Drupal Changed Our Lives

It is very rare that something so powerful can change a company overnight. Our long history as a web development company can be defined in single word: "Custom". Custom web designs, custom web programming, and custom web applications. These skills are things that we are most proud to promote. However, a "custom" Website doesn’t have to mean starting from scratch. Today, with the power of the entire contributed Drupal community, things are different. There have been so many advances in Drupal’s open source solutions that it is impossible for any web development company to ignore. The Drupal framework only enhanced our ability to develop custom Websites for our clients. Drupal changed our lives — It opened up new doors for all of us at Nu-Designs and our clients.

What is Drupal?

Drupal is an open source platform for creating a Website. Thousands of web developers world wide use the Drupal platform. Many of these developers have contributed additional functions to the platform. These new functions are contributed to the Drupal community in the form of a Module. A Drupal module is a widget of code that works with the Drupal framework. The module basically plugs into the Website, adds new functionality and can be configured in a variety of ways. Today there is a library of over 8,000 Drupal modules available for any project. As a Drupal developer, Nu-Designs can leverage this module library for the benefit of our customers. We can utilize existing modules or we can make "custom" modules to meet our clients needs. The point is: why do something from scratch when it has already been done before? To find out more information about the Drupal framework, visit the Drupal.org Website.

If you are a Drupal developer be sure to check out our Drupal community site Made With Drupal.

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News and Updates from Drupal.org

September 15, 2014

Drupal.org will be affected by maintenance Tuesday, September 16th 16:00 PDT, 23:00 UTC.

A regular module update will alter some larger tables, which will block other queries. We plan on up to 30 minutes of downtime while these updates run.

Please follow the @drupal_infra Twitter account for any issues encountered during the maintenance window.

Thanks for your patience!

Front page news: Drupal News

August 27, 2014

This week, we added a feature to projects on Drupal.org to help highlight the contributions made by supporting organizations. Maintainers of distributions, modules, and themes can give credit to organizations that have materially contributed to projects on Drupal.org using the new “Supporting Organizations” field.

How do you use this field? When an organization funds the development of a project or when a company takes on maintainership of a key module in the community, the maintainers of that project can add a reference to one or more of them on the project node. Maintainers may chose to give this credit to any organization that contributes significant code or support to a project.

We noticed that many projects would manually follow this pattern in the project description, but wanted to take it a step further. Not only will this provide a link to the organization, it will also show up on the organization’s marketplace page.

This is just the first step, we are also looking for community feedback and help in providing credit to companies, organizations and customers that contribute to the development of Drupal. Implementing this step will be a key way to show how organizations are giving code and support to Drupal Core. Look for it in the coming months.

Dries has written an excellent post on how we might give credit to organizations and another on the value of hiring a core contributor to help push Drupal forward that were a basis for much of this work.

If you are a project maintainer, take a moment to give some credit to the organizations that have helped build the Drupal ecosystem.

Front page news: Drupal News

August 8, 2014

Almost half a year ago, with the help of the Drupal.org Content Working Group and lawyers, the Drupal Association started working on a Drupal.org Terms of Service (ToS) and Privacy Policy. After a number of drafts and rewrites, we are now ready to introduce both documents to Drupal.org users.

Why do we need a ToS?

Drupal.org has grown organically for many years. Currently the site has thousands of active users that generate lots of content every day. Our current Terms of Service are limited to a short line on the account creation form:

“Please note: All user accounts are for individuals. Accounts created for more than one user or those using anonymous mail services will be blocked when discovered.”

This line is an insufficient ToS for a website of our size. In fact, Drupal.org is probably the only website of this size which operates without a published Terms of Service. This situation is uncomfortable, and even dangerous, for both Drupal community and the Drupal Association, which is legally responsible for Drupal.org and its contents.

In the absence of a ToS, a lot of rules—“do’s and don’ts”—regarding the website are just “common knowledge” of users who have a long memory and accounts created in the early days of Drupal.org. This might result in new users making mistakes and misbehaving only because they do not know what the unwritten rules are. Website moderators often lack guidance on how to react in specific situations, because those policies are not written anywhere. Some policies, such as organization accounts policy or account deletion policy still need to be defined. Lastly, absence of clearly defined Terms of Service and Privacy Policy could lead to legal disputes regarding the site.

What’s next?

The new Drupal.org Terms of Service and Privacy Policy are published now for the community review. We'll continue refining them based on community feedback and announce the 'official' implementation day additionally. On that day all existing users will have to accept these ToS and Privacy Policy to continue using the website. All new users starting on that day will have to accept the ToS and Privacy Policy upon account creation.

Click to review Drupal.org Terms of Service

Click to review Drupal.org Privacy Policy

In the future, we will make sure to keep ToS and Privacy Policy up-to-date and update them every time policies or functionality of the website changes. We will proactively notify users of all modifications to both documents.

Thanks

We’d like to say thanks to the Drupal.org Content Working Group members and community members who already reviewed proposed documents and provided us with their valuable feedback.

UPDATE: Edits to the original drafts were made on 21st of August, 2014, based on feedback in comments to this post.

UPDATE #2 (03.09.2014): We are postponing ToS/PP official launch and will come back with an updated draft shortly.