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A Future-Focused Digital Platform with Drupal 8

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This just in: Al Jazeera Media Network, a leading provider in news and media broadcasting, is investing in its future by building a global, multi-lingual, unified CMS platform to streamline the creation and personalized delivery of news with Drupal 8.


Al Jazeera’s digital partner, Phase2, leveraged Lighting to accelerate development on the Drupal 8 enterprise platform.


Register for this webinar to learn from Phase2 Software Architect Mai Irie, who led the project, as well as Lighting expert John Kennedy, about how this global media organization leveraged Lighting to expedite platform development. You’ll learn:


-The basics of Lightning
-Al Jazeera’s technical challenges and requirements
-Why use Lightning?
-How to use Deploy, Multi-version, and Replication modules to support an enterprise content repository
-How Al Jazeera Media Network transformed its editorial workflow with Drupal 8 tools


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A Future-Focused Digital Platform with Drupal 8

  1. 1. 1 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Mai Irie – Software Architect, Phase2 John Kennedy – Product Manager, Acquia Using Lightning To Build A Future-Focused Drupal 8 Media Platform
  2. 2. 2 ©2016 Acquia Inc. John Kennedy – Product Manager, Acquia Lightning – @commercejohn
  3. 3. 3 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Mai Irie – Software Architect, Phase2 – Mirie – IRC, drupal.org
  4. 4. 4 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Overview – What is Acquia Lightning? – Goals for Al Jazeera’s Unified CMS – Platform functionality highlights – Lightning Roadmap
  5. 5. 5 ©2016 Acquia Inc. What Is Lightning? The Drupal 8 Distribution for Enterprise Authoring
  6. 6. 6 ©2016 Acquia Inc. The Mission Enable developers to build great enterprise authoring experiences for their editorial teams with D8
  7. 7. 7 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Persona Site Builder Persona Content Author Persona Site Designer Persona Developer
  8. 8. 8 ©2016 Acquia Inc. What is Lightning? Integrations TestingSecurity Layout Workflow Preview Media
  9. 9. 9 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Current Challenges of Al Jazeera’s – Multiple CMS platforms – Overstretched support, operations and maintenance – Fragmented technology investments – Multi-skilled resource hunt – Difficult editor-exchange arrangements – Multilingual
  10. 10. 10 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Solution: A Unified CMS Requirements: – A flexible platform – Control over all content streams – An architecture that accommodates structured content – An interface for multiple content editors
  11. 11. 11 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Why Did We Chose Lightning? Requirements – Provided a great baseline for the platform: – Page Layout – Content Workflow – Media Management – Reliable and transparent roadmap: – drupal.org/node/2670686
  12. 12. 12 ©2016 Acquia Inc. How To Build With Lightning There Are Three Ways: 1. Install Lightning and just build from there. 2. Use an extend.yml file – Example implementation = Acme Lightning – github.com/balsama/acme-lightning-extend 3. Use the patch for extending the profile: – drupal.org/node/1356276
  13. 13. 13 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Platform Functionality Highlights
  14. 14. 14 ©2016 Acquia Inc. MODULES ENABLED IN LIGHTNING FOR MEDIA
  15. 15. 15 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Modules Continued
  16. 16. 16 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Media Media Entity – Does not directly extend Drupal File Entity – Non file-centric storage - does not assume that the media asset is a file or even just a single asset – Creates a new entity type: Media – drupal.org/project/media_entity
  17. 17. 17 ©2016 Acquia Inc. EXAMPLE: Tweet Media bundle
  18. 18. 18 ©2016 Acquia Inc. EXAMPLE: Tweet Media bundle
  19. 19. 19 ©2016 Acquia Inc. EXAMPLE: Tweet Media bundle
  20. 20. 20 ©2016 Acquia Inc. EXAMPLE: Tweet Media bundle
  21. 21. 21 ©2016 Acquia Inc. EXAMPLE: Tweet Media bundle
  22. 22. 22 ©2016 Acquia Inc. ENTITY EMBED & ENTITY BROWSER ENTITY BROWSER
  23. 23. 23 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Entity Browser – Allows you to browse, create and select entities on the system (not Media Entity-specific) – Can be used in different contexts (for a field or with an Entity Embed button) – Uses CTools form wizard for a multi-step workflow of selecting the image(s) – drupal.org/project/entity_browser
