Why I Joined the Drupal Association (After All This Time)

Drupal Association - individual memberI've been working with Drupal since version 4.7, whenever that was. I admit that for many years, I didn't know what the D.A. did. Now I have a better understanding of what they do. The Drupal Association supports the Drupal community. They run Drupal.org and host DrupalCons, and they provide infrastrucutre and support for community initiatives. The D.A. has a new executive director, former NTEN E.D. Holly Ross. If Drupal continues to improve as an open source platform, I'd like to see the Drupal community be more accessible to more people.

Who is DevCollaborative?

For the last few years, I've been building Drupal sites for nonprofits with a remote, virtual, flexible team of colleagues. These colleagues are all over—California, Boston, Illinois, and Oregon. I've met almost all of them, in some way, through our connections to NTEN. I've known several of them for many years, and a couple of them for over a decade. 

What To Do in the Meantime: Responsive, Drupal & Nonprofits

In honor of Ada Lovelace Day, I'm giving my blog some attention today. I recently re-themed it with a customized version of AdaptiveTheme Sky. It's finally responsive (go ahead... try it). Hooray! Which brings me to the topic of responsive, on which I've been brewing thoughts for a while. It's hard to do anything in web design and development right now without hearing the term "responsive design" until your eyes glaze over. Responsive is a great concept. An increasing number of people are surfing on phones and tablets, and they expect to be able to do almost anything on their devices that they can do on a desktop. Much of the time, building one website that can adapt to different screen widths, using media queries, is a very elegant solution. So why are so many nonprofits still building non-responsive sites?

Secrets to Drupal Success on a Budget

The orgs I love to work with most are almost always on fairly tight budgets. I often find that people's expecations of how a website should be built is backwards, or it's generic and—once Drupal has been chosen—this generic approach does a great disservice to a project budget. In a typical scenario, the org and designer consider the content that needs designing, come up with a web design and sitemap, and then expect Drupal developers to map that vision of the site into Drupal, and perhaps fudge the places where it's not a perfect fit.

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