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Drupal In the News: Drupal Community Raises $500,000 to Keep World's Leading Independent Open Source Content Management System Nonprofit Thriving

Main Drupal Feed - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 19:08

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PORTLAND, Ore., May 11, 2020—The CDC, NIH, and Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders—among many others—depend on the power of Drupal, the largest independent open source content management system, to keep their websites dynamic and secure. But the cancellation of the Drupal Association’s annual keystone fundraising event—originally scheduled for May 2020—put the nonprofit’s finances in jeopardy.

 
COVID-19 has delivered a particularly hard economic hit to non-profits, and the Drupal Association (DA) is no exception,” says Heather Rocker, executive director of the DA. “When we made the decision to cancel DrupalCon North America 2020 for the safety of our attendees, the next question was how to recover those funds so we could continue operations for our community of millions around the world.”

 
Enter #DrupalCares, a global fundraiser conceived with the hopes of bridging the significant funding gap left as a result of the pandemic. While the campaign had a strong start, what really put the fundraising into overdrive was the #DrupalCares match challenge, a $100,000 matching grant for individual contributions funded by Drupal creator Dries Buytaert and his wife Vanessa. Then a coalition of Drupal businesses came together to match those contributions again—bringing the potential impact up to $300,000. These contributions, together with the contributions from Drupal service providers and end-users, accelerated the campaign dramatically.
 
As of today, May 11, 2020, #DrupalCares has raised $500,000, meeting its 60-day goal in just over 30 days.  Nearly 150 businesses and organizations, along with over 2,000 individual donors and members donated, to reach the goal in record time.  
 
"I'm in awe of how quickly the Drupal community rallied to raise funds for the Drupal Association,” said Dries Buytaert, founder of Drupal. “With this fundraising campaign behind us, the Drupal Association can refocus on key initiatives such as the Drupal 9 launch next month.

“DrupalCon has been an important reason for Drupal's success,” said Buytaert. “Even though we'll be gathering virtually this summer, I'm very excited that DrupalCon will live on. I'd like to thank everyone who helped us reach our goals—the Drupal community is stronger than ever."
 
While the nonprofit Drupal Association was impacted by COVID-19, the Drupal ecosystem remains strong. As Buytaert wrote in March, open source software seems to be recession-proof.
 
“Open Source has grown to be more secure, more flexible, and more stable than ever before,” said Buytaert. “Today, the benefits of Open Source are even more compelling than during past recessions.”
 
Open source contribution also provides an excellent opportunity for individuals to expand their skills—or even re-skill—during this time of record unemployment. Drupal has demonstrated once again that the power of community and the open source model make projects like Drupal the best possible investment in uncertain times.
 
In addition to the #DrupalCares campaign, the majority of original DrupalCon 2020 sponsors allowed the Association to retain their sponsorship dollars as the event prepares to shift to its first-ever virtual DrupalCon Global 2020.  
  
“Like so many organizations, we had to pivot quickly on a major keystone event, but we also had to pivot quickly on a product launch, as we were planning to introduce Drupal 9, our first major software upgrade in almost five years, at DrupalCon,” says Rocker. “DrupalCon was originally scheduled to host approximately 3,000 attendees in May 2020 in Minneapolis, so we didn’t have time for a ‘wait and see’ approach. I’m grateful to a solid, creative Association staff and the extended leadership of our Drupal community who are willing to do whatever it takes to make this event a success.”
 
“Additionally, Drupal 9 is scheduled to launch on schedule in early June, which is a testament to how dedicated this community is to continuing to be trailblazers—even now, when a delay caused by these world events would have been no surprise,” said Rocker.
 
The #DrupalCares fundraising campaign remains active through May 31, 2020. To learn more about Drupal or make a donation, visit www.Drupal.org.
 
About Drupal and the Drupal Association
Drupal is the open source content management software behind millions of websites and applications, boasting a community of 46,000-plus developers and more than 1.3 million users on Drupal.org. The Drupal Association is the non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the Drupal software project, fostering the community, and supporting its growth.
 
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For more information contact Heather Rocker,  heather@association.drupal.org

Dries Buytaert: We raised $500,000!

