I went to the Drupal NYC meetup last week. A lot of it went over my head, and it was fantastic! I loved getting to see how larger sites work and hear why certain decisions were made.
Presenter: Mani Soundararajan
- You can use Hubot to send commands from Slack or Hipchat (e.g. merge in Github, move Jira tickets, create memes).
- Chat room changes from a log to a more natural conversation.
Presenter: Dave Johnson
- Material design — A card is not a playing card. It is like a calling card, it’s easy to share.
- 4:3 size image is easy to syndicate.
- Used Bootstrap 3 & Salvattore
- Topics in the menu — People don’t click down on hierarchical/academic taxonomy dropdown menus. They kept the taxonomies in the hamburger menu, for advertisers.
- People are no longer going to the homepage on desktop.
- Ads: focus is on inventory & impressions. Not page views.
- Removed pagination. Switched to infinite scroll = more ads
- Lazy load = ads only display when the location is visible
- Moved all properties to Drupal (2 year process). The differentiation/branding is subtle. The audience doesn’t care.
Decoupling the Economist
Presenters: Diana Montalion & Dominic Laycock
- 5 years is a good life for a site this size.
- Moving from ColdFusion to Drupal 6 took 2.5 years.
- 8 million regular users
- 400 modules, over half is custom
- Start with mission & audience, then develop products, then decide what/how to build.
- Drupal is more flexible. WordPress is a nicer tool for adding content.
- Protect against building for the edge case.
- Expose piece-by-piece & rebuild.
- Use AWS, autoscaling
- “Buy commodity, build innovation”