About DrupalGardens.com and Free ebook on Git

On October 14, 2010, we had our monthly Surrey Drupal Meetup. Ryan Dempsey of Katanamite.com demonstrated enthusiasitcally how you can build a simple Drupal site very quickly with DrupalGardens.com. It's a hosted platform to build small brochure or blog site. And you can test drive Drupal 7 before it is officilally released. It has a really nice looking, easy to use image gallery and a special theme builder tool that is proprietory to Acquia. The Calendar module is coming soon.

Some of the drawbacks are that it doesn't have the Views module and you can't upload your own choice of contributed modules or custom themes. But when you are ready to expand your website, you can download it and install it on your own web host.  When Drupal 7 is officailly released, you will be able to upgrade to newer versions of Drupal 7.

Dale of group42.com, gave us a great tip about a free ebook for learning Git. Git is a version control system. Drupal.org will be moving to Git very soon so it's beneficial to start learning about it now. There's a few days left to get your free ebook: Special offer ends Oct. 31st! Free Download: Getting Good With Git ebook


Nice write up

One note: Drupal Gardens has simple views today and we certainly plan on adding full views as soon as we buff it's UX to be a bit easier to use. So stay tuned, we have big plans.