Main Drupal Feed - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 19:00

I'm excited to announce that the Drupal Association has reached its 60-day fundraising goal of $500,000. We also reached it in record time; in just over 30 days instead of the planned 60!

It has been really inspiring to see how the community rallied to help. With this behind us, we can look forward to the planned launch of Drupal 9 on June 3rd and our first virtual DrupalCon in July.

I'd like to thank all of the individuals and organizations who contributed to the #DrupalCares fundraising campaign. The Drupal community is stronger than ever! Thank you!

Drupal Association blog: #DrupalThanks: You Made it Happen - We Met Our #DrupalCares Goal!

Main Drupal Feed - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 16:26

Image Credit: Aaron Deutsch (contributed by proud mom, Kristen Pol)

Excited! Humbled! Appreciative! Energized! Thankful! Those are just a few of the emotions our team is feeling today as I had the honor of announcing that you helped us meet our #DrupalCares emergency funding goal. Today, we launched a press release to recognize the contributions of the Drupal Community and demonstrate to the world that the Drupal is strong.

We proudly announce that #DrupalCares has raised $500,000, meeting its 60-day goal in just over 30 days. Nearly 150 businesses and organizations, along with over 2,000 individual donors and members, donated to reach the goal in record time. Drupal has demonstrated once again that the power of community and the open source model make projects like Drupal the best possible investment in uncertain times.

While the campaign had a strong start, what really put the fundraising into overdrive was the #DrupalCares match challenge, a $100,000 matching grant for individual contributions funded by Drupal creator Dries Buytaert and his wife Vanessa. Then a coalition of Drupal businesses came together to match those contributions again—bringing the potential impact up to $300,000. These contributions, together with the contributions from Drupal service providers and end-users, accelerated the campaign dramatically.

"I'm in awe of how quickly the Drupal community rallied to raise funds for the Drupal Association,” said Dries Buytaert, founder of Drupal. “With this fundraising campaign behind us, the Drupal Association can refocus on key initiatives such as the Drupal 9 launch next month.

“DrupalCon has been an important reason for Drupal's success,” said Buytaert. “Even though we'll be gathering virtually this summer, I'm very excited that DrupalCon will live on. I'd like to thank everyone who helped us reach our goals—the Drupal community is stronger than ever."

Part of the success of #DrupalCares was thanks to community-developed fundraisers encouraging Drupal users around the globe to donate. Gábor Hojtsy, Ron Northcutt, and Ofer Shaal started the Drupal 9 module challenge, donating €9 for each module that created its first Drupal 9 compatible release. The amazee.io team created and hosted Pixels for Drupal (with help from Alanna Burke, Sean Hamlin, Brandon Williams, Eli Stone, Michael Schmid) which awarded donors pixels for fun recognition. Jeff Geerling helped amplify our message on Youtube, making a donation for every like. Oliver Davies turned purchases of Test Driven Drupal in April into donations. These and other creative Community-led campaigns helped to drive  #DrupalCares awareness and giving further. 

On behalf of the Drupal Association staff and board, we hope you’ll enjoy this token of our sincere #DrupalThanks for the support and encouragement you’ve given during this #DrupalCares journey. Tackling this hurdle of emergency funding means that we can pivot to other important projects on the horizon such as the launch of Drupal 9 and the virtual version of DrupalCon. For those that wish to continue contributing, or for those that haven’t had an opportunity yet, the official campaign stays open through May 31. Every donation and membership continues to drive our diversification of funding in the right direction.

Tag1 Consulting: Support the Drupal Association

Main Drupal Feed - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 12:27

Drupal is one of the largest and most active open-source software projects in the world. Behind the scenes is the Drupal Association, the non-profit organization responsible for enabling it to thrive by architecting and introducing new tooling and infrastructure to support the needs of the community and ecosystem. Many of us know the Drupal Association as the primary organizer of the global DrupalCon conference twice a year. But it's less common knowledge that the Drupal Association is actively engaged in Drupal development and maintains some of the most important elements of the Drupal project. This runs across the spectrum of software localizations, version updates, security advisories, dependency metadata, and other "cloud services" like the Drupal CI system that empower developers to keep building on Drupal. With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Drupal Association is in dire financial straits due to losses sustained from DrupalCon North America (one of the largest sources of funding) having to be held as a virtual event this year. As part of the #DrupalCares campaign, we at Tag1 Consulting implore organizations that use Drupal, companies that provide Drupal services, and even individuals who make their living off Drupal development to contribute in some shape or form...

