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Promet Sponsors Atlanta Drupal Camp

Promet was a proud sponsor of this month’s Drupalcamp Atlanta! Held Saturday, October 2, 2010, at the Georgia Tech Research Institute and boasting 224 registered attendees, this second annual event helped educate people about Drupal and highlight its value to attendees from that area, ranging from designers and developers to business owners and beginners. A complete volunteer initiative, this attendee-driven informal event involved a full day of Drupal community training, focusing on many aspects of this open-source modular framework and content management system (CMS).

The Agenda
The day of Drupal training in Atlanta involved one keynote presentation, four session tracks, and an after-hours networking party at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant. The session tracks to choose from were Drupal for Beginners; Theming, Design & Usability; Development and Performance; and Drupal for Business and Services. Because Drupalcamp Atlanta is volunteer-led, the session presenters came directly from attendees.

Track 1: Drupal for Beginners
Training for beginners began with “Drupal A-Z” with Erik Webb of Acquia, in which he outlined for true newbies a basic understanding of how to start using Drupal quickly. It continued with a talk on modules by 13-year-old Annika Garbers, Drupal hobbyist; instructions on building a blog from our own Doug Vann of PrometHost; and an examination of changes from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 by James Rutherford of Mediacurrent.

Track 2: Theming, Design & Usability
Track 2 included sessions on converting Photoshop designs to functioning Drupal themes (Dante Taylor of Mediacurrent); using Drupal’s strengths to meet complex goals of managing an entire website (Brett Baker of The Children’s Aid Society); examining what great design is and how to accomplish it (Jared Ponchot of Lullabot); comparing Panels 3 and Display Suite (Brent Ratliff of Laminarlogic, LLC); and the features and functionality of WYSIWYG editors (Jeff Diecks of Mediacurrent).

Track 3: Development and Performance
Highlights of the third track were Georffrey Maxey’s “CCK for Code Junkies,” directed towards developers looking for more intricate form fields; Joe Domaleski’s “Drupal Project Management” that gave a framework for managing and organizing projects; and Doug Vann’s “Views Demystified.”

Track 4: Drupal for Business and Services
The fourth track emphasized using Drupal for business and services. Andrew Riley discussed differences between CMS platforms and what makes one worth choosing. Steve Muncy looked at small business web design and how to maximize web investment. And a panel discussion moderated by Ron Huber revolved around building a successful Drupal agency.

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