What gets me out of bed in the morning, day after day, to build websites for nonprofits is the idea that a well-built website can make an org's work easier, save them time, or help them reach more people. Our client The Actors Fund (TAF) recently used their Drupal site to do all of those things, in response to the devastating 2017 hurricanes. The Emergency Assistance Relief Application serves as an online intake form for those affected by the three hurricanes, as well as the California wildfires.
I've finally managed to migrate our old blog from our old Drupal 7 site with its old design to this new Drupal 8 one, with its new design. In the meantime, I also wrote a blog post for SuperYesMore's Human in the Machine project, about productivity. Or, more like, how to stop being productive when the day is over.
I'm dashing this off because I just read Ethan Marcotte's post "Free, faster". In his post, he's talking about a problem that we deal with all the time in our work with nonprofit organizations. And due to the political climate, we're dealing with it even more than usual right now.
Over our years of working with organizations, we've developed some strong opinions about how to make the Drupal content editing forms as helpful as possible. Our colleague Eileen Webb talks about this as "AX" (like "UX", but for content administrators). We think AX is particularly relevant in the nonprofit sector, where there is often uneven funding for technology and extra staff turnover that can result in a loss of org knowledge. Since I find that I'm continually referencing these three A List Apart articles on this topic, I'm going to stash them here on our blog for efficiency's sake.
We keep hearing this question: "Should I build in Drupal 7, or Drupal 8?" The answer to this question will differ depending on your organization's needs and your project goals. But here's one thing we can tell you: right now, if you build in Drupal 7 or Drupal 8, you should do so with a sound content strategy and a three-year plan. Why? Because Drupal is at a major transition point, and either path will need attention in the next three years.