DrupalCon New Orleans is May 9-13th. The schedule is now available on the website, so you can start planning out your week.
With 130 sessions in 13 tracks across 3 days, 88 Birds of a Feather (BOF) roundtable talks, plus keynotes, sprinting opportunities, an expo hall full of exhibitors, and Monday training sessions and summits galore, there’s no shortage of great things to do at DrupalCon New Orleans.
To view your schedule, just click the “My Schedule” button on the main schedule page. You’ll be able to sort by day, making it easy to see what your plans are every step of the way through the convention.
To add an item to your schedule, open the session information and click the “Add to schedule” button visible under the time and location information. You can also remove items from your schedule either under the specific session page or on your schedule.
To claim a BOF, select the day and time you’d like to hold your BOF and click on ‘Create a BOF’ button in an available room and add in information about what you’ll be discussing.
We have dozens of time slots to choose from, so the sooner you claim a BOF, the more likely it is that you'll reserve the time and space that's right for you.
And remember, if you’re attending a training or summit on Monday, it won’t automatically be added to your schedule, so make sure you add it from its unique page on the website.
We hope you enjoy using the scheduler, and look forward to hearing your feedback when we see you at DrupalCon New Orleans. Just as a reminder, if you haven't yet purchased your DrupalCon ticket, do so soon -- regular ticket pricing ends in a little over a week!Drupal News
Campaign highlights move away from traditional beliefs about software piracy as industry now focuses on the legally minded, accidental license infringement
The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) and long-term industry member V.i. Labs, have launched a campaign aimed at educating software providers about individuals and businesses who unintentionally use software that is not licensed correctly. The campaign dispels long held beliefs that have resonated within the industry for decades – that all pirates are individuals who deliberately copy and use software with no regard to intellectual property. Not so.
Working together, FAST and V.i. Labs aim to raise awareness of the realities of unpaid licenses and accidental, but material, infringement. Legally inclined businesses and end users who are unaware that they are using unlicensed software represent a significant business opportunity for software providers.
The one big question I get asked over and over these days is: "How is Drupal 8 doing?". It's understandable. Drupal 8 is the first new version of Drupal in five years and represents a significant rethinking of Drupal.
So how is Drupal 8 doing? With less than half a year since Drupal 8 was released, I'm happy to answer: outstanding!
As of late March, Drupal.org counted over 60,000 Drupal 8 sites. Looking back at the first four months of Drupal 7, about 30,000 sites had been counted. In other words, Drupal 8 is being adopted twice as fast as Drupal 7 had been in its first four months following the release.
As we near the six-month mark since releasing Drupal 8, the question "How is Drupal 8 doing?" takes on more urgency for the Drupal community with a stake in its success. For the answer, I can turn to years of experience and say while the number of new Drupal projects typically slows down in the year leading up to the release of a new version; adoption of the newest version takes up to a full year before we see the number of new projects really take off.
Drupal 8 is the middle of an interesting point in its adoption cycle. This is the phase where customers are looking for budgets to pay for migrations. This is the time when people focus on learning Drupal 8 and its new features. This is when the modules that extend and enhance Drupal need to be ported to Drupal 8; and this is the time when Drupal shops and builders are deep in the three to six month sales cycle it takes to sell Drupal 8 projects. This is often a phase of uncertainty but all of this is happening now, and every day there is less and less uncertainty. Based on my past experience, I am confident that Drupal 8 will be adopted at "full-force" by the end of 2016.
A few weeks ago I launched the Drupal 2016 product survey to take pulse of the Drupal community. I plan to talk about the survey results in my DrupalCon keynote in New Orleans on May 10th but in light of this blog post I felt the results to one of the questions is worth sharing and commenting on sooner:
Over 1,800 people have answered that question so far. People were allowed to pick up to 3 answers for the single question from a list of answers. As you can see in the graph, the top two reasons people say they haven't upgraded to Drupal 8 yet are (1) the fact that they are waiting for contributed modules to become available and (2) they are still learning Drupal 8. The results from the survey confirm what we see every release of Drupal; it takes time for the ecosystem, both the technology and the people, to come along.
Fortunately, many of the most important modules, such as Rules, Pathauto, Metatag, Field Collection, Token, Panels, Services, and Workbench Moderation, have already been ported and tested for Drupal 8. Combined with the fact that many important modules, like Views and CKEditor, moved to core, I believe we are getting really close to being able to build most websites with Drupal 8.
