An effective web site occupies a key place in any organization’s marketing strategy and web presence. Managers can't ignore the power of the Internet when it comes to communicating with constituents and attracting new prospects or donors. Having budgeted for the initial design, hosting, and launch of the web site, that same careful manager needs to consider longer term maintenance costs and how to defray them to keep the web site current and meaningful. Drupal can help reduce these costs going forward.
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Last month the Drupal development community converged on Copenhagen for three days of learning and sharing. The organizers provided users with various venues to present and comment on each other’s work: keynote sessions; presentations; panel discussions; birds of a feather groups; the core developer summit where users could share ideas directly with Drupal’s main contributors; and the coding lounge. Taken together, these sessions allow for a three day Drupal intensive.
Our most recent successful Drupal web design, Bank Card SD launches as a unique looking, flexible, Drupal driven web destination. The four brightly colored boxes at the top distinguish each market segment of credit card processing machines. This allows Bank Card SD to target each individually, crafting a message unique to different groups.
Drupal.org and the developers who maintain the Drupal core take their open source roots very seriously, working hard to engage the user community in all aspects of development. While they communicate in many ways, nothing surpasses face to face communication and so they offer periodic conferences where global users can congregate and learn from each other. Later this month, one of the bigger conferences, DrupalCon, opens in Copenhagen.
RF Exposure lab is a statewide leader in SAR testing and related services. What is SAR testing, and why is it so important? According to the experts at RF Exposure, it is "the unit of measurement for the amount of radio frequency (RF) absorbed by the body when using a wireless device." Sounds important now, doesn't it? We're the first in line to thank Tamara and Jay, who is a consultant for the FCC's standards body, for what they do.
Drupal, an open source Content Management System, boasts an extremely active user community, which gathers periodically at conferences all over the world. Los Angeles recently hosted DrupalCamp and the global conference in Copenhagen opens in late August. More importantly, users contribute modules to add features and capabilities to the Drupal core. Because these modules are user driven, they appear on no set schedule. However, the Drupal community currently awaits the latest update to the Drupal core, Drupal 7, due in Beta any time.
Every Monday we get asked about our weekend by our colleagues and typically struggle to respond with more than a shrug and, “Oh, fine.” Well, after the weekend of August 7 and 8, our own Rick Wagner and Chris Bauer offered a great response: they went to DrupalCampLA2010.
During their recent visual refresh, our friends at Thunder SEO moved their content management system from WordPress to Drupal. They leverage Drupal to display more types of content to site visitors and provide versatility and power for their online storefront. Besides just blog posts, Thunder's Drupal web site includes Thunder Booms, a special section separating the team's favorite tips and articles every week. Their site also puts a special focus on individual members of the team.
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Diversifying revenue streams for any organization can ensure survival in a down economy. As a recession deepens and spending tails off, all players in the marketplace suffer. For a non-profit, these macro economic conditions can endanger management’s ability to support core functions and ultimately, perhaps even jeopardize the basic mission. A careful non-profit manager then needs to take steps to insulate the organization from such drastic results.