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by Alex Kirmse
Zappos has been using Drupal for over 3 years. We have utilized Drupal for homepages, landing pages, brand pages, various static content driven websites (blogs.zappos.com, developer.zappos.com), and many other uses.
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New to Drupal or just need a quick refresher in some of the topics and related terminology? In this session we'll explain nodes, blocks, users, roles, taxonomy and many of the other basic concepts used throughout Drupal. The session will also provide a brief history of the Drupal project, Drupal's position in the web CMS market, and a basic overview of the volunteer and commercial Drupal ecosphere.
by Jeff Eaton
If you're reading this message, you use Open Source software. The last fifteen years has seen the meteoric rise of tools like Linux, Apache, Firefox, WordPress, Drupal and more; simply using Open Source is old hat. When it comes to building your company's web strategy around open source tools, though, the decisions can be fuzzier. The best-known arguments for Open Source are often ideological rather than pragmatic, and fail to account for the different needs of different projects and businesses.
In this session, Jeff Eaton will explain the no-nonsense pros and cons of Open Source, covering the big wins as well as the tradeoffs and common pain points. Whether your business is testing the Open Source water, betting the farm on community-maintained software, or open-sourcing its own creations, you'll learn how to avoid common pitfalls and set yourself up for success.
by Roger Lopez
This summer, the US Department of Energy re-launched Energy.gov on Drupal. The technical requirements of the project were driven by an internal need to consolidate the publishing and editorial resources of dozens of program offices. This session will discuss the challenges of developing a platform that will serve the current and future needs of the department, and the tools and techniques we developed along the way. We will also be discussing the projects that will be contributed back to the Drupal community on behalf of the work done for this project.
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by Angie Byron
Drupal is an open source project with one of the largest group of contributors (nearly 10,000 developers in all). How does anything get done? How do the big decisions get made? What processes exist to make changes happen? How is the community structured? How do new people get a voice and navigate their way through?
This talk will discuss some facts and statistics about the Drupal community, as well as provide answers to these and other burning questions regarding how our “do-ocracy” functions, and why it matters to you.
by Jeff Eaton
Just because you've never used Drupal doesn't mean you don't already posses a wealth of knowledge related to building a website. In this session we'll cover some of the basic principals of architeching, developing, designing, and managing any website and how those things map to a Drupal powered website.
For years, we've been telling designers: the web is not print. You can't have pixel-perfect layouts. You can't determine how your site will look in every browser, on every platform, on every device. We taught designers to cede control, think in systems, embrace web standards. So why are we still letting content authors plan for where their content will "live" on a web page? Why do we give in when they demand a WYSIWYG text editor that works "just like Microsoft Word"? Worst of all, why do we waste time and money creating and recreating content instead of planning for content reuse? What worked for the desktop web simply won't work for mobile. As our design and development processes evolve, our content workflow has to keep up. Karen will talk about how we have to adapt to creating more flexible content.
by Jeff Walpole
TakePart, the digital division of Participant Media, uses its films and hundreds of social action partners to develop a a rich ecosystem of related content and social action campaigns. To effectively meet TakePart's mission goals of building awareness and propelling positive social change, we built a platform on OpenPublish that showcased their work and connected the dots between campaigns, actions, related content and partners. TakePart is not alone in having highly customized content and publishing requirements, and this session covers the 10 needs publishers require from Drupal for an effective publishing platform.
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by Sally Young
Get a crash course in the basics of building a website using Drupal 7 and all the features and functionality baked in to the latest and greatest release of our favorite CMS. In this session we'll cover the basics of getting a Drupal site up and running using the Drupal "core" download, including creating and managing user accounts, navigation systems, adding additional fields to the built in content types, creating our own custom content types, and methods for categorizing content on your site. This will be a live demonstration of some features built in to Drupal and an overview of how to use them in order to build a successful Drupal-powered site.
The official website of the GRAMMYs gets pounded on GRAMMY Sunday, as music fans by the millions flock to the site for a list of winners, red carpet photos, live behind-the-scenes video, etc. Learn how The Recording Academy and Lullabot optimized Drupal – and used Varnish and Akamai – to withstand this massive traffic spike while serving up news and information in near-real time
The job of a web designer these days includes designing for content that changes, is highly dynamic, and often does not yet exist. Gone are the halcyon days of static, 5 page websites that are just as rigid as a printed brochure (let's be honest, we don't miss that). This reality has created a great deal of debate within our industry and a fair amount of difficulty in our design processes.
In this session we'll cover some basic design concepts and principles that can be applied when designing for CMS-driven websites. We'll also outline some tips and tricks for your design process, and explore some of the biggest hurdles and potential pitfalls in designing for yet created and ever-changing content.
Out of the box Drupal 7 has a ton of powerful tools for collecting and storing content provided by your site's administrators and end users. Once that content exists though how do we make use of it beyond a simple single page display? Enter the views module. Views is the most popular contributed module on drupal.org, and for good reason. The views module allows you to make lists of nodes, users, taxonomy terms, files and much more of the content on your Drupal site with just a few clicks. Never write an SQL query by hand again.
In this session we'll cover the basics of using the views module to create a list of nodes, demonstrate the use of filters to limit the items within a list, sorting to control the order items are listed and relationships to pull in additional information about items from other sources. Once we've created a list of items to display we'll take a look at the various options for outputting that list on a page, in a block, or as an RSS feed for our site.
12th–14th October 2011