November 2009

Drupal's Future: CMS or Framework... or Both?

With the announcement of Drupal being used to power, Drupal has been thrust into the spotlight even more. Its merits of a content management system have already been heralded, but as Drupal matures, people are starting to understand its power even more, and use it for non-CMS uses, such as the recently featured site on, This begs the questions: is Drupal turning into a framework? Is it one already? Should it be?

Drupal as a CMS

Drupal was born as a CMS, and it would be a sad day if it gave up on those roots. This isn't predicted to happen, at least anytime soon. In fact, there has been plenty of work on the user interface in Drupal 7, including extensive UI testing and bringing in UI designers from outside the community to revamp and simplify the administration and content editing experience in Drupal 7. And while there's still an amount of configuration needed to get Drupal running well and tuned to be fast, it's still an out of the box solution that has near-immediate usability as a CMS.

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Google Analytics - Better, stronger, smarter

While the 6 million dollar man may have been "Better, stronger, faster", Google Analytics appears to have gotten "Better, stronger, smarter." Back on October 20th Google released a blog post notifying the world of their enterprise class improvements to the excellent Google Analytics software that has become the standard web analytics tool (at least in our office). The 3 main new features they are rolling out are:

  1. Expanded Reporting and Analysis Features
  2. Enhancements to their API
  3. Analytics Intelligence and Custom Alerts

While the expanded reporting and analysis features are good, I am not looking to jump in on that right away. Although the expansion of mobile website analysis is going to be awesome once it is implemented properly. Enhancements to the API are not relevant for us at the current moment either so we are not to excited about those improvements. However the Analytics Intelligence and Custom Alerts looks to be absolutely awesome. Check out their video of how it works:

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