Free Drupal Theme: A3 Atlantis

A3 Atlantis is my newest contribution to the Drupal community. Designed from the ground up to be fast, elegant, and search engine friendly, this theme features a stunning visual design, beautiful typography, and a standards-compliant code base.

A3 Atlantis Drupal Theme

A3 Atlantis was designed exclusively for Drupal, and is licensed under the GPL.

This free Drupal theme is currently available for Drupal 5, and a 6.x version is in the pipeline. I also plan to release some additional variants of this theme in the near future.

Check out the project page, or take the live demo for a test drive!

Posted by John on 2008-06-30
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Information Week "Gets Started" With Drupal

Information Week, the influential B2B technology magazine, just posted a new article called Getting Started with Drupal. Here's a quote:

"Drupal is a free, open-source content management system, and its flexibility and ease of use have long made it a favorite in the content management community."

Perhaps my favorite thing about this article is that the author takes the time to mention a few community sites he found useful. And they just happen to be the top three from my previous article on The Top Drupal Community Sites. ;)

Indeed, Lullabot, Drupal Modules, and Theme Garden all get a link. It's great to see the larger Drupal community getting some recognition in the press!

Posted by John on 2008-06-26

The Top 10 Drupal Community Sites

Google recently added a new feature to Google Trends: You can now compare websites to see how many daily unique visitors they're getting.

If there's anyone who's qualified to estimate traffic, it's Google. They handle half the world's search requests, and for the Drupal community, that number is probably more like 95%.

So, what can we learn from this new tool? Let's take a look.

Drupal traffic trends

This image, taken from Google Trends, shows the amount of traffic to sites visited by people who use Drupal.org. In other words, this list represents the most popular sites in the Drupal community.

At number one, we have...

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Posted by John on 2008-06-24

A Visual Analysis of Drupal Modules

Inspired by Laura's recent post, I decided it would be fun to run some of the data from DrupalModules.com through Wordle.

So, I wrote a script to parse the entire collection of released Drupal modules. Over 2000 descriptions, written by hundreds of different module developers, were analyzed. This image shows the top 150 words used in the module descriptions, sized according to frequency.

Drupal Modules visualized

Unfortunately, Wordle outputs fairly small images. Fortunately, I figured out a way around that. Here's a 1680 pixel wide version!

I wanted to see what it would look like without the duplication caused by plural words, so I wrote a script to identify plurals and convert them to singular form (easier said than done, English is a tricky language). Here are the results:

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Posted by John on 2008-06-13

Converting Joomla to Drupal

Planning to make the switch from Joomla to Drupal? Now may be the time!

I was just reading over the New Modules feed when I spotted something called Joomla to Drupal. According to the feature list, it can import Joomla users, content, sections, and categories into Drupal.

Obviously, this project doesn't handle theme/module conversion, and I imagine there are some Joomla modules which would be incompatible with this type of export process. That said, for a basic Joomla to Drupal migration, this could be an invaluable time saver.

If you happen to give it a try, be sure to write up a review.

Posted by John on 2008-06-12
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Ottawa Drupal Meetup June 11th

The next Ottawa Drupal Meetup is Wednesday, June 11th, at 5:30pm. The location is the same as last time, The James Street Pub, at 390 Bank St.

Ottawa Drupal Meetup Map

The last meetup was lots of fun, we had about 20 people show up. If you're planning to come, head over to the Ottawa Drupal Group and click the "signup" button.

Posted by John on 2008-06-05
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