinton County). Jeff Olson, Principal in Alta Planning + Design will join Jesse and Joe at 11 AM.