Bodiless Drupal - When Losing Your Head Just Won’t Fly

Presenters: pday

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For Federal agencies and other large organizations that have made significant investments in data repositories to manage their domain content, migrating this content to a content management system (CMS) is typically an extremely disruptive and expensive endeavor. 

What if a website built using a CMS could provide standard CMS features without the expense and disruption that result from migrating large volumes of distributed domain content? What if the question wasn’t “what if” but “how”? 

Bodiless Drupal, in its simplest terms, means using Drupal to provide access to data that does not live in Drupal's database. Existing systems and workflows can remain in place while the data is leveraged by Drupal. Bodiless Drupal avoids or defers domain content migration, so agencies can realize maximum value from their investments and minimize disruption.

The “Ain’t No Body” session at Baltimore DrupalCon provided a general overview for Bodiless Drupal. This session will expand on the Bodiless approach, providing a deep dive into case studies through operational code samples.

Speaker Bio

Paul Day has been developing web applications for 15 years. He began his Drupal adventure with Drupal 6, and currently builds and maintains websites using both Drupal 7 and Drupal 8. 

Paul delivered the Intro to Modules section of Drupal 8 beginner training in December 2016, part of the Zero-to-Drupal initiative, a collaboration between Quotient and the Bmore Drupal community.

Clients and co-workers love Paul’s people skills, sense of humor, technical abilities, general awesomesauce, and above all, his humility.

Paul presented Ain’t No Body: Not Your Mama’s Headless Drupal at Baltimore DrupalCon on April 26th to a packed room.

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