October 21 to 23, 2011

UC Berkeley, California

A culmination of the brightest Drupal minds in the technology hub of the world


The Drupal Staging Problem

I'm using Dominique De Cooman's term, "the Drupal Staging Problem," to refer to the trouble that most large Drupal sites have. When a team collaborates on a site, and when a site has both a staging and live copy, it's a battle to keep data and files up-to-date across the different servers.

There are a number of partial solutions to this problem. Or at least, attempts to solve it. The original solution, still popular, is to simply copy an entire database from a live server down to development and staging servers. More recently, there a whole array of modules that address at least one aspect of the problem: backup_migrate, features, deploy, ...

This presentation focuses on one of these recent modules, site_update. This little-known module may be just the thing to solve this problem on your next Drupal site! I'll give a brief explanation of the problem, how site_update attempts to solve it, and give a live demo and Q and A.

Here's some additional reading, to help you decide whether this presentation is worth attending:

- http://old.dave-cohen.com/node/3932
- http://dominiquedecooman.com/blog/drupal-staging-problem

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