Designed to meet the needs and expectations of professional publishing.
Thunder is a web-based open-source Content Management System setting new standards for publishers’ CMS. It is based on Drupal, enabling its users to benefit from the Drupal community's continuous development efforts, as well as specific modules contributed by Hubert Burda Media, other publishers and industry partners – the Thunder Coalition.
With the Thunder Coalition, Burda is establishing a culture of collaboration and sharing within the publishing industry. Thunder is 100% non-profit – it was released as open source software under the GNU General Public License. All publishers can use and enhance the system with no licensing cost.
How does it work?
It's open source!
This means Thunder's feature set is growing constantly and evolving with the help of a united community – the Drupal community and the Thunder Coalition. Everyone can use Thunder's existing modules as well as develop and share new ones. Each partner will benefit from the contributions of the other.
The idea behind Thunder
Join the Thunder Coalition!
We believe that publishers do not compete through technology, but through content and brands. That’s why we decided to release Thunder as open-source software and started the Thunder Coalition to join forces by sharing code and innovation power.
Coalition Members develop valuable modules, using them for their own purpose and sharing them with the community under the GNU General Public License. The Coalition discusses feature requests and offers, celebrates new launches, and is a platform for programmers and executives in the publishing industry.
The Community is growing
Stay tuned to learn about news from the Thunder world and receive invitations to coalition meetings.
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Thunder news and updates
Thunder Day 2020 canceled
Dear Thunder Friends,
Unfortunately we have bad news. With heavy hearts we have decided to cancel Thunder Day 2020. We had at first postponed the event in the hope that we could host it in October in a more relaxed atmosphere. However, the situation concerning the spread of coronavirus remains unclear – and long-term planning remains difficult. For an open source project like Thunder it is very important to be able to plan for the long term and calculate accurately.
We have not taken the decision lightly but have come to the conclusion that it is ultimately better this way. Rather than compromises and rework, we want offer speakers, sponsors and guests a perfect package. This requires more planning certainty and more time.
Our vision remains unchanged. We want to bring the experts of our sector together and work with each other to find solutions for the publishing world of tomorrow. We look forward to realising this vision with you.
Best wishes and stay well!