I’ve been on record here saying that Open Source project should focus on learning from one another rather than competing.
So it’s been interesting to see the Drupal community talking about commercial modules this week. It’s very similar to the discussion that took place in the Joomla community during 2007 and 2008. Back then I wrote a post detailing the experience of some friends and colleagues called “Hitting the Open Source Wall“.
Saturday was the biggest event for Open Source CMS systems since 2005.
Back in February 2005 we had the launch of WordPress.com with super-easy installs and also WordPress 1.5 with changeable themes. Later in the year, Joomla split from Mambo.
On Saturday, Drupal started powering Whitehouse.gov. It’s such a big catch that it brings hugely increased credibility, not just for Drupal, but for our Open Source CMS industry in general. If you’re not bidding for your next project by saying “this kind of software powers the White House website”, you’re crazy.
Looking for help improving SEO on your Drupal site? There’s a great little module available called the SEO Checklist. It provides a list of the best SEO modules for Drupal and tells you if they’re installed. If you don’t, it will give you the link to download the extra modules and then a link to enable them.
We’ve already got a Joomla version of the prelaunch checklist (membership required). I wonder if it would be worth converting it into a component format? Two quick downsides worth noting: the module doesn’t actually check to see whether anything is set up correctly – you just check the box when you think its working and also the last few check-boxes are just advertising.