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Global Training Days - February 2016 Summary

February 11, 2016 at 3:05pm

We kicked off the 2016 Global Training Days on February 5th. Twenty-two sites held a training in 11 countries, making it a great start to all things training in 2016.

Training events were held all over the globe in a variety of spaces. From offices to the public library and spaces where public university and governmental institutions collaborated with private organizations, Drupal was brought to a wide audience. Trainers gave introductory lessons with demos and hands-on site building exercises to attendees. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Here are just a few of the tweets we received about the first of the 2016 Global Training Days.

See more photos and updates at #DrupalGTD on Twitter. The full list of participants is on the 2016 page.

Learn more about the program at drupal.org or sign up to provide training at the next event.

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Membership Drive 2015 recap

February 10, 2016 at 7:44pm

From October 13 to December 30, 2015, we ran our biggest membership drive campaign ever. We did a lot of experimenting and I want to share some results and learnings with you.

But first, I'll tell you about our program. Drupal Association membership is for anyone who uses Drupal, and anyone who wants to support our community and the project through a donation of membership dues. Membership is one way to contribute to Drupal, but it is by no means the only way.

The biggest accomplishment in this campaign: 10% growth

During the campaign period, we saw 10% overall growth in our membership (3,266 to 3,590 members). For the last two years over this same period of time, we had seen 1% growth in membership. Last year’s growth is a huge win.

Goal vs actual

Our campaign goals were to raise $100,000 and to have 1,000 new members sign up.

The results looked more like this: $50,896 and 480 new members.

We also had 148 lapsed members return and our overall membership grew. Despite not hitting our goals, we are happy to have new and renewing members and some new knowledge about campaign content.

Homepage image with banner stating Support the project you love. Become a Member Today.Homepage with banner that has Mike Anello photo and quote and Campaign ends this week. Help now.Testing content

When the campaign launched on October 13, we put our first banner ever on drupal.org to test whether an increased presence on the site would make a difference in membership sales. The answer is a big Yes. There were spikes in membership sales around the times we launched and changed the content of the banners. The biggest day of sales took place on the day after the launch, Oct. 14, when 74 members paid dues.

On December 14, we refreshed the banner to include a photo and quote from a member who gave us a testimonial. We rotated the banners and a separate block on the drupal.org homepage until the end of the campaign to highlight a few members.

This graph shows the results during our December banner rotation period. There was a trough around the Christmas holiday, so testing this at a non-holiday time of year will be beneficial in a future campaign.graph of memberships sold and content launches

What we learned

A greater drupal.org presence helps sell memberships, and being mindful about what content to show our active members is important for inspiring people to share the campaign. If members see a banner, they should easily be able to share it or hide it.

We need to keep telling your stories. I saw some of the members who gave testimonials were given kudos in the community. It feels good to see the faces of the community and to see just why you care. We have continued sharing stories, starting with DrupalCon Asia.

On days we launched banners or refreshed content, we saw the biggest sales spikes and flurries of social activity. The time of year when many people step away from their computers could impact campaign performance, so testing at another time of year should be done.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this campaign. From the 27 members who gave testimonials, to everyone who joined or renewed membership or encouraged the community to be a part of the drive, we appreciate your help.

See the full report at https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1h0r32Tfw7TZ6osQbgtfMMJCZ3gjHMmwYlqOF8Xnmc80/edit#slide=id.g34532c755_069

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2016 Nominations Open for Drupal Association At-Large Director

January 19, 2016 at 5:28pm
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It’s a great time to be part of the Drupal Association. We’ve done some amazing work in the last few years, and we’re in a great position to work with the community to continue to improve and grow fully into our mission. As a Drupal Association At-Large Director, you’d be in the center of the action. The At-large Director position is specifically designed to ensure community representation on the Drupal Association board and we strongly encourage anyone with an interest to nominate themselves today.

Nominate Yourself Today

The Board of Directors of the Drupal Association are responsible for financial oversight and setting the strategic direction of the Drupal Association. New board members will contribute to the strategic direction of the Drupal Association. Board members are advised of, but not responsible for matters related to the day to day operations of the Drupal Association, including program execution, staffing, etc. You can learn more about what’s expected of a board member in this post and presentation.

Directors are expected to contribute around five hours per month and attend two in-person meetings per year (financial assistance is available if required). All board members agree to meet the minimum requirements documented in the board member agreement.

Today we are opening the self-nomination form that allows you to throw your hat in the ring. We're looking to elect one candidate this year to serve a two-year term.