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Amazee Labs: Webinar Announcement Test-Driven Development with Storybook and Cypress.io

Main Drupal Feed - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 11:05
Join us on May 28th for an Amazee Labs Webinar about Test-Driven Development with Storybook and Cypress. 

blog.studio.gd: Drupal 8 Views Plugins (Part 2) : The display extender plugin

Main Drupal Feed - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 08:54
Let's see how and why to use a views display extender plugin.

blog.studio.gd: Views Plugins (Part 1) : Simple area handler plugin

Main Drupal Feed - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 08:54
In this series I will show you how to make use of the new Drupal 8 Plugin system, we begin with a simple example : the views area handler plugins.

blog.studio.gd: Overview of CMI in Drupal 8

Main Drupal Feed - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 08:54
Some notes about the new Configuration management system in Drupal 8

blog.studio.gd: Migrate to Drupal 8 from a custom site

Main Drupal Feed - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 08:54
Migrate is now included in the Drupal core for making the upgrade path from 6.x and 7.x versions to Drupal 8.

In this article will see how to use the Drupal migration framework to migrate custom sites to drupal 8.

blog.studio.gd: Inline Entity Display

Main Drupal Feed - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 08:54
Handle referenced entity fields directly in the parent entity

OpenSense Labs: The Unlikely Drupalists: A DJ Who Became A Web Developer

Main Drupal Feed - Sun, 05/10/2020 - 07:04
The Unlikely Drupalists: A DJ Who Became A Web Developer Tuba Ayyubi Sun, 05/10/2020 - 12:34

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” 
- Winston Churchill


In a world where everyone is running after success, only a few take the advantage and grab the opportunity that life gives them, to achieve it. The ones who are ready for every kind of challenge, are the ones who achieve success. Capitalizing that opportunity is where the key lies! 

At OpenSense Labs, we have someone who believes that when opportunity knocks, grab it, and success will find its way. Deepak Sagar, known as Sagar, who is currently a Drupal developer with us, has a very interesting story. He went on from being a DJ in his initial college days to a developer later on. His story will definitely inspire you to have a keen eye for every opportunity that knocks your door.

"Partying is like work for me"

Tuba: So, the first thing that I'd like to know is, how was your life as a DJ and why did you choose DJ-ing?

Sagar: My Life as a DJ is not over, I'm still a DJ. There is a story behind why I chose to become a DJ. During my graduation, a DJ came to my college to play in the college fest. And I went up to him and asked him general questions about his DJ-ing equipment and his response triggered me to learn about the equipment. He said, ‘you won’t understand, let it be.’ It’s a short story, but I felt really bad at that moment and started learning DJ-ing from my cousin who is also a DJ. There were a lot of ups and downs as a DJ in the beginning. I got some work for 2 months and then there was a long gap until I got another job. Now, partying is like work for me.


Tuba: You are still a DJ, how do you manage both your office life and DJ life?

Sagar: I leave for the office in the morning and after I'm done with the office, I go to the club I work for. I leave for office at around 9:30 AM in the morning and leave the office around 7:00 PM and directly go to the club and leave the club around 1:30 AM and sleep around 3:00 AM and then again the same routine from the next day.

Tuba: Now the big question, why the transition from a DJ to a developer? What triggered your interests towards Drupal?

Sagar: I had nothing to do during the day. I worked as a part-time DJ at a club at night. Vid (CEO at OpenSense Labs) and Devanshu used to visit that club very often. One day, I was just having a casual conversation with them where I told them that I had nothing to do during the day and was looking for something. They asked me to come to their office the next day. I went there, and since that day I tried my best to learn everything about Drupal. I started with them in September as an intern and joined full time as a Frontend Developer in January. I was completely new to Drupal and I had no idea about it or CSS or HTML before. It took time to understand but slowly things came inflow. 

