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Over the past year, the Drupal community has focused on improving the Drupal user experience, making Drupal more friendly to a less technical user-base and rolling those improvements into Drupal 7. Join Dries Buytaert, the original creator and project lead for the Drupal open source web publishing and collaboration platform and Jeff Noyes, Acquia's director of user experience and contributor to the D7UX team contributor, for a one-hour tour of the new Drupal 7 usability features and the driving forces behind them. This will be the first in a series of Drupal 7 Webinars hosted by Dries this year.
Making Drupal 7 Simple to Use
Dries Buytaert Jeﬀ Noyes Lynne Capozzi
Drupal founder, Acquia CTO Director of User Experience Vice President Marketing
Acquia Acquia Acquia
@dries @jeﬀnoyes @bryanhouse
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–How Open Source Frameworks for Social Publishing
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–Founder and Project Lead, Drupal
–President, Drupal Association
–Co-founder & CTO, Acquia
–Director of User Experience, Acquia
Choosing the Right Technology
A Social Publishing Platform
Drupal “… is as much a Social Software platform
as it is a web content management system.”
CMS Watch, The Web CMS Report 2009
semantic Systems Tools social
Drupal’s perceived as being hard to use.
Usability lab testing
Several formal lab tests between March 2008/2009
conducted to answer these questions...
– What are the main challenges to new Drupal users?
– Is the language and terminology intuitive to users?
– How long does it take users to perform basic web
development tasks with no formal Drupal training
– Do recent design changes work
(password checker, vertical tabs, etc
Lab test results can’t be ignored
Lots of vernacular confusion Page vs Story, Content vs Content
type, Primary Links, etc.
Inability to ﬁnd content after creating it
Mental model of creating pages not expected
Users expected WYSIWYG vs.
Unable to distinguish
Overwhelming administrative page
Menu confusion with
A usability team is born
Evolving team of 8-16 people
join forces to help make Drupal
easier. Two people stand out.
Roy Scholten (A.K.A Yoroy) for
sound design insights.
Bojhan Summers for staying
on top of the issues, rounding
up the troops & beating the
–People that spend most of their time
managing content, e.g. writers, editors
Designers & Developers
–People that spend most of their time
building & theming sites.
Simplifying the content managers role.
Simpliﬁed startup options
Users can now start with a common set of
pre-conﬁgured features, or take the
advanced route and start from scratch.
Password verify made
Users now have a better experience setting
More concrete categories for a clearer map
of the Drupal system. - Emphasis on basic
CMS tasks (content, structure, people etc)
and pushed advance conﬁg a layer deeper
Recently added content
made easier to ﬁnd.
Users can now ﬁnd recently added content
by clicking “content”
Users can now edit content more quickly
and conﬁgure blocks more quickly.
Quickly add shortcuts to your most used
Accelerate by creating shortcuts to most
used destinations - by role
Admin layer Site layer
Clear separation of front—and back—end
Users now have a customizable dashboard.
Clearer content/help text
Rewrote/removed copy – making Drupal more
friendly and concise. Focused on making help
Redesigned ﬁeldsets and compressed forms by
using vertical tabs.
separated from tabs
Adding content used be in the same
location as browsing lists of existing
More testing & solid metrics
Drupal Gardens will
become a platform for
user testing and getting
access to usage data.
Improve Drupal’s page model
User think about pages top down - add a page, give it a layout, add widgets, add
Drag and drop features
Eliminate need to duplicate blocks to place in diﬀerent regions
Module administration improvements
Too much scrolling. Too often you have to click to enable/disable,
scroll way down, submit. Repeat.
Easier form creation
Building & styling forms should be easier. Form Builder should be
Creating content types and managing ﬁelds could be improved
Interaction standards should emerge to answer questions like:
– Best practice use of:
drag & drop
forms & form elements
– Accessibility standards
– Help standards
D7 will be a huge step forward!
The Drupal community should be proud of its
accomplishments. We’re proud!
If you want to help Drupal get better...
To help Drupal.org...
To help Drupal...
Do you love working with Drupal?
If so, Acquia is hiring:
–Engineering & design
–Client advisors and consulting
Check out openings at
For more information:
– http://acquia.com Recording of today’s event and slides
– http://twitter.com/acquia will be posted at:
– http://twitter.com/drupal recorded_webinars
Try Drupal 7
– Sign up for beta code at http://drupalgardens.com
– Download at http://drupal.org/project/drupal
Download Acquia’s Drupal Stack Installers
– Available for Debian, Ubuntu, Windows & Mac