Drupal 4.3.0 review at CodeMonkeyX.net

Nick from CodeMonkeyX.net has reviewed Drupal 4.3.0:

Drupal is an extremely powerful website platform. It can be used to create a wide variety of websites, and can be highly customized. This power comes at the price of some ease of use for the webmaster, but is well worth the time it takes to become familiar with the system.

Drupal project module upgrade

The bug tracking system used on drupal.org just got a major upgrade. There are a lot of changes, but the biggest change is contributed modules and themes getting their own project area. The individual project areas include separate bug trackers, making it easier to find and keep track of projects..

Issues—bug reports, feature requests, support requests, tasks—can be subscribed to on an individual basis, without having to subscribe to any of the Drupal mailing lists. To subscribe to a project:

  • Log into your account.
  • Find the project page you want to subscribe to.
  • Toggle the subscription options and save your new settings.

Module and theme owners can leave a comment to this post to request ownership of their projects. Being the owner of a project grants you the permission add a description, enter links and create release notes for the different versions. This, combined with the new versioning/tagging/branching policy of the contributions repository will help improve the quality of modules and themes provided on the download page.

To see a complete list of changes, check out the CHANGELOG.

Campaigns and Associations

I met with a Presidential campaign yesterday. They asked me to advise in general on their web site, but when we got into our discussion, I learned they were doing the static html thing. So, I demoed three CMS' to them - Drupal, Typo3, and a fork of Backend my company developed. They were blown away by all of them,. But I steered them to Drupal for speed of setup, flexibility and features. As a matter of fact, if you compare the features to what Howard Dean has on his site, you are basically setup with everything he has.

Having managed campaigns for a living in a previous life, I realized that if a Presidential campaign is this far behind technologically, then there are likely hundreds of candidates running now and next year that will not have a system in place. Additionally, most do not have the budget of this campaign and are unable to hire developers, designers, and writers, but know it is necessary.

Drupal 4.2.0 released

Recognizing that while many Open Source projects are powerful but lack ease of use, the Drupal project today announced Drupal 4.2.0, a substantially enhanced and re-organized version of the Drupal open source content management platform with a specific focus on improving ease of use and administration. Beyond ease of use, Drupal 4.2.0 includes several significant new features.

Structured support

I was wondering something about Drupal support. I know it's a pest to support a product when the questions are dull or when the people who ask the questions don't read up on the site about the problem first, but, the current feeling I get (not sure of anyone else) is that people become sort-of intimidated by the thought of sending to the support list, because of the fact that they will either NOT get reaction, or the reaction would be something to make the submitter feel stupid. As I said, the visitor is however often at fault for not reading the documentation before submitting a fault/support request, and I myself have done it before.

Stopping hackers

One of the cool benefits of the watchdog module is being able to see what caused a page error on your website and when it happened, and the IP that did it. I never thought about this until now, but this is more than a debugging tool, but can also be a security monitor.

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