Tuba: And what would you say about your post-Drupal experience?

Sagar: Drupal is a life-changing experience for me. A new opportunity that came in my life and I gained an interest in it. There is something about Drupal that I can't explain. It's the same as your first love, it's almost the same feeling. I guess this is the right example. [Laughter]

Tuba: So what are your plans for the future now? I mean, is it always going to be both the things together?

Sagar: Although both things are going in the flow right now, there is going to be a time where I'll have to choose between the two. So when it comes to choosing, it's going to be hard. But I guess I'm going to choose to be a DJ because it is my first love. [Laughter] Also, there is no scope of a DJ in India. People here think of a DJ as someone who would play music at weddings and nothing more. Not a lot of people value this profession here. So if someday, I get an opportunity from a different country where people value it, I’ll go for it. And about development, that can be done remotely also. But for DJing, I'll have to be present in that place to play. 

Tuba: Great! So let's talk about the two moments - one was when you decided that ok, let's learn Drupal and the second when you became a professional developer.

Sagar: As a DJ, it's all about working at night mostly. So I decided that let's do something in the day time, and this opportunity knocked my door and that's when I thought of giving it a try. I have not lived my life in a planned way ever. It has always been sudden decisions that have led me to where I am. I had no plans of being a DJ. It was a sudden decision and it was the same with development also. I had no plan and no idea about it. But it was a great opportunity and I did my best to learn and I'm happy being a developer now. My life-changing moment was when Vid and Devanshu and also Vinit offered me to come to the office. They welcomed me to the office very nicely. Vid used to discuss and solve all my problems for me. 

Tuba: Thank you so much for your time, Sagar. I was really excited to know the story behind your journey. And I believe, that after reading your story, many would be inspired to do more to reach their life goals.  

Think, Believe, Dare, and Dream! Say yes to all the opportunities that come your way and figure out the required plans later. You need to be visionary enough to recognize the opportunity that comes your way. This is the message that Sagar's story has conveyed and we hope that it proves to be the turning point in the lives of our readers! 

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Metal Toad: How Cloud became the most important buzzword in business

Main Drupal Feed - Sat, 05/09/2020 - 15:51
How Cloud became the most important buzzword in business Joaquin Lippincott Sat, 05/09/2020 - 15:51 Cloud is not the first (and probably not the last) disruptor to business via software.  Over the past 50 years or so there have been four major epochs of software, with Cloud being the latest. SaaS software is dying and the Cloud is coming for all of us.

Drupal core announcements: Release window for core release candidates extended to next week; 9.0.0 release date still scheduled for June 3

Main Drupal Feed - Fri, 05/08/2020 - 22:25

In order to best resolve some packaging, dependency, and upgrade path issues that have come to our attention in the past week, we're extending the release windows for the following releases to the week of May 11:

  • 8.8.6 (final normal bugfix release of 8.8, which has security coverage afterward until December 2020)
  • 8.9.0-rc1
  • 9.0.0-rc1

The scheduled release date for 9.0.0 and 8.9.0 remains June 3. We will share another announcement with the community once 9.0.0-rc1 is available for testing.

Mediacurrent: [New Training!] Faster Drupal Theming With a Component-Based Approach

Main Drupal Feed - Fri, 05/08/2020 - 15:26

Announcing Our New Training Workshops

Here at Mediacurrent, we’re excited to introduce live, online training series. These full-day training sessions will demonstrate how to plan, build, style, and integrate components with Drupal 8. These are hands-on workshops where you will be able to follow along with predefined exercises for a better learning experience.

The Power of Components

We chose to focus our first workshop events on a theming approach that’s been successful for Mediacurrent developers and our clients. Contrary to traditional top-to-bottom theming, the component-based approach enables us to build Drupal websites, or any type of website for that matter, by breaking down the UI into self-contained, reusable parts. This presents many advantages over traditional development, delivering robust, scalable, and flexible components that promote reusability and code efficiency.

Workshop attendees can expect to leave these sessions with the tools and knowledge to work on Drupal 8 websites and will be prepared for building great Drupal 9 websites using this revolutionary approach.

