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Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 10:36am

This blog post is part of a series on Drupal distributions.

If you stay up-to-date in the world of Drupal news, you've probably read that Phase2 Technology has recently acquired Development Seed's Drupal distributions, OpenAtrium and Managing News.

Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 3:44pm

This blog post is part of a series on Drupal distributions. The first post discussed the difference between distributions, installation profiles, and Features.

Drupal distributions are the foundation of what I like to call "Drupal as a product." Distributions are like pre-packaged websites: where Drupal core can be turned into any kind of website by configuring it and adding modules, distributions come pre-configured and with the modules needed for a certain type of website.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 9:45am

You may have heard the buzz about ways to make building certain kinds of Drupal sites easier. The terms "installation profile," "distribution," and "feature module" get thrown around a lot. But what do these terms really mean, and why do they matter?

Friday, August 27, 2010 - 9:00am

This summer I was a mentor for the Google Summer of Code program for Drupal. I maintain the Facebook-style Statuses module, which allows users to have a stream of “status updates” on their user profiles and to write messages on other users’ profiles, like Facebook.

Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 9:00am

Drupal Commons is a Drupal distribution billed as “social business software.” That means that Acquia is distributing Drupal bundled with some other modules preconfigured to work as a company’s interactive user-facing website. Drupal Commons 1.0 was released on August 5th.

The Purpose of Drupal Commons

Monday, July 26, 2010 - 9:58am

Recently I’ve given presentations on Social Networking in Drupal. In my mind, status updates are a central tenet of any successful social networking platform, which is why I built the Facebook-style Statuses module for Drupal.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - 5:01pm

Since giving a presentation on social networking in Drupal, a number of people have asked me which “friend” module they should use. It’s a good question, and the answer is of course that it depends on your site. This post should explain the relative advantages and disadvantages of both to help you choose which one will work the best for you.

Monday, June 28, 2010 - 10:46pm

I got involved with Drupal in 2007 when I decided I wanted to build an online community of young people interested in politics in order to encourage their interest and activism. I was in way over my head; I had dabbled with a number of desktop programming languages, but I had never built a website. I got my first hosting account on my dad's recommendation, and it came with an installer for a large number of open-source software in a variety of categories.

Monday, June 21, 2010 - 10:30am

A slide from Isaac's presentation.

This past weekend I gave a presentation on Social Networking at DrupalCamp South Carolina, which was hosted by the SouthEast LinuxFest. In the presentation I covered the components of a social network, why social networking is important, how social networking features will help your website succeed, and how to build a social network in Drupal. You can view and download my slides here.