FAQs

Does a Drupal distribution include Drupal core, or do you install Drupal core first?

A Drupal distribution includes Drupal core. There is no reason to install Drupal core and then to install the distribution.

Can anyone use OpenPublic, or is it specifically for the Public Sector?

Anyone can use Open Public. We're finding a lot of interest from and hearing about sites underway from non-profits, governments, government-agencies, public-sector contributors, philanthropic organizations, but also organizations that have similar communication goals and editorial schedules. Anyone can use OpenPublic, and we think that's going to help build a diverse community. Apps will keep the core distribution light and flexible for users.

Is OpenPublic Suitable for X Type of Site?

It just depends on the needs of your site. You'll need to look at the content types, and see if they work for what you're trying to accomplish. Since every public sector organization is different, we can't say unequivocally "it is suitable for X but not Y." However, local, state, and federal organizations, as well as a growing number of public sector organizations, are currently using OpenPublic.

Could OpenPublic be used for an Intranet?

It's absolutely an option. It just depends on what you need your intranet to do.

Do you know if OpenPublic has been used internationally yet, or just in the US so far?

We have not seen several finished international sites in OpenPublic and are currently working with members of the community to create an international theme.

Does OpenPublic Have French, Arabic, and RTL Language Support?

Because OpenPublic is being adopted internationally, translation is a big need. If you are interested in providing a translation or translation support in OpenPublic, please contact us via openpublicapp.com.

Is OpenPublic Compatible with 508 Guidelines?

OpenPublic is 508 ready, and the default themes are built to that standard. As with any website, it depends on the CSS and XHTML, so if you use a custom theme you should do the work to ensure that it's accessible for your users.  You may also want to familiarize yourself with the 508 guidelines to ensure that your content is meeting these guidelines.

How Long do OpenPublic Engagements Take? How Long Does it Take for a Small Site, Large Site, etc.?

People are finding that OpenPublic is faster than Drupal out of the box, but the time it takes varies based on the size of the site, the customizations needed, and the team's experience. As some examples of the range, we've had teams new to Drupal go live in three months and experienced teams go live in two weeks.

Given That OpenPublic is Based on Drupal 7 (which has only been out since January 2011), is OpenPublic Stable Enough to Use? Is OpenPublic itself Stable?

Drupal 7 itself is stable, and we believe that the OpenPublic release was stable within itself. That said, it's true that many of the modules in the community are not fully ported over to Drupal 7. We're working with the maintainers of those modules as quickly as we can to bring everyone up to Drupal 7.

With regards to OpenPublic, generally a Beta version of anything is going to be to some extent less "stable" than a full version. We are working on an update of OpenPublic now, and as we go forward, you'll see more and more stability.

Is OpenPublic Still a Beta?

Yes, OpenPublic is still a beta. We are currently putting out new releases every few months.

Is there a Video Tutorial for OpenPublic?

Yes! There is a video tour in the distribution now, and we are currently working on providing more video tutorials in the next few months.

What Does OpenPublic Cost? Are there Different Plans?

OpenPublic itself is free and open source for everyone to use and contribute to. Phase2 also does custom development for it, which ranges greatly depending on your needs. We provide full services from architecture to design to building. If you're interested, please visit openpublicapp.com and fill in the contact form. We'll get back to you right away to discuss what you need.

Is Hosting Available for OpenPublic?

If you're looking for hosting, we recommend Acquia. They provide hosting, support, and remote administration.

What's the Main Difference Between OpenPublic and OpenPublish?

The layout, features, content types, and the modules that are included in OpenPublish are geared toward newspapers, magazines, and online news whereas with OpenPublic, the content types, features, and Apps are geared more toward public sector organizations and those seeking open government solutions.

Are There Downsides to OpenPublic?

OpenPublic is definitely not the answer for every public sector organization or need. It may not be for everyone, but we do think it's a great solution for a lot of people.

If We Want Help With OpenPublic, Whom Should We Contact?

Please go to openpublicapp.com and fill in the form. We'll get back to you right away to discuss what you need.

Where do I report issues and bugs in OpenPublic?

Please report all issues and bugs in the OpenPublic issue queue on drupal.org. Thank you! 

Can You Install Ubercart 3 or Drupal Commerce with OpenPublic?

Any Drupal 7 module can be used with OpenPublic, including UberCart or Drupal Commerce.

