droopress #008 – Drupal 7 and Joomla 1.6 in one week

The CMS game has just been turned up another level (NeeNorteyMedia). Drupal 7 stable was released January 5th, Joomla! 1.6 stable yesterday today. At this stage it’s time for marketing and release parties.

We hear words about the two systems like scalable, better, easier to use, more flexible, fast, responsive, revamped, … simply the best 🙂

But what’s beyond these party things and behind all the buzz?

The answer is not that easy because the products itself are not easy to understand. Nobody knows the real intention of releasing both stable versions in one week after three years of work. I am not sure if the systems are ‘production ready’. But now they are born and they will mature very fast because both communities are now motivated to fix any problem.

Both new versions are born in a market where, due to w3tecs.com, 76% of the websites they monitor are using NO cms, 13.3% are using WordPress, 2.6% are using Joomla! and 1.4% are using Drupal. Remember, WordPress itself tries to avoid the term CMS. I don’t know exactly why, but I assume the acronym CMS sounds too technical for most of the users. But imagine how big this market still is!

It is now easy to setup a Joomla! or a Drupal website out of the box but what’s next? What will make it special and unique? The design? The content? The performance? The services the website is offering? The marketing? The community around the website CMS? The revamped admin interface?

What I see beside these questions is an amazing engagement in free and open source software. In a Joomla! community magazine article I read the sentence ‘Joomla! does very well as a community-driven project alongside corporate-supported WordPress and Drupal’. I agree with that but it has advantages and disadvantages to be community driven the way Joomla! was and partly is. The last year was very complicated for them because they were definitely not community driven in the sense they wanted to be. They are still in a progress of reinventing their association and their home on joomla.org, but they do well. Late but not too late they have discovered the potential of their big worldwide community and they start to act differently and much more openly compared to the last years.

Everything is a question of quality, momentum and marketing (ask Steve).

Joomla! folks, next time when you discuss about community vs. corporate driven projects and Joomla! politics – simply look at this video from your friends from Drupal. It took them very long and it was very hard to organize the Drupal Association, the relaunch of drupal.org, the organisation of two international conferences every year and much more. It was hard work for the community and for all the Drupal shops too. But they made it in an awesome way!

 

Have you seen these cool new Drupal features?
Joomla! has cool features too. Do you know them?
The video was produced by a company – Lullabot. You can see the logo at the left corner.
Yes, the maintainer of Drupal 7 Angie Byron works for Lullabot.
Why not use these kind of resources?

The mixture of corporate and community issues make things like this video possible!

I noticed that Joomla! community member gnumax from Brazil is creating a Joomla! video too. That’s amazing.
Gnumax is working full-time in a Joomla! shop called webempresa. Why not involve them officially!

Be sure, they know a lot about quality, momentum and marketing.

Qu’est-ce que Facebook?

Il était une fois devant le site Facebook existe où le mot facebook a été définie comme ceci

A facebook is a printed or online directory consisting of individuals’ photographs and names. In particular, it denotes publications of this type distributed by university administrations at the start of the academic year with the intention of helping students get to know each other.

En 2004, Facebook, Inc. a Ă©tĂ© fondĂ©e et aujourd’hui (Janvier 2011), ils ont 600 000 000 utilisateurs. C’est environ 10% de la population mondiale! La valeur de l’entreprise est estimĂ© Ă  US $ 50 000 000 000 (50 milliards).

And I  still meet people who have no facebook account. In this article I try to describe what facebook is for me and list the main features. I was looking for a possibility to find the exact date when I joined facebook, but I found nothing. I think it was early 2007. At that time I wrote a Joomla! book in English language and soon a few people wanted to be my friends. As you might know, I am originally German and the word friend is something very special. When I look at my real life friends in this German sense, I would say I have between one and five friends according to my definition of the word. In Facebook, I have more than 500 friends. Seems, that a friend in facebook is different from the my understanding. In December 2009, the New Oxford American Dictionary declared their word of the year to be the verb “unfriend”, defined as “To remove someone as a friend”.

