Drupal documentation usability experiment

For the last several weeks the Drupal documentation team has been working to organize and create documentation. We have come up with several documentation handbooks that we believe will best meet your needs. Almost 200 of you have taken the time to tell us why you use Drupal documentation, what you need, and why you would decide to use Drupal documentation again.

Drupal.org: an improved contact page and a security team

Dries and I implemented some DrupalCon ideas regarding the contact page. Drupal.org's contact page has been revamped so anyone can contact the team regarding various subjects. The form is simple to use: fill in your name and e-mail address, select a subject, and type in the message. You do not need to specify recipients, the system routes the messages to the appropriate people based on the selected subject. We just rolled out the new contact form but plan to add more subjects.

Drupal.org: theme garden released

After a few months of running as beta we are now live! The Drupal Theme Garden lost its beta status. The Theme Garden is a place where you can smell the Drupal themes, wander around in very interesting themes, and enjoy Drupal artwork.

Experiences with upgrading to Drupal 4.6

I started this topic to describe my experience with upgrading from Drupal 4.5.0 to Drupal 4.6.0 (released yesterday). I hope others can comment on what they found here, so that it becomes a single reference for others trying to do the same in the future.

Five new themes courtesy of GoodBasic.com

The folks over at Good Basic have been doing a fine job of converting some of the brilliant templates available for various other CMS packages into Drupal templates. I have just committed, tagged for 4.6 release and created projects for the following new themes : Leaf, rdc*, Gespaa, Green Marinée and Blix.

UPDATE: I have uploaded screenshots of several of the contributed themes, including these five new ones, to the new Drupal.org theme gallery.

Drupal 4.6.0 released

After six months of development, the Drupal team is proud to announce the Drupal 4.6.0 release! Thanks to those who contributed to this release, either by contributing code, testing the release candidate, providing support or writing documentation.

The key changes since Drupal 4.5 include:

  • PHP5 support.
  • Better search usability, improved results and relevancy.
  • Personal contact forms for registered users.
  • Improved multi-site support to run multiple Drupal sites from a single code base.
  • Extensible RSS 2.0 syndication support for enclosures (e.g. podcasts) and categories.
  • Ping Ping-O-Matic, to ping all major ping services.
  • Usability improvements for permissions, block configuration, statistics tracking, logs, forum configuration, content administration, etc.

For a complete list, please consult the CHANGELOG. In addition to all of the above, we made significant improvements under the hood in terms of performance and better APIs. Contributed themes and modules have already begun to take advantage of these.

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