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Drupal Predictions for 2018

We have had a tradition since 2005. Every new year we have a posting on the predictions for the year ahead for our beloved open source CMS and community. Sometimes this posting went up in december, sometimes in January. But never in February.

Time to start a new tradition, predict the year ahead from February on :-)

Leave a comment if you do think that blogging will get hip again, RSS will gain new ground. What will the roll of the Drupal Association be in the new year? Where will the next DrupalCon be? Will the community grow and in what direction? API first, customer first, mobile first?

Polish your crystal ball and tell us what the future of Drupal wil be.

If you need some inspiration, take a look at 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.2016 and
2017.

And yes, this posting was once month late. Apologies. Feel free to predict when the new prediction posting will go up on d.o :-)

So do post your predictions at https://www.drupal.org/forum/general/news-and-announcements/2018-02-11/predictions-for-2018.

Wunderkraut sponsort "Vervormer", de podcast over MAM


Bij Wunderkraut houden wij van experimenten. Wij houden van leren. En wij houden van nieuwe media. En een van de vormen waar dit samenkomt, is bijvoorbeeld in het medium "podcast".

Podcasts zijn een soort radio uitzendingen, maar dan te luisteren wanneer de luisteraars dat wil ontvangen, niet wanneer de maker het verstuurt. En dat, dat is in de basis de kracht van wat wij willen doen op het internet; uitgaan van de gebruiker, de nodes die deze heeft als leidend stellen voor de sites de sites die we maken. In content, in vorm en in functie. We werken immers voor de klant van de klant!

Omdat we van experimenten en nieuwe media houden, sponsoren wij ook de podcast van Marco Raaphorst, genaamd de "Vervormer".

Podcasts bestaan er basaal in twee vormen, een waarbij er losse uitzendingen zijn. Een een vorm waarbij er een verhaal wordt verteld. De "Vervormer" podcast valt in de laatste categorie, een verhalende serie waarbij je moet instappen in de eerste aflevering en je laten vervoeren door de klanken en laten verleiden door het verhaal. In zes episodes neemt de Vervormer je mee.

Het verhaal gaat over "Maternité", een opvallend nummer van de Nederlandse band MAM waar Marco ook deel van uit maakte. Het nummer staat voor Marco voor een omslagpunt in de Nederlandstalige muziek en met o.a. Henny Vrienten (Doe Maar), Eric de Jong (Spinvis) en Henk Hofstede (Nits) analyseert hij de achtergrond van het nummer "Maternité" en de invloed die het heeft op de hedendaagse muziek.

Marco beschrijft de reden waarom hij deze gemaakt heeft op zijn blog aldus:

Het lied Maternité werd net geen hit. Het lied werd door velen niet begrepen. Zeer onterecht. Het lied vormt een belangrijk kantelpunt in de Nederlandstalige muziekgeschiedenis. Het verdient een herkansing. Zelfs in België is men het met mij eens. Zo sprak Stijn Meuris die je misschien kent van zijn oude band Noordkaap luidt en duidelijk in mijn microfoon: “Ik dacht wow, dit is award winning!”

Marco en Wunderkraut hadden ook direct een klik, natuurlijk willen we zijn zoektocht sponsoren. Daarom maakte hij een leuke funky openingstune waarin hij aankondigt dat de Vervormer mede mogelijk gemaakt is door Wunderkraut, "maker van funky websites".

Als je meer informatie wil over hoe je met nieuwe media een nieuwe doelgroep kan bereiken, een website wil die converteert, op open standaarden is gebaseerd, neem dan nu contact op ons, bel 030-711.67.92!

Ooooo, en download de Vervormer, overal beschikbaar waar je verse podcast haalt. Bijvoorbeeld op itunes.

The Orange Suit, E01 something you have. AKA using the Two Factor Authentication module on a Drupal website

Trust, authentication. The key factors of the internet in this age where hacking, privacy and security are the biggest threat to freedom on the Internet. Trust starts with authentication. Authentication starts with identification. For some good background, the decade old keynote of Dick Hardt with regards to identity, it is still a classic.

The old adagium is that good authentication can be done by using three factors, something you know, something you have and something you are. For example, a pincode (know), a key (have) and a photo (are).

Two factor authentication combines two of these three for identification, often a password and a one-time-usable code delivered via the phone that you have. Two factor authentication is standard in the offline world, a driver's license (have) with a photo (are) or a bank card (have) with a PIN code (know). And it is about time that we use this Two Factor Authentication (TFA) as the basis for our web presence as well, to log in to your mail, your bank account and to your Drupal website.