Et je continue de rencontrer des gens qui n’ont pas de compte facebook. Dans cet article, je tente de dĂ©crire ce que Facebook est pour moi et liste les principales caractĂ©ristiques. Je cherchais une possibilitĂ© de trouver la date exacte Ă  laquelle j’ai rejoint facebook, mais je n’ai rien trouvĂ©. Je pense que c’Ă©tait au dĂ©but de 2007. A cette Ă©poque, j’ai Ă©crit un Joomla! les livres en anglais et bientĂ´t quelques-uns voulaient ĂŞtre mes amis. Comme vous le savez, je suis d’origine allemande et l’ami mot est quelque chose de très spĂ©cial. Quand je regarde mes amis la vie rĂ©elle en ce sens en allemand, je dirais que j’ai entre un et cinq de ses amis selon ma dĂ©finition du mot. Sur Facebook, j’ai plus de 500 amis. Semble, qu’un ami de facebook est diffĂ©rente de la comprĂ©hension de mon. En DĂ©cembre 2009, le New Oxford American Dictionary ont dĂ©clarĂ© leur mot de l’annĂ©e pour ĂŞtre le verbe Unfriend, dĂ©fini comme Pour enlever quelqu’un comme un ami.

What the hell am I doing with 500 friends?

Nothing special. It is like sitting in a café, watching people. On facebook I read posts from other people. I have a kind of relationship with all of them.

Let’s collect a few points

  1. You have to register an account on facebook to join this virtual café
  2. You can post a status, an event, a link and upload photos and videos
  3. You can write a message to one or more users
  4. You can ask other facebook users wether they want to be your friend and other users can ask you to be their friend
  5. You can comment and like a post of a friend
  6. You will be noticed via email or text message when something is happening on your wall

News feed

If you have done the steps before you can see your facebook news feed (figure 1)

Facebook Newsfeed

Figure 1 – news feed

Wall

On your wall you see only the posts you wrote or posts from people who you allow to post on your wall (figure 2)

facebook

Figure 2 – Wall

Profile

When your are joining facebook you create your profile. Slowly you start optimizing it by uploading a profile photo, say something about yourself, etc. Other people (visitors and friends) can see your profile depending on your privacy settings (figure 3)

facebook

Figure 3 – Profile

Privacy

I don’t want to say “forget privacy” but in facebooks world privacy is defined a bit different 🙂 You have usually the possibility to restrict more or less everything. The bigger problem is to know about these things and to find the right setting. Generally, the privacy settings are in your profile area. Facebook gives you default settings but sometimes they add services and settings and you don’t know it.

Features

  • Poke: you can virtually ‘poke‘ other users. In English language poke means a lot. This is one is the funniest definition I have found ‘What my mom tells me not to be doing to any girls at the age of 15‘. If someone pokes you, you can poke back or remove the poke.
  • Like: you can like more or less everything on facebook by clicking the like button. Your friends see in there news feed that you liked something.
  • Comment: You can comment on nearly everything what is post there.
  • Notes: Notes is a blogging feature where you can write longer entries and combine them with photos (figure 4)

facebook

Figure 4 – Notes

  • Username: You can give your profile a username – Example: http://facebook.com/hagengraf
  • Pages: You can create a page for your business – Example: http://facebook.com/cocoate
    A page is like a profile for your business. Other people can like it and can post content if you allow that
    A directory of all pages can be found here http://www.facebook.com/pages/
  • Events: You can post events on your profile and on a page and you can invite your friends directly or via email (figure 5)

facebook

Figure 5 – Events

  • Mobile phone: You can install an application on your mobile phone (iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Nokia) and can interact more ore less in a similar way like on the website
  • Places: You can create places and check in  a place from your mobile phone – Example: http://www.facebook.com/fimidi
  • Mention: You can mention a friend in a message with the @ (figure 6)

facebook

Figure 6 – Mention

  • Chat: You can chat with all friends who are online via a chat window that appears on the facebook webpage (figure 7)

facebook

Figure 7 – Chat

  • Applications: You can add thousands of applications developped by facebook and 3rd party developpers to your account. You can browse all available applications under http://www.facebook.com/apps (figure 8)

facebook

Figure 8 – Apps

facebook

Figure 9 – Live

 

What is Facebook?

