Today marks the fourth anniversary for my web design/development company Red Kite Creative. How’s it going? It’s busy. Really busy.

I tried advertising for a part-time person, but didn’t get a well-qualified respondent so I decided instead to start firming up my connections with some quality local colleagues for mutual subcontracting work. So far I have local pros in Javascript frameworks, Drupal, Joomla, WP and general PHP and I’m looking for more.

I do know how to do all those things – but I’d like to be better at Drupal, PHP and frameworks and when I don’t have the time to learn something, I like to have people I trust that can do that work for me. Everything I deliver to a client has to be top quality, so it’s important that my colleagues are as picky as I am.

Two of my friends and colleagues and I are working on a personal project site, so after our meeting last week we decided to give Drupal a try.

I volunteered to host our new site and this morning installed Drupal for the very first time. I had to install and remove the database twice before it would accept it, and I learned how to change the PHP register_globals setting in cPanel. Other than that, the install went easily.

I then set up the others as users, and discovered that ‘administrator’ is not a default user type, so I added it and assigned all three of us as admins.

I only looked around in the control panel briefly, but I’m looking forward to learning how to build a site with Drupal after using several other CMS’s. My next task is checking out themes while one of my colleagues will be doing some research on modules that will suit our site’s goals.