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hussainweb.me: Speed up Drupal websites by using PHP’s preloader

1 week ago
PHP 7.4 introduced the concept of preloading classes (files) on server start-up into the PHP opcache. This gives us performance benefits for sites that tend to load a lot of files with every request; something that Drupal is known to do. A properly configured web server would have opcache (opcode cache) enabled anyway, but preloading brings in a modest performance boost on top of that.

hussainweb.me: Quick setup of a Drupal site

1 week 1 day ago
This post will cover quickly setting up a Drupal website for testing, experimentation, or evaluating features on your local system. While I cover a different set of options briefly, I will mainly talk about a tool we have built to let us quickly scaffold Drupal sites with best practices built in. This post is a part of the DrupalFest series which celebrates 20 years of Drupal. Let's get started.

Drupal Association blog: DrupalCon North America 2021: Keynote speakers making a positive impact in open source and beyond

1 week 2 days ago

This year’s DrupalCon North America 2021 keynotes highlight the power of the global Drupal community to make a difference in some of the most crucial issues of our time and the future of digital experiences. Register today.

The Drupal Association is planning a blockbuster event for DrupalCon North America, the most widely attended Drupal event, 12-16 April from 11:00 - 15:00 EDT daily. This year’s all-virtual event brings together Drupal experts, enthusiasts, end users, and the broader open source software community to connect, collaborate, and contribute to advancing Drupal - the world’s leading open source digital experience platform (DXP).

Heather Rocker, executive director of the Drupal Association states, “Our global community of developers, marketers, and business leaders come to DrupalCon to connect, learn about the experiences of their peers, and share their own expertise. DrupalCon participants also benefit from the opportunity to learn from our keynote and featured speakers. This year, those topics include the role of open source in schools to close the digital divide, the importance of allyship in developing diversity and inclusion, building successful mentorship for people of color in tech, and understanding digital rights as human rights.”

Featured keynotes will highlight inclusion, closing the digital divide, and the Drupal platform’s future.

Sheree Atcheson, Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leader
Allyship—the key to unlocking the power of diversity
Monday, 12 April 12:10-12:40 EDT

Atcheson, an industry-leading voice on diversity and inclusion in tech, will talk about the importance of intersectional allyship in creating inclusive environments and technology. She’ll offer tips on how everyone in any role can actively consider, champion, and advocate for others in their work and be more inclusive in their day-to-day lives.

Atcheson has been named one of the UK’s Most Influential Women in Tech and has received multiple international awards for her work to advance diversity and inclusion in the tech industry.

Dries Buytaert, Founder, Drupal
Driesnote
Wednesday, 14 April 12:30-13:50 EDT

A much-anticipated highlight of DrupalCon, Buytaert, Drupal’s founder, will deliver his annual talk celebrating Drupal successes over the past year, outlining the state of the Drupal project now, and offering his thoughts on what’s next.

Buytaert is the original creator and project lead for Drupal, an open source platform used around the world to build websites and digital experiences, as well as co-founder and chief technology officer of Acquia, a venture-backed technology company.

Stuart Keroff, Social Studies and Technology Teacher, Aspen Academy
School needs open source, now more than ever
Friday, 16 April 14:20-14:50 EDT

Technology educator Stuart Keroff, founder of the first two middle school Linux clubs in Minnesota, has spent the last 10 years guiding middle school students to use open source as a tool to close the digital divide in education. He and his students will share how they used open source software to recycle computers for their fellow students during COVID-19 school closures.

To date, he and his students have provided over 600 Linux computers, helping students learn while also saving money for their schools.

New this year - participants can attend keynote sessions dedicated to strategic Drupal Initiatives:

Decoupled Menus
Tuesday, 13 April

This initiative is focused on developing an easy-to-integrate solution for JavaScript front ends to consume configurable menus managed in Drupal—a key enhancement for developers. This is the first step in standardizing best practices for Decoupled Drupal.

Easy Out of the Box
Wednesday, 14 April

This initiative is designed to refine improvements introduced in the Drupal 9 release and enable new features that can make Drupal even easier to use.

Automated Updates
Thursday 15 April

This initiative is all about implementing a secure system for automatically deploying safe, secure updates for Drupal sites—a crucial enhancement for Drupal service providers and end users.

Drupal 10 Readiness
Friday, 16 April

This initiative is our effort to update and enhance the platform to enable a smooth, secure transition to Drupal 10, which launches in 2022.

Invest in your career, register today
The global pandemic has increased pressures around work-life integration, so DrupalCon 2021 is built with flexibility in mind. Each day is streamlined with 4 hours of live content, and the virtual setting allows easy participation in the featured keynotes, small group discussions, and interactive skill-building sessions most relevant to you.

Tickets are $245 per attendee and include access to all DrupalCon events, premiere access to the session recordings, as well as admission into the industry summits of your choice (higher education, healthcare, nonprofit, and government) held throughout April. Registration details, as well as additional speaker and session information, are available at https://events.drupal.org/northamerica2021

DrupalCon is brought to you by the Drupal Association in collaboration with a team of dedicated contributors and sponsors, including Diamond Sponsors Acquia, Pantheon, and Platform.sh.