Does OpenPublic Come Installed with Any Default Workflows or Workflow Modules?

We are currently working on a Workflow app that you can configure for your needs.

Does OpenPublic Handle Online Payments?

OpenPublic is not currently set up for online payments, but we're hoping to see contributed apps to facilitate secure online payments.

Does OpenPublic have any integration capabilities or an application for CiviCRM?

We have our eye on integrating a CRM into OpenPublic because a lot of people want to use it. This is a great example of how apps can potentially solve problems and provide integrations with popular third party tools, without burdening the distribution itself.

How Does OpenPublic Handle Events?

OpenPublic does not contain any events by itself. There has been a great custom module built by the Case Foundation's Start Up America site. We're hoping to work with them to get it contributed back as an app.

Is There a Dashboard for Different Types of Maintainers?

The Dashboard in Drupal 7 allows any user to find the common functionality for OpenPublic. If you have assigned certain users different permissions, they'll only be able to access those functions. However, the dashboards are not for different types of users.

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Tuesday, September 30 2014

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    In finishing and releasing the 1.0 there were some change that were used that effected the base structure of fields that were part of the beta.  The following instructions go through those changes and things that one should look at updating if they have sites built on the beta, as they upgrade to the 1.0.

    Remember to make backups of your database and files.

    • Renamed/removed/merged features. Many features were moved to different features, which means they will not be enabled by default. An update operation to enable some of them has been added, but it is not thorough (set variable openpublic_enable_renamed_modules to FALSE if you do not want it to attempt to enable the renamed modules).

      • phase2_blog => openpublic_blog

      • phase2_document => openpublic_document

      • phase2_profile merged into pre-existing openpublic_person

      • openpublic_person_leadership merged into pre-existing openpublic_person

    • Some modules have been removed (either from code base or contrib modules that no longer part of make file). If you need to use one of the removed custom modue/features, use the version before it’s was removed as that will be most compliant with the rest of the code base (git log -- [path to removed feature]). However, it is recommended you change to use the new features instead.

      • combineblocks (was under modules/custom). It combined the two “most popular” blocks into a tab interface. Since the most popular blocks are only useful for sites with a lot of authenticated traffic (due to page/varnish type caching not tracking visits, preventing popularity statistics), most popular is not a useful module for most sites and since combinedlbocks only added a visual change, it was deemed not worth the maintenance of it. If you desire the functionality:

        • Grab the code from old code base -- However, due to selector issues, t did not work correctly with openomega; that was fixed in commit 4bee210a6c159aa842a5434e064ca37dd385c605 .

        • Use another existing contrib module, like quicktabs

        • Grab the Js and add it to your theme

      • context_no_title: removed from make file, wasn’t in use. Download it yourself if desired.

      • features_override: removed from make file as isn’t enabled by default and instead update documentation to suggest to use it when developing atop openpublic.

      • openpublic_editors_choice/nodeblock: editors choice functionality is now provided by “OpenPublic Promotion” (openpublic_promotion) which provides an entity box type with the same fields as the editors choice content type. There is currently no automated migration for this.

      • nodequeue has been removed. This means:

        • OpenPublic Home Page Feature now provides an entity box type with a multi field collection...

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    Now that we have a 1.0 release, upgrading openpublic should be as simple as

    • Updating the code base
    • running the database updates (we use the drush updb command)

    Please not that any upgrade, can introduce unseen issue, especially if you have extend OpenPublic with custom code.

    We recommend that you never do your first upgrade in your production environment, and always have db backups.

Friday, September 26 2014

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    The media room is a Panel page, created using the Panels module. It is made up of a small bit of introduction text and two view blocks: List of five most recent press release nodes and a display of up to 6 media galleries (created with the Media gallery content type) and made up on nodes with photos (made using the Photo content type).
     
    The media room is a Panel page, created using the Panels module. It is made up of a small bit of introduction text and two view blocks: List of five most recent press release nodes and a display of up to 6 media galleries (created with the Media gallery content type) and made up on nodes with photos (made using the Photo content type).
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    The content displayed on the homepage is dynamically generated from content that you created for the homepage and/or content you are displaying someplace else on the site. The displays are generated using different tools and techniques.
     
    The content displayed on the homepage is dynamically generated from content that you created for the homepage and/or content you are displaying someplace else on the site. The displays are generated using different tools and techniques.
     
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