Indymedia and Drupal

Indymedia is a network of autonomous independent news centers from around the globe. They take a strongly left-wing perspective on political issues and have an anti-capitalist bias. Turns out that more and more Indymedia websites start using Drupal, including the Belgian Indymedia website. They are self-organizing on this Indymedia-Drupal wiki page.


Bruno (not verified):

Yup, several Indymedia collectives are using Drupal as an alternative to home grown CMS's (eg or The IMCs (Independent Media Center) that are using Drupal, have been thinking about developing an Indymedia Drupal distribution, so that more IMCs could use this CMS, and have it set up easily.

At, we're working on a write up of why and how we use Drupal, what we love about it, what our problems are, how Drupal allows us to implement several editorial improvements and to grow as an independent medium, ... (I'll post a link here once that's finished) We will also start work on a good Drupal theme soon.

September 14, 2006
Bruno (not verified):

Something else: there is an interesting discussion going on within the Indymedia tech group. Basically there is this idea to abandon the 'home grown' Indymedia CMS development, and move towards an existing CMS and modify that to suit Indymedia's needs. Thus saving time in core development, and having more time and energy for support, further technical customisation etc.

Drupal is a possible candidate CMS in the reviewing process. You can find the Drupal review page at Feel free to comment on it.

September 21, 2006
Caleb (not verified):

Anything online is going to have a "left-wing" "anti-capitalist" point of view. Freedom of information impies it. Drupal is by far the best choice of someone who wants to run a full-blown political website, considering the other possibility - Scoop - is darn near impossible to configure, is basically owned by Markos Moulitsas (because he hired the scoop lead), and is not really being developed.

The non-Indymedia, indymedia drupal site I particapte in...

September 14, 2006
Anonymous (not verified):

"Anything online is going to have a "left-wing" "anti-capitalist" point of view. Freedom of information impies it."

Gack, you really need to take the blinders off.
Freedom of information implies a diversity of views. There's
lots more to life than left-wing BS.
Capitalism has created prosperity, including the prosperity that has enabled great open source solutions to crop up.
Drupal didnt come out of a planned economy, but through free actions. capitalism=freedom in the economy. open source= freedom of software.

September 08, 2009
Hans (not verified):

There's plenty more "left-wing perspective" using Drupal in Belgium. Groen!, the Flemish green party, is using Drupal for more than 50 of its local group sites (from a single code base by the way). The coming elections will be too soon, but we definitely have big plans with Drupal for 2007.

September 16, 2006
catch (not verified):

We've just started moving over to drupal since the Summer - a UK based political site with around 9000 pages and up to 1.5 million page views per month. Lots more to transfer and issues to iron out, but it's already a big improvement on our old multi-CMS plus static content setup.


September 22, 2006
Ben (not verified):

Is Drupal politically oriented? I mean, are the main code contributors sharing the same political background (leftist)?

September 25, 2006
Omar Bickell (not verified):

For the record, the (aka has been using Drupal since fall/winter 2001 and was the first of the indymedia sites to adopt this great tool. In fact, I *think* that at the time the CMAQ was one of the biggest (most frequented and # of users) Drupal sites around.

The CMAQ was [one of?] the, first indymedia sites to adopt a "pre-validation" model as opposed to the "post-validation" model that was typical of the community at the time. So we wanted a moderation mechanism and we needed a trilingual setup, features that were less (or not) developed in the SF code at the time.

We chose Drupal for the localisation (translating the interface), taxonomy (for tracking content language) and moderation mechanisms. Since this was before i18n was around, we essentially ran three instances of Drupal using one database and a somewhat complex system of symlinks.

Unfortunately, as a result of this complexity we, for better or worse, didn't feel that we had much of value to contribute back to the indymedia community at the time.

Anyway, while the human side of the CMAQ has faltered quite a bit over the years, the site has always continued to hum along year after year.

October 14, 2006
IMC linksunten (not verified):

Hey, we set up a great indymedia-site, and we wrote a documentation of what we did, and why we did it. Also the documentation is a little outdated at a few points...

In German:

In English:


October 27, 2009

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