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Community posts: Drupal Initiative Update - April 2021

1 week 2 days ago

Our first Drupal Initiative update was posted in December 2020 showcasing the contributions that drive our community of innovation and highlighting how you can get involved.

Rather than sharing a lengthy report every quarter, we will feature a select number of initiatives monthly to allow for the content to be more easily consumable. Initiatives will rotate so each is featured once per quarter. If you would like to add your group/initiative to these updates, please contact Rachel Lawson.

This month, we reached out to Drupal Diversity & Inclusion, DrupalLadder, Promote Drupal, Event Organizers Working Group, New Front-End Theme, and Drupal Community Working Group, and here is what they tell us about their activities over the last three months.

Join the Drupal Community Summit, Tuesday, 6 April, from 11:00 EDT - 15:00 EDT and hear from Drupal Diversity & Inclusion, Promote Drupal, Event Organizers Working Group, and the Drupal Community Working Group.  We heard from Tara King about Drupal Diversity & Inclusion: About this initiative 

The Drupal Diversity & Inclusion group seeks to continue the conversation about diversity and inclusion within Drupal. The group organizes regular meetings and curates a resource library.

What have been your priorities in the last three months?

Over the last three months, we've been focused on the early stages of planning for Drupal Diversity & Inclusion Camp, a virtual event focused on centering and lifting up the voices of marginalized folks in the Drupal community. 

What has been your greatest challenge in the last three months?

We would love assistance in planning DDI Camp. We have a proposed budget, and now we need help with selecting and scheduling speakers, choosing a virtual tool to host the event, contacting possible sponsors, planning swag and social events, and much much more.  

And what has been your greatest success in the last three months?

We've been excited about bringing our new leads on board, and the planning for the camp is going well. 

How can people contribute or support the initiative over the next few months?

Please join us for a few upcoming events:

We heard from Kay VanValkenburgh about DrupalLadder: About this initiative 

DrupalLadder is a community initiative to create an onramp for new Drupal users as well as new contributors to the Drupal project, or for those looking to level up their skills.

What have been your priorities in the last three months?
  1. user experience when getting started (create an account, understand next steps); 
  2. adopt an up-to-date theme
What has been your greatest challenge in the last three months?

Demands on contributors' time, and keeping ourselves organized

And what has been your greatest success in the last three months?

Some very skilled contributors have done some very nice work - we're looking forward to launching it!

How can people contribute or support the initiative over the next few months?
  1. Project management
  2. Authoring content - currently requires close attention to detail and rolling with a few frustrations. 
  3. Refactor a few decoupled features that have the right concepts but groped around for the right implementation.
We heard from Suzanne Dergacheva about Promote Drupal: About this initiative 

Promote Drupal Initiative has one main purpose: to create business marketing materials targeted at the decision-makers who choose to adopt Drupal for their business.

What have been your priorities in the last three months?

It's Drupal's 20th birthday this year, plus with the first DrupalFest and DrupalCon next month, there is a lot to celebrate and highlight. As a more long-term goal, it's clear that we need a good core set of evergreen marketing content on Drupal.org.

What has been your greatest challenge in the last three months?

We need to get more organized and make it easier for people to get up and running with contributing to Promote Drupal. Hopefully, we can build on the newly organized roles and committees (see below) and the momentum of the DrupalCon Marketing Committee to take Promote Drupal to the next level!

And what has been your greatest success in the last three months?

Thanks to help from the Drupal Association, the DrupalCon Marketing Committee was formed in March and has been hard at work marketing the upcoming conference. Great work to that team!

Also, we created a common What is Drupal deck and have created evergreen versions of the Drupal Pitch Deck and Drupal 9 one-pager. Now, how to feature this content more prominently on Drupal.org? 

How can people contribute or support the initiative over the next few months?

We would love to grow the Promote Drupal team, and we have some specific roles to fill. Read about the roles and fill in our recruitment form to get involved. 

We heard from Kaleem Clarkson about the Event Organizers Working Group: About this initiative 

The Event Organizers Working Group (EOWG) is concerned with supporting community-led events within the Drupal community. These include camps, summits, training days, contribution days, and meetups.

What have been your priorities in the last three months?

All of the EOWG priorities were focused around our three new initiatives:

  1. Onboarding to the Drupal Community at Events
  2. Drupal Events Platform
  3. Drupal Events Website / Database

During this time, we determined which board members will serve on which initiative, defined each initiative's short-term goals and drafted a call for volunteers for each initiative. I am pretty psyched about what these awesome folks have accomplished. Much love :)

What has been your greatest challenge in the last three months?

Increasing our participation is definitely our biggest challenge. Our event organizer open community meetings have been happening on Zoom for over two years now and just like everyone in the world, I think Zoom fatigue and the challenges of work-life integration can make it difficult for any additional commitments. Many of the organizers are used to attending other camps in a show of support and building community, and for me personally, I am having a tough time missing those connections. By not having the opportunities to meet people in person and talk with other event organizers make it even more difficult for us to attract new members. But I am hopeful that will soon change. 

And what has been your greatest success in the last three months?

