Is your Drupal host any good?

It's 2009, and the world economy is not looking all that great. Many companies are laying off staff or cutting back on service, and the tech sector is far from immune.

Drupal hosts

That's why I thought it would be a good idea to launch DrupalHosts.net, a simple site with a single goal: intelligent discussion of Drupal hosting in 2009. I wanted to create a place for Drupal users to share their experiences, good or bad, with the community.

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Posted by John on 2009-01-08

New Drupal Project Pages: HTML Prototype

Last month I posted my vision for the future of Drupal.org's project pages. The next step in bringing that vision to Drupal.org has now been taken.

Mark Boulton has released an HTML prototype of the redesigned Drupal.org.

The new project pages are largely based on my initial concept, and the resulting community feedback. A lot of great ideas came up in the discussion, and Mark's prototype does a good job of taking these into account.

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Posted by John on 2008-10-06

Acquia Drupal Screenshots

If you've been following the news, you probably already know that Acquia Drupal is launching today. If you're wondering just how it compares to regular old Drupal, check out these screenshots taken by Alex from Ineation.com.

Acquia screenshots

Acquia Drupal is free to download, and single-server subscriptions to the Acquia Network are available for free for a limited time.

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Posted by John on 2008-09-30

My Vision For Project Pages On Drupal.org

Here's my vision for the module project pages on Drupal.org (click for full size):

redesigning Drupal.org

It's a mix of my current work, some future plans, and some ideas I had for harnessing Drupal.org's data.

Many of these ideas could be implemented without changing much of the underlying code on Drupal.org. The data is all there, we just need to put it to work.

Some of the features shown are already present on DrupalModules.com. You'll notice I reused a fair amount of the design, too. We don't know what the new Drupal.org theme is going to look like yet, so I decided to go with what I know best.

The page is designed to fit in a standard 1024px browser window, but I'm not sure how I feel about the specific width of individual components. The good news is that's not difficult to change.

With the Drupal.org redesign well under way, I wanted to get this out there for people to see. This mock up doesn't include everything I'd like to see done, but it's what I had time to lay out.

So, where do we go from here? I've made a post to the redesign group, feel free to leave comments.

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Posted by John on 2008-09-23

OnSugar: A Revolution in Drupal Blogging

OnSugar is a new blog publishing platform with a few interesting twists: It's built on Drupal, and it's amazingly easy to use.

In fact, it's so easy to use, if these features ever get back into Drupal core, Wordpress is in big trouble. Hats off to the team at SugarInc for a job well done.

It's hard to capture the revolutionary nature of the improvements they've made to the Drupal blogging experience without trying it yourself, but here are just a few screenshots:

OnSugar new post

Creating a new post is easy, and you get a wide variety of content types out of the box: Text, Gallery, Spread, Poll, Quiz, Quote, Link, Chat, Video, and Audio!

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Posted by John on 2008-09-20

Leo Laporte And Jeff Robbins Talk Drupal

Jeff Robbins of Lullabot was on Leo Laporte's FLOSS Weekly podcast last week for their 40th show. I've been a fan of Leo since the ZDTV days, so it was pretty cool to hear him talking about Drupal. Definitely worth a listen. DrupalModules.com even gets a mention (thanks Jeff!).

Posted by John on 2008-09-18
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