Lullabot, one of the available Drupal vendors, recently started to provide commercial Drupal training.

If we want Drupal to grow, it has to make inroads in the commercial market. For that to happen, we need a certain level of support that is currently not available. Commercial training is part of that.

So while I applaud Lullabot for providing commercial Drupal training, some members of the Drupal community expressed concerns that making profit of what is a collaborative work is a questionable business practice that shouldn't be promoted. Of course, people can believe what they want, and I don't want to come across as self-righteous, but I think that such people need to be whacked with a foam cluestick. Repeatedly.

A couple months ago, I wrote about the fact that Drupal needs more mentors. Well, the Lullabot team dived head first into the mentor role. Through their audiocasts and videocasts, and now by means of commercial Drupal training, they help people get on board. And them getting paid for doing what they enjoy doing most, and what is necessary for the Drupal community at large, is simply great. Rock on, Lullabot!


Roel De Meester (not verified):

I totally agree.

For 2 reasons.

  1. People can not live from their love for drupal alone. They need some cash to buy food, apples and Porsches. The cash and the food will allow them to continue working on drupal-projects.
  2. But more important:
    Good mentors (should) lead to good drupal developers
    Good drupal developers lead to extra testers/patches/modules/themes.
    Those will catalyse future development of drupal.
    In my believe GOOD quality training/support is hard to find in the Open Source world, mainly because it is not very "fun" for developers. Although there is a lot information available already, it can be time-consuming to plough through all this information. Having a good trainer can save you a lot of time (and money) and get you on track within a few hours.

To conclude:
Paying for training will eventually lead to more quality and features in Drupal!

Chris Messina (not verified):

Jeff's a good guy and has already given back to the community -- not only in creating some pretty amazing Drupal showcase sites (i.e. but in general be involved and a good advocate.

This isn't someone making a living off the hard work of others without giving back or being connected. He's a Drupaler -- and inasmuch as a Drupaler is able to support him or herself using a product the he or she contributed to, that's the way it should be.

How else will we grow the effort? How else will we sustain ourselves? By continuing to work on proprietary software during the day and maintaining our hobby-crafts at night? Hardly -- it should be the other way around and I'm happy to see Jeff and Lullabot setting the example.

Andre Charland (not verified):

I totally agree Dries! Drupal is a great platform, but will take companies like that to take it to the next level. If anyone is entitled to have bad feelings it's you, so good on you for taking the high ground and being a leader in the community!

Try trading drupal code and love for rent! Everybody gets paid for something.

Bart Claeys (not verified):

I would like to give Drupal a try for some of our commercial websites at work. But, there is simply no time for analysis and research on how Drupal works. In contradiction to time there are budgets so if I could get commercial training I would defenitely attend!

Pierre Verte (not verified):

There are other Drupal Training providers. I've recently participated in and it saved me months of learning alone from documentation, which actually isn't accurate or doesn't exist. I think companies like Lullabot, NobleProg or any other, which actively contribute to the project and earn money from that, they enable Drupal project to develop.

Chris Sloan (not verified):

We noticed a real need in this area and are continually trying to find new ways of educating. We started a podcast early this year with a focus on "Practical Drupal" called Speak Easy Drupal that has tips and techniques for the non-developer.