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Internet relaunch of the Ministry of Schools and Education (MSB)

Drupal Main Content - 20 July 2021 - 4:29pm
Completed Drupal site or project URL: https://www.schulministerium.nrw/

In order to create a uniform internet presence for all state departments in North Rhine-Westphalia, we have taken over the relaunch and migration of the website of the Ministry of Schools and Education of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia from NPS Fiona to nrwGOV. The foundation was the state content management system (CMS) based on Drupal 8, which publicplan GmbH developed with commission from the Ministry for Economics, Innovation, Digitization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (MWIDE), the CIO of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Westphalia and the d-NRW AöR. It can be used by all state authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia as a basic CMS for various presence - departmental presence, topic portals and the intranet - free of charge. We also integrated the state design, which is provided by the state government and can be used free of charge by the departments as part of website relaunches.

Categories: Drupal

History Factory: Using Drupal to Capture History in Real-Time

Drupal Main Content - 24 June 2021 - 5:39am
Completed Drupal site or project URL: https://c19corporatememory.org/

The teams at History Factory and Mediacurrent created a solution to capture real-time history of the COVID-19 pandemic for future crisis responses.

About History Factory

History Factory is a pioneering agency dedicated to helping organizations across the globe leverage their heritage to drive brand, marketing, communications and culture initiatives.

“The Mediacurrent team was extremely knowledgeable, communicative, quick to respond to arising issues and worked tirelessly to make our vision a reality.”
Sam Grabel, History Factory Marketing Manager

Mediacurrent also had to find a working solution to the COVID-19 Corporate Memory Project’s content collecting and organizing challenge. Mediacurrent’s developers quickly identified the best approach to model this content so that corporate contributors to the site could provide assets of all types

Categories: Drupal

Drupal 9.2.0 is available

Drupal Main Content - 16 June 2021 - 8:48pm
What’s new in Drupal 9.2.0?

The second feature release of Drupal 9 helps keep your site even more secure, and comes with increased visitor privacy protection, improved migration tools from Drupal 7, enhancements to the Olivero frontend theme and early support for the WebP image format.

Download Drupal 9.2.0

Security and privacy improvements

Critical security advisories and public service announcements will now be displayed on the status report page and certain administration pages for the site's administrators. This helps prepare site owners to apply security fixes in a timely manner. For increased privacy protection of your site visitors, Drupal 9.2.0 now blocks Google Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC) cookie-less user tracking by default.

Better building blocks out of the box

The Olivero theme, soon to be Drupal's new default frontend theme, has dozens of major improvements in this release, including a new form design and various accessibility fixes. The built-in Umami demo is now also more flexible with a built-in editor role and more versatile Layout Builder demonstration.

On the way to Drupal 10

In preparation for Drupal 10, all Symfony 5 and and several Symfony 6 compatibility issues have been resolved. As part of modernizing the frontend of Drupal 9, core's Tour feature now uses ShepherdJS instead of jQuery Joyride. This significantly improves accessibility of tours and removes one more reliance on jQuery.

Other improvements

The already stable migration path from Drupal 7 is now expanded with migrations for user settings, node/user reference fields and other previously missing pieces.

Drupal's GD toolkit integration, and, therefore image styles, can now manage WebP images. There is more to do for complete WebP support. Stay tuned for improvements in future releases.

Sneak peek at future core features

The upcoming core CKEditor 5 upgrade is being worked on in a contributed project. Progress has been made on various aspects of the roadmap, and the project is near to completing all issues identified as requirements for tagging a beta release. Core inclusion is expected in Drupal 9.3.0, but contributed projects are requested to build compatibility ahead of that.

The Automated Updates Initiative has been very active in the repositories under https://github.com/php-tuf building a PHP implementation of The Update Framework (TUF) with Typo3 and Joomla developers to provide signing and verification for secure PHP application updates. Results will be included with later Drupal releases.

Check out the initiative keynotes from DrupalCon North America 2021 on what else is in the works.

What does this mean for me? Drupal 9 site owners

Drupal 9.0.x is now out of security coverage. Update at least to 9.1.x to continue to receive security support.

Drupal 8 site owners

Update to at least 8.9.x to continue receiving bug fixes until Drupal 8's end of life in November 2021. The next bug-fix release (8.9.17) is scheduled for July 7, 2021. (See the release schedule overview for more information.) Versions of Drupal 8 before 8.9.x no longer receive security coverage.

With only five months left until the end of life of Drupal 8, we suggest that you upgrade from Drupal 8 to Drupal 9 as soon as possible. Upgrading is supported directly from 8.8.x and 8.9.x. Of the top 1000 most used drupal.org projects, 94% are updated for Drupal 9, so the modules and themes you rely on are most likely compatible.

Drupal 7 site owners

Drupal 7 is supported until November 28, 2022, and will continue to receive bug and security fixes throughout this time. From November 2022 until at least November 2025, the Drupal 7 Vendor Extended Support program will be offered by vendors.

On the other hand, the migration path for Drupal 7 sites to Drupal 9 is stable. Read more about the migration to Drupal 9.

Translation, module, and theme contributors

Minor releases like Drupal 9.2.0 include backwards-compatible API additions for developers as well as new features.

Since minor releases are backwards-compatible, modules, themes, and translations that supported Drupal 9.1.x and earlier will be compatible with 9.2.x as well. However, the new version does include some changes to strings, user interfaces, internal APIs and API deprecations. This means that some small updates may be required for your translations, modules, and themes. Read the 9.2.0 release notes for a full list of changes that may affect your modules and themes.

This release has further advanced the Drupal project and represents the efforts of hundreds of volunteers and contributors from various organizations. Thank you to everyone who contributed to Drupal 9.2.0!

Categories: Drupal

Delivering an Industry Leading Search Experience for CarsIreland.ie

Drupal Main Content - 10 June 2021 - 9:23pm
Completed Drupal site or project URL: https://www.carsireland.ie/

Cars Ireland is Ireland's largest new and used vehicles classifieds website. With a catalogue of over 50,000 vehicles available from dealers and private sellers, the Cars Ireland website is a 24-hour business.

Together with the teams at Cars Ireland and Each & Other, Annertech partnered to redesign and rebuild Cars Ireland’s digital platform – CarsIreland.ie.

Following an extensive UX and Design process, Annertech took on the project to bring the research and design to life. The Cars Ireland website is, at its core, a search interface. The focus of the project was to create a search interface which was faster and more effective than Cars Ireland’s competitors.

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