2022 Webinars

Drupal4Gov hosts monthly webinars each third Thursday at 3pm EST.  

We are actively seeking webinar speakers. If you have an idea you would like to present, or see presented, please email us @ [email protected].

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2022 Webinars

2022 Webinars
Date Webinar

December 15, 2022


3:00PM - 4:00PM (EST)

It is Time We Prioritize Web Sustainability - Building Low-Carbon Sites

Presenter:  Mike Gifford

The internet is arguably humanities single largest machine. Most of it is powered by fossil fuels, and requires considerable investment of resources to maintain. This has a significant environmental impact. Although not the single largest contributor to Global Warming, the Internet has a larger impact than many countries. The web plays a big part of the internet, and everyone who is involved in building the web can play a part in reducing its impact. The basics include ensuring that your servers are hosted on servers powered by renewable energy and focusing on page performance. This is just the tip of the iceberg, though, so join the webinar to learn more.

November 17, 2022


3:00PM - 4:00PM (EST)

Creating Accessible Web Content

Presenter:  Michaela Blackham

Having an accessible website is a moral obligation and often a legal one, too. Website content managers have a responsibility to make their message available to the widest possible audience, avoid legal issues, reach marketing goals, and most importantly, do the right thing.

Aten's accessibility expert, Michaela Blackham will provide a step by step guide for content editors to create more accessible content for their website.

She will explain a number of important guidelines to reach compliance including:

  • Writing effective alternative text for images
  • Using infographics and charts appropriately
  • Embedding videos properly

Presentation Slides

October 31, 2022


3:00PM - 4:00PM (EST)

Best Practices for Creating Web Content

Presenter:  Jessica Dearie

Studies show that people don't read web pages. If no one is going to read your content, how do you present the information to get it to your reader?

This webinar will cover best practices for web content such as:

  • How People Read Online (hint: they don't)
  • Information Chunking - what is it and why it's important
  • Writing Better Links
  • FAQs - when to use them (and when not to!)

Good content isn't only about the written word - it's also about being accessible to everyone. We'll cover key accessibility factors that help content creators create more accessible content.

July 21, 2022


3:00PM - 4:00PM (EST)

The Future of Drupal & Web Content Publishing in Government

Presenter:  Suzanne Dergacheva

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Drupal has long been considered a top-notch content management system. It's well known in the government space for its flexibility. You can customize it to fit your content model and it also provides components and templates for building accessible, multilingual, easy-to-use, and mobile-friendly websites.

However, we're moving towards the age of Digital Experience Platforms (DXP) and multi-channel publishing, where content management is just one piece of the puzzle. In this case, we should be asking ourselves: how does Drupal fit into this landscape?

In this webinar, we leverage our 15 years of experience to discuss the future and what role Drupal will play in it, considering the challenges government web publishing stakeholders are facing today.

What you'll learn:

  • The benefits of a content-centric digital experience platform and how Drupal stands out
  • The future role of the content editor
  • How to use Drupal as a platform rather than just a content management system
  • What types of architectural models and integrations Drupal offers, and when to use them
  • How government uses other platforms and tools and how Drupal fits within the larger ecosystem

June 16, 2022


3:00PM - 4:00PM (EST)

One Bite at a Time: Incrementally Re-Designing the NIA Website Using the USWDS

Presenter:  William Hurley

Redesigning a site is a chance to take the lessons you have learned and applying them to make a better, more intuitive, easier to access site. Doing so now allows us to leverage the work that was done with the US Web Design System, built-in compliance with section 508 as well as the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act. But instead of re-building the site all at once, NIA is moving section-by-section, component-by-component.

In this talk you will learn:

  • Advantages of re-designing incrementally
  • Lessons learned about adopting the US Web Design System
  • Tools and techniques to accelerate the redesign process and ensure consistency

May 25, 2022


3:00PM - 4:00PM (EST)

Understanding Caching for Drupal 8 and Beyond.

Presenter:  Ashraf Abed

Drupal utilizes an advanced caching architecture to improve performance. It's actually one of Drupal's biggest strengths!

Join us as we discuss the critical elements of caching a Drupal 8+ website, including:

  • Render arrays
  • Cache tags
  • Contexts
  • TTLs
  • Varnish
  • CDNs
  • And more!

March 17, 2022


3:00PM - 4:00PM (EST)

Easy Intro to Using Composer with Drupal

Presenter:  Ashraf Abed

Use of Composer is vital to development in Drupal 8+. Simplify upgrades and improve stability & security by managing your site's dependencies using Composer, the package manager for PHP.

Attendees Can Expect to Learn how to use Composer for:

  • Strategies to simplifying upgrades.
  • Security improvements
  • What the php package manager does
  • How to manage your sites dependencies
  • And how using composer will assist in over all site stability

February 17, 2022


3:00PM - 4:00PM (EST)

Deploying an Ecosystem to Serve California's Justice System

Presenters: John Faber & Mike Madison

California's court system is the largest in the nation and serves a population of more than 39.5 million people — about 12 percent of the total U.S. population. The state's court system is in the middle of a multi-year process of deploying a shared infrastructure and design system that will eventually serve dozens of affiliated court websites. Chapter Three is helping guide the technical and strategic rethink of how to run a modern, multi-tiered court system online.

January 27, 2022


3:00PM - 4:00PM (EST)

Content Management: From Docs to Components

Presenter:  Yanko Ivanov & Madison Taylor

Headless Drupal enables content distribution from one central authoring point to many front-end user experiences. To enable full flexibility for tailored user experience, we need to ensure that front-end applications are able to request and consume only relevant components of the content. In this webinar, we will explore the journey from a CMS as a tool delivering complete web pages to a CMS that is built around content components that can be assembled in many different ways to deliver that coveted customized end-user experience.