The second reason people cited for not jumping onto Drupal 8 yet was that they are still learning Drupal 8. One of the great strengths of Drupal has long been the willingness of the community to share its knowledge and teach others how to work with Drupal. We need to stay committed to educating builders and developers who are new to Drupal 8, and DrupalCon New Orleans is an excellent opportunity to share expertise and learn about Drupal 8.
What is most exciting to me is that less than 3% answered that they plan to move off Drupal altogether, and therefore won't upgrade at all. Non-response bias aside, that is an incredible number as it means the vast majority of Drupal users plan to eventually upgrade.
Yes, Drupal 8 is a significant rethinking of Drupal from the version we all knew and loved for so long. It will take time for the Drupal community to understand Drupal's new design and capabilities and how to harness that power but I am confident Drupal 8 is the right technology at the right time, and the adoption numbers so far back that up. Expect Drupal 8 adoption to start accelerating.Drupal News
NORWICH, UK, April 28th, 2016 - FXHOME today released all-in-one video editing and visual effects software HitFilm 4 Express, designed to enable a new generation of online creators. Available for free, its powerful technology gives YouTubers the ability to make bigger and better content than ever before; from music videos and Let’s Play videos to action movies with blockbuster-quality visual effects.
It used to be time-consuming and difficult for filmmakers to create amazing content and share it with the world. HitFilm 4 Express gives the YouTube generation the best tools and all the help they need to get started. After bringing on board hundreds of thousands of users since last July alone, HitFilm has become one of the fastest growing video editors in the world. Whether creators are looking for an editor, a visual effects toolkit or a supportive creative community, they start with HitFilm 4 Express.
STERLING, Va. -- April 26, 2016; Neustar, Inc., a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information services, today released the findings from its third global DDoS Attacks and Protection Report titled The Threatscape Widens: DDoS Aggression and the Evolution of IoT Risks. The April 2016 report follows a survey of over 1,000 IT professionals across six continents, and reveals that few organizations globally are being spared DDoS attacks. With the bombardment fairly constant throughout 2015, it is no longer a matter of if or when attacks might happen, but how often and how long the attack will last. Faced with this ongoing onslaught, the report demonstrates that increasingly DDoS-defense savvy organizations are now arming themselves accordingly.
The research results show that although revenue loss caused by a DDoS related outage is usually the main concern, 57% of all breaches involved some sort of theft including intellectual property and customer data as well as financial information. More troubling, following the initial breach, 45% of organizations reported the installation of a virus or malware - a sign that attackers are interested in causing ongoing harm.
The research highlights that although DDoS attack tactics continue to evolve from single large attacks intended to take a website offline to the multi-vector attacks we are seeing today, organizations are fighting back. The good news is 76% of companies are investing more in DDoS protection than in 2014 and 47% of the attacked organizations are participating in security consortiums to share information on threats and counter measures.
After about six million downloads of WordPress 4.5, we are pleased to announce the immediate availability of WordPress 4.5.1, a maintenance release.
This release fixes 12 bugs, chief among them a singular class issue that broke sites based on the Twenty Eleven theme, an incompatibility between certain Chrome versions and the visual editor, and an Imagick bug that could break media uploads. This maintenance release fixes a total of 12 bugs in Version 4.5. For more information, see the release notes or consult the list of changes.
Download WordPress 4.5.1 or venture over to Dashboard → Updates and simply click “Update Now.” Sites that support automatic background updates are already beginning to update to WordPress 4.5.1.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to 4.5.1:
With the emergence of new data sources such as social media, mobile applications, and sensor-equipped “Internet of Things” networks, enterprises applications today are adopting disruptive technologies to manage the higher volume of information; specially when the data itself arrives at much faster rates and is more complex and dynamic than existing transactional sources.
The scalable storage, powerful data processing and embedded analytics engines allows you to easily access, enrich and analyze variety and volume of big data to deliver real-time insights into areas such as operational performance, customer satisfaction, and competitor behavior.
Once again Joomla will be participating in the Google Summer of Code, and this year we have 6 excellent student projects that were accepted by Google on April 22, 2016. Congratulations to all the students that will be joining the Joomla Google Summer of Code project this year! Welcome to the J!Family.
