Topic: An introduction to the Drupal CMS
Presenter: Chris Russo
When: Thursday, 11 October 2018 - 6:45pm to 9:00pm
Where: NCSU College of Textiles, 1020 Main Campus Dr., Room 2207
Parking: Underground parking deck immediately adjacent to the building (see map)
Map: Google Maps

We'll introduce the Drupal CMS and its surrounding relevant ecosystems. We'll take a light dive into a smattering of topics and offer a Q&A session to follow up more deeply. We'll keep it interactive -- so ask about any subject that you wish expanded. We'll also look at a quick tutorial on getting Drupal set up locally, so if you're interested, bring a laptop. We have WiFi service in our meeting.

Some of the things we'll cover, time permitting:

  • Drupal - what is it - how is it used?
  • Drupal's past, present and future
  • Drupal 8 (current version) vs previous versions
  • Drupal vs. Wordpress (because you have to)
  • Deployment and maintenance tactics and best practices
  • How to spin up a local instance
  • Performance optimization
  • Automated testing

Chris Russo is the founder of Savas Labs - a strategy design and development agency with deep Drupal expertise. When he's not behind his computer, you can find Chris playing soccer or moving about on his bicycle. Chris is passionate about social and environmental justice. He founded and sold Tilthy Rich Compost - a bicycle powered organics recycling service in downtown Durham - combining two of his passions. Chris is eager to figure out what the next Tilthy Rich is so chat him up about any ideas you have.