Community & Nonprofits

Building a Community or Nonprofit Website in Drupal

One of the earliest and still most common uses of Drupal is to build websites for community organizations and nonprofits. The reasons are obvious: as open source software, there's no up-front or continuing cost, and the Drupal modules provide enormous functionality right out of the box (or out of the download to be more specific).

In addition, the wide array of social media/social web modules means that you can have a modern website up and running quickly. My rule of thumb is that it typically takes half a day to a day to put up a site like this. That means a site that has appropriate security settings so that a variety of people can update and maintain it and so that its long-term prospects for survival are good. One of the problems with webmaster-based websites is that when the webmaster moves on to another project, the website languishes.

This series is based on experiences, comments, and questions many of which have come from others for which many thanks.

I'm trying to keep the technology in the background. It's based on my book, Sams Teach Yourself Drupal in 24 Hours which covers just about all of the technology here. In addition, there are updates about the modules mentioned on

This is a work in progress, so comments and requests for other topics are welcome.


Twitter's Nonprofit Page

Twitter's nonprofit resource account:

Facebook for Nonprofits

Facebook's page of nonprofit resources and techniques:

Roundtable WAMC Monday 1/30/2017 11:00 AM

Postponed from other dates due to inaugurations and snow storms, but it's here now -- for real!

Joe and Jesse talk about Jesse's latest book -- iPad for Seniors for Dummies -- just out from Wiley.

Some of the topics we might talk about are:

  • What are seniors? Why a book for seniors? (2 kinds — technophobes/newbies and experienced tech users from desktops and mainframes who are adjusting to mobile, messaging, etc.)
  • How many iPad models are there and way
  • What about news reports that tablets are dead?
  • What’s next in tech? Is it worth learning iPad or should we wait for….?????
  • The book is relative to iOS 10 (released last fall). What does it have to offer?
  • How do you get used to the Apple Pencil?


The book is available now from your local bookseller or online as an iBook on iTunes or Amazon on Kindle or print.