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Xplain Hosting Drupal 7 Quickstart training seminar

Auckland - New Zealand. (December 16, 2010).

Today, Xplain Hosting and announced the Xplain Hosting Drupal 7 Quickstart training seminar.

Drupal 7, which is rumoured to be just days away from release, is an open source social publishing platform. Drupal 7 has been hotly anticipated all of 2010, for its exciting new features and user interface upgrade. Version 6 is already used on millions of websites around the world.

Used by organizations including Nokia, Amnesty International, and Harvard University, Drupal is not only the most powerful, but is arguably now the most popular Content Management System (CMS) in the world.

The Xplain Hosting Drupal 7 Quickstart seminar is aimed at programmers already familiar with Drupal 6, and serves the need organisations have to quickly upskill their staff to take advantage of the innovative new cost saving features of Drupal 7.

As Berend de Boer from Xplan Hosting explains: “I’ve been coding Drupal since early 2004, and though Drupal 7 is similar to 6, finding my way around and learning all the hidden secrets took a great deal of time. Because Drupal 7 is only in release candidate status, there’s not much information on the web yet, and this means that you need to find your own way through the code base. This can take a programmer weeks, but we’ve developed a training seminar that can teach all the most important changes in just a few hours.”

The seminar will look at the Drupal 7 architecture and why it is so different from Drupal 6, cover the differences in theming, module development and how to give back to the Drupal community in the form of patches.

The training seminar is a collaboration between Xplain Hosting and, a Drupal services provider located in Wellington, New Zealand.

Willie Seabrook, owner of, explains the rationale for companies to upskill their staff right away:

“Drupal 7 will be the most stable Drupal release yet, and is already in use on huge, high traffic, public websites like the Examiner. The most important modules (Drupal language for features) have already been upgraded, including the Views and Web forms modules. Secondly, when Drupal 7 is released, Drupal 5 maintenance will be discontinued. This means no more security patches, so existing Drupal 5 sites could be strong candidates for upgrading straight to version 7.”

The seminar is suitable for consultants, web development companies and corporates with Drupal installations. Early bird registration is only $419 NZD excl GST. Online registration and further information is available

About Xplain Hosting Drupal Hosting in the Clouds

Xplain Hosting is a specialist Drupal hosting company. The Xplain Hosting platform is optimized specifically for Drupal and includes cost saving development tools like staging sites and integrated version control. With Xplain Hosting, you pay only for what you use, and there are service plans available for small businessess right up to large corporates. The Xplain Hosting platform leverages the Amazon Cloud, so all customer sites are massively scalable.

About Drupal Projects Delivered. On Time and On Budget. are specialist Drupal consultants. works with technical and non-technical decision makers to deliver value for money Drupal solutions, on time and on budget. has a cumulative 10 years experience delivering value for money Drupal solutions. Based in New Zealand, and often working on the road, we serve customers in Australia, New Zealand, North America and Europe.


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