Can't wait for the Sugar team to writeup their Drupal adventures in implementing http://onsugar.com. Looks like http://onsugar.com will be to http://drupal.org what http://wordpress.com is to http://wordpress.org!
This is amazing. It's definitely the best thing ever built on Drupal. I'm stunned by how good this is. If these features get back into Drupal core, Wordpress is in trouble ;)
I just posted some screenshots of the admin features over on my site.
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and without shamelessly promoting drupal, though i wish they would say *something* a bit more obvious!
one big hope: will they release these themes to the larger drupal community as standalone resources??? or perhaps release the whole thing as an install profile for basic sitebuilding recipes? doing so would do wonders to promote drupal as a wordpress alternative (unless all you need is the buddypress tool)
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I'm not too sure I'm all that excited about the project. First of all it looks like they're running Drupal 4.7.0, which is highly insecure. I wrote a post about it but didn't get confirmation from the admins yet - though I'm not sure if I ever will. If it would be a show-case for Drupal, than I would expect it to run a version that is still supported, like Drupal 5.
Really a promising one!
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So I'm not the only one who checked out the CHANGELOG.txt file, eh? ;)
It's hard to say how much of 4.7 is left under there. For all we know, they could be running code from Drupal 7.
It would be a shame if the version prevented this from being a Drupal showcase. This implementation is a fantastic Drupal demonstration and resulted in a free Techcrunch plug for Drupal (which is where I found it).
Don't get me wrong: I think that it's a fantastic implementation of Drupal. The widgets for instance are amazing and I will use a lot of those ideas for the multi-user blog installation profile. I do feel that if we'd push this site as an example of what Drupal can do, that we're not pushing a highly core-altered super-old version of Drupal. We're not just showcasing Drupal sites but also Drupal core values.
Thanks for checking our beta out! We're just warming up on OnSugar (and furiously developing) so there will be a ton of new and good stuff coming to the site soon.
To answer a few questions:
- 4.7 - yup, that's where we branched from. That said, a lot of our system no longer looks like 4.7 or 5, 6, or 7 for that matter anymore due to a lot of custom work we've done for our business needs on the scaling, workflow, and other fronts.
- Security- We do keep a watchful eye on the security announcements but for the most part have been working on security holistically outside of the exploit/hole announcements. If we were using 4.7 out of the box yes, we'd be in trouble
- Jobs- oh, thanks for asking! We're looking for great PHP/Drupal engineers. If you think OnSugar is interesting, check out http://www.celebstyle.com or http://teamsugar.com or http://popsugar.com - all on the same codebase as OnSugar. We have so many cool things under development for both OnSugar and for sites that haven't even been announced, but we need good peeps (locally in San Francisco, full-time only, no contractors/recruiters/consulting firms). Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested.
Once we're a bit deeper into the OnSugar beta we'll do a real post here in the showcase with lots more details on what's happening under the covers. Until then, back to the bugs. :)
Thank you so much for the clarification Brian. It's interesting for example what paths OnSugar took regarding css caching as opposed to how Drupal evolved it's caching and aggressive caching methods. Or for creating thumbnails and not using imagecache even though a Drupal 4.7 version exists. I'm definitely looking forward to a behind-the-scene coverage of the project.
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