A project to develop 50 introductory Drupal 8 training videos and make them available for free on YouTube has been fully funded on Kickstarter. The campaign was launched by OSTraining in April, a developer of online training on WordPress, Joomla and Drupal.
Among the contributors is Florida-based web hosting provider GlowHost founder and CEO Matt Lundstrom. He contributed $5000 to the project, which raised $2,280 over its initial $10,000 goal. The Kickstarter campaign wrapped up on May 15, 2015.
Drupal 8 is expected to be launched in 2015 or 2016, according to OSTraining. The first beta release was announced in October 2014.
The OSTraining videos will cover the history and introduction of Drupal, installation, navigation, backups and more, and be available for download in fall 2015. Drupal is used by many organizations including nonprofits like Greenpeace, education websites like University of Oxford and government sites including the Australian government.
“We want to make sure as many people as possible can use Drupal 8,” OSTraining founder Steve Burge said in a description on the Kickstarter page. “However, many new Drupal 8 users will need training, which can be expensive and difficult to find.”
“Customer satisfaction is what sets us apart. This opportunity was one way we can help our customers build more and better sites,” Lundstrom said in a statement. “We’re glad we could make that happen for them and we are excited to give back to the open source community.”
As part of its reward for backing the project, GlowHost will be the unique sponsor of a bundle of 50 videos which include site management, security backups, updates, Drupal Intermediate class and an example site building class.
OSTraining has been teaching Drupal for more than 8 years, and has a Drupal 7 online curriculum as well as a book.
Part of the funds will be used to hire another trainer in order to deliver the videos by this fall.
As traditional funding can be difficult to secure using crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter can help companies launch new products quickly. While this project secured its funding in time, many projects flop because they are unable to meet their goal.
Last year, Drupal users had to update their Drupal 7 sites because of an SQL injection vulnerability that compromised websites. More recently Drupal patched a flaw that enabled password reset URLs to be forged under certain circumstances.