There was a time before the website Facebook exists where the word facebook was defined like this

A facebook is a printed or online directory consisting of individuals’ photographs and names. In particular, it denotes publications of this type distributed by university administrations at the start of the academic year with the intention of helping students get to know each other.

In 2004 Facebook, Inc. was founded and today (January 2011) they have 600 000 000 user . That is around 10% of the worlds population! The worth of the company is estimated with US$ 50 000 000 000 (50 billions).

And I  still meet people who have no facebook account. In this article I try to describe what facebook is for me and list the main features. I was looking for a possibility to find the exact date when I joined facebook, but I found nothing. I think it was early 2007. At that time I wrote a Joomla! book in English language and soon a few people wanted to be my friends. As you might know, I am originally German and the word friend is something very special. When I look at my real life friends in this German sense, I would say I have between one and five friends according to my definition of the word. In Facebook, I have more than 500 friends. Seems, that a friend in facebook is different from the my understanding. In December 2009, the New Oxford American Dictionary declared their word of the year to be the verb “unfriend”, defined as “To remove someone as a friend”.

What the hell am I doing with 500 friends?

Nothing special. It is like sitting in a café, watching people. On facebook I read posts from other people. I have a kind of relationship with all of them.

Let’s collect a few points

  1. You have to register an account on facebook to join this virtual café
  2. You can post a status, an event, a link and upload photos and videos
  3. You can write a message to one or more users
  4. You can ask other facebook users wether they want to be your friend and other users can ask you to be their friend
  5. You can comment and like a post of a friend
  6. You will be noticed via email or text message when something is happening on your wall

News feed

If you have done the steps before you can see your facebook news feed (figure 1)

facebook

Figure 1 – news feed

Wall

On your wall you see only the posts you wrote or posts from people who you allow to post on your wall (figure 2)

facebook

Figure 2 – Wall

Profile

When your are joining facebook you create your profile. Slowly you start optimizing it by uploading a profile photo, say something about yourself, etc. Other people (visitors and friends) can see your profile depending on your privacy settings (figure 3)

facebook

Figure 3 – Profile

Privacy

I don’t want to say “forget privacy” but in facebooks world privacy is defined a bit different 🙂 You have usually the possibility to restrict more or less everything. The bigger problem is to know about these things and to find the right setting. Generally, the privacy settings are in your profile area. Facebook gives you default settings but sometimes they add services and settings and you don’t know it.

Features

  • Poke: you can virtually ‘poke‘ other users. In English language poke means a lot. This is one is the funniest definition I have found ‘What my mom tells me not to be doing to any girls at the age of 15‘. If someone pokes you, you can poke back or remove the poke.
  • Like: you can like more or less everything on facebook by clicking the like button. Your friends see in there news feed that you liked something.
  • Comment: You can comment on nearly everything what is post there.
  • Notes: Notes is a blogging feature where you can write longer entries and combine them with photos (figure 4)

facebook

Figure 4 – Notes

  • Username: You can give your profile a username – Example: http://facebook.com/hagengraf
  • Pages: You can create a page for your business – Example: http://facebook.com/cocoate
    A page is like a profile for your business. Other people can like it and can post content if you allow that
    A directory of all pages can be found here http://www.facebook.com/pages/
  • Events: You can post events on your profile and on a page and you can invite your friends directly or via email (figure 5)

facebook

Figure 5 – Events

  • Mobile phone: You can install an application on your mobile phone (iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Nokia) and can interact more ore less in a similar way like on the website
  • Places: You can create places and check in  a place from your mobile phone – Example: http://www.facebook.com/fimidi
  • Mention: You can mention a friend in a message with the @ (figure 6)

facebook

Figure 6 – Mention

  • Chat: You can chat with all friends who are online via a chat window that appears on the facebook webpage (figure 7)

facebook

Figure 7 – Chat

  • Applications: You can add thousands of applications developped by facebook and 3rd party developpers to your account. You can browse all available applications under http://www.facebook.com/apps (figure 8)

facebook

Figure 8 – Apps

facebook

Figure 9 – Live