Yesterday I read an interesting article in .net magazine of Dries Buytaert, the founder of popular open source web content management system (CMS) Drupal. In the interview Dries mentioned a new offering from Drupal, Drupal Gardens. Drupal Gardens is a hosted Drupal solution, much like WordPress’s WordPress.com. It allows people who may not know Drupal or who need a quick site to build on on a powerful system with little cost or experience.
Drupal Gardens is still in private beta and, therefore, requires an invitation. I applied for one and received it in my inbox within an hour. Setting up my site was fairly simple. I have a bit of experience with Drupal, but not much. While it was simple to get the site up by walking through a few forms, administering settings and adding content is not intuitive. I am happy to discover there will still be a need for talented and knowledgeable web developers.
Sign up for the beta and throw a site together to see what you think. Let me know how it went in the comments.