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.


Slate on Facebook Couples Pages

"You can't opt out, but you shouldn't care."

Here's the full article.

Twitter Hashtags for the Storm and Politics

Live and subject to the usual caveats about taste and spontaneity.




NYS Storm Info.

AwarePrepare  website has good preparedness steps to take.

NY-Alert website keeps you up to date across the state with everything from road conditions to weather. Get the free iPhone/iPad version from iTunes here.

Follow New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergeny Services on Twitter or visit their website.  (Note that the Governor's Conference on Emergency Preparedness previously scheduled for Monday-Tuesday October 29-30 has been postponed due to the weather emergency.)

Thanks to Vince for this series of links.

Apps for Hurricane/Post-Tropical Storm Sandy

Whatever it is and whatever you call it, here are some apps and some mobile tips to prepare.


National Weather Service Plans to Track the Changing Storm

As Hurrican Sandy turns into Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) will be turning over advisories to the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center (HPC). Here's an interesting notice from the National Weather Service about how and why. The two types of storms are tracked and measured differently.