Our greatest success was coming together in just three months and collaborating with the Drupal Association with the unveiling of a newly organized web page that will help raise the profile of all Drupal community events happening around the world. Well, I can’t actually tell you what it is. Stay tuned! 

How can people contribute or support the initiative over the next few months?

Sign up to volunteer for one of our three initiatives:  Onboarding to the Drupal Community at Events, Drupal Events Platform, Drupal Events Website / Database. View a description of all of our initiatives here.

We heard from Mike Herchel about New Front-End Theme: About this initiative 

The New Front-End Theme initiative seeks to create a new default front-end theme for Drupal with a modern look and feel.

What have been your priorities in the last three months?

Working toward becoming stable and Drupal's default theme

What has been your greatest challenge in the last three months?

Code-wise, Olivero is in a great place. The difficult part is getting the code into Drupal core. To do this, we frequently have to get sign offs from accessibility maintainers prior to core committers. All of the people within these roles are very busy, and it’s hard to get their attention. This continues to be a challenge, but Mike frequently plays the role of “squeaky wheel” to get attention. The deadline for Olivero to become stable and the default theme for Drupal 9.2 is mid-May 2021, which gives us a bit over a month. We’ll have to step up our momentum if we are going to hit that. 

And what has been your greatest success in the last three months?

During Midcamp, we organized a multi-day sprint to concentrate on testing. This started with Matt Glaman teaching everyone NightwatchJS (Drupal's core JavaScript testing framework) and making sure everyone is up and running on their local environments.

A lot of people then worked together to create our first Olivero Nightwatch test, which involves checking if an element is visible, scrolling the browser, and rechecking visibility.

Later, we split off to work on more automated tests. Brian Perry led the charge to write a number of PHPUnit tests along with many others, and many of us (including Matthew Radcliffe and Benji Fisher) continued writing NightwatchJS tests to ensure the various functionality of Olivero’s menus (which are deceptively complex).

Outside of testing, we’ve been making slow but steady progress on Olivero’s technical debt and accessibility issues. Mike Herchel has been doing occasional “mini-sprints” with core-committer Lauri Eskola to work on getting RTBC issues committed and into 9.2.x. This has been working very well, and we have one more scheduled in the coming weeks.

How can people contribute or support the initiative over the next few months?

I miss you all. 

Issue reviews (from an accessibility point of view) are always helpful, plus you can find me at DrupalCon North America 2021 if you want to chat about the work we’re doing!

We heard from Mike Anello about Drupal Community Working Group: About this initiative 

The mission of the Community Working Group (CWG) is to foster a friendly and welcoming community for the Drupal project and to uphold the Drupal Code of Conduct.

What have been your priorities in the last three months?

We have been working to expand the size of the conflict resolution team, working to identify additional community health-related workshops that we can organizer, the launch of "nudges", continue to offer Code of Conduct contact training and make it a more visible aspect of Drupal events, the 2021 Aaron Winborn Award, and our annual report.

What has been your greatest challenge in the last three months?

Expanding the size of the conflict resolution team. Difficult choices.

And what has been your greatest success in the last three months?

Difficult to say - I'm not really sure.

How can people contribute or support the initiative over the next few months?

Be kind to each other.

Drupal Core News: Decoupled Menus Survey Analysis

1 week 2 days ago
OVERVIEW/SUMMARY

The goal of this survey was to better understand the preferences of organisations and individuals who are already building decoupled applications in order to help inform the decisions we make going forward. The survey was executed using Survey Monkey and was promoted primarily via existing Drupal developer channels. The survey ran for 2 weeks, and received a total of 133 responses.

Below are some of our initial findings from looking at the results. And we anticipate coming back to this data later to help better understand the needs of existing decoupled application developers.

You can learn more about the Decoupled Menus Initiative, and come say hi on Slack in #decoupled-menus-initiative.

ANALYSIS

Q1: How many years have you been building decoupled applications?


Caption: Question 1 - Graph showing count of Responses


Caption: Question 1 - Table showing count of responses

These results show a significant amount of users in the 1-3 year range, this is somewhat expected given how the growth of frameworks like Vue, React, has accelerated in the past few years. A notable amount of users have been building decoupled sites for longer than 3 years, perhaps a sign that we have almost 30% of our responses being early adopters?

Q2: Which CMSs do you use?


Caption: Question 2 - Graph showing CMS usage


Caption: Question 2 - Table showing CMS usage responses

The overwhelming number of responses are Drupal users. This was a multiple choice question, and there were only 9 respondents who did not list Drupal. Given how the survey was marketed largely to our existing networks this isn’t surprising. It is worth remembering, however, that these results are going to be heavily skewed towards the thoughts of existing Drupal users.

In the future we need to find more ways to engage with users outside the Drupal bubble if we want to learn what is required to make Drupal an attractive platform for them.

Q3: Which JS frameworks do you use?


Caption: Question 3 - Graph showing which JS frameworks are being used


Caption: Question 3 - Table showing which JS frameworks are being used

It is clear that React is certainly favored among out participants, with Vue being a fairly close second. Other frameworks do not have a lot of representation. These results indicate that we should make efforts to ensure that we cater to both React and Vue users, with other frameworks being secondary concerns in terms of support?

