Hats off to Mike McCaffrey for his four years of service on Backdrop's Project Management Committee! Mike was a founding member of the PMC and has helped build, shape and promote Backdrop since the earliest days of the project. His BackdropCMS.org account is a whole seven years old as of writing this post, and he's the person who came up with the name Backdrop!
Here you'll find posts about both the software and the Backdrop community.
This blog post is a response to some of the things previously mentioned about Backdrop in this otherwise accurate Lullabot article: Alternatives to Upgrading from Drupal 7 to Drupal 9
I was glad to see Backdrop mentioned as an option for people that are facing the dilemma of what to do with Drupal 7 reaching its end of support in November 2022, but at the same time I was specifically "upset" by this bit:
Hey folks, I started working on Backdrop not knowing how to participate in a large open source project, and now I'm writing a formal communication to a community! What a ride :D
I'm stepping down from the PMC, my life has pulled me in a lot of directions in the last few years, and I haven't had the time or sanity to be very helpful as a PMC member or a contributor for a while. I'd like to promise I'll be back, but I'm not sure what the future holds; I definitely have the desire and a few ideas I wanted to try, but we'll see.
Every year since 2008, The Philadelphia Area Tech Association has presented Drupaldelphia, a Drupal camp for the Philadelphia region. This year, the organizers decided to include other web content management systems, so they renamed the event CMS Philly and invited representatives from non-Drupal projects to give presentations as well. Systems represented included Apostrophe CMS, Backdrop CMS, Craft CMS, Drupal, ExpressionEngine, and WordPress.
The Backdrop community is proud to announce our 100th release 1.16.1! 🎉
We've come along way and there are many enhancements from the v1.0.0 days of Backdrop. Many new features, new faces, and new initiatives. All and all we are a growing, learning, and thriving community. Have a quick glance at a fresh install of v.1.0.0 next to an install of 1.16.0.
Before causing any unnecessary concern, I'll say upfront that I am not leaving the Backdrop project, nor leaving my role as a core committer and Technical Lead, nor reducing my involvement. This is merely a pivot in my responsibilities.
Hello Backdrop Community!
For the past 5 years Backdrop has been growing. It's been a slow but steady increase in adoption, contributors, and those involved in core development. It's time we added some new faces to our leadership team. On behalf of the Backdrop Project Management Committee, I'm happy to announce that we have added a new core committer, and 3 new people on the PMC.
The community has been using Gitter as our official chat for many years now, but the influx of new community members over the last year, and the ever-increasing surge of activity has made it hard for us to keep up with discussions.
The PMC (Project Management Committee) for Backdrop CMS is currently considering a proposal to use formal Initiatives as a means of defining project priorities and focusing attention on important needs in the community. Sometime in the next couple of weeks, the Project Management Committee is expected to authorize an initial slate of 2-4 initiatives, with the potential for more at a later date.
Backdrop CMS just turned 5 years old with its 15th release. Over the next few weeks, we'd like to reflect on how far we have come and set some goals for the upcoming year.
Over the next 2 weeks, we're setting aside our regular weekly meeting agendas and taking some time to look at the big picture and set some goals for the upcoming year. If you are not a regular participant in these meetings, this would be a good time to drop in and share some feedback.
The following meetings are designated as special goal setting meetings: