Distributed Authentication (the drupal.module) on drupal.org will be turned off November 1st, 2010

Note: If you never used an "@drupal.org" login to a site then you can gleefully ignore this post. It was a feature launched long ago and not widely used.

Hey Everybody,

It's been a long time coming, but we are now approaching the point where the old "distributed authentication" mechanism will be turned off on drupal.org.

For a while, the distributed authentication method was a great idea. Sites like spreadfirefox.com used the distributed authentication and it helped spread awareness of Drupal. It was an early idea for identity and federated websites and distributed social and all those fancy buzzwords.

But while the concept might have been visionary the implementation was not. It is not a super secure architecture, as perhaps the biggest complaint.

So, we will turn it off on drupal.org on November 1st, 2010.

Case Study: WePlaygroup – Find. Meet. Play!

WePlaygroup was designed to be a social networking site for parents, with a focus on finding and creating playgroups. A playgroup is simply a gathering of similarly aged children, with one or more accompanying parents, that meet in social settings, which helps build interpersonal skills for the children. The site revolves around a user’s ZIP code, and provide location based information with regards to "near-by" content. I wanted parents to easily locate local playgroups, activity centers and kid-friendly restaurants.

To help maintain a member’s interest, I wanted to offer a host of other ancillary services: playgroup activities, parenting tips, articles and news feeds, family coupons and a general classifieds section - all of which can be contributed from and rated by other members. My goal was to provide as many opportunities as possible for the community to interact with each other, and the relevant content.

I also wanted to establish a sense of connectedness between content types. No matter where the user might end up, they would always have a chance to find some other resource that might be of interest (near-by restaurants to the playgroup they are considering joining; recent parenting tips on the playgroup activity page they’re replying to, etc.).

Drupal 7.0 beta 1 Released

Update: Drupal 7.0 Beta 2 is available now!

Our final Drupal 7 alpha version was released about three weeks ago. Today, we're proud to announce the first beta version of Drupal 7.x for your further testing and feedback!

The jump between alpha to beta means the following:

  • We think that we have resolved all critical data loss and security bugs in Drupal 7.
  • We think that our APIs are now frozen enough so that contributed module and theme authors can start (or pick up again) their #D7CX pledges.
  • We think that we have caught and fixed most of the problems with the upgrade path. We were able to successfully upgrade a copy of the Drupal.org database to Drupal 7.

That said, we definitely still have some bugs to shake out, and we need your help to find them! Especially new folks who haven't taken Drupal 7 for a spin yet. So please, do so, and let us know what bugs you find in the "Drupal core" issue queue (Please search incoming issues before filing).

What's new?

Tons of stuff! A revamped user interface, a new admin and default core theme, image handling in core, fields (CCK!) in core, module and theme upgrades from within the browser, an automated testing framework with over 24,000 tests, improved security and scalability, revamped database, AJAX, and file systems, jQuery 1.4, jQuery UI 1.8, RDFa, and literally gazillions of other things! Please see CHANGELOG.txt for a comprehensive list of all improvements in Drupal 7.

WikiWeightWatcher.com Upgrade and Redesign

WikiWeightWatcher.com is a weight loss community website that allows users to view, add, and change Weight Watchers points and nutrition facts for restaurants and food items. It was initially launched in the fall of 2008, has grown to over 7,000 registered users, and currently receives over 3,000 unique visitors a day.

PropDrop is a company specializing in web development and marketing, focusing on niche websites and small businesses and organizations, doing anything from church websites to veterinarian websites. They did both the initial development, the new custom theme, and the implementation of the new features.

The Economist.com data migration to Drupal

The Economist is now using Drupal 6 to serve the vast majority of content pages to its flagship web site, economist.com. The homepage is Drupal powered, along with all articles, channels, comments, and more. The Economist evaluated several open source CMS and proprietary solutions aimed at media publishers. In the end, The Economist chose Drupal for its vibrant community, and the ecosystem of modules that it produces. The Economist will be adding lots of social tools to its site over time, and doing so on its existing platform was too slow/inefficient.

The Economist hired Cyrve to migrate its large and volatile dataset to Drupal. With the sponsorship and encouragement of The Economist, Cyrve open sourced its migrate module which is the heart of its migration methodology. The Economist and Cyrve hope this article helps more sites migrate to Drupal.

Greg Knaddison (greggles)

Greg (drupal.org user greggles) is a developer, site builder, security analyst, and trainer for Growing Venture Solutions.

Greg’s many contributions to Drupal:


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