With 78 applications submitted, it was a difficult task to narrow down the list of potential students to the final 6 Projects. Thanks to all of the Mentors and Joomla community members that helped us determine who got in. With the help of some great Joomla volunteers, we will have Mentors for each student to help guide them through the process.
If you would like to keep up with the students as they progress, Students will be posting updates on the Joomla Community Magazine throughout the summer starting in May.What is Google Summer of Code?
Google Summer of Code is a program designed to encourage university student participation in open source software development.
Some quick facts about the Google Summer of Code program.
GSoC gives students an opportunity to work on real-world software development projects.
Encourages students to get involved in Open Source projects, bringing new developers into our ecosystem.
Students gain new skills and make new contacts in the Open Source community.
Allows students to work with mentors that can share experience and knowledge with them.
Students who pass their midterm and final evaluations will be paid a stipend by Google for their work in Joomla.
If you want to read more about the program, just visit our Joomla GSoC 2016 Home,
You can find out all the information you need and more on this page. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask a question on the Mailing List and someone will be happy to help.
Today is another big day for Drupal as we just released Drupal 8.1.0. Drupal 8.1.0 is an important milestone as it is a departure from the Drupal 7 release schedule where we couldn't add significant new features until Drupal 8. Drupal 8.1.0 balances maintenance with innovation.
On my blog and in presentations, I often talk about the future of Drupal and where we need to innovate. I highlight important developments in the Drupal community, and push my own ideas to disrupt the status quo. People, myself included, like to talk about the shiny innovations, but it is crucial to understand that innovation is only a piece of how we grow Drupal's success. What can't be forgotten is the maintenance, the bug fixing, the work on Drupal.org and our test infrastructure, the documentation writing, the ongoing coordination and the processes that allow us to crank out stable releases.
We often recognize those who help Drupal innovate or introduce novel things, but today, I'd like us to praise those who maintain and improve what already exists and that was innovated years ago. So much of what makes Drupal successful is the "daily upkeep". The seemingly mundane and unglamorous effort that goes into maintaining Drupal has a tremendous impact on the daily life of hundreds of thousands of Drupal developers, millions of Drupal content managers, and billions of people that visit Drupal sites. Without that maintenance, there would be no stability, and without stability, no room for innovation.Drupal News
Preservica v5.6’s rich set of new features include easy “drag & drop” collection re-arrangement, support for virtual collections, recoverable delete, advanced catalog synchronization with ArchivesSpace, public access faceted search and new digital preservation tools including migration of video files to web-friendly HTML-5.
Boston, MA US | April 2016 | Preservica, a world leader in digital preservation, has announced the latest release (v5.6) of its Digital Preservation and Access software. The new features build on Preservica’s active post-ingest file format migration and storage management to give libraries, museums, archives and businesses new levels of control and flexibility over how they manage, arrange, migrate, share and store their valuable digital content overtime - as needs, demands and technologies change.
You probably haven’t thought about your About Me page in years. At least, if you’re anything like me.
But you’re doing this at your own peril. Statistically speaking, your About Me page is one of the top 10 most visited pages on your site.
That’s why I want to share with you the tips to make yours become a productive power page.
Your “About Me” page of your website should serve several purposes. For starters, it should introduce you to potential new readers. It should show off a bit of your personality and writing style, explain why you are someone who knows what you’re talking about, and simultaneously entertain and educate your readers. Sounds like a big task, right? Because it is.
Writing a solid About page isn’t easy, especially when you consider the dozens of other jobs that any blog maintainer already has on a given day.
But putting in a little bit of effort and making sure to include a few things will take your About page from a zero to a hero in no time.
Organizations in the retail sector experienced almost three times as many attacks as those in the financial sector
20 April 2016 – New research published today in the NTT 2016 Global Threat Intelligence Report reveals that cybercriminals have shifted their focus from traditional financial markets, to targeting the retail sector. Retail organizations experienced nearly three times as many cyberattacks as those in the finance sector which was top of the list of cyberattacks on organizations in the 2015 report. Cyberattacks on financial industry dropped significantly to fourteenth position.
