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.

Using Drupal in a commercial service

I understand Drupal is licensed under GNU/GPL. I wonder if it is allowed to use Drupal as part of a commercial service. E.g. can we host a Drupal-based site as part of a service we offer our customers?

Drupal empowered US presidential candidate Howard Dean


We at,, a working group of professional software engineers, graphical artists, students, and other miscellaneous innovators are in the beginnings of a monumental web development project. Our goal is to create and support extensible inter-operating content-sharing web community tools for all interest-based and regional groups who are participating in the Howard Dean’s grassroots campaign. The first set of tools we will release to run on the network will be based off of Drupal.

Here is a Wired article about the project.


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