Archive for 2009 August

The Drupal Divide

Recently there has been a lot of chatter about friction between the designers and developers within the Drupal community (see posts by Earl Miles and Greg Harvey). The Drupal community is huge and dynamic and is bound to have various skirmishes as members with …

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Drupal Panels Tutorial

Readers of the Drupal for Publishers know that Drupal lacks a native system for associating different page layouts for different sections or pages on a site. Sub-layouts are typically implemented with conditional logic in the template code (page.tpl.php). The Drupal Panels module puts …

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Art of Community Now Available

Jono Bacon’s new book The Art of Community: Building the New Age of Participation (Theory in Practice) is now available. I first heard about this book in January and I have tracked the progress and discussion on and off since then. As you …

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What the Customer Really Needed

This great cartoon showing how a product is understood and described by different stakeholders is definitely going in my toolbox for explaining project disfunction. My explanation will be that you can’t start to achieve a common understanding of something until get visual. If …

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Eric Barroca Debunking Commercial Open Source Myths

Nuxeo CEO Éric Barroca has an excellent post that breaks down the hype and decodes the marketing speak around commercial open source software. He doesn’t name names but he does call out some of the claims and language of some commercial open source vendors. …

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The J. Boye Short List

Today J. Boye posted a shortlist of vendors that “you should always consider” when selecting a web CMS. While many will take issue about what products were included or excluded from the list, what surprises me the most is that they published such a …

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Hippo CMS 7's New Content Type Editor

Arjé Cahn posted a short video demonstrating the Hippo CMS 7’s new content type editor. The process is all GUI driven and looks very slick. It is difficult to know whether this is as flexible as the old Hippo CMS 6 system of …

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Dimensions of Success (or Ways to Fail)

While most of my consulting work is in product selection, I think the most interesting and rewarding type of project is evaluating the results of a CMS implementation. The typical scenario is that a client feels like their CMS project didn’t yield the expected …

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Magnolia Conference 2009

Magnolia is hosting its first big user conference this September 10th and 11th in Basel Switzerland. I was going through the program and it looks great. There are two tracks: one for business users and the other for developers. The developer track …

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Fixed bid implementation work: a marriage made in Vegas

Most of my CMS selection clients are not just looking for software. They are looking for a solution that includes software and also a hefty dose of services to configure, customize, train, and support. Typically, once we have narrowed down to a short …

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