Drupal as a DXP
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Digital channels open up a world of possibilities for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), allowing them to reach wider audiences and better engage with customers. A Composable Digital Business Platform, especially a Composable Digital Experience Platform (DXP), provides the backbone for successful digital transformation. At the heart of a DXP lies a powerful Web Content Management System (WebCMS) that empowers you to create compelling content, seamlessly integrate tools, and deliver engaging experiences across all channels. Here are the essential attributes to consider when choosing your DXP's WebCMS foundation
Sample Schedule
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The digital landscape demands agility and foresight. With Drupal's revised release and support plan, users now have a reliable framework to stay ahead of the curve. Unpredictable release schedules often created uncertainty and complexity in maintaining Drupal-powered websites. However, those days are now behind us. Drupal has introduced a significant shift in its release and support strategy, empowering its users to confidently plan for the future and address challenges with newfound clarity. Let's explore what this means for the Drupal community
Digital Experience Platforms
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Modern websites have transformed significantly beyond static pages and basic interactivity. With the seamless integration of mobile and web technology, the goal is to offer immersive and dynamic digital experiences. This evolution is primarily driven by the demands of today's users, who expect a blend of intuitive design, personalized content, and cross-platform accessibility. As a result, the rise of Digital Experience Platforms (DXPs) is evident, aiming to interconnect various technologies to optimize user interactions and engagement.
Visualizing Drupal's Diverse Capabilities for Business Success
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Drupal isn't just a CMS anymore. It has evolved to become a central part of the larger digital experience platform ecosystem. Designed to cater to agile marketing and communication teams, its functionality extends far beyond a traditional CMS. It offers a vast array of capabilities, suitable for a wide range of digital projects, thereby showcasing Drupal's versatility. This article explores seven business requirements ideally suited for Drupal solutions.
Back-To-Work program for women
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ICFOSS and Zyxware Technologies organized the 5th season of the "Back-To-Work" program for women, with the topic being "Building digital experiences with Drupal". As part of the event, The Director of Programs at the Drupal Association, Von R. Eaton, gave a presentation covering various aspects of Drupal, Drupal.org, and the Drupal Association, followed by a question and answer session with participants. The questions addressed topics such as the cost of Drupal, the necessary skills to work in the Drupal Association, mentoring opportunities, and payment for freelancers contributing to Drupal.
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Drupal Earns Digital Public Good Status: Recognized by the UN for Helping Achieve Sustainable Development Goals. Drupal's recognition as a Digital Public Good by the DPGA is a significant achievement that invites more governments and non-profit organisations to explore the benefits of using Drupal.
Is Drupal a digital experience platform? Drupal started as a content management system for creating websites. However, today, it is rapidly transforming into a cutting-edge digital experience platform. How will Drupal help in enterprise modernization? One of the world’s most preferred and trusted platforms for content management, Drupal is an enterprise-ready solution to aid your digital transformation journey with new-age digital technologies. How well can Drupal be integrated with your MarTech stack? The unparalleled flexibility of Drupal lets you integrate it with your other ERPs like Google Analytics, Eloqua, Pardot, Salesforce, Marketo, and many more. You can plug Drupal in with a wide range of your MarTech tools. How will Drupal help digital transformation initiatives? Drupal isn’t just a tool you can use for building websites. It offers you the functionality to make your projects scalable and create immersive digital touch points to foster positive customer relationships through outstanding digital experiences. What is the difference between Acquia and Drupal? Drupal is a free and open-source content management system that lets you create hyper-customized websites. Drupal also provides DXP capabilities if you want to enrich customer experiences online. On the other hand, Acquia is commercial enterprise that offer a set of cloud based SaaS solutions on top of Drupal. Dries Buytaert, who created Drupal, is the founder of Acquia, and Acquia is one of the top contributors to Drupal, but is not the only company working in the domain. Drupal for Enterprise Web Development
Why is Drupal 10 releasing so soon? Symfony 4 will reach its End-of-Life (EoL) in November 2023. Post that date, security bugs in Symfony 4 will not get fixed. Drupal 9 heavily depends on Symfony 4, which puts it at an increased security risk. There arise the need for Drupal to adopt Symfony 5 (or later) at the earliest. Drupal 10 will be using Symfony 6.2. Why is there a delay in the release of Drupal 10 from the planned release date? The release of Drupal 10, which was originally scheduled to release in June this year, was further pushed back to December, and Dries announced the decision in DrupalCon Portland 2022. One of the biggest news about the Drupal 10 is that it will have the upcoming CKEditor 5, with its vastly improved authoring experience and an array of plug-ins. There is more work to be done on integrating it with the Drupal 10, which has caused the delay from the planned release date. When is the new target release date of Drupal? The finalized release date for Drupal 10.0.0 is December 14, 2022, which gives site owners 11 months to update from Drupal 9 to Drupal 10. It will be the easiest upgrade in Drupal’s history. What is included in Drupal 10? Some of the new features that are included in Drupal 10 take our excitement about Drupal 10 to another level.Drupal’s new frontend theme (replacing Bartik) - OliveroDrupal’s new backend theme (replacing Seven) - ClaroFurther improved Media functionality and Layout Builder.Better decoupled developer and site builder experiences, particularly for menu and URL handling.Replacement of some uses of jQuery with modern JavaScript components.The new custom theme creation process using the Starterkit toolsSymfony 6.2 (replacing Symfony 4) and PHP 8.1.CKEditor 5 with a vastly improved authoring experience (replacing CKEditor 4). How do I prepare for Drupal 10? For Drupal 9 users:The best right now is to help automate the process towards Drupal 10 if you are on Drupal 9. Keep a watch on functionalities that will be deprecated on Drupal 10 and ensure that you follow the best practices in maintaining your Drupal 9 website so that the Drupal 10 migration will be as smooth as possible.For Drupal 8 users:One must update to Drupal 9 immediately, as Drupal 8 already reached its end of life in November 2021. If you are looking for support to migrate from Drupal 8 to Drupal 9, we are happy to help.For Drupal 7 users:Drupal 7 has an end-of-life date in November 2023, nearly a year since the release of Drupal 10. Though Drupal 10 will include migration tools from Drupal 7, the contributed projects one uses that are likely available for Drupal 9 may not be ready shortly after the Drupal 10 release. So, one shouldn’t wait to migrate to Drupal 10 directly but start updating to Drupal 9 soon. Updating Drupal 10 from Drupal 9 will be easier than from Drupal 7. How long will Drupal 9 be supported? The end-of-life date for Drupal 9 is when Symfony 4 reaches its end of life in November 2023, as Drupal uses a lot of Symfony code. Will the upgrade to Drupal 10 be easy? The module developers can start adopting any new APIs immediately as new functionality for Drupal 10 is added to Drupal 9 releases. The upgrade to Drupal 10 should be easy though removing deprecated code breaks backward compatibility. What do you recommend for Drupal 6, Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 site owners? If you are maintaining a Drupal 6 or Drupal 8 website, we recommend an immediate migration to Drupal 9 as both these versions have already reached the end of life. Although Drupal 7 users will get time till November 2023, it is advisable to plan your migration right now.We have developed a tool to help you assess the complexity of your Drupal 7 to Drupal 9 website migration.9 Please contact us for more information. Drupal 10: Frequently Asked Questions