How to Nominate Yourself

To nominate yourself, you should be prepared to answer a few questions:

  • About Me: Tell us about yourself! Your background, how you got into Drupal, etc.
  • Motivation: Why are you applying for a board position? What initiatives do you hope to help drive, or what perspectives are you going to try and represent?
  • Experience: What Drupal community contributions have you taken part in (code, camps, etc.)? Do you have experience in financial oversight, developing business strategies, or organization governance?
  • Availability: I am able to travel to three in-person board meetings per year (either self-funded, or with financial sponsorship)
  • IRC Handle
  • Twitter Handle

We've also made a few changes to the process based on community feedback from the 2015 election:

  • We now display your username, not your given name, on your candidate profile to address privacy concerns that had been raised. Nominees should note that given names are required on legal documentation such as our 990 IRS filings, but we will do our best to preserve your privacy where we can. 
  • Updated sidebar block has more information about the elections, making it easier to the information you need. 
  • When you nominate yourself we will ask if you would like to opt-in to share your election results data. Last year was the first time we published full results from the vote data. Candidates that opt-in will have their name displayed next to their vote counts, as in this example from 2015.

We will also need to know that you are available for the next step in the process, meet the candidate sessions. We are hosting 3 sessions: 

Meet the Candidate Web Conferences:

Session One
Tue 23 Feb 2016 at 16:00 UTC

  • 7 AM PST Tue 23 Feb, US and Canada
  • 10 AM EST Tue 23 Feb, US and Canada
  • 1 PM Tue 23 Feb, Sao Paulo Brasil
  • 3 PM Tue 23 Feb, London
  • 11 PM Tue 23 Feb, Beijing

Session Two
Wed 24 Feb 2016 at 21:00 UTC

  • 12 PM PST Wed 24 Feb, US and Canada
  • 3 PM EST Wed 24 Feb, US and Canada
  • 5 PM Wed 24 Feb, Sao Paulo Brasil
  • 8 PM Wed 24 Feb, London
  • 4 AM Thu 26 Feb, Beijing
  • 7 AM Thu 26 Feb, Sydney Australia

Session Three
Thu 25 Feb 2016 at 01:00 UTC

  • 4:00 PM PST Thu 25 Feb, US and Canada
  • 7:00 PM EST Thu 25 Feb, US and Canada
  • 9:00 PM Thu 25 Feb, Sau Paulo Brasil
  • 12:00 AM Fri 26 Feb, London
  • 8:00 AM Fri 26 Feb, Beijing
  • 11:00 AM Fri 26 Feb, Sydney Australia

The nomination form will be open February 1, 2015 through February 20, 2015 at midnight UTC. For a thorough review of the process, please see our announcement blog post.

If you have any questions, please contact Holly Ross, Drupal Association Executive Director.

Flickr photo: Clyde Robinson

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Happy Birthday, Drupal!

January 15, 2016 at 2:50pm

Happy birthday, Drupal community! Today is the Drupal project's 15th birthday. In honor of the upcoming year, we've put together a retrospective of some of the incredible changes and accomplishments we made together last year.

2015 was a landmark year for Drupal: between three DrupalCons, the release of Drupal 8, and numerous improvements to Drupal.org, there's a lot for everyone to be proud of. None of our amazing accomplishments would been possible without our community of passionate Drupalers. As you read the infographic, we invite you take a moment to congratulate yourself for all the ways that you've helped make the project strong. Because Drupal's 15th birthday isn't just an accomplishment for the software—it's an occasion to celebrate everyone who has helped get the entire project and the community to where they are today.

Infographic celebrating Drupal's 15th birthday

 

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12 Days of Drupal Community: Mike Anello

January 12, 2016 at 8:02pm
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The Drupal community is full of people who make the world a brighter place. Now that we’ve made it through the holidays, we’d like to start the new year by winding up our 12 days of Drupal blog series. Thank you to our community for inspiring us every day.

Mike Anello (ultimike)

About Mike

One would think that Mike never has time for sleep. He has been a Drupal developer, trainer, and consultant for almost 10 years, as well as a Drupal 8 Core Migrate module contributor, and a volunteer manager of the Community Cultivation Grants program. Mike also helps produce the DrupalEasy podcast and trains new Drupalers via a career mentorship program. If all that wasn't enough, he also organizes the Florida Drupal user's group.

What Mike says about membership

I doubt that the Drupal project would be where it is today without the Drupal Association. It takes a dedicated team of professionals to keep the servers humming along as well as organizing multiple DrupalCons around the world.

It’s often the small things that go the longest way. During the DrupalCon Barcelona sprint, I met a gentleman whose goal was to figure out how to use a new feature of one of the migration-related contrib modules. I didn’t have much experience with it, but together we figured it out in short order. He was super-thankful and promised he would write up the documentation page for the feature. Even though it was a small moment, it was one of many made possible by the Association’s constant support of the community.

If you are not yet a member, join the Drupal Association and be part of our success together.

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What’s new on Drupal.org? - December 2015

January 7, 2016 at 7:27pm

Look at our Strategic Roadmap highlighting how this work falls into our priorities set by the Drupal Association Board.