NTT’s annual Global Threat Intelligence Report contains security threats gathered during 2015 from 8,000 clients of NTT Group security companies including Dimension Data, Solutionary, NTT Com Security, NTT R&D, and NTT Innovation Institute (NTTi3). This year’s data is based on 3.5 trillion security logs and 6.2 billion attacks. Data is also gathered from 24 Security Operations Centres and seven research and development centers of the NTT Group.
Drupal 8.1.0, the first minor release of Drupal 8, is now available. With Drupal 8, we made significant changes in our release process, adopting semantic versioning and scheduled feature releases. This allows us to make extensive improvements to Drupal 8 in a timely fashion while still providing backwards compatibility. Drupal 8.1.0 is the first such update.What's new in Drupal 8.1.x?
Drupal 8.1.0 comes with numerous improvements, including CKEditor WYSIWYG enhancements, added APIs, an improved help page, and two new experimental modules. (Experimental modules are provided with Drupal core for testing purposes, but are not yet fully supported.)Download Drupal-8.1.0 Experimental UI for migrations from Drupal 6 and 7
Drupal 8.1.0 now includes the Migrate Drupal UI module, which provides a user interface for Drupal core migrations. Use it to migrate Drupal 6 or 7 sites to Drupal 8. The user guide on migrating from Drupal 6 or 7 to Drupal 8 has full documentation. Note that the Drupal 8 Migrate module suite is still experimental and has known issues. Read below for specific information on migrating Drupal 6 and Drupal 7 sites with 8.1.0. (Always back up your data before performing a migration and review the results carefully.)BigPipe for perceived performance
The Drupal 8 BigPipe module provides an advanced implementation of Facebook's BigPipe page rendering strategy, leading to greatly improved perceived performance for pages with dynamic, personalized, or uncacheable content. See the BigPipe documentation.CKEditor WYSIWYG spellchecking and language button
Drupal 8.0.0 included the CKEditor module (a WYSIWYG editor), but it was not previously possible to use your browser's built-in spell checker with it to check the text. With Drupal 8.1.0, spellchecking is now enabled within CKEditor as well.
Another great improvement is the addition of the optional language markup button in CKEditor. When configured to appear in your editing toolbar, it allows you to assign language information to parts of the text, which is useful for accessibility and machine processing.Improved help page with tours
Drupal 8.0.0 included a new system for help tutorials called tours with the core Tour module. In Drupal 8.1.0, we made these tours easier to discover by listing them in the administrative help overview at /admin/help.
The help overview page is also more flexible now, so contributed modules can add sections to it and themes can override its appearance more easily. You can read more about the new system in the change record for the updated help page, or refer to the Tour API documentation for how to add tours for your modules.Rendered entities in Views fields
Starting with Drupal 8.1.x, Drupal core and its dependencies are packaged by Composer on Drupal.org. This means that sites and modules can now also use Composer to manage all of their third-party dependencies (rather than having to work around the vendor directory that previously shipped with core).Developer API improvements
Minor releases like Drupal 8.1.0 include backwards-compatible API additions for developers as well as new features. Read the 8.1.0 release notes for more details on the many improvements for developers in this release.What does this mean to me?
Drupal 8 site owners
Update to 8.1.0 to continue receiving bug and security fixes. The next bugfix release, 8.1.1, is scheduled for May 4, 2016.
Updating your site from 8.0.6 to 8.1.0 with update.php is exactly the same as updating from 8.0.5 to 8.0.6. Modules, themes, and translations may need small changes for this minor release, so test the update carefully before updating your production site.Drupal 6 site owners
Drupal 6 is not supported anymore. Create a Drupal 8 site and try migrating your data into it as soon as possible. Your Drupal 6 site can still remain up and running while you test migrating your Drupal 6 data into your new Drupal 8 site. Note that there are known issues with the experimental Migrate module suite. If you find a new bug not covered by one of these issues, your detailed bug report with steps to reproduce is a big help!Drupal 7 site owners
Drupal 7 is still fully supported and will continue to receive bug and security fixes throughout all minor releases of Drupal 8.
