Interview with Gorton Studios

DrupalCamp Twin Cities has had the support of a number of great local organizations who've been volunteering time to help organize the camp as well as providing financial support. As a Platinum Sponsor, Gorton Studios is one of those organizations. We recently had the time to sit down and talk with Founder and CEO Drew Gorton about Gorton Studios.

Who is Gorton Studios?

We're a local web firm and we've been designing and building great websites since 2001. Our sites win awards and we're sought out for both our technical and design skills. We are a small, stable, experienced and incredibly talented team that knows how to execute. About half of our work is done for regional organizations (e.g. the Guthrie Theater, Science Museum of Minnesota, University of MN, local school districts, etc.) and about half of our work is national (e.g. PBS, Southern Poverty Law Center, State of Missouri, etc.)

Why are you supporting DrupalCamp Twin Cities?

We support Drupal through modules, documentation, case studies and other such things. And while those are all valuable, some things require money - like servers and usability testing and lunches for camp attendees. For several years now we've set aside an additional fund for Drupal based on a percentage of our revenues from Drupal projects. It's a small number but it has allowed us to sponsor DrupalCamps and DrupalCons all over. We knew from the beginning that we wanted to support this camp as a Platinum sponsor.

What is this Node Squirrel thing you're working on?

Our most popular module is Backup and Migrate. It's one of the top 25 modules in Drupal and it runs on something like 80,000 sites. Backup and Migrate provides an easy interface for managing site backups. Site Admins like that because sometimes it's nice to be able to revert to a backup from a few hours ago. Developers find it useful as a quick way to replicate a site on a different machine -- which is why Ronan wrote it in the first place.

Node Squirrel is a plugin to Backup and Migrate that's currently in pre-alpha testing. It provides a simple way to set up offsite backups. You sign up online and you're done with just a few clicks. If you're interested in finding out more, we'll be giving a session on Backup and Migrate that will have a preview of Node Squirrel. We're also looking for Alpha testers - you can sign up at NodeSquirrel.com.