  24. 24. 24 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Lightning: Entity Browser Example
  25. 25. 25 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Lightning: Entity Browser Example
  26. 26. 26 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Lightning: Entity Browser Example
  27. 27. 27 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Lightning: Entity Browser Example
  28. 28. 28 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Lightning: Entity Browser Example
  29. 29. 29 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Lightning: Entity Browser Example
  30. 30. 30 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Lightning: Entity Browser Example
  31. 31. 31 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Lightning: Entity Browser Example
  32. 32. 32 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Lightning: Entity Browser Example
  33. 33. 33 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Entity Embed – Allows any entity to be embedded within a text area using a WYSIWYG editor. – Enable the entity-embed filter: Display embedded entities for the desired text formats – If the Limit allowed HTML tags filter is enabled, add <drupal-entity data-*> to the Allowed HTML tags. – To enable the WYSIWYG plugin, move the entity-embed E button into the Active toolbar for the desired text formats. – Dependency on Embed module: drupal.org/project/embed
  34. 34. 34 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Example: Entity Embed Button
  35. 35. 35 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Example: Entity Embed Button
  36. 36. 36 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Example: Entity Embed Button
  37. 37. 37 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Example: Entity Embed Button
  38. 38. 38 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Example: Entity Embed Button
  39. 39. 39 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Example: Entity Embed Button
  40. 40. 40 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Example: Entity Embed Button
  41. 41. 41 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Example: Entity Embed Button
  42. 42. 42 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Lightning: Entity Embed Example
  43. 43. 43 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Media bundle resolvers are plugins which determine which media bundle(s) are appropriate for handling an input value. The input value can be of any type, and the resolver needs to figure out which media bundle -- singular! -- is best suited to handle that input. BundleResolverInterface: lightning_media/src/BundleResolverInterface.php BundleResolverBase: lightning_media/src/BundleResolverBase.php BundleResolver
  44. 44. 44 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Media Roadmap Lightning is serving as the driving force behind improvements in Core – A plan for media management in Drupal 8 buytaert.net/a-plan-for-media-management-in-drupal-8 – Support remote media assets as first-class citizens drupal.org/node/2801277 – [prototype] Create design for a Media Library drupal.org/node/2796001 – Support WYSIWYG embedding of entities other than files drupal.org/node/2801307
  45. 45. 45 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Editorial Workflow
  46. 46. 46 ©2016 Acquia Inc. MODULES ENABLED IN LIGHTNING FOR WORKFLOW
  47. 47. 47 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Workflow Initiative - Workflow Initiative: drupal.org/node/2721129 - Core conversation from DrupalCon Dublin: youtube.com/watch?v=m5y9vKQL6Q8 - Content moderation module (Experimental Core Module): drupal.org/documentation/modules/content_moderation - Improving Drupal's content workflow: buytaert.net/improving-drupal-content-workflow
  48. 48. 48 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Content Moderation Flow DRAFT NEEDS REVIEW PUBLISHED ARCHIVED RECALLED
  49. 49. 49 ©2016 Acquia Inc. AJMN Workflow Module: Moderation History Tab
  50. 50. 50 ©2016 Acquia Inc. – Lightning comes with a ton of Behat tests! – We also wrote some Behat tests for the platform. We targeted: a. Workflow: new moderation state and transitions b. User Permissions
  51. 51. 51 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Lightning Roadmap 2017 Innovating in editorial experience: – Workspace Preview System – Themes: – Product site – Blog – Corporate – Scenarios – Publishing – Education – Commerce
  52. 52. 52 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Links – Developer Site: http://lightning.acquia.com – Github: https://github.com/acquia/lightning – Video: http://bit.ly/lightning-video
  53. 53. 53 ©2016 Acquia Inc. Questions? Thank You!

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