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Decoupled Drupal: Auto-Scaling Kubernetes, RHEL, OpenShift, NGINX, Varnish, & Redis with Lagoon

Written by: , Sep. 9, 2018

Cloud Data Centers & Decoupled Drupal CMS Hosting: Support for 100+ Million Monthly Views

The Decoupled Drupal Days summit took place in New York this month representing some of the most advanced re-architecting of the CMS for cloud & mobile optimization in the third-party developer ecosystem. Featured presentations of "Headless Architecture with the Multi-Tenant Platform" were presented by technicians from Chromatic & Meredith, while Mark Llobrera of Bluecadet spoke on "Drupal Unhitched: The CMS in Decoupled Architectures." According to Llobrera, a decoupled CMS is "an architecture for websites and applications where the CMS is not used to render the user-facing site or application." With Drupal 8 as an example, React, Express, Storybook, Webpack, or Gatsby can be used for building pages with JavaScript & Node.js rather than Drupal CMS theme files. Drupal or Magento Commerce PHP variables can be loaded in JavaScript templates similar to serverless or FaaS methods with Drupal operating in "headless" mode. This framework is a fairly radical re-write of Drupal around the core theme layer & monolithic/vertical MySQL reliance, but decoupled Drupal solutions are gaining popularity in professional web development agencies. Drupal & Magento can be integrated for cloud ecommerce applications using decoupled CMS methodologies. For scaling Drupal to billions of annual page views, decoupled CMS architecture allows for the deployment of Docker, Kubernetes, & OpenStack solutions together in data centers. The Lagoon platform from Amazee.io builds cloud web hosting solutions for decoupled Drupal with Node.js features.

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Gutenberg Editor Released: Preview of WordPress 5.0

Written by: , Aug. 22, 2018

New Content Creation Process Designed to Build Dynamic WordPress Pages Around Blocks

Automattic released a new editor for WordPress web page creation this week as the company prepares to launch a full version upgrade of the CMS this fall. WordPress is the most popular platform in the world for web publishing with an estimated total of 30% of all websites on the internet using the script. The changes introduced with the new Gutenberg editor will affect millions of active users, many of whom are unskilled in the technical issues of web development. One of the most common problems in new software launches is change aversion, which is one reason why platforms with extremely large user communities like gMail, Word, Facebook, etc. keep their popular services standardized for long periods of time. While the Gutenberg editor is relatively easy to use and intuitive, the transition to a new content creation process will undoubtedly upset a few people initially before they learn to operate it. As a consequence, Automattic is making it easy to continue using the old editor for any website publishers unwilling to make the change. Because Gutenberg is an open source project, it has already been ported to work with the Drupal CMS as well. What remains to be seen is how much conflict the new format will have with third-party themes, widgets, & plugins which build around custom-coded solutions. The new Gutenberg editor gives WordPress users an advanced preview of the changes coming with the new WP 5.0 platform release, and is currently available to install on all active websites through the administration panel with one click.

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DrupalCon Vienna 2017: Driesnote & State of Drupal Address

Written by: , Oct. 5, 2017

Enterprise Content Management Scales to Over 1 Billion Page Views Per Month

DrupalCon Europe is an annual gathering for the Drupal open source development community with independent software vendors, web design companies, and representatives of the enterprise IT business ecosystem coming together at this year's event in Vienna, Austria over September 26-29th, 2017. Drupal founder and Acquia CTO Dries Buytaert gave the "State of Drupal" address to the assembly highlighting the main ways that the CMS, business ecosystem, and network of global interrelationships between community members is growing through changes as internet usage patterns evolve on new technology platforms through shifting social paradigms. Decoupled or Headless CMS usage is one of the biggest new trends in the current web development landscape with much of the latest technical work on Drupal 8 core dedicated to keeping the user interface (UX) of the software broadly competitive with the functionality offered by WordPress, Facebook, and other SaaS/PaaS companies "out of the box" for a better customer experience. Around 50% of the professional software developers using Drupal currently are also integrating Node.js and JavaScript frameworks like Angular into unique solutions to create custom web/mobile applications for clients. Buytaert is advocating for the adoption of the React JavaScript framework into Drupal 8.x core for an easier to navigate CMS in web publishing.

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News from DrupalCon 2017: Developments in Decoupled Drupal & Ecommerce

Written by: , Jun. 27, 2017

Acquia Releases the Reservoir Distribution for Decoupled Drupal & OpenEDU for Online Learning

DrupalCon North America, the largest and most important annual convention for Drupal developers, took place this year in Baltimore (April 24-28, 2017) with Drupal founder and Acquia CTO Dries Buytaert delivering the keynote address. One of the new innovations in the Drupal platform that received a lot of attention at the convention was the advancement of various strategies for decoupling Drupal in order to separate the frontend and backend processes in a manner that allows for content to be streamed to multiple devices via APIs, overriding the standard theme-driven system of publication. Use of JSON API & OpenAPI, as implemented in the recent Reservoir distribution from Acquia for decoupled Drupal installs, can turn the Drupal CMS into a publishing engine that can be used with IoT devices, augmented reality applications, voice recognition systems like Alexa, fitness wearables, AI chatbots, and other next-generation software platforms that extend beyond the web browser. The 2017 DrupalCon featured 12 main session tracks with 175+ seminars & featured speakers, as well as a convention hall with thousands of IT company booths, all representing the vibrancy of Drupal's open source development community.

 


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