The new Migrate Drupal UI for Migrate also allows migrating a Drupal 7 site into a Drupal 8 site, but the migration path from Drupal 7 to 8 is not complete, so you may encounter errors or missing migrations when you try to migrate. That said, since your Drupal 7 site can remain up and running while you test migrating into a new Drupal 8 site, you can help us stabilize the Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 migration path! Testing and bug reports from your real-world Drupal 7 sites will help us stabilize this functionality sooner for everyone. (Search the known issues.)Translation, module, and theme contributors
Minor releases like Drupal 8.1.0 are backwards-compatible, so modules, themes, and translations that support Drupal 8.0.x will be compatible with 8.1.x as well. However, the new version does include some string changes, minor UI changes, and internal API changes (as well as more significant changes to experimental modules like the Migrate suite). This means that some small updates may be required for your translations, modules, and themes. See the announcement of the 8.1.0 release candidate for more background information.
Alfresco delivers its next generation of leading, tightly integrated ECM and BPM solutions with Ness SES development and test services
TEANECK, NJ – April 19, 2016 – Ness Software Engineering Services (SES), a leading provider of software product engineering services, today revealed how it has contributed to the successful release of the latest versions of Alfresco One and Activiti by Alfresco Software, the leading open-source provider of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and Business Process Management (BPM) solutions. Alfresco is enabling companies to meet their digital transformation goals through platforms its customers trust to take full advantage of their content, people, and business processes. Ness is helping Alfresco by providing ongoing software development, support and test engineering services.
RiskIQ find 59% of UK citizens using personal devices to access corporate networks use the same device to access illegal pirate content
London, UK. 19 April 2016 – New research from RiskIQ, the leader in external threat management, has found that a shocking 6 in 10 (59%) Brits who use personal devices for work also use the same device for streaming or downloading pirated content.
Whilst the research, conducted by OnePulse for RiskIQ, found that 80% of individuals in the UK who access pirated content on these devices do consider the personal security risks of doing so, such as a malware infection, 4 in 10 (40%) do not consider the security implications for their organization when accessing this content.
The trademark team manages and defends Joomla-related trademarks and licensing on behalf of the Joomla! Community. We want to make sure that the world respects the policies and regulations we have around the use of the Joomla! name and brand mark. For more information check out the Trademark Team website at https://tm.joomla.org
This comes with a lot of work. We need active team members that will pick up some tasks.
PAREXEL And EMC Form Alliance To Provide Cloud-Based Document And Regulatory Information Management Services
PAREXEL enhances its Regulatory Cloud; leverages EMC® Documentum® for Life Sciences software solution suite to offer an end-to-end regulatory solution
LONDON, 13th April, 2016 - PAREXEL International Corporation (NASDAQ: PRXL), a leading global biopharmaceutical services organisation, and EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) today announced they have entered into an alliance to offer an end-to-end Regulatory Information Management (RIM) and Regulatory Content Management solution.
I've been writing a lot about what I believe is important for the future of Drupal, but now it is your turn. After every major release of Drupal I do a "product management survey" to get your ideas and data on what to focus on for future releases of Drupal (8.x/9).
The last time we had such a survey was after the release of Drupal 7, six months into the development of Drupal 8. I presented the results at DrupalCon London in 2011. The results informed the Drupal community at large, but were also the basis for defining initiatives for Drupal 8. This time around, I'm hoping for similar impact, but also some higher-level strategic thinking about how Drupal should respond to various market trends.
It shouldn't take more than 10-15 minutes to fill out the survey. We'd like to hear from everyone who cares about Drupal: content managers, site owners, site builders, module developers, front-end developers, people selling and marketing Drupal, etc. Whether you are a Drupal expert or just getting started with Drupal, every voice counts! Best of all, with Drupal 8's new 6-month release cycle, we can act on the results of this survey much sooner than in the past.