According to the 2020 State of JS survey 80% of JavaScript developers use React, and 49% use Vue. That’s a much larger difference than what we see in our data. And maybe indicates that there’s a stronger attraction to Vue amongst Drupal users than in the general JS world. Which may be worth noting when making decisions using these numbers. Also, Angular has 56% usage, higher than Vue, in the State of JS survey but only 17% amongst Drupal users.

The Next/Nuxt frameworks are used by ~30% of React/Vue developers. This is something we should be aware of. And at least ensure that our solutions are compatible with these tools with minimal fuss.

Q4: Which JS (nodejs) tooling do you use?
 


Caption: Question 4 - Graph showing which JS (nodejs) tooling are being used


Caption: Question 4 - Table showing which JS (nodejs) tooling are being used

NPM is the most widely used nodejs tool which isn’t too shocking. We didn’t have an option for Yarn, but it was written in the other response 10 times. It is probably safe to say that a majority of our user base still prefer to use NPM as their package manager. Webpack and Gulp use should not be ignored as it looks like these are the two most prevalent node build tools.

This lines up with the broader JavaScript ecosystem where the State of JS data indicates that both NPM and Webpack are nearly ubiquitous among JavaScript developers.

One thing this data doesn’t tell us is what tooling people *want* to use. And it may be worth trying to dig into that more. Especially if the goal is to be an attractive platform for developers. We should be aware of both what tools are most common, but also what tools people prefer.

Q5: Which API technologies do you use?


Caption: Question 5: Graph showing which API technologies are being used


Caption: Question 5: Table showing which API technologies are being used

A healthy mix of API technologies are being used here, but again it may be worth noting that a lot of our Drupal users are using JSON:API by necessity as it is the primary way Drupal is used as a REST API. We shouldn’t ignore that over 50% of respondents are using GraphQL, this may or may not be in the context of Drupal, but it does signify that there may be a desire to use this for retrieving decoupled data?

Q6: Which data fields or properties do you believe are essential to render a menu component?


Caption: Question 6 - Table showing responses of which data fields or properties are essential to render a menu component

A surprising result here is that the Active Trail is not a priority to our users. Menu Hierarchy and Multilingual being the most important means that we need to ensure that we are able to cleanly deliver the menu tree data, along with appropriate translation data.

Q7: What is the best experience you have had when working with menu responses?

This was an open-ended question and received 42 write in answers.

There was some interest in Gatsby. Some narratives included:

A recent menu integration with Gatsby worked well - we accessed menu data via gatsby-source-Drupal and then exported these components using webpack along with their data. This allowed us to use the exact same React footer in pages rendered by Drupal and Pages rendered by Gatsby.

Gatsby, with the `activeMenuClass` and `partiallyActive` features, makes it soooo easy to have an active menu and active trail.

We saw some interest in GraphQL, with responses like: 

On the backend we used the GraphQL Drupal module and declared a schema, following the documentation (https://drupal- graphql .gitbook.io/graphql/queries/menus) On the frontend, using Apollo we would just query the menu and then render that into a custom component.

Using the graphql Drupal module with Next.js. The only thing that we had to do was made a query by menu name to Drupal, the response was an array of items of type { link, label, children: [] }

Writing a custom GraphQL resolver for Drupal 9 that returns exactly what I need.

Which highlights that a handful of respondents have been reaching for GraphQL in order to provide a simple data -> frontend flow.

The answers to this question highlight that right now, in order to manage menus using Drupal in a decoupled scenario, people are invariably crafting their own solutions. That people have been able to make things work. And that at best the experience has been fine, and at worst it’s frustrating. People have used a range of approaches including; Using data available in the existing JSON:API output, custom GraphQL resolvers, putting the content of a menu into a custom block and consuming that block, using the jsonapi_menu_items module in contrib, and hard-coding menus into the front-end, and more.

This indicates that there is definite potential for standardization and providing a built-in solution so that people don’t have to reinvent the wheel with every new project. And, some people mentioned having already started work on their own reusable solutions to this problem.

Another common thread in these answers is that most people’s custom solutions involved creating the data in Drupal in some way (custom block entity, GraphQL resolver, jsonapi_menu_links) so that the front-end application could consume the entire menu in a single response that contained titles, links, and hierarchy. This desire to be able to construct a single menu object in the UI was also mentioned in answers where people talked about non-Drupal menu building experiences.

Netlify Menus, set a collection of type Menu, and edit the links. That's the easiest way. For Drupal is not a big deal but separated fragments have to be done in order to pull just those entities.

Q8: How do you use API data to build a Menu Component?


Caption: Question 8 - Table showing responses of how do you use API data to build a Menu Component

Early analysis of the results, we found this to be a trend which has held. This is quite surprising, given the bounty of available frameworks out there. But it perhaps illustrates either the challenging nature of adapting drupal menu data to a framework, or the demands of clients that need more flexibility than frameworks are able to provide?

Q9: What expectations do you have for Documentation, when working with a headless CMS?


Caption: Question 9 - Table showing responses of expectations for Documentation, when working with a headless CMS

We think that quality documentation will be an important part of improving the experience for JavaScript developers consuming data from Drupal APIs. And are already planning on making that a focal point of the work we do in this initiative. Based on the results we clearly need to make sure that code snippets and a getting started guide are part of whatever we create.

