Whitehouse web site moves to Drupal

By | October 25, 2009

Whitehouse web site moves to Drupal

It’s also a nod to Obama’s pledge to make government more open and transparent. Aides joked that it doesn’t get more transparent than showing the world a code that their Web site is based on.System called Drupal
Under the open-source model, thousands of people pick it apart simultaneously and increase security. It comes more cheaply than computer coding designed for a single client, such as the Executive Office of the President. It gives programmers around the world a chance to offer upgrades, additions or tweaks to existing programs that the White House could — or could not — include in daily updates.

Yet the system — known as Drupal — alone won’t make it more secure on its own, cautioned Ari Schwartz of the Center for Democracy and Technology.

“The platform that they’re moving to is just something to hang other things on,” he said. “They need to keep up-to-date with the latest security patches.”

Good luck with that…. Last time I looked, which was very recently, Drupal was a pain in the neck to get working well when you are using a custom template because there is a lot of coding you have to do to make up for problems in all the little modules.

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