What’s new, what can it do, and should you use it?
Drupal community consists of roughly 750,000 people
There are nearly 14,000 user contributed modules
One of the largest open source projects
Core updates released about every 2 - 3 months
New stable releases of core are scheduled for the last
Wednesday of each month (if applicable)
Benefits of Using Drupal
No need for working knowledge of SQL thanks to Views
Easliy configurable blocks of content that can be
available in any number of configurations on your page.
Quick access to roles and permissions on a granular
Ease of importing data from other sites with help of
Built-in jQuery library with easy to set up features, i.e.
dropdowns, subnavigation, and Ajax in Views.
Simple to use user interface for content of site and site-
What Drupal is good for:
ata without any
Ease of creating content types
Complex relationships between data
Would I ever use Drupal 6?
Only if absolutely necessary
New feature development has been frozen for 6
Drupal 8 is around the corner
What's New in 7 Already!?
Much improved Usability
Typical Drupal 6 Admin Themes
40+ Popular Modules
moved to Core
- the definitive module for creating unique content types
- Image Field, ImageCache, Image API
- Flood Control, Login Security, Secure
Password Hashes (no more MD5), CRON
Should I Upgrade
from 6 to 7?
System requirements – six takes 30-40 megs of ram, seven
D7 requires PHP 5.2.5 or higher (6 required 4.4.0+)
These modules require special migration:
CCK, Content Taxonomy, Date Timezone, Field
taxonomy, FileField/ImageField, Image, Taxonomy
Delegate, Taxonomy Intro, Term Fields