The Drupal.org Engineering team finished out 2015 with some quick wins, some planning for the new year, and some time spent catching our breath. With the December holidays wrapped in as well, this will be a bit of a shorter update. But after a frenetic November supporting the Drupal 8 release, a quieter December was just what the team needed to close the book on the year.

The Drupal.org roadmap

Community elections coming up

Community elections for the Drupal Association board are coming up soon. Nominations will open in February and we want to do everything we can to improve the nomination and voting experience, and to improve turnout among the Drupal community. In December, we revisited our elections plans and your feedback from the last elections cycle, and prioritized some refinements and improvements.

Updates for organizations

We also took the time to add a quick win for organizations who support the Drupal ecosystem, whether those are organizations that contribute code, provide services, or hire Drupal developers. We've added path aliases for organization names, so that Drupal organizations have a friendlier way to link to their profiles—and show off everything they do to support our community!

Small fixes to spam tools

We also deployed a very minor, but very welcome, fix to our spam fighting tools that fixes a bug that prevented users from unflagging things they had reported as spam. We also have some larger changes coming in January that should have a big impact on the ability of spammers to get through to the site in the first place.

Sustaining support and maintenance

DrupalCon Asia registration launched!

At the beginning of December, we launched registration for DrupalCon Asia, hosted by IITB in Mumbai, India from February 18-21st. This is the first DrupalCon following the release of Drupal 8.0.0, and the local community has been waiting to enthusiastically welcome the global community to Mumbai.

Cleaning up technical debt

After moving at an accelerated pace towards the end of the year, we chose to close out 2015 focusing on paying down some technical debt. These bug fixes and performance tweaks don't translate into forward facing features, but they do create a faster, more stable, and more secure Drupal.org. Fixing technical debt is unglamorous but essential, and we want to make sure we continue to find the time to tackle these issues in 2016.

Better BDD for Drupal.org

Drupal.org is the longest running Drupal installation and one of the most complex. There's quite a bit of custom and legacy code on the site to support not only the content and community features, but also all of the services Drupal.org provides (such as the testing interface with DrupalCI, the git repositories, and updates statitistics processing). While there was some existing BDD testing, it's in dire need of an overhaul.

Spending some time on our BDD testing infrastructure will let us have more confidence that our new feature development won't cause unexpected regressions elsewhere on the site. Overhauling this infrastructure will take a bit of time now, but it's an investment that will pay dividends over time.

Infrastructure tuning

Finally, we also spent some time in December tuning our infrastructure. We had just switched the last of our content delivery over to Fastly as our CDN for Drupal.org, and there was some tuning to do in our configuration. Our infrastructure team also spent some time rebuilding some of the virtual machines that are part of our back-end, and cleaning up how we generate the docker images for our new, faster development environments.

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As always, we’d like to say thanks to all the volunteers who work with us, and to the Drupal Association Supporters, who made it possible for us to work on these projects.

Follow us on Twitter for regular updates: @drupal_org, @drupal_infra

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Drupal Association Board Meeting: December 2015

January 5, 2016 at 8:00am

Last month we held our last board meeting of 2015, where we shared our recap of the Drupal 8 launch and then adjourned to the executive session. As always, you can review the materals, minutes, and recording of the meeting, but I would like to dive more deeply into some of the board business than was discussed.

Board meetings in 2016

For the last several years, we have held monthly public board meetings and taken great pains to ensure that anyone can attend or at least review materials and recordings. The purpose of these meetings has been two-fold: to conduct board business, and to inform the community because we value transparency. For a time, these two needs aligned very closely. As the Association was building its internal capacity and increasing our operational effectiveness, it made sense for us to report a lot of detail to the board as much of their focus was operational.

Now that our staff has grown and our operations have solidified, there is less need for the board to step into operations. The board is naturally shifting to more strategic topics. For example, rather than discussing in which city a DrupalCon should be held, the board is discussing which kinds of audiences we need at future DrupalCons to better grow the project. Strategic discussions have a longer time frame, and they just don't need to happen as frequently as operational conversations. So, we are going to scale back the board meetings to five times per year: remote in March, at DrupalCon North America, remote in July, at DrupalCon Europe, and remote in November.

Though we are reducing the number of board meetings that are held each year, we remain committed to the community value of transparency. Our teams here inside the Association will continue to produce monthly updates on their progress. Previously, these were documented in the monthly board packet. In the future, these updates will be shared via the Association blog, which is then also republished on Drupal Planet. We will also continue the practice of making all board meeting materials available to everyone, whether or not they can attend the board meeting in person.

As always, we welcome your questions and your concerns, whether you want to share them with our staff directly, via twitter, or even by snail mail (if you're into that sort of thing).

