Downtown LA Drupal meetup: case study

  • Posted on: 30 December 2011
  • By: Christefano Reyes
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 19:30 to 21:30

The next Downtown LA Drupal meetup is on January 17, 2012 and will be at Droplabs, a Drupal event and coworking space in Downtown Los Angeles. Created by LA Drupal members for the LA Drupal community, Droplabs is the host of LA Drupal's monthly Downtown LA meetup, the weekly Pro Drupal 7 Development book study group and special events like the LA Drupal job fairs in June and November, 2011.

LA Drupal meetups follow a basic format and start off with Drupal news and announcements, local job announcements, raffle prizes and full-length presentations. As always, we'll also have community Q&A, during which time anyone in attendance can ask questions, divine answers from the crowd and give brief, 5-10 minute-long presentations known as lightning talks.

For any changes to our agenda, stay tuned to this meetup announcement or click the Signup button at (or both!) to be notified when the agenda has been updated.

Exaltation of Larks - Expert Drupal strategy, consulting, development and training Light food and refreshments will be served throughout the evening courtesy of our food and drink sponsor, Exaltation of Larks, a Drupal strategy, consulting, development and training company with a team of Drupal experts in Los Angeles.

We'll finish off the night with more networking and a Drupal After Dark at 9:30pm.


   Users Helping Users
   Projector and tables / chairs setup

   Introductions and job announcements
   News (SCALE 10x, Drupal Design Camp LA, DrupalCon Denver, etc.)
   Community questions and answers

   Case study on by Matt Berger, Paul Brent and Abhishek Taneja
   Lightning talks
   Raffle prizes!

   Wrap-up, Clean-up and Close-up
   Drupal After Dark and networking session

Join us on Twitter, Google+ and IRC!

During the meetup, several of us will be in the #drupal-la channel on IRC and the Droplabs Google+ Hangout and all are welcome to join us. The event organizers will also be monitoring Twitter for feedback and questions that mention @ladrupal or use the #ladrupal hashtag.

Users Helping Users

The meetup begins at 7:30pm but the doors open a little earlier at 6:30pm for Users Helping Users, which is a chance for members of the community to help and be helped by others with whatever questions and problems they're having with Drupal.

Please note that while Users Helping Users is not designed to be a replacement for bona fide consulting from a Drupal professional that there are plenty of Drupal experts and professionals who attend our meetups and sometimes they need help, too!

Presentation: Case study on by Matt Berger, Paul Brent and Abhishek Taneja

On November 14, 2011, the public radio program Marketplace from American Public Media — heard by more than 10 million people around the country each week — launched a new website at built on top of our new Drupal 7 content management system. Join the team behind that project for an under-the-hood tour of the site to learn about its features and hear about how it was made from concept to launch.

Other topics of discussion will include:

  • How to migrate 52,000 pieces of content from two different legacy CMSs into Drupal
  • How to change domains while moving to Drupal
  • How to increase your traffic instantly by 35 percent with search engine optimization and good planning
  • How to design and code for future enhancements
  • and, most importantly, what you should do differently

Presenters include: Matt Berger, Marketplace Digital Director; Paul Brent, Marketplace Interactive Designer; and Abhishek Taneja, Marketplace Lead Web Developer

Lightning talks

Given enough time, we'll also have a few lightning talks. These are brief, 5-10 minute presentations, demos or discussions that anyone can give. It can be about a new website you're working on, a Drupal module you've written or come across recently that you'd like to talk about, or just a burning question you'd like to ask of the crowd.

Raffle prizes! Collect them all! Must be present to win!

The raffle prizes this time include discount codes, magazines, DVDs and books! We are always grateful to our sponsors for their continued support. If you have any items you'd like to donate to the raffle, please contact any of the organizers at the meetup.

  • Drupal Scalability and Performance training
    Are you going to this year's SANDcamp, the San Diego Drupal Camp, on January 27-28th? Exaltation of Larks will be there providing expert Drupal training and we're raffling a seat to the Drupal Scalability and Performance training on January 26th.
  • Invitation codes to Pantheon
    Pantheon is a Drupal hosting and development platform with the usual stack of Drupal, Apache, MySQL and PHP, but comes with extra high-performance goodness like Pressflow, Memcache, Varnish and Solr. If that weren't enough, Pantheon accounts have a complete environment where code and databases can be moved up and down from dev, test and production.