Based on the result of question 3, it seems that we should also attempt to provide these code snippets in both React and Vue variations.

Q10: Describe the biggest challenges you encounter when building a project with Decoupled/Headless CMS

This was an open ended question and received 63 responses.
What appears to stand out here are the words Drupal, data, menu, and routing. This probably indicates that the data and routing are challenges that we will want to make sure we address. Drupal and menu are terms that are probably used in a majority of responses without negative or positive context, per se. We could dive into some of the direct response texts in order to attain a better idea of the context in which these terms are being used.

CONCLUSION

The survey results indicate that people view code snippets, and a getting started guide, as a critical part of the documentation we produce. We should try and further define what awesome examples of these look like so we know what to aim for.

We’re aware that the results of this survey for the most part only reflect people who are already engaged with the Drupal community. Since part of this initiative’s goals are to help make Drupal a more attractive platform for JavaScript developers who are not already part of the Drupal community we’ll have to make sure and do the work of connecting with those people. It’s important that their voices are heard and that we don’t build solutions in an echo chamber.

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hussainweb.me: My (updated) Drupal Story

1 week 2 days ago
I thought for a while about what should be the first post in this series. Drupal is many things. It is a complex system used in a variety of ways ranging from small sites with few pages to rich information portals to even applications (yes, really). Then I thought of a recent tweet by webchick about Drupal's strength and seeing most of the replies talking about community. It is easy. Drupal is many things but nothing without its community. Therefore, it makes sense my first post is about the community, or at least my story in the community.

hussainweb.me: Let the fest begin! #DrupalFest

1 week 2 days ago
It has been 20 years since Drupal began its journey in a dorm room and reached enterprises. April 2021 is marked as the month of DrupalFest and many people are celebrating it in various ways. With everything going on, I didn't plan to do anything this month but I am now tempted to change my mind, and so I have.

Drupal In the News: DrupalCon North America 2021: Keynote speakers making a positive impact in open source and beyond

1 week 3 days ago

This year’s keynotes highlight the power of the global Drupal community to make a difference in some of the most crucial issues of our time and the future of digital experiences.

PORTLAND, ORE. (PRWEB) APRIL 01, 2021

The Drupal Association is planning a blockbuster event for DrupalCon North America, the most widely attended Drupal event, 12-16 April from 15:00 - 19:00 UTC daily. This year’s all-virtual event brings together Drupal experts, enthusiasts, end-users, and the broader open source software community to connect, collaborate, and contribute to advancing Drupal - the world’s leading open source digital experience platform (DXP).

Heather Rocker, executive director of the Drupal Association states, “Our global community of developers, marketers, and business leaders come to DrupalCon to connect, learn about the experiences of their peers, and share their own expertise. DrupalCon participants also benefit from the opportunity to learn from our keynote and featured speakers. This year, those topics include the role of open source in schools to close the digital divide, the importance of allyship in developing diversity and inclusion, building successful mentorship for people of color in tech, and understanding digital rights as human rights.”

Featured keynotes will highlight inclusion, closing the digital divide, and the Drupal platform’s future.

Sheree Atcheson, Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leader
Allyship—the key to unlocking the power of diversity
Monday, 12 April 16:10-16:40 UTC
Atcheson, an industry-leading voice on diversity and inclusion in tech, will talk about the importance of intersectional allyship in creating inclusive environments and technology. She’ll offer tips on how everyone in any role can actively consider, champion, and advocate for others in their work and be more inclusive in their day-to-day lives.

Atcheson has been named one of the UK’s Most Influential Women in Tech and has received multiple international awards for her work to advance diversity and inclusion in the tech industry.

Dries Buytaert, Founder, Drupal
Driesnote
Wednesday, 14 April 16:30-17:50 UTC
A much-anticipated highlight of DrupalCon, Buytaert, Drupal’s founder, will deliver his annual talk celebrating Drupal successes over the past year, outlining the state of the Drupal project now, and offering his thoughts on what’s next.

Buytaert is the original creator and project lead for Drupal, an open source platform used around the world to build websites and digital experiences, as well as co-founder and chief technology officer of Acquia, a venture-backed technology company.

Stuart Keroff, Social Studies and Technology Teacher, Aspen Academy
School needs open source, now more than ever
Friday, 16 April 18:20-18:50 UTC
Technology educator Stuart Keroff, founder of the first two middle school Linux clubs in Minnesota, has spent the last 10 years guiding middle school students to use open source as a tool to close the digital divide in education. He and his students will share how they used open source software to recycle computers for their fellow students during COVID-19 school closures.

To date, he and his students have provided over 600 Linux computers, helping students learn while also saving money for their schools.

Additional Featured Speakers Include (confirmed as of 31 March):
Byron Woodfork, senior software engineer, Segovia Technology
Heather Meeker, founding portfolio partner, OSS Capital
Nani Jansen Reventlow, director, Digital Freedom Fund
Nuritzi Sanchez, senior open source program manager, GitLab, Inc.