I will be presenting the results during my DrupalCon New Orleans keynote (the video recording of the keynote, the presentation slides and the survey results will be downloadable on my blog after). Please tell us what you think about Drupal; your feedback will shape future versions of Drupal.Front page news: Drupal News
Version 4.5 of WordPress, named “Coleman” in honor of jazz saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in 4.5 help streamline your workflow, whether you’re writing or building your site.Editing Improvements Inline Linking
Stay focused on your writing with a less distracting interface that keeps you in place and allows you to easily link to your content.Formatting Shortcuts
Do you enjoy using formatting shortcuts for lists and headings? Now they’re even more useful, with horizontal lines and <code>.Customization Improvements Live Responsive Previews
Make sure your site looks great on all screens! Preview mobile, tablet, and desktop views directly in the customizer.Custom Logos
Themes can now support logos for your business or brand. Try it out with Twenty Sixteen and Twenty Fifteen in the Site Identity section of the customizer.Under the Hood Smart Image Resizing
Generated images now load up to 50% faster with no noticeable quality loss. It’s really cool.Selective Refresh
Better support has been added for script header/footer dependencies. New wp_add_inline_script() enables adding extra code to registered scripts.Better Embed Templates
jQuery 1.12.3, jQuery Migrate 1.4.0, Backbone 1.2.3, and Underscore 1.8.3 are bundled.The Crew
This release was led by Mike Schroder, backed up by Adam Silverstein as Release Deputy, Mel Choyce as Release Design Lead, and the help of these fine individuals. There are 298 contributors with props in this release. Pull up some Coleman Hawkins on your music service of choice, and check out some of their profiles:@mercime, Aaron D. Campbell, Aaron Edwards, Aaron Hockley, Aaron Jorbin, Abiral Neupane, Ahmad Awais, aidanlane, Amanda Rush, ambrosey, Andrea Fercia, Andrea Gandino, Andrew Nacin, Andrew Ozz, Andrew Rockwell, Andy, Ankit K Gupta, Anton Timmermans, apaliku, Aram Zucker-Scharff, ash.matadeen, Ashok Kumar Nath, BandonRandon, Barry Ceelen, Ben Dunkle, berengerzyla, Bernhard Riedl, Bhushan S. Jawle, Birgir Erlendsson (birgire), Boone B. Gorges, Brad Williams, Brady Vercher, Brandon Allen, Brandon Hubbard, Brandon Kraft, Brian Krogsgard, Bruno Borges, Callum Macdonald, Cami Kaos, Chandra Patel, Charles Fulton, Chetan Chauhan, Chouby, ChriCo, Chris Christoff, Chris Mok, Christoph Herr, ckoerner, Claudio Sanches, Compute, coreymcollins, d4z_c0nf, Daisuke Takahashi, danhgilmore, Daniel Bachhuber, Daniel Bailey, Daniel Jalkut (Red Sweater), Daniel Llewellyn, Daniele Scasciafratte, danielpataki, Danny van Kooten, Dave Clements, David A. Kennedy, David Brumbaugh, David Herrera, David Newton, David Shanske, Davide 'Folletto' Casali, Denis de Bernardy, Dennis Ploetner, Derek Herman, Dion Hulse, dmsnell, Dominik Schilling, Dossy Shiobara, Dotan Cohen, Dreb Bits, Drew Jaynes, duaneblake, Dzikri Aziz, Elio Rivero, Ella Iseulde Van Dorpe, Emerson Maningo, enej, Eric Andrew Lewis, Eric Binnion, Eric Daams, Erick Hitter, Evan Herman, Fabien Quatravaux, faishal, fantasyworld, Felix Arntz, finnj, firebird75, Fredrik Forsmo, fusillicode, Gary Jones, Gary Pendergast, gblsm, George Stephanis, Giuseppe Mamone, Giustino Borzacchiello, Grant Palin, groovecoder, Guido Scialfa, Gustavo Bordoni, hakre, Helen Hou-Sandí, Henry Wright, Hinaloe, Hugh Lashbrooke, Hugo Baeta, Iain Poulson, Ignacio Cruz Moreno, imath, Ionut Staicu, Ivan Kristianto, J.D. Grimes, jadpm, James DiGioia, Jason, Jasper de Groot, Jeffrey de Wit, Jeffrey Schutzman, Jennifer M. Dodd, Jeremy Felt, Jeremy Herve, Jeremy Pry, Jesin A, Jess G., Joan Boluda, Joe Hoyle, Joe McGill, joelerr, John Blackbourn, John James Jacoby, JohnnyPea, Jonathan Brinley, Jonny Harris, Jory Hogeveen, Joseph Fusco, Josh Levinson, Josh Pollock, jrchamp, jrf, Juanfra Aldasoro, Juhi Saxena, Julio Potier, katieburch, Kelly