This will prevent ugly security incidents or frontpage defacements. People reuse passwords, write them down never change the passwords, have listed passwords or share them and if you have a website where editers and administrators can publically can log in, you will have a security incident waiting to happen.

On drupal.org we use TFA for higher roles. The module being used as d.o is https://www.drupal.org/project/tfa and I do think it should be on every Drupal site.

I always wanted to start a screencast series on Drupal modules for site builders. So it was only logical that the TFA module was the first module I used for this vlog. You can see the screencast called "The Orange Suit" episode 1, "Something you have" and hear why you need this module, how to configure the module and what the module does.


Please leave a comment with your feedback on the youtube video, if you just liked it, thumbs up on youtube: and do follow "The Orange Suit" on facebook and twitter

Suggestions for the next episode are welcome as well via one of those channels.

DrupalJam 2015, come for the Jam, stay for Drupal


Drupal. I didnt come to Drupal code 14 years ago, I came for the community and stayed for the functionality. That is part why I never liked the "Come for the code, stay for the community" slogan. Sure, it is a perfect cheesy slogan. If all you want attract are coders in the community, it is even a perfect slogan. For a perfect community, of perfect happy coders.

We have got to learn to address humans. Not just humans who can code. That is, if we want to be a true community for a product. A product that is well designed and does attract both the business and the user to participate in the product, the process and hence the community.

Leaderers. Entrepeneurs. Visionaries. Testesters. Document writers. Project Managers, marketeers. To name just a few. Of course developers can also have the skills to do these jobs, an often overlooked fact. But someone who is "just" a marketeer, will not come for the code. (S)He might come for the job at hand, money that might be involved, the functionality, but the best reason why an external non developer should come to the community to help out, is the community that is helping her/him out. Not clean lines of code, but helping hands of love.


This is I am active in the Drupal community, to help out to get others on board. With a rocking team ( Marja, Imre, Rolf and Peter and others) we are organising the DrupalJam event in the low lands. The DrupalJam started with 20+ persons and pizzas in a room and is now a big event with over 300 people attending, over 25 sessions and a budget in the tens of thousands.

DrupalJam -organised by the Dutch Drupal foundation- will be held in Utrecht, April 30 and it really represents the helping hands -not just the lines of code- of the community. With keynotes from Bruce Lawson ( HTML fame), Marco Derksen (digital strategist, entrepreneur) and featured speakers like Jefrey Maguire (moustache fame, D8), Anton VanHouke (leading design agency in the NL, introduced scrum in to strategy and design), Stephan Hay (designer, writer) and Ben van 't Ende (Community Manager for the TYPO3 Asssociation).

And like last year, Dries will do a virtually Q-and-A. If you want to ask him nearly anything, do so at this form.

The event will be held in an old industrial complex as can be seen in these shots

I am really looking forward to this event, it has a long tradition and always strengthened the community and brought in new blood. People who "Come for the business and stay for the community" Those who come of the need for design and stay for the love. Or love the functional and stay for organising the next DrupalJam.

PS: Now this head has rolled, it is time we decide what we do the body. If you have 5 minutes of your spare time, read this post and if you have one minute more, see this one from 2008 as well.

Drupal SplashAwards 2014

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On december 12 the Dutch Drupal Foundation will organise the first edition of the "SplashAwards". This award is to put outstanding projects in the spotlight, the best Drupal projects and community contributions from Belgium and The Netherlands.

Both Drupal agencies and individuals who have achieved extraordinary results get special recognition from inside and outside the Drupal community. The international jury selects winners out of hundreds of contestants in several categories including best government project and best Drupal theme.

The jury includes well known people in the broader PHP and Drupal community from all around the world: Joost de Valk (SEO WP fame) , Moshe Weitzman (contributor since 2001), Jeffrey "jam" McGuire (evangelist with a mo), Holly Ross (Executive Director DA) , Morten Birch Heide-Jorgensen (enfant terrible and good friend :-)), Stefan Koopmanschap (PHP / Symfony guru from the Netherlands) , Guido Jansen (magento fame) and Robert Douglass (SOLR fame and most of all around friendly chap) will select the ten winners who will walk home along the canals with a great award and a smiling face.

There are 10 awards to be given, from architecture and commerce to best governmental site and theme. The award self will be held for some 100 people, in an old cinema in the centre of Amsterdam. We are really looking forward to this event. And in fact, it will be the last event of the year for the Dutch and a great year it has been.

From a record breaking DrupalJam, via the social events around DrupalCon to 100's of students getting a free training on the Drupal Training Day and now the bowtie SplashAwards, showing of the Dutch Drupal community never was better.

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