These include the introduction of a ‘user_password_reset_timeout’ variable to allow the 24-hour expiration for user password reset links to be adjusted (API addition). Another bug that was fixed relates to optional radio buttons (with an empty, non-NULL default values) that could result in an illegal choice error when none were selected.
In a nutshell, this release confirms the solid testing and deployment environment put in place by Drupal.org, which is intent on making Drupal more widely used than its top two competitors, Joomla and WordPress.
Many WordPress users will be familiar with dashboard alerts, which inform administrators of required new theme updates or plug-in releases. Drupal 7 includes something very similar, outfitting the CMS with a built-in update status module, which informs you about important updates to both modules and themes.
Keeping Drupal assets updated with the latest versions is highly recommended in the face of growing malware threats on all worldwide CMS products. This basic step is one of the most important (and easiest) ways to keep your website protected from international hackers.
A community of 630,000 users and developers contribute towards improving the overall UI and database engine that drives the Drupal CMS; a wonderful illustration of how open-source computing is helping small business owners deploy powerful new websites at a fraction of the cost of proprietary technologies.
“This open development model means that people are constantly working to make sure Drupal is a cutting-edge platform that supports the latest technologies that the Web has to offer,” said Drupal. “The Drupal project’s principles encourage modularity, standards, collaboration, ease-of-use, and more.”
Drupal was started in 2000, when University of Antwerp students, Dries Buytaert and Hans Snijder, set up a wireless bridge between their student dorms to share Hans’s ADSL modem connection among eight students.
“While this was an extremely luxurious situation at that time, something was missing: There was no means to discuss or share simple things,” said Drupal. “This inspired Dries to work on a small news site with a built-in web board, allowing the group of friends to leave each other notes about the status of the network, to announce where they were having dinner, or to share some noteworthy news items.”
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