Board term renewals

In between meetings we also used email to confirm the re-election of several board seats. Congratulations and thank you to:

If you'd like, you can read about all the board members and their terms.

Flickr photo: Chris Messina

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12 Days of Drupal Community: Nick Vidal

December 23, 2015 at 4:33pm
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The Drupal community is full of people who make the world a brighter place. This month we are sharing more about the community members participating in our membership drive in this blog series. We work together, we motivate each other, and we learn together. Thank you to our community for inspiring us every day.

Nick Vidal (nickvidal)

About Nick

Nick has been an open source advocate for 15 years, a Drupal community and camp organizer since 2007, and he has helped organize some of the Drupal camps in Latin America. Nick brings passion to everything he does and he embodies what people think when they stay for the community.

What Nick says about membership

The grant received from the Drupal Association has helped us print a total of 8,000 magazines about Drupal to be freely distributed at events all over Latin America. The magazine contained an interview with Dries translated into 3 different languages (English, Spanish, and Portuguese).
This magazine has been fundamental to spreading Drupal in Latin America. It was launched when Dries came for the first time to Latin America, back in 2011. Dries came back to Latin America for DrupalCon in 2015, and the scenario has changed dramatically. The community has matured.

If you are not yet a member, join the Drupal Association and be part of our success together.

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12 Days of Drupal Community: Claudiu Cristea

December 21, 2015 at 8:42pm
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The Drupal community is full of people who make the world a brighter place. This month we are sharing more about the community members participating in our membership drive in this blog series. We work together, we motivate each other, and we learn together. Thank you to our community for inspiring us every day.

Claudiu Cristea (claudiu.cristea)

About Claudiu

Claudiu was awarded a Community Cultivation Grant. He is President of Drupal Association Romania and a web developer. Claudiu is a Core committer and part of the community for nearly 10 years.

What Claudiu says about membership

Drupal Association helped us run one of our yearly conferences, in 2012, when our community was unable to secure all the funds. Through the Community Cultivation Grant program, we were able to run DrupalCamp Arad 2012, an event organized by Drupal Romania Association. The event is important for us because it's the only moment in the year when we can meet together as most of the Drupalers from across Romania.

If you are not yet a member, join the Drupal Association and be part of our success together.

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12 Days of Drupal Community: Donna Benjamin

December 18, 2015 at 4:10pm
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The Drupal community is full of people who make the world a brighter place. This month we are sharing more about the community members participating in our membership drive in this blog series. We work together, we motivate each other, and we learn together. Thank you to our community for inspiring us every day.

Donna Benjamin (kattekrab)

About Donna

Donna is passionate about community and fulfills this by serving on the board of the Drupal Association and by chairing the Community Working Group. She has a love of Inkscape, Little Ms. Drupal, and has been a mentor, advocate and all around genuine do'er of amazing when it comes to our community. Donna is known for her advice, opinions and empathetic listening skills in making great things in our community happen.

What Donna says about membership

The Drupal Association's work is fundamental to supporting the project at the heart of our community. But I suspect there are thousands of people using Drupal every day who have absolutely no idea we exist, or what work we do. But many of them notice instantly the moment that Drupal.org falters. Supporting the team that supports our community is what matters most to me.

Drupal has made a big difference in my life. Drupal has helped me keep my own lights on, by providing an amazing platform to serve the needs of our clients. Years ago we had our own homemade content management system. It grew out of components we built for one client or another, solving the same problems time and time again. But it became unmanageable. We couldn't keep up with the maintenance requirements of the system and also continue to serve our clients. So we started evaluating the open source PHP content management systems available at the time. Drupal answered that call. We also discovered the community—and the rest, as they say, is history.

If you are not yet a member, join the Drupal Association and be part of our success together.

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12 Days of Drupal Community: Dhruv Baldawa

December 17, 2015 at 4:27pm
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The Drupal community is full of people who make the world a brighter place. This month we are sharing more about the community members participating in our membership drive in this blog series. We work together, we motivate each other, and we learn together. Thank you to our community for inspiring us every day.

Dhruv Baldawa (dhruvbaldawa)

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About Dhruv

Dhruv is a developer who began his journey into Drupal as a Google Summer of Code student. He lives in India and received a DrupalCon scholarship in 2012 to travel to Denver, which suited him well as he is an avid traveler.

What Dhruv says about membership

When I first posted a draft proposal, I had no idea how Drupal worked. I was truly amazed at how welcoming, open and helping the community is. It helped me learn about the various parts of Drupal's codebase, the modules and other subsystems. It was due to Drupal that I landed my first job. Much of what I have achieved so far, I owe to Drupal and its amazing community, and it is real pleasure to be a part of it.

If you are not yet a member, join the Drupal Association and be part of our success together.