    Sound complicated? It actually isn't, because all this functionality is managed with an easy to use point-and-click interface.

  • Linux Journal magazine featuring Drupal 7 and Drush
    This collector's edition features articles by Angie Byron (webchick) on Drupal 7 and James Walker (walkah) on Drush. We have an extra copy to raffle off!
  • Drupal 7 Development - Core Concepts DVD from Chris Shattuck at Build a
    The Core Concepts series contains over 12 hours of video that cover how to use jQuery, JavaScript and AJAX, how to work with users and nodes, how to build dynamic forms, theming with a module, an overview of coding standards, development tips and tricks, and more.

    This DVD is a must-have for every developer's library.

Drupal After Dark

Even if you can't make it to the meetup, you're welcome to join us for a Drupal After Dark. After we wrap up the meeting and clean up, a group of us will go to a nearby restaurant or pub. One time we had beers and a bonfire and were serenaded by Skrillex. We've also gone to a variety of other locations, including Barbara's at The Brewery (at 620 Moulton Ave., just a 5 minute walk away) and Carnitas Michoacan (on 1901 N. Broadway, just a 5 minute drive away).

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Location and directions

   651 Clover St.
   Los Angeles, CA 90031

Droplabs is in the Mission Junction neighborhood of Los Angeles at Big Art Labs, just 1 mile down Main St. from Philippes (the first-ever venue for LA Drupal meetups!) and Union Station. We're one block west of The Brewery, the largest live-and-work artists' colony in the world.

Free parking in our large parking lot is first-come, first-served. After parking in the lot, follow the yellow signs that point to Droplabs. (If our lot is full, you can park for free on Clover St.)

Droplabs is a brief walk from the Main St. / Lamar St. stop on the the Metro Local 76 bus line. To carpool or catch the Droplabs shuttle from Union Station, post below in the comments. A shuttle will be leaving from Union Station to Droplabs at 7:20pm.

What to bring

Just bring your laptop, your business cards or whatever else you need. You're also welcome to bring some light food, sodas or beers to share with others at the meetup.

Please note that our guest wireless network is limited to 1Mb per client, so bring your MiFi router or a phone you can tether with if for some reason you need a lot of bandwidth. Access to our high-speed network is included with a Droplabs membership.

About Droplabs

Droplabs is a collaborative Drupal event and coworking space in Downtown Los Angeles. Created in 2011 by LA Drupal members for the LA Drupal community, we are focused on serving the greater LA Drupal community, enriching the Drupal skills and lives of its members, and bringing joy to our Drupal practice. Our founders represent several local area businesses that have deep roots in the Drupal and open source communities.

We've been open to the public since May, 2011, and the use of our equipment and facilities, including conference room, tables and chairs and espresso machine, is free until our official launch. See for more details about our open beta period and for our list of free amenities and member perks.

Droplabs is the host of the monthly Downtown LA Drupal meetups, LA Drupal's weekly Pro Drupal 7 Development book study group and special events including the Varnish 3 Release Party, Leave GoDaddy Day and LA Drupal's job fairs. To learn more about Droplabs, follow @Droplabs on Twitter, signup at or like DroplabsLA on Facebook!

About LA Drupal

LA Drupal is one of the world's largest regional Drupal user groups and is Southern California's largest hub for all things Drupal. In addition to scheduling up to 6 regular meetups a month and occasional trainings and social gatherings, LA Drupal members produce special events, code sprints, and the annual DrupalCamp LA and Drupal Design Camp LA conferences.

Attending LA Drupal events is one of the best ways to meet and talk with other Drupaleros and we encourage you to attend meetings and special events regularly. Whether it's to find solutions to problems you've been having, sharing something you've learned or just meeting interesting like-minded people, the LA Drupal events are an essential resource for Drupal professionals and hobbyists alike.

If you aren't already part of LA Drupal, it's easy to become a member and find events in our community calendar at