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Don't be surprised if the next version of Drupal runs slower than what you're used to, that's by design. According to Drupal project founder Dries Buytaert, Drupal 7 will sacarifice a bit of speed in order to build on scalability.
"Unfortunately, Drupal 7 will be a little slower than Drupal 6, but it will be much more scalable," said Dries Buytaert.
While it will run slower out of the box, the open source CMS will be able to power bigger sites, Buytaert added. Version 7 will feature 70 modules, including an image API, and significantly more code. But despite all that's being added, Drupal 7 won't spend years in development.
"First of all, it's very important that we get it out as soon as possible," Buytaert said when stressing the importance of maintaining momentum.
Drupal, which began life without a "grand vision," has become a prominent fixture in website design and is used by a number of big name sites, including NASA, Ubuntu, Popular Science, WhiteHourse.gov, and right here at MaximumPC.com, among others.
Even as the economy picks up, it's a toucgh tech market out there, especially as company's look to trim staff and their IT budgets. What's a geek to do?
Learn Drupal. Drupal, as you're probably aware, is a free and open source content management system (CMS) that has been gaining traction in the last few years. According to CNET, Drupal has been downloaded more than 2 million times and is now found powering sites for some heavy hitters, including the White House, Warner Brothers, and right here at Maximum PC.
"I recently learned that there are more jobs available working with Drupal than there are employees to fill them," writes Dave Rosenberg, a regular CNET blogger and all around tech guru. "There's a clear need for bodies skilled in Drupal and other open-source software, including Linux."
For those looking to learn Drupal, the timing couldn't be better. Training at this year's DrupalCon conference will cost $150 to $350, way down from what it normally runs, which is $1,500.
If it's good enough for Maximum PC, then it's good enough for the White House. What are we talking about? Open-source Drupal software. Citing an Obama Administration source, PersonalDemocracy.com notes that the WhiteHouse.gov website has kicked its proprietary content management system (CMS) software to the curb and made the switch to Drupal after months of planning.
So why the switch? Obama's media team decided they needed a more flexible development platform in order to make the White House's online presence an interactive one. The media team envisions question-and-answer forums, live video streaming, and collaborative tools all meshing with the site's infrastructure, and for that, they decided on Drupal. Score one for the open-source community.
"Open-source is a great form of civic participation," said Macon Phillips, the White House media director. "We're looking forward to getting the benefit of their energy and innovation."
In addition to MaximumPC.com, the White House joins a growing number of sites built around the Drupal platform, some of which include NASA, Ubuntu, Linden Labs, Yahoo Research, Popular Science, and thousands of others.