The global pandemic has increased pressures around work-life integration, so DrupalCon 2021 is built with flexibility in mind. Rocker added, “Each day is streamlined with 4 hours of live content, and the virtual setting allows easy participation in the featured keynotes, small group discussions, and interactive skill-building sessions most relevant to you”

How to register
DrupalCon North America 2021 will be held 12 - 16 April 2021, with events held daily from 15:00-19:00 UTC. Tickets are $245 per attendee and include full access to the higher education, healthcare, nonprofit, and government summits held throughout the month of April. Registration details, additional speaker and session information, and scholarship applications are available at https://events.drupal.org/northamerica2021

DrupalCon is brought to you by the Drupal Association in collaboration with a team of dedicated volunteers and sponsors, including Diamond Sponsors AcquiaPantheon, and Platform.sh.

About Drupal and the Drupal Association
Drupal is the open source digital experience platform utilized by millions of people and organizations around the world, made possible by a community of 100,000-plus contributors and equipping more than 1.3 million users with resources and support on Drupal.org. The Drupal Association is the nonprofit organization focused on accelerating Drupal, fostering the growth of the Drupal community, and supporting the project’s vision to create a safe, secure, and open web for everyone.

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For more information contact Heather Rocker, [email protected]

ComputerMinds.co.uk: ComputerMinds are diversifying

1 week 3 days ago

The last year has highlighted to us all how important it is for the global community to come together and solve problems. We rate ourselves highly at ComputerMinds, and figure it's time to share and stretch our abilities to the full. So I'm here on this special day to announce that we are branching out beyond just resolving bugs on websites, to fixing any kind of bugs in any problem space. There's so much market potential, we're really quite excited at the possibilities for bringing innovative solutions to the world!

Medical bugs

The ugliest bug of them all, COVID-19, has been such a terrible challenge for us all. We've been inspired by the countless heroes across the world who have stood up in the face of it, so we want to help too by putting our services to more significant tests than just Drupal websites. We have continued to serve our clients during the pandemic as well as we can so far, but now it's time for us to help with other kinds of bugs. We'll start with the common cold and flu, and work our way up to the bigger beasts. We believe in our approach and that our experience will propel us to find solutions. To help us with this, we'll team up with the best in the business with offices in Bristol and Coventry.

Pest control

Inspired by the wonderful pest control hawk that flies around our Coventry office, we will help fix your bug problem. Our Drupal experience has taught us to search for the root problems and to stop at nothing to go down debugging rabbit holes - so we are perfectly suited to this industry too. Unwanted animals and insects, beware! But we've also got a strong ethical heartbeat too - we always want to do things the right way, after all. We'll continue to work with existing partners to campaign for sustainable pest control, and against unnecessary culling.

Lifestyle bugs

Life coaching is a blossoming market. We believe too many rush ahead to give advice about making lifestyle changes, before pausing to eliminate 'bugs' in people's lives that hold them back. Too many web projects need rescuing because of the issues that hold them back - and these are often much deeper than mere software issues, but go down to 'people' problems. We're ready to bring our experience from these situations to help people become the best versions of themselves. We recognise that in some scenarios, people need to give themselves more slack in their expectations, whilst others need to the right pressures applied to improve performance. Sometimes proper recovery from major trauma must be prioritised; for others we are well-placed to encourage physical exercise for all the benefits and widened perspective it brings; for others laziness is the 'bug' we will identify and help clients overcome!

Engineering

We've already been solving problems in electrical engineering and patching up domestic engineering horror stories. We've worked with some genuine motor engineering history beneath us. So now we're opening up to offer our services to the great people of Bristol and Coventry. Our cities are well known for engineering feats, so we are keen to partner with the local firms that are facing bugs in their work. Our contribution towards the Coventry Motofest event demonstrates our passion for great engineering - the traditional kind, not just software engineering.

Software problems - not just Drupal

Drupal will always be our specialism, but the knowledge gained over the years from those projects gives us plenty of wisdom for any software project. We can already offer consulting for commerce websites built on other platforms. You probably already knew that we have great experience in building websites with GatsbyJS, and native mobile apps in other technologies. We are ready for you with all sorts of advice that can be applied to nearly any web project, whether that be advice on analytics, A/B testing solutions or development methodologies. But we're not limiting ourselves to the internet either any more - bugs will always be found in all kinds of software!

So what are you waiting for? Find out how we can help fix your bugs!

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Droptica: How to Manage URL Redirects in Drupal. The Redirect Module Overview

1 week 3 days ago

One of the most annoying errors on websites are broken links, going nowhere or showing completely different content than expected. Neither Internet users nor Googlebot like them. The way to avoid incorrect links in Drupal is to use the Redirect module.

The redirects created by this module are extremely useful when there are changes being introduced to the URL structure of the website - both global ones and those caused by simple editing of individual content. Redirects ensure that the user will always find what they are looking for, even if the URL is no longer valid.

Dates

The module was first made available in 2006 by Moshe Weitzman in a very simplified form. The first alpha version was released in 2010, and a stable version was released for Drupal 8 in 2017. For several years Redirect has been developing much more dynamically, with the support of the Drupal.org community.

Popularity

Even the lack of a stable release for Drupal 7 didn’t discourage web developers from using the Redirect module. According to the official statistics, it’s currently used on over 260 thousand websites, 45% of which use Drupal 8.

