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.


Roundtable MP3 File

The MP3 file from the 7/29/2009 segment (Kindle / 1984) is online

Jesse on WAMC Roundtable Wednesday, July 29, 11 AM

Joe and I will be talking about the Kindle / 1984 episode on Wednesday. The issues of international copyright laws and the gaps remain unresolved in many ways.

Roundtable - 4/28/2009, 11 AM

Jesse and Joe will be talking about Twitter ( and the role it's playing today in communications. Everything from friends and strangers tweeting to corporations such as AT&T using Twitter to let people know about a cable outage.

Related to Twitter is tinyurl ( which can give you a URL for reference that won't eat up all of your 140 Twitter characters. Recently there have been some concerns about tinyurl security, and we'll talk about those as well.