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12 Days of Drupal Community: Solomon Kitumba

December 16, 2015 at 6:25pm
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The Drupal community is full of people who make the world a brighter place. This month we are sharing more about the community members participating in our membership drive in this blog series. We work together, we motivate each other, and we learn together. Thank you to our community for inspiring us every day.

Solomon Kitumba (solomonkitumba)

About Solomon

Solomon is a Community Cultivation Grant recipient and frontend developer. He organizes the local community in Kampala, Uganda and he spreads the word about Drupal as a Global Training Days trainer and through outreach tours at local universities. Solomon loves good UX and calls himself passionately curious.

What Solomon says about membership

The Community Cultivation Grant helped develop our local community. We used it to fund our outreach to different groups of people who embraced Drupal as a software and as a community. It helped raise the number of community members who both develop for and use Drupal.

New community members learned that Drupal is not difficult, it is a money-making tool you can embrace to build sites from simple blogs to very powerful web apps.

People in the community were shown the power of the community and how we can always help each other and also be part of the global community.

If you are not yet a member, join the Drupal Association and be part of our success together.

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Drupal at European Co-Marketing Events in 2015

December 16, 2015 at 6:11pm

As part of our mission to grow Drupal’s adoption in global markets, the Drupal Association launched a co-marketing campaign this year that included exhibiting at major industry events in Europe. With help from our sponsors Wunderkraut (WunderUK), undpaul, and Deeson, we were able to take Drupal to two marketing industry events: dmexco, and the Festival of Marketing.

Why showcase Drupal at marketing events? Marketers are constantly seeking out new tools to manage their content and track and improve their customers' digital experiences. That's why we set out to convince them that Drupal could be the best way to turn their websites—the strongest tools in their arsenals—into even better platforms for great content and customer experiences.

Drupal at dmexco

Our first co-marketing event was dmexco 2015 in Cologne, Germany. dmexco is a leading international exposition and conference for digital marketing, media, advertising, and technology. With the media and publishing sector being a target market for Drupal adoption, this two-day event was the perfect opportunity to introduce brand marketers and media professionals to the world of Drupal.

To show attendees why marketers love Drupal, we got expert assistance from two strong industry leaders, Wunderkraut and undpaul. As sponsors of our co-marketing campaign, they not only helped offset the costs of exhibiting, but were also instrumental in conveying our message to the attendees. Anja and Luca from undpaul in Hannover, and Lea and Daniel from Wunderkraut’s Munich office joined our staff on-site at the booth. They did an outstanding job preparing case studies and answering even the trickiest attendee questions. (Thanks to all of you for your support!)

The attendees we met at our booth had diverse professional backgrounds. Many had not heard of Drupal and were curious to find out who we are and what we do. Others were evaluating Drupal as their future CMS or were looking for a specific solution for their company’s needs. Others simply stopped by to snag some swag. Drupal-branded sunglasses and stickers were a hit, and so were our staff’s “I love Drupal” t-shirts!

Our presence at dmexco allowed us not only to connect with a somewhat untapped audience, but also provided great networking with fellow exhibitors. It was especially interesting to talk with software developers interested in integrating their products with Drupal. And of course it was great running into some familiar Drupal faces in the exhibit halls!

Overall, dmexco was a good experience for us raising awareness and highlighting our community’s work in the European market. As our first co-marketing event, it also allowed us to experiment and learn how to best promote Drupal in the marketplace. Some of our biggest “lessons learned” revolved around what questions marketers were asking about Drupal. So we updated our collateral to better reflect the answers to those questions and headed out to the Festival of Marketing.

Drupal at the Festival of Marketing

With support from Deeson and Wunder UK, we created a Building Block at the Festival of Marketing. The Drupal experience included LEGOs, how-to’s, demos, and case studies, and a raffle.

Our goal for the event was to promote Drupal as a complete digital marketing solution. Going into the event, we expected there to be very little knowledge of what Drupal was, and we were right.

But we had a lot of really great conversations at the Festival. Visitors to our booth became very receptive and curious when they realized we weren’t trying to sell them anything. Lots of people got excited and began asking more about how Drupal works. In a venue full of marketers and salespeople for proprietary companies, many people seemed curious and excited about the concept of open source software. It was also wonderful that when people asked what our “community” was all about, answering it was easy: after all, they were witnessing it first-hand! Seeing Deeson and Wunder UK working in unison was a great illustration of the Drupal community at work, and we couldn't be more thankful that they came together to help us out.

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12 Days of Drupal Community: John P. Weiksnar

December 15, 2015 at 9:18pm
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The Drupal community is full of people who make the world a brighter place. This month we are sharing more about the community members participating in our membership drive in this blog series. We work together, we motivate each other, and we learn together. Thank you to our community for inspiring us every day.