Youur Training Lead 

Lead trainer Mario Hernandez is a regular speaker and trainer at tech conferences with over ten years of experience as a Front End Developer. His credentials include conducting a series of in-person component-based development training workshops at DrupalCons throughout America and Europe in addition to a recently published ebook: Component-Based Theming for Drupal 8 & 9.

Mario’s personal philosophy as a trainer is to be accessible and available to all students before, during, and after the workshop. To maximize time, attendees will receive detailed instructions on how to set up their training environment.  This ensures our time during training is used to learn about the topic at hand vs. fixing technical issues.  All students will get copies of the training recordings and full access to the training curriculum in an online form.  Our curriculums are constantly being updated and these updates will automatically be available to students at no additional cost.  Finally, all students will get a copy of our latest eBook on Component-based Theming for Drupal 8 & 9.

Ready to get started? 

Visit our registration page to learn more about the course topics and purchase tickets for the Drupal 8 Component-Based Theming & Design virtual training workshop

Mediacurrent blog readers can save 20% by registering with the promo code mctraining20 by Friday, May 15. We hope to see you there!

Community Working Group posts: Resources for Coping with COVID-19 Anxiety

Main Drupal Feed - Fri, 05/08/2020 - 14:55

As many of us in the Drupal community are entering the second month of physical and social distancing, it is important to take a break from our - often repetitive - day-to-day activities to spend some time on self-care. This not only helps ourselves, but also those around us. With this in mind, the CWG’s Community Health Team has compiled a list of activities that can help all of us cope with everyday stresses a little better.

Take a break from the digital world

Breathe. Go outside, sit at the window, stand on your balcony. Break up your day. Fresh air and sunshine can help you to recharge and be more focused when you return to the computer. Exercise can help reduce anxiety and tension, improve mental outlook, and create some mental peace. 

Keep Learning

Use this time to hone your skills. Take some classes, attend meetups, and other virtual events. Many companies and organizations have lowered the cost of their classes or established curriculums that can be accessed at a lowered cost or for free.

Exercise Caution Online

Equipping ourselves with accurate information can go a long way in keeping our anxiety levels low. Be sure to get information from trusted, reliable outlets that back up analysis with data that’s been vetted or verified by official sources. Social media can be a wealth of misinformation, and it’s important to validate what you see online before acting on it or sharing it with others.

Give Back

Giving back has many benefits, but first and foremost it feels good. Not only does giving back make an impact, but it also builds and makes our community stronger, and makes our projects better and more complete. When we mentor, share our expertise, we not only build other’s skills, but we also sharpen our own. By being leaders, we add to our street cred and contribute to our professional growth and development

Take it Easy On Yourself

It’s perfectly okay not to hold yourself to your usual standards of productivity right now. Balancing personal and professional life is harder than usual right now, and many of us are working in environments that are full of distractions. Communicate with your colleagues, let them know how you’re doing, and make arrangements to adjust your working hours and expectations as needed so that you can be your best self both personally and professionally.

Ask for help

You are not alone in needing some additional support, and there is never shame in asking for help. Stress is affecting our sleeping and eating patterns, our work habits, the ways we are interacting with those closest to us.

Call your local public health department or insurance company for resources. While going to an in-person appointment may not be possible, many therapists and counselors offer on-line or telehealth services.

Resources News Mental Health Call Centers
  • Disaster Distress Helpline, call 1-800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline, call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224
  • We are looking for suggestions for non-US-based mental health resources to include here.
Giving back to Drupal Drupal Events

Jeff Geerling's Blog: 2020 Drupal Local Development Survey Results

Main Drupal Feed - Fri, 05/08/2020 - 14:29

tl;dr: Video from CMS Philly presentation, Slides from the presentation, and scroll down to see graphs of particular interest to Drupal developers.

On May 1st, Chris Urban and I presented 2020 Developer Tool Survey Results at CMS Philly. For the past few years, we've run an annual Drupal Dev Tool Survey (2019, 2018) and presented the results at DrupalCon and some local Drupal Camps.

Since DrupalCon went virtual this year, and Chris was helping make CMS Philly virtual, he suggested I join him at that conference and reveal the results at this session.