Dwan, Kevin Hagerty, Kiran Potphode, Kirk Wight, Kite, kjbenk, Konstantin Kovshenin, Konstantin Obenland, Konstantinos Kouratoras, KrissieV, Lance Willett, leemon, Lew Ayotte, Liam Dempsey, Luan Ramos, luciole135, Lukas Pawlik, Lutz Schröer, madvic, Marco Chiesi, Marin Atanasov, Mario Peshev, Mark Barnes, Mark Jaquith, Mark Uraine, Marko Heijnen, Martin Burke, Matt Mullenweg, Matt Wiebe, mattfelten, MattGeri, Matthew Ell, maweder, Mayo Moriyama, mcapybara, Mehul Kaklotar, Meitar, mensmaximus, Michael Arestad, michalzuber, micropat, Mika Epstein, Mike Glendinning, Mike Hansen, Mike Jolley, Milan Dinić, Morgan Estes, moto hachi ( mt8.biz ), Mr Papa, mwidmann, nexurium, Niall Kennedy, Nic Ford, Nick Halsey , Nilambar Sharma, Ninos, oaron, overclokk, Pascal Birchler, Pat O'Brien, Paul Bearne, Paul de Wouters, Payton Swick, Perez Labs, Pete Nelson, Peter Wilson, petermolnar, Petter Walbø Johnsgård, Pieter, Pippin Williamson, Pirate Dunbar, prettyboymp, Profforg, programmin, Rachel Baker, rahal.aboulfeth, Rami Yushuvaev, Rastislav Lamos, Ricky Lee Whittemore, Ritesh Patel, rob, Roger Chen, RomSocial, Ruud Laan, Ryan Boren, Ryan Kienstra, Ryan McCue, Ryan Welcher, Sagar Jadhav, Sal Ferrarello, salvoaranzulla, Sam Hotchkiss, Sara Rosso, sarciszewski, Scott Kingsley Clark, Scott Reilly, Scott Taylor, scottbrownconsulting, scribu, Sebastian Pisula, Sergej Müller, Sergey Biryukov, Shane, Shinichi Nishikawa, sidati, Siobhan, sky, slushman, smerriman, stephanethomas, Stephen Edgar, Stephen Harris, Steve Grunwell, Steven Word, Store Locator Plus, Subharanjan, Sudar Muthu, Sumit Singh, Taco Verdonschot, tahteche, Takashi Irie, Takayuki Miyoshi, Tammie Lister, tharsheblows, theMikeD, thomaswm, Timothy Jacobs, timplunkett, tmuikku, Toni Viemerö, Toro_Unit (Hiroshi Urabe), Tracy Levesque, Tran Ngoc Tuan Anh, Travis Smith, Ty Carlson, Ulrich, Utkarsh, vhomenko, virgodesign, vlad.olaru, voldemortensen, vtieu, webaware, Wesley Elfring, Weston Ruter, WisdmLabs, WP Delighter, xavortm, yetAnotherDaniel, and zinigor.
Finally, thanks to all of the contributors who provided translations for the release. WordPress 4.5 comes fully translated into 44 languages and the release video has been translated into 32 languages!
As mentioned in our previous post, one of the initiatives we are working on this year is building a new visual system for Drupal.org.
It has been 7 years since Mark Boulton worked on a design plan for Drupal.org. Since then the web has come a long way. So has Drupal. Drupal.org needs a modern design, and the Product team at the Drupal Association has been working steadfastly on a plan to make that happen.
Building on insights from our user research and content strategy work, we have begun laying out a foundation for the future design system for the site.Goal
Update Drupal.org to reflect the flexibility, modernity, and community of Drupal itself.Design Principles
Before we started work on the design for Drupal.org we needed to iron out our process and the principles we wanted to keep in mind throughout our work.
To that end, tvn and I holed up for a weekend design retreat, which resulted in tons of post-it notes about what Drupal.org design looks like, what it should look like, and what we can learn from others -- to develop the design principles that will move Drupal.org forward.
— tvn (@tvnweb) July 25, 2015
After much deliberation, condensing, rewriting, and discussion with the wider Engineering and Communication teams, these are the principles we found to be our best guiding mantras:
Start with user needs.
We only design for real people. We verify their needs and let that information be our guide when designing anything.
Keep it simple. Focus.
We do less, but better. We focus on the areas we can have the most impact. Our designs are simple and clean, and our messages are clear. We strive for brevity and avoid clutter.
Be consistent. Re-use.
Our designs should be part of a consistent, cohesive system. We don’t introduce new patterns if we can re-use or improve any of the existing ones.