John P. Weiksnar (jpw1116)

About John

John is a longtime organizer of the Western New York Drupal User Group (WNYDUG) and a Drupal evangelist. John recently wrote a Drupal-related blog series from interviews he conducted at DrupalCon Los Angeles.

What John says about membership

The Community Cultivation Grant lived up to its name by helping us fund and launch our local user group’s inaugural Drupal Camp. This urban camp was the “big bang” that spawned our more focused “mini-camp” format. With less overhead and only a mountainside resort’s boardroom, participants got to experience Drupal presentations in a memorable way.

The best part of all: some first-time attendees at these events remain part of the local user group and, to this day, pop in to our monthly in-person or online meet-ups.

If you are not yet a member, join the Drupal Association and be part of our success together.

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12 Days of Drupal Community: Jeff Geerling

December 15, 2015 at 8:29pm
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The Drupal community is full of people who make the world a brighter place. This month we are sharing more about the community members participating in our membership drive in this blog series. We work together, we motivate each other, and we learn together. Thank you to our community for inspiring us every day.

Jeff Geerling (geerlingguy)

About Jeff

Jeff is a module and theme maintainer who began with Drupal in 2007. He enjoys organizing the St. Louis Drupal group, mentoring, and writing about devops. When Jeff isn't Drupaling, he's taking beautiful photos and spending time with family.

What Jeff says about membership

The Drupal Association's fiscal sponsorship helped the DrupalCamp STL team focus more on the success of the 2015 Camp in St. Louis, and less on the burdensome financial aspects. Our camp attracted Drupal users from around the Midwest, including a woman from Tennessee. She had no Drupal groups in her area (meaning there was nobody to sit down and help her learn the basics), but we were able to bring her to the camp and help her go from zero to sixty with a Drupal site she inherited for a local business. Stories like these (individuals helping other individuals, especially at community events) keep me interested in Drupal, and motivate me to give my time to the community.

If you are not yet a member, join the Drupal Association and be part of our success together.

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2016 Drupal Association Board Election Details

December 15, 2015 at 12:54am

Drupal 8 is out in the world and the future of Drupal has never been brighter. That means it's a great time to be a part of the Drupal Association, where we are making sure the Drupal community and project has what they need to realize that bright future. 

We have two At-Large positions on the Association Board of Directors - positions that are self-nominated and elected by the community. Simply put, the At-large Director position is specifically designed to ensure community representation on the Drupal Association board. If you are interested in helping shape the future of the Drupal Association, we encourage you to read this post and be prepared to nominate yourself between 1 February and 19 February 2016.

How do nominations and elections work?

Specifics of the election mechanics were decided through a community-based process in 2012 with participation by dozens of Drupal community members. More details can be found in the proposal that was approved by the Drupal Association board in 2012 and adapted for use this year.

What does the Drupal Association board do?

The Board of Directors of the Drupal Association are responsible for financial oversight and setting the strategic direction of the Drupal Association. New board members will contribute to the strategic direction of the Drupal Association. Board members are advised of, but not responsible for matters related to the day to day operations of the Drupal Association, including program execution, staffing, etc.

Directors are expected to contribute around five hours per month and attend three in-person meetings per year (financial assistance is available if required). You can learn more about what’s expected of board members by reviewing the board member agreement. You can also check out the presentation and summary we shared last summer.

Who can run?

There are no restrictions on who can run, and you don't need anyone to nominate you.

What will I need to do during the elections?

During the elections, members of the Drupal community will ask questions of candidates. They'll post comments on candidate profiles here on assoc.drupal.org and to the public Drupal Association group at http://groups.drupal.org/drupal-association. We'll also organize three all-candidates meetings (which will be announced on the Drupal Association group and blog), where community members and candidates will be able to ask questions and share information. The more you can participate, the more Drupal community members will be able to find out what you would bring to the Drupal Association board.

How do I run?

Candidates needed! If you are considering running, please read the entirety of this post, and then be prepared to complete a self-nomination form. This form will be open on 1 February, 2016 through 19 February, 2016 at midnight UTC. You'll be asked for some information about yourself and your interest in the Drupal Association Board. When the nominations close, your candidate profile will be published and available for Drupal community members to browse. Comments will be enabled, so please monitor your candidate profile so you can respond to questions from community members.

Who can vote?

Voting is open to all individuals who have a Drupal.org account by the time nominations open and who have logged in at least once in the past year. These individuals' accounts will be added to the voters list on association.drupal.org and they will have access to the voting.

To vote, you will rank candidates in order of your preference (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.). The results will be calculated using an "instant runoff" method. For an accessible explanation of how instant runoff vote tabulation works, see videos linked in this discussion.

Elections process

Voting will be held from 7 March, 2016 through 18 March, 2016. During this period, you can review and comment on candidate profiles on assoc.drupal.org and engage all candidates through posting to the Drupal Association group. We'll also be scheduling and announcing three phone-in all candidates meetings, where community members and candidates can ask questions and get to know each other.

