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.


WAMC Roundtable August 22, 2013 11:35

Postponed from August 1

We'll be talking about recent news and events in the tech world -- specifically the new 802.11ac standard from the Wi-Fi Alliance and Quip, the document creation/message/collaboration/mobile app that really does offer a new take on work.

WAMC Roundtable June 18, 11:35: Using the Back End of Social Media for Nonprofit Fundraising

Facebook, Twitter, and even mobile apps aren't just communication tools. They're highly automated systems that provide a vast storehouse of data you can use to measure your organization's reach and influence -- and to help with grant-writing and fundraising.

Joe and Jesse will talk about these topics on The Roundtable June 18 at 11:35.

Intimate Objects on WAMC Roundtable May 21, 2013 11:30 AM

Jesse and Joe will talk about intimate objects on The Roundtable. (No, not those intimate objects.)

Postponed from April 16, 2013.

Nest and Why Men and Women Perceive Temperature Differently

There actually does seem to be some logical reason why women often feel cold and men often feel warm at the same temperature. A scientific explanation from Nest.

Nike+ FuelBand integrates the devices and social media. Find the Nike+ FuelBand on the Apple Store here.