Happy Drupal 7 launch day!

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As Web marketers, the Schipul team gets to play around with a LOT of technology for client and company projects.   But few come remotely close to the flexibility and customization of Drupal – a software force to be reckoned with in the CMS world.

You’ve already been on a Drupal site, even if you haven’t realized it.   The Whitehouse.gov, Popular Science magazine and The Onion are just the tip of the Drupal iceberg (Drupal-berg?).   Our team has developed great client sites like IKEA Houston, PlasmaCar, Envoy Mortgage and Locke Bryan productions, to name just a few.

Today (1/7/11) is the official Drupal 7 launch day.   Three years in the making, this new version of Drupal brings a number of exciting updates:

  • CCK (Content Construction Kit) is now a built-in feature, making it easier to create custom content types in your site
  • Great new User Interface with a brand new default administration menu
  • Better theming options to keep your design looking fantastic
  • Increased overall security
  • So much more!

What’s exciting about this launch is not just the great updates, but the community celebration around the tremendous group effort that these updates have incorporated.   It’s the open source spirit personified!

There are guides to ‘rocking your Drupal 7 release party‘ and more celebrations than we can count in cities all across the country.   Our team is making appearances at the Austin Drupal 7 launch party and at the Houston Geek Gathering with the upcoming SW Drupal Summit organizers.

SW Drupal Summit 2011

And before you go Googling Drupal-built sites, make sure you watch our Drupal Rap video – and let us know how we can help you rock out in the Drupal world:

Drupal Rap Video – Schipulcon09 from Schipul – The Web Marketing Co. on Vimeo.

Photo thanks to Flickr user GregoryH

Friday Fun Post: And That’s Why IKEA Totally Rocks!

Shipulites pose for the mock IKEA catalog at the IKEA 2011 Catalog preview party

Special thanks to photographer Annie Ray for the wonderful photo! To see more of her work or more photos from the event visit her site: www.AnnieRay.net

*Sigh* I love you IKEA.

Long before it was a Schipul client and I was Schipulite, IKEA was my home goods haven.

I’m a neat freak. Let’s just get that out of the way.

Also, it’s pronounced /ee-KAY-uh/. I promise. Let’s get that out of the way, too.

Yesterday I Went on a Field Trip to IKEA’s Cafeteria

*Faints*Food at Ikea is reasonably priced.

It was exciting. And that’s when the magic of it all hit me, and I realized how much I love this place.

The menu is decent. The food is good. The view isn’t bad. So what’s the magic you ask?

For me, it’s the same magic most sane people feel when they open the catalog and start imagining the room they’ll build with the furniture they’re eyeballing.

Eating in IKEA’s cafeteria is like eating in IKEA’s catalog.

And I’m not afraid to admit it:   I’d love to live in the IKEA catalog. (The photos that Annie Ray took at the IKEA 2011 Catalog Preview Party prove that most people would!)

Some of the menu items include their famous Swedish meatballs, organic pasta and Princess Cake. Also, shoppers can purchase some of the goods in the Swedish Food Market section of the store and take the yummy goodness home. (It’s near the Bistro/Exit Cafe‘, which is a whole other blog post).

I’m Still A Neat Freak

The best part of the experience came with putting away my tray.   There’s a pretty blue wall, and in front it looks like a condiment station. But be not fooled! The hind side of the wall holds a shelving system just for trays. It’s the most efficient, DIY, tray taking system I’ve ever seen. I shed a tear (@happykatie saw it…maybe).

I encourage you to visit the restaurant. No. You’re not gonna get a five-star, Zagat-rated meal. But you’ll get good food in a pretty place. And who wouldn’t want that?