Have questions? Please contact Drupal Association Executive Director Holly Ross. Many thanks to nedjo for pioneering this process and documenting it so well last year!

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12 Days of Drupal Community: Gemma Rose Dublan

December 14, 2015 at 2:35am
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The Drupal community is full of people who make the world a brighter place. This month we are sharing more about the community members participating in our membership drive in this blog series. We work together, we motivate each other, and we learn together. Thank you to our community for inspiring us every day.

Gemma Rose Dublan (Gemdev)

About Gemma

Gemma is a Drupal/PHP Developer and a community organizer for Drupal Pilipinas in Philippines. She has received grants for DrupalCon Sydney, Drupal Camp Manila 2014, and Philippine Drupal Campus Tours.

What Gemma says about membership

Thanks to the people who made my scholarship possible. It was an amazing opportunity. It paved the way for me to see DrupalCon in Sydney. DrupalCon helped me learn more about how deep the culture of the Drupal community is around the world. It opened my eyes to the wonderful things that Drupal can do for me and my community. It helped me polish my skills in Drupal. The imparting of knowledge from the speakers was amazing, the talks reminded me that Drupal is really powerful, and it helped me understand that without the community contribution and the people who continue contributing to core and code, there would be no community.

I learned good things that I can adopt for my local community in the Philippines, such as the proper approach in creating amazing meet-ups and conferences, and discovering how to cater to needs per individual in order to help them grow their skills in Drupal and encourage them to contribute back to the community.

If you are not yet a member, join the Drupal Association and be part of our success together.

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12 Days of Drupal Community: Ayesh Karunaratne

December 10, 2015 at 9:27pm
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The Drupal community is full of people who make the world a brighter place. This month we are sharing more about the community members participating in our membership drive in this blog series. We work together, we motivate each other, and we learn together. Thank you to our community for inspiring us every day.

Ayesh Karunaratne (Ayesh)

About Ayesh

Ayesh received a grant to attend DrupalCon Barcelona in 2015. He is an active member of the Southeast Asian Drupal community, manager of Sri Lanka Drupal group, a module maintainer and an all-around helpful community member. He is a freelance Drupal and PHP back-end developer.

What Ayesh says about membership

It was the warm feeling that I am welcomed among a community that is full of awesome people I admire every day. I think the grant means a wonderful opportunity to actually meet the Drupal community and the humans behind the code.

I have been to Drupal events in India and Malaysia, and have even organized events in my home country, Sri Lanka. But a DrupalCon is the event I was hoping to attend one day, and the grant made it possible for me. I could meet some of the developers I have known for a while and idolized every day, including Larry Garfield, Daniel Wehner, Klaus Purer and several others. It was also a great opportunity to meet and network with new developers who are just as awesome. Spending a few days with the software you love and people who love that software just as much as you do is a feeling that you can't turn into words. I'm truly grateful to the Drupal Association and people behind it for opening that opportunity to me.

If you are not yet a member, join the Drupal Association and be part of our success together.

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What’s new on Drupal.org? - November 2015

December 10, 2015 at 12:08am

Look for links to our Strategic Roadmap highlighting how this work falls into our priorities set by the Drupal Association Board and Drupal.org Working Groups.

Drupal 8 is here!

Drupal 8 was released on December 19th to a tremendous, worldwide celebration.

It was the culmination of an astounding effort by the community, and to support the big day the Drupal Association was ready with some new features and surprises for Drupal.org

 

The Drupal.org Roadmap

New Features on Drupal.org

All of the tremendous energy around Drupal 8's release was definitely felt here at the Drupal Association in November. Release day was an opportunity for us to showcase some great new features on Drupal.org

Firstly, we created a new landing page for the Drupal 8 release at http://drupal.org/8. Not only is this landing page beautiful, and functional - it also promotes the best of Drupal using some new features that preview what's to come for the best of Drupal.org.

The new landing page is built as a Section, according to the content model we're using to govern how content will be curated across Drupal.org. A more modern, minimal banner previews a more contemporary look for Drupal.org as we prepare a new pattern library. We've also enabled translation tools for content on Drupal.org, starting with critical sections like the Drupal 8 release pages, which allowed us to have over 25 translations of the release landing page on release day (with many more added since). We are not enabling translations on all Drupal.org content, but focusing on specific areas of content that are critical to promoting the project - curated by staff.

We also updated the Case Studies page with a new filter to highlight case studies by Drupal version - allowing the community to show off the best Drupal 8 sites that are already in the wild today.

Finally, we updated the download experience for users coming to download Drupal. Up to this point the download experience on Drupal.org left a lot to be desired. The most glaring issue was that there was no clarity for the layperson around what version to download, how they could just try the software out, and what to do next after downloading.

