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.