The White House Web team decided to go with open source software for www.whitehouse.gov
“We now have a technology platform to get more and more voices on the site,” announced White House new media director Macon Phillips to the Associated Press. “This is state-of-the-art technology and the government is a participant in it.”White House officials described the change as similar to rebuilding the foundation of a building without changing the street-level appearance of the facade. It was expected to make the White House site more secure — and the same could be true for other administration sites in the future.
While there’s not much difference on the surface, the White House’s content management system has moved to the open source Drupal platform. Moving to Drupal will allow the White House site to take advantage not only of Drupal’s core content management capabilities, but also the hundreds of modules that provide additional functionality. Not to mention that all of the code provided by the Drupal community is free.