Our designs should be usable by anyone, on any device or screen size, on a high speed connection or a slow network, by people with different native languages, and regardless of their accessibility needs.
Be relevant. Try new things.
Our designs are relevant and fresh. We keep up with the latest trends and are not afraid to try something new.
We do small and quick iterations, continuously improving the experience. We experiment and test out different approaches.
We use data to support and drive our decisions. This includes analytics, data from testing and experiments, data gleaned through user research methods including interviews, surveys, and so on.
Work openly. Be honest.
Our designs are honest and authentic, and our intentions are transparent. We call things what they are. We respect our community values. We communicate openly and often.
Engage and empower.
We design experiences that unite our users and empower them to collaborate and do great things, because they can.
We create friendly and welcoming environments. We want our users to feel welcome and supported.
Once we had our design principles in place we needed to move from those abstract guidelines to actual design plans for the website.
After DrupalCon Barcelona, we set aside time for another design retreat. This time tvn lost her voice on day 2, so miming and typing became a fun part of the workflow.
Our first step was to create a mood board of inspirational user interfaces to give us a beginning design language and a starting point for discussion.
Then we began our work with style tiles. I created four first drafts, informed by our mood board. One was softer, with varying shades of blue. At the other extreme was a largely monochrome design, with only tiny hints of the Drupal blue. After a few rounds of reviews and revisions we came up with the following visual system, which we feel matches our goals and gives a general idea of the mood, colors, and visuals we plan to move towards.
The general mood here was inspired by the idea of builders and makers working together to build something larger. We combine blueprint textures, single-width line icons, and an open typeface to make Drupal.org feel like the home to a continually improving framework.
We’ve kept the Drupal blue, and tweaked our green to bring it to a cooler shade. We’ve added darker tones for every color to give us more opportunity for high contrast.
The end goal is to make Drupal.org a useful space for contributors and users alike with a consistent quality of design throughout the site.
To that end, we’ve started work on a pattern library which will categorize all of the different design patterns used on Drupal.org. As we build out new patterns for new features they will be added to the library as well. The styles will be automatically inherited from the theme, which will make maintenance of the library as simple as adding relevant content to a page.Iterative Approach
To support our current prioritization we knew we would need to use a very iterative process for launching design updates. Our strategy is to make design updates as we can when a new feature is prioritized. As each area of the site is functionally improved, it receives visual improvements as well. You’ve seen some of these updates already in the Drupal 8 launch and in the smaller updates to Drupal.org since last November.
With the Drupal 8 launch came a re-styled header for Drupal.org.
Release pages also received a small update to the download area, with clearer calls to action.
Shortly after that, we held a membership drive with a banner and a front page region highlighting community members. And just a few weeks ago we set up a new banner for promoting community elections to the Board, which can also be used for any important announcements going forward.Next Steps
Our next big project is Documentation. We’ve been toiling away on these features for months now as part of our overall content restructure work. After the first pass of wireframes and design mockups, we collected input from documentation users via usability testing held remotely and in person at the Drupal Association office in Portland, Oregon, and at DrupalCamp London. Based on all the feedback, we've done a few revisions on our initial ideas and designs. We've spoken with a wide range of community members, from newcomers to masters, and their input was invaluable for arriving at a design that really works for the user.
You can see some of the new patterns we’ve begun work on in this mockup, such as the documentation section header and tags. We also have a pattern for related content which isn’t visible in the image. In our usability testing, we found that wayfinders were incredibly important to the experience of documentation, so we spent considerable time on improving the breadcrumbs and menu navigational patterns before arriving at what you see above.How to get involved
There are a number of ways to get involved in improving Drupal.org. You can read more about general volunteering here.
If you’re interested in joining our usability testing sessions held both remotely and in person at major Drupal events, please fill out this form and we’ll reach out to you when the next session is being planned.
To post an issue about design on Drupal.org, use the project issue queue at Drupal.org Design. This issue queue will replace the Bluecheese theme queue going forward as a central place to report issues or inconsistencies with Drupal.org design. Meta discussions of design on Drupal.org are also welcome in the queue.
If you’d like to participate in quick design discussions about Drupal.org and be available to give feedback on upcoming design decisions, join us on Slack at channel #drupalorg-design.
As we incrementally roll out new features, you’ll see Drupal.org move ever closer to our updated visual system. Thanks for coming along for the ride!