 

We've released a first iteration that dramatically improves these areas- and we're going to continue to make some changes to help improve that first impression new users get when they come to download Drupal.

Support for Translating Contrib

We would like to say a special thanks to u/herom and u/gábor-hojtsy for their work on https://localize.drupal.org to improve support for translating Contrib modules in Drupal 8. The DA provided development environments for testing and code review, but much of the heavy lifting was done by these members of the community. Thank you!

Content Strategy

The Documentation Section

While much of our engineering time in November was spent on tasks to support Drupal 8's release - the documentation section is still the next major section we will implement on Drupal.org. The Drupal 8 landing page was also implemented as part of the About section of Drupal.org, according to the outline set out by our Content Strategy, and that helped us to identify some additional features we still need to sort out for all of our new sections.

We've also continued to collect your feedback from the survey on documentation pages on Drupal.org, and will be reviewing that as we continue to build this section out.

DrupalCI

Now that DrupalCI has been in production for several months, Association time spent on active development is beginning to wind down. We're focusing our ongoing work on maintenance, clean up tasks, and some feature requests.

In November the team finished modifying the DrupalCI stack to help prevent cost overruns caused by too many simultaneous test requests. We also implemented php syntax linting.

We will also soon disable legacy testing for Druapl 6 and Drupal 7, and statically archive http://qa.drupal.org. (We have been ready to do this for some weeks, but have needed to find a good deployment window to make the final switchover.)

Planning Better Composer Support

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Composer is an increasingly essential part of any PHP developer's workflow, and Drupal 8 brings the project much closer to a place where Composer can be used for Drupal projects. In November, we worked with the community to find a path forward for composeron Drupal.org, and began outlining the issues that will need to be resolved to accommodate a more robust composer workflow for Drupal installations.

As the bulk of the work for the DrupalCI initiative has wound down, this will be one of the next major initiatives that the Association will undertake, and just as with DrupalCI, we'll be working closely with the community to find the right solutoins for Drupal.org.

Coming Soon: A Better Community Initiatives Process

One of the biggest challenges of being a small non-profit that works with a very large community is finding a way to embrace community contributions to Drupal.org while maintaining the integrity of the prioritization process and product vision for Drupal.org. Drupal the software is built by a wonderful global community, and some of those community members also want to give back to Drupal.org itself - and that process hasn't always been easy.

Well, one of our New Year's resolutions at the Association is to make this process better. We've been working with the Working Groups and the Association board to develop a process for community initiatives that provides greater transparency to the community, better respects contributors time, and helps to integrate community priorities into our greater roadmap.

This new process isn't quite ready to share, but we wanted to let you know that it will be coming soon!

Sustaining support and maintenance

Fastly for a Faster Drupal.org

Drupal.org firstly started using Fastly as a CDN to server our FTP traffic back in February of 2015. Since then we've been impressed by the quality of their service, the ease of configuration management for our CDN settings using varnish VCLs, and their responsiveness and commitment to the Drupal Community. In November, we completed migration of all of our CDN needs to Fastly - and Fastly now fronts all content and file delivery for Drupal.org.

Drupal Association Membership Campaign Continues!

Last, but not least, our membership drive on Drupal.org continues through the end of the year. If you are not yet a member of the Drupal Association we are asking for your support, and asking existing members to share the campaign.

The campaign has also taught us how we can better highlight our community contributors. Some of the most wonderful members of the Drupal community stepped forward to tell their stories - and we think we can bring those stories to the front page - so look forward to seeing more of them soon!

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As always, we’d like to say thanks to all volunteers who are working with us and to the Drupal Association Supporters, who made it possible for us to work on these projects.

Follow us on Twitter for regular updates: @drupal_org, @drupal_infra

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Membership: 12 Days of Drupal Community

December 7, 2015 at 6:38pm
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The Drupal community is full of people who make the world a brighter place. This month we are sharing more about the community members participating in our membership drive in this blog series. We work together, we motivate each other, and we learn together. Thank you to our community for inspiring us every day.

Alex Laughnan (laughnan)

About Alex

Alex Laughnan is one of the DrupalCon social media volunteers. He runs the DrupalConNA Twitter handle, and works closely with the Drupal Association before and during each DrupalCon to ensure that attendees have a fantastic experience. Alex is based out of San Jose and has been working with Drupal since he was in college at Portland State University.

What Alex says about membership

While there are a lot of different frameworks and applications out there, I think Drupal focuses on something special: the integration of a holistic community experience in software development. The Drupal Association helps bring the voices and experiences of this unique, diverse Drupal community to life, and that is invaluable. I support the Drupal Association as an Individual Member and look forward to continued collaboration within our Drupal-loving collective.

If you are not yet a member, join the Drupal Association and be part of our success together.

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