The Drop Times: Tracking Drupal's Global Footprint

Dear Readers,

Drupal has seen widespread adoption worldwide, a testament to its flexibility, security, and scalability. Renowned for its modular architecture and strong community support, Drupal empowers developers, businesses, and governments to create and manage diverse digital experiences. From educational institutions and media outlets to non-profit organizations and governmental agencies, the platform's extensive capabilities allow for the customization and integration necessary to meet complex digital needs.

An endeavor to track Drupal's usage across various industry sectors represents a need of the moment for the Drupal community and is put forth by Paul Johnson. The project aims to showcase Drupal's diverse applicability and strengthen its shared knowledge base by gathering detailed resources and data. This concerted effort, aimed at illuminating Drupal's footprint, will offer insights into the platform's impact and success across different domains. It sets the stage for a deeper understanding of the community's achievements and challenges, guiding them toward more strategic, evidence-based decisions within the digital ecosystem.

The DropTimes [TDT] has already published a comprehensive study on Drupal's usage in prominent educational institutions worldwide, which can set the right example for this new project. Grzegorz Pietrzak's study on global city website trends analysis further underscores Drupal's influence across diverse sectors, amplifying the platform's prominence within various industry verticals. The full study is published on our website; read it here

As the community delves into the specifics of these endeavors and their implications, it is crucial to remain connected and informed. With that, welcome to the last week's most important content covered by The DropTimes.

Performance is the cornerstone of user experience and operational efficiency in web development. Learn about the genesis, capabilities, and transformative potential of Gander, the automated performance testing framework for Drupal, as elucidated by Nathaniel Catchpole and Janez Urevc in Elma John's latest article

We have a new addition to our Spotlights channel, Zoocha, a leading Drupal Development Agency in the UK. The article discusses the intricate world of Zoocha, bringing to light the company's journey, strategies, and outlook with contributions from Will Huggins, the CEO, and the Zoocha team.

Dries Buytaert, the founder of Drupal, visited Japan for the first time in nearly eight years. He presented the latest developments in Drupal and associated web technologies at the Drupal Meetup. Tokyo. Read the article by Kazima Abbas for a comprehensive overview of the Tokyo Meetup and its significance. 

Interestingly, the recent Drupal Meetup, organized by Valuebound in collaboration with the Drupal Association, marked a significant event for Drupal enthusiasts and professionals. The event, held at Valuebound's office in Bangalore, featured a special meet-and-greet session with Tim Doyle, the CEO of the Drupal Association. As an after-note, Tim wrote, that "Drupal is alive and well in India", owing to the enthusiastic Drupal Community in India.

The Drupal Community has many events to celebrate this week, but MidCamp 2024 and DrupalSouth Sydney 2024 tops the list. As the Media Partner for both events, The DropTimes is determined to provide its readers timely updates. A complete list of events for the week is available here.

The upcoming DrupalCamp Burkina Faso 2024 is close to reaching its funding target, needing just $2,000 more to facilitate the largest DrupalCamp event in West Africa.  DrupalCamp Asheville is now open for speaker submissions, inviting seasoned presenters and newcomers to share their expertise and insights. Also, the last chance to submit proposals for Stanford WebCamp 2024 ends on or before March 25, 2024. The DrupalSouth Splash Awards 2024 shortlist, sponsored by Ironstar, has been announced ahead of the event. 

Imre Gmelig Meijling, CEO of React Online Digital Agency in The Netherlands, has been introduced as one of the newest members elected to the Drupal Association Board. Alex Moreno has launched a comprehensive guide to enhance impactful contributions to Drupal and the Drupal Association. The contributor guide lists strategic initiatives, crucial issues, and essential modules, offering contributors an avenue to make significant impacts within the Drupal community.

The Drupal community has recently seen the introduction of a new module, Bill of Lading, created by Jeff Greenberg. This module simplifies site management by generating a comprehensive list of Drupal structures using a new Drush command, 'bol.' QuantCDN co-founder Kristen Pol has announced a major update to their Drupal static site generator, enhancing Drupal 9 and 10 integration with new features, including visibility into Quant metadata directly within the Drupal platform.

We acknowledge that there are more stories to share. However, due to constraints in selection, we must pause further exploration for now.

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Thank you,

Alka Elizabeth
Sub-editor, TheDropTimes.