Backdrop CMS is one month away from our 23nd on-time release, version 1.22.0. Every 4 months, we release a new version which brings with it new improvements and features to Backdrop CMS. Feature freeze is scheduled for May 1, 2022 and the release will be on May 15th. In the final weeks of each release cycle, there is a frenzy of activity and we try to get new improvements finalized and approved.
Here you'll find posts about both the software and the Backdrop community.
Stanford On and Off-Campus Learning Opportunities (SOLO) began in 2015 when Stanford’s Office of International affairs contacted us, Aten Design Group, with an exciting idea. They wanted to create a platform where Stanford staff and faculty could build custom forms to collect applications for academic opportunities. In just a few months we launched a lean proof-of-concept built on Drupal 7.
OpenForce 2022 participants should start with this blog post.
It's really been great to see all the OpenForce 2022 participants in our issue queue over the last two weeks. We have three issues that have been committed to Backdrop already, with two more that are already RTBC (ready to be committed), and quite a few that are under review or being worked on.
Over the last two weeks, we’ve had a robust and enthusiastic discussion (70 posts as of last count) in the Backdrop CMS forum about how to improve our Outreach efforts.
The discussion will continue in upcoming Outreach meetings, every other Thursday at 8:00PM UTC (Noon Pacific Time - USA).
For people coming to Backdrop from Drupal 7 (and those starting Backdrop from scratch), layouts are often one of the most difficult new concepts to grasp. One of the challenging aspects can be figuring out (or setting) which URL(s) a given layout will be applied on. In this blog post, I’ll discuss some of the technical aspects of layouts that might help users build an overall “mental model” of how layouts work.
To start, let me point out some existing useful links relevant to layouts:
Yesterday, during our weekly Backdrop CMS office hours a friend who does business development for a Drupal agency dropped in to say "hi" and ask us a few questions about Backdrop. During our chat, we asked him for his perspective on how visible Backdrop is to the wider community. His answer without hesitation was "zero."
Backdrop core developers and project leaders are frequently called upon to make important development decisions, with very little information about how site owners and administrators typically use Backdrop CMS and how they configure it. With the release of Backdrop 1.20.0 (and later versions), we hope that situation is getting better, but we need your help.