Jan 5th Drupal 7 Release Date

Well the release date for Drupal 7 is in just a few hours so I thought I put a shout out.

I’ve been testing it for a few weeks (latest Devs) and have 4 sites that I’ll be building in D7 pretty much immediately once it’s released so I’m pretty psyched about the release :smiley:

My top 4 favorite improvements are:

  • Easier to install and set up. The config file is pretty much ready to go and all you have to to is fill in the blanks with your database name, user and password.
  • Remote installation of modules and themes. You can copy the link to the module tar file, paste it into the install module form and click next. Drupal does the rest automatically. This also works for updates so that updating a module is reduced to clicking an administration button.
  • Hugely improved administration theme and navigation. It takes a few runs to get used to where everything is but you can create new content from pretty much anywhere in the site without having to hunt for content management -> create content -> etc…
  • CCK built into the core so you can add custom fields to content without installing and configuring modules. They also pulled some modules that weren’t being used.

All in all this is a massive step up for Drupal in streamlining and making it more friendly. I’m not sure how stable the stable version will be but there are thousands of people involved in this so it should be pretty good. I’ve found a few bugs but I haven’t crashed it since it was in beta and it’s at RC4 now. Check it out!

KORTRIJK, BELGIUM & CHICAGO, IL — JANUARY 5, 2011 — Drupal’s worldwide community, along with the Drupal Association, announces general availability (GA) of Drupal 7, the most innovative web platform available. Drupal is an open source content management platform powering millions of websites and applications. Notable websites are WhiteHouse.gov and the many top music artist’s sites of Warner Media Group. Drupal version 7 (D7) features the latest web technologies and remarkable improvements to user experience (UX). Drupal 7 is already in production use by sites such as Examiner.com, which is among the top 100 in the United States. After relaunching in Drupal 7, Examiner’s traffic grew 19% in a single month, attracting more than 22.4 million monthly unique visitors.

"New Drupal 7 features such as the field API, pluggable storage and cache, enabled us to use Mongo as a "NoSQL" solution for high performance and scalability, while the new unit testing framework ensures a very stable core, even over several large core-merge efforts throughout the project. Examiner.com, with its high traffic volume and instant publishing capabilities, would have been very difficult or impossible to implement on earlier versions of Drupal.” said Jim Davidson, President, Examiner.com.

The Drupal 7 development program used a combination of contracted professional guidance and community-sourced feedback to arrive at best-in-class solutions for the Drupal 7 user experience (UX). UX enhancements provide easier administration, update management, accessibility, and content creation.

Angie Byron (aka Webchick), Drupal 7 core maintainer, affirms, "Drupal 7 sports an improved new user interface, accessibility improvements, better image handling capabilities, support for rich content metadata, security features, scalability and database interoperability enhancements, a suite of 30,000 automated tests to ensure stability, and more. In short: it's a tremendous leap forward for the project and for website builders everywhere, we are thrilled to formally release Drupal 7 to the world."

Drupal is an open-source software project powered by more than half a million people in more than 200 countries, who speak more than 180 languages. Nearly 1000 members of the Drupal community are direct contributors to Drupal 7 core, and thousands more develop contributed modules.

"Drupal's phenomenal growth arose from Drupal 6; Drupal 7 represents a major leap forward in terms of usability, performance and capability," asserts Dries Buytaert, founder and project lead of Drupal. "We welcome the world to a new chapter of developing for the Web and celebrate with worldwide Drupal 7 launch parties on January 7, 2011.

Important new capabilities in Drupal 7

* UX Enhancements by a design for the 80% of users that makes common tasks easy,
  default settings smart, privileges the content creator, and simplifies administration.
* Image handling out-of-the-box, resize, crop, etc.
* Built-in, automated test environment featuring a continuous integration test suite
  running against every patch for long-term stability of the project
* Version upgrade manager and migration from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7
* Performance and scalability improvements that serve web visitors faster via advanced
  caching, content delivery networks (CDN), and master-slave replication
* Custom fields in core, native data item fields for any content type, but also for users,
  taxonomy, and other entities, plus support for translations
* Database abstraction layer, enabling the use of many databases, such as Maria
  DB, Microsoft SQL Server, MongoDB, Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL
  , or SQLite

"NPR Public Interactive has been using Drupal 7 since the early alpha releases to build and pilot our next generation CMS platform for Public Radio and Television Stations," said Doug Gaff, Director of Technology at NPR. "Our customers are thrilled with D7's polished OOB experience, and we're excited with the many architectural and functional enhancements of the D7 platform."

Drupal is open to the world with multi-lingual support and accessibility for people with disabilities. Drupal was recently used by the Dutch government for a project that required 100% compliance with the World Wide Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0).
Native RDFa Semantic Web Technology In Core Drupal 7

Drupal 7 is pioneering the rollout of RDFa for broad adoption of the Semantic Web. Increasingly, Google and Bing will rely on machine-readable structured data from websites they crawl. The design of Drupal 7 embeds semantic meta data that makes machine-to-machine (M2M) search native for a Drupal 7 website. RDFa can add value by giving search engines more detail, details not visible to humans, such as the latitude and longitude of a venue for display on a map; or providing the ISO date format for
localization and proper display in the search results for different countries.
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