Drupal Association blog: Lullabot: How the Drupal Association enables contribution

Main Drupal Feed - Thu, 05/07/2020 - 18:04

Today's guest post by Matt Westgate, CEO of Lullabot, is the next installment in our #DrupalCares series. My thanks to Matt and the Lullabots for sharing what the Drupal Association means to them.

It’s hard to believe that a little over a month ago, we were in DrupalCon planning mode. No one expected the Drupal community’s biggest event to come to a halt any more than we anticipated our lives totally changing due to a pandemic. While we’re all dealing with this new, and hopefully very temporary, normal, it’s more important than ever to keep things moving forward personally and professionally.

When it was clear that DrupalCon would most likely not happen this year, we decided to pledge our sponsorship dollars to the Drupal Association regardless of whether or not DrupalCon ended up taking place. We’ve been part of the Drupal community since the dawn of IRC, and many of our team members actively contribute to Drupal. We understood the financial hit that would occur by not having DrupalCon and because the Drupal Association has played such an important role in our business and the community, the decision seemed like a no-brainer. Let’s face it; the Drupal Association is the hub for Drupal success.

The Drupal Association is the conduit through which everyone on my team can contribute back to Drupal. They exist so we all can participate and receive the benefits of the community and the software. Simply put, there isn’t a Drupal without them."
Matt Westgate, co-founder and CEO of Lullabot

It’s been incredibly inspiring to see so many of our fellow sponsors step forward as well. No doubt, we’re all in this together.But, there’s still more work to do. In order to continue project velocity, ensuring that we have adequate tooling, marketing Drupal, and many other activities that the Drupal Association helms, they needed to raise $500,000. Raising this amount is no easy feat, but we are almost there. We are committed to supporting this endeavor and hope you will be too.

[Editor's note: As of publication the #DrupalCares campaign is 96% to goal!]

Lullabot Contributor Stories Olivero Theme: Mike Herchel, Senior Front-end Developer & Putra Bonaccorsi, Technical Project Manager

The idea for the new front-end of Drupal 9 (Olivero) would not have happened without the Drupal Association. We serendipitously met up with Lauri Eskoka and Angie Byron at DrupalCon Seattle (which is put on by the Drupal Association), which led to the creation of the initiative.

Furthermore, the majority of Olivero’s development has taken place on Drupal.org, which is maintained by the Drupal Association. Without this tooling, development would be disparate and communication with the Drupal community (which is vital for this project) would be ineffective. 

We were able to pitch our ideas for the redesign and development of a theme that could ship with the release of Drupal 9 by submitting our proposal to the Drupal Association's “idea issue” queue. This ideas queue section of Drupal.org let us propose ideas for Drupal core and got them through validation and planning phases, which are a big part of the success of the Olivero project.

API-First Initiative: Mateu Aguiló Bosch, Senior Developer

The API-First initiative has been very thorough with automated testing. We have created comprehensive test coverage for all sorts of actions on all of the entity types defined in Drupal core. This allowed us to add features more soundly and eventually include JSON:API in core. The whole initiative would have been negatively impacted without the testing infrastructure provided by the Drupal Association to execute the tests and provide feedback in the issue queue.

Admin UI & JavaScript Modernization Initiative: Cristina Chumillas, Front-end Developer & Sally Young, Senior Technical Architect

The Admin UI & JavaScript Modernization Initiative idea started and evolved through several DrupalCons organized by the Drupal Association, where most of the main contributors were present. Also, drupal.org has been a key tool to move forward: the kick-off ideas issue queue was key, and Claro saw a huge increase in contributions when it moved to drupal.org. Using known tools by the community and the drupal.org credit system helped increase the project’s visibility.

Something else that made a huge difference on the design side was having the Drupal Association, especially Megan Sanicki, as the Drupal Association Director at that time, backing the design team as a legitimate group of the Drupal project to get free access to Figma. This online and real-time design tool has been a key factor allowing designers to be distributed across the world and timezones.