Module's creators

The module is being looked after by three programmers:

The last few releases had a lot of support from other Drupal.org users. So far, over 110 people have contributed to the creation of the module.

Purpose of the module

The Redirect module is used to create URL redirects within Drupal. Thanks to it, you can redirect the user from one address within the website to another. Note that there is a big difference between a redirect and an alias.

  • An alias is the "user-friendly" URL of the content that you see in the address bar of a web browser. If you won't define an alias for a given subpage, it will have a default address like “/node/123” or “/ taxonomy/term/456”.
  • A redirect is a rule that's triggered when you reach a given URL address. The rule specifies the target address the user will be redirected to, the language for the redirect, and the type of HTTP code returned. The target webpage will only appear in the browser's address bar when there are no more redirects to be carried out.

The URL redirects are primarily used to improve the linking structure within a webpage. Redirect, however, has a few more interesting applications resulting from the fact that in the version for Drupal 8 it received some of the functionalities of the Global Redirect module. I’ll mention them later in this article.

Unboxing

You can download the Redirect module from the Drupal.org website. The recommended installation method is to use the Composer command:

composer require drupal/redirect

You can find the module settings panel by going to Configuration → Search and Metadata → URL Redirects.

Module's use

The main element of the module's configuration is the list of redirects:

To add a new redirect, select "+ Add redirect" and then fill in the necessary information, i.e. source address, target address, HTTP code and language.

It's good to explore the seven available HTTP codes. This is because they greatly affect the SEO. You will definitely need:

  • 301 Moved Permanently - the requested page has permanently changed its address. This is an important signal for search engines, which remove the previous page address from their resources and replace it with the new one.
  • 302 Found - the requested page is temporarily available under a different address. This code is useful in a situation where you test changing the linking structure on a webpage, but you want the change to be noted by search engine robots.

Other available codes are:

  • 300 Multiple Choices - there is more than one way to process the given query (rarely used, e.g. for processing different video formats).
  • 303 See Other - the response to the request is under a different address (used e.g. for POST requests).
  • 304 Not Modified - information for the browser that the webpage hasn’t changed since the last visit and it can be loaded from the cache.
  • 305 Use Proxy - the requested webpage is only accessible via proxy.
  • 307 Temporary Redirect - same as 302, but with the assumption that the HTTP method can't be changed.
Additional options

When you've mastered creating URL redirects, check the "Settings" tab. You'll find there two important options that will help you achieve better results with Google.

  • Automatically create redirects when URL aliases are changed - be sure to select this setting. It'll help you keep the webpage clean in the case of changes to internal linking. When you modify any alias on a webpage, a redirect from the old address to the new one will be automatically created.
  • Enforce clean and canonical URLs - this is the option that convinces many developers to choose the Redirect module. It redirects the user to the canonical address of the given webpage, so that they won't stay under a working address like "/node/123". This setting was available in Drupal 7 through the Global Redirect module.
Hooks and integrations

The module provides the following hooks:

  • hook_redirect_load() - launched when loading an array with redirects, allows you to add new items to it,
  • hook_redirect_load_by_source_alter() - used to modify redirections for a given source address,
  • hook_redirect_prepare() - changes the form of a given redirection in the module's administration panel,
  • hook_redirect_alter() - allows you to change the settings of a redirect just before it is triggered.

In addition, the Redirect works with the Pathauto module. It's a very harmonious tandem for managing creating redirects when changing page aliases.

Summary

The ease of creating and handling redirects is an important feature of a professional CMS. The Redirect module does this very well. It’s a stable solution that has been developed over the years. I recommend using it in any Drupal development project.

Promet Source: WCAG 3.0: What’s New and What’s Next?

1 week 4 days ago
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are a series of specifications developed and maintained by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for the purpose of ensuring that websites are accessible for people who have disabilities. Due to technological advances and evolving perspectives on web accessibility challenges that individuals disabilities face, the WCAG is regularly being updated and revised. The current version of WCAG 2.2 was issued on Nov. 30, 2020, and the WCAG 2 Series is coming to an end with a new WCAG 3.0 under development.  

Tag1 Consulting: How to Grow, Support, and Fund your Open Source Project - with Dries Buytaert - Pt. 1

1 week 4 days ago

Dries Buytaert’s name is known to everyone in the Drupal community. As the originator of the project, project lead, and co-founder of Acquia, Dries has been a pivotal person in the success of Drupal. During this interview, you’ll learn more about some of the accomplishments, accidents, and purposeful decisions that have made Drupal what it is today. While Drupal is an open source project, based in code, many of the things that have made it the CMS that powers 1 out of every 30 websites, are not the code - they’re also the marketing that convinces new users to try Drupal, and the people who make up the community and own necessary portions of the project. As part of our series of talks with Open Source Leaders, Tag1 Consulting’s Managing Director Michael Meyers, VP of Software Engineering Fabian Franz, and Yjs founder Kevin Jahns talk with Dries about the origins of Drupal, and how it grew as a project and a community. We’ll also tie back to our Tag1 looks back on 20 years of Drupal experiences 20 years of Drupal series to talk about how community members can be critical to the growth and adoption of an open source...

