Editor's Pick | Vol. 1 | Issue. 32

Moments in Motion

28 August 2023

In a world that thrives on speed and efficiency, time stands as an ever-present force, guiding our days and nights. As we immerse ourselves in the frenzy of productivity, it’s essential to pause and reflect on whether we’re progressing purposefully or merely caught in a whirlwind of activity, as famously echoed in the words of Leo Tolstoy, “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”

The paradox of our modern age is that while we may appear constantly moving, our destination often remains obscure. We equate being busy with making progress, but true accomplishment lies in the harmony between our actions and aspirations. It’s a poignant reminder that our relationship with time should be one of mindfulness and intention.

Like the need to infuse meaning into our daily lives, Drupal empowers creators to craft online experiences that align with their goals. Its versatile toolkit allows individuals to shape websites and applications with clear intent, ensuring that each digital endeavour serves a greater purpose. Drupal is thus a platform that embodies the philosophy of purposeful progression.

As you navigate the river of time, consider the currents that propel you forward. Amidst the relentless flow, remember that finding purpose is paramount. Every tick of the clock offers an opportunity to steer your journey in the desired direction. And just as the river finds its way to the sea, let Drupal guide your digital aspirations, ensuring that your online presence reflects the values and visions you hold dear.

Now, let’s dive into the latest stories covered by The Drop Times regarding Drupal.

Today, we published a long overdue interview with Drupal Commerce Guru and President & CEO of Centarro, Ryan Szrama. From the humble beginning of Ubercart to the very ambitious e-commerce distribution of Drupal Commerce, Ryan inspired us and gave confidence to premier merchants to fall upon Drupal as their desired online marketplace. He walks us through the days of Commerce Guys, the birth of platform.sh and the refocusing on the distribution itself through the establishment of Centarro. Ryan Szrama is also a member of the Drupal Association Board of Directors. Read the interview here.

Alka Elizabeth wrote a brief rundown about a 2007 forum posting on yesteryear's Drupal Modules that resurfaced on LinkedIn. It is fun to read.

We reported on a few case studies on Drupal upgrades last week. Valuebound is talking about a migration to D9 in an educational eCommerce space. Meanwhile, ImageX posted a blog compelling higher education marketers to migrate from D7 at the earliest. Another case study is from Specbee, where they write about a real estate developer in the US upgrading to D9 from D7. Specbee also shares a case study on a leading manufacturer of embedded computing systems for the defence industry transitioning from D7 to D9. A migration story that Morpht shares is but from another CMS, TRIM WCMS, to a Drupal distribution: GovCMS

The case study of Joinup becoming the first official European Commission website to move to D10 is phenomenal. They had to migrate 88 Drupal-related packages, including the essential “core-recommended” and Drush. In addition, 67 integrated and patched packages were indispensable for their operations.

A case study from Triplo is about a wedding photography service that used the Domain Access module, allowing them to handle content for multiple sites within a single Drupal database while maintaining individual custom domain names for each site.

Chromatic’s podcast on D7 EOL urges the adoption of necessary D7 modules if you are still running a D7 site. It delves into strategies for identifying high-risk modules and taking immediate action.

An important story from the past week involves updation of ModuleInstaller and ThemeInstaller in Drupal’s Core to address a burning issue: Module and Theme name conflict that would break the system.

Vardot writes about UA parting for GA4. They also introduce the Google Analytics Module in the blog post. Did you know that Drupal 10’s core system includes 52 modules, providing essential functions while permitting the integration of optional modules to extend features, such as forums? Arocom’s blog post is about D10’s extensive module library that simplifies website expansion.

In mid-July, 1xINTERNET spoke about the Content Templates Module; we missed that story then. Solucionex specifies the importance of the Token module for personalized and automated content experiences. Lukas Fischer has a video on the upcoming release of Drupal Content Planner 2.0. Velir, a digital marketing agency, has written about the Views REST Serializer Extra module designed to revolutionize decoupled search experiences.

Herchel discusses websites’ shared challenges in maintaining optimal user experiences, regardless of the underlying content management system, in an article he wrote for Smashing Magazine. It is about refining the Largest Contentful Paint (LCP) metric within the Umami profile. Akabia writes about eco-design, a greener web future, which Drupal pioneers. The accessibility guide from Clarity Partners is not Drupal-specific. All PHP-based CMSs can take a lesson from the web hosting provider Duplika, where they speak about PHP X-Ray functions to pinpoint lethargic plugins, sluggish database queries, tardy functions, or lagging external calls. Five Jars has a blog on automated testing using Codeception.

Discover how Acquia’s prowess in low-code, global content delivery, and extensibility secured top honours in The Forrester Wave™ for Content Management Systems.

That’s all from the past week. Thank you.

Stay motivated, Drupalers!

Kazima Abbas
Sub Editor, TheDropTimes