Join us in supporting the Drupal Association

Drupal blog: New Drupal Brand Ready for Drupal 9 Launch

Main Drupal Feed - Wed, 05/06/2020 - 18:47

Drupal 9 is going to be the easiest upgrade in Drupal's history. With the release of Drupal 9, the project has proven its vision of transforming the development process with an emphasis on continuous innovation and a regular update cycle. Over the course of Drupal 8's lifecycle, we've seen this new strategy come to fruition with six-month minor releases including major feature improvements. With Drupal 9's release, we prove that major version upgrades are easier than ever before. 

For the last 5 years, Drupal 8 has used its own dedicated drop logo, and as the release comes closer and closer, it's only become more important that we update the brand to help unify Drupal's identity across the ecosystem.

With Drupal 9's release less than 30 days away, we're confident that we've achieved the easy upgrade goal, and we are doubling down on that success with the new Drupal brand.

The new brand represents the fluidity and modularity of Drupal, and our community value of coming together to create a greater whole. The new logo can be used by itself, or alongside the Drupal wordmark.

This new design was chosen for its ability to represent Drupal not just at a single moment in time (for a single major release), but onward into the future. We expect to continue using this new iteration of the Drupal drop for the Drupal 9 lifecycle, through Drupal 10, and beyond.

While this continuity is the central element of this new design, there is sometimes a need to represent a specific version of Drupal. That could be for celebrating a particular release, or highlighting new features in a minor version. For that reason, the new Drupal drop may also be used with a version number at its side. 

              

How did we arrive at this new design?

Late last year the Drupal Association put together a request for proposals for design firms to help us develop the evergreen brand for Drupal. All of the responses we received were excellent, reflecting the incredible passion and pride in their work of the design firms that work in the Drupal space. Ultimately, we selected SixEleven who had previously helped us design the brand for DrupalCon.

We brought together a team of people to navigate this process. Dries Buytaert as project founder was joined by Drupal Association staff members Heather Rocker, Carrie Lacina, and myself, board members Audra Martin-Merrick and Suzanne Dergacheva, and longtime community leaders Angie Byron and Gábor Hojtsy.

SixEleven provided a series of initial design concepts which were reviewed by this team, each providing a different take on the classic Drupal brand. How would we emphasize human contribution? Drupal's evolutionary path? Continual innovation and growth?

Eventually we realized that we'd addressed these questions before. When working on the DrupalCon brand several years earlier we created an inner drop that represented all of these ideas, while still remaining classically and recognizably Drupal.

As many design undertakes often do, our vision suddenly came together - each drop falling into place to create the new brand. 

Brand Consistency 

When the inner drop design from the DrupalCon brand became a front-runner for the Drupal brand itself, we realized there was an important opportunity to create consistency across all of the Drupal brands.
        

As such, we've updated the Drupal Association brand as well, to use the new inner drop surrounded by our simple blue circle, representing all of the ways that the Association surrounds and supports the Drupal project. The DrupalCon brand will continue to use the drop on a colorful field of triangles, representing the diverse voices and communities we bring together with the event. 

What about the Druplicon?

The beloved community mascot hasn't gone anywhere. The new branding simply replaces the Drupal 8-specific logo that was in use for the past 5 years during Drupal 8's life cycle; it does not replace the Druplicon. The Druplicon still exists as an emblem of the Drupal Community and a mascot to be remixed and reused by local community organizations, as it has been throughout Drupal's history.

Here are just a few examples from https://www.druplicon.org/ 

   

Spreading the word

In the coming weeks, we'll be updating materials across Drupal.org to reflect the updated brand. We encourage you to update your own materials using the resources and brand guidelines we have made available.

We'd like to see all of the organizations that provide Drupal services, or that create software that integrates with Drupal, adopting the new brand in their own materials as well. Consistent use of the Drupal brand across the ecosystem helps us achieve the goal of creating more market recognition of the brand. Together we can spread the message of what Drupal has become. 

Download the new brand kit

Lullabot: Preparing Your Drupal 8 Site for Drupal 9

Main Drupal Feed - Wed, 05/06/2020 - 18:47

With Drupal 9 just around the corner, there's more and more buzz about preparing for the upgrade. From a project planning perspective, what do organizations need to consider when planning for the Drupal 9 upgrade? Developers may be wondering about the technical details; how to upgrade to Drupal 9. We’ve discussed who should upgrade to Drupal 9 and when to upgrade to Drupal 9.

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