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Drupal Association blog: Statement from Drupal Association board regarding the Free Software Foundation (FSF)

1 week 5 days ago

The Drupal community is clear about our Values and Principles. Our community promotes behaviors and decisions that support diversity, equity, and inclusion and reduce hatred, oppression, and violence. We believe that safety is an important component of dignity and respect, and we encourage behaviors that keep our community members safe.

Adhering to these values is at the core of ensuring a vibrant and successful open source software community. The Drupal Association will re-evaluate our relationships with any organization that demonstrates they don’t share our commitment to similar practices.

Further, Drupal relies on a well-governed Free Software Foundation (FSF) due to our use of the GNU General Public License (https://www.fsf.org/licensing). We share the concerns that the recent actions of the FSF Board undermine public confidence in its governance and threaten its ability to be an effective advocate for the free software movement. We encourage FSF to make the governance changes necessary to regain the trust of the broader community.

BADCamp News: Join us April 8 at San Francisco Drupal User Group

1 week 5 days ago
Join us April 8 at San Francisco Drupal User Group Tue, 03/30/2021 - 12:00 volkswagenchick Tue, 03/30/2021 - 07:43

Join the San Francisco Drupal User Group (SFDUG) virtually to network, co-work and socialize with fellow Drupal users.

We opened our April 8 meetup to folks who had sessions accepted at DrupalCon and wanted some space to practice and get feedback. We have 5 speakers lined up with a variety of topics.

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Mediacurrent: Introducing Rain Layout Builder

1 week 5 days ago

The best open source distribution for Drupal just got better! The latest version of Rain University and Rain CMS now ship with Layout Builder pre-configured to make page building faster and easier. So how does it work? Check out below!

Editing Layouts

Now, when you navigate to any page with layout builder enabled you can edit the layout by clicking on the “Layout tab” under Tasks. Alternatively, you can click on the same tab while editing a page.


Rain CMS homepage

 

Rearranging Blocks

With layout builder you have an instant preview of any blocks added to the page. That being said, it’s usually easier to move blocks around with preview turned off. Drupal provides a checkbox that makes it simple to toggle preview on or off.

 

Rearranging blocks in Rain CMS

Adding Blocks

To add a block to the page click the “Add block” link in any section. Rain CMS ships with 15 block types out of the box that you can easily drop onto the page. Each component has a preview wireframe and label to help the author understand the look and function of each component. 


Adding blocks in Rain CMS


Layout Controls

One of the big benefits of Layout Builder is now you have more control over the layout of a page. Editors can easily add new sections with various layouts where blocks can be placed. Layouts can be customized per project.

Adding sections in Rain CMS
 


Rain University CMS

The Mediacurrent team has also updated our RainU CMS to ship with Layout Builder. Same great experience, but tailored specifically for universities.

Rain University homepage layout

 

Want to Know More?

For developers, you can download and install Rain CMS with Layout Builder using our Drupal project template: https://bitbucket.org/mediacurrent/drupal-project/src/9.x/. Setup and installation remain the same, with detailed instructions provided in the project README file.

We are also happy to demo Rain University or Rain CMS for organizations interested in partnering with Mediacurrent for your next redesign project. To schedule a free demo, please visit our contact page or chat with us right now (see bottom right corner of the page). 

Jacob Rockowitz: To Drupal or not to Drupal… I am against paid modules but for paid contributors and profitable organizations.

1 week 5 days ago

For the past two months, I have openly discussed my career-changing decision, to Drupal or not to Drupal. My employment with my current organization remains stable for the foreseeable future, but they will no longer be using Drupal in a year. My open discussion has led to some interesting thoughts, feedback, assumptions, and an overwhelming amount of appreciation for the work I have contributed to Drupal, and the understanding that I can no longer continue to contribute to Drupal in my “free-time.”

Not surprisingly, my posts triggered some discussion about possibly monetizing some aspects of the Webform modules. I need to state that…

The best way to clarify my stance on “paid” modules is to define what I feel a module is in the Drupal community.

What is a module?

I use the term “module” in this post, but I am talking about any collection or package of code in the Drupal community that accomplishes a task. A package of code in the Drupal community can be anything from module, theme and could even be a complex patch.

What is a collaboration?

Our “tasks” are not simply developing modules or themes in the Drupal community but the whole “kit and caboodle” around the software and community. The Webform module’s success as we know it would not exist without people’s feedback, testing, documentation, and general contributions. Likewise, the Webform module wouldn’t exist without Drupal core’s Form API. The hosting and testing infrastructure that the Drupal Association provides for the Webform module is part of this collaboration. The community-run events help inspire people to get involved. A Drupal module, like Webform, is a massive collaboration. We are all linked and interdependent on each other to produce something massive.

What is freedom?

Society would be nowhere without the ability to share our ideas and collaborate. People with great ideas...Read More

Civic UK: Using our expertise for a better recovery

1 week 5 days ago
The United Kingdom may have left the ERASMUS+ Scheme, but our contributions are just getting started! As the pandemic comes to an end and we all enter a period of recovery, we’re proud to be able to say that we're leading nine new ERASMUS+ projects to help empower businesses, people, and learners.
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