Thunder is web-based, open-source, Drupal 8-based Content Management System (CMS) for professional publishing. Thunder was designed by Hubert Burda Media and released as open-source software under the GNU General Public License in 2016.

It consists of the current Drupal 8 functionality, lots of handpicked publisher-centric modules with custom enhancements, and an environment which makes it easy to install, deploy and add new functionality.

Everyone can use and enhance the system at no cost. As members of the Thunder Coalition, publishers, industry partners, and developers build custom extensions and share them with the Coalition to further enhance Thunder. Thunder users also benefit from a whole range of channel and feature-specific enhancements through collaboration with industry partners.

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The core features
These features are part of the out-of-the-box experience
Create articles dynamically with paragraphs

Create articles dynamically with paragraphs

Using paragraphs, you can add text with a WYSIWYG-editor, pictures, videos, Instagram or Twitter cards to your article – and change the order by dragging and dropping the content wherever you like it. Thanks to a preview mode, you get a good idea of how your article will ultimately look.

Schedule your content

Schedule your content

You can plan when texts should be published, and you can also set a date to remove the article from your website. Also, you can set an expire date for images. After this, the picture will be replaced with a placeholder.

Improved media handling

Improved media handling

With the help of the media browser, it’s very easy to add pictures, galleries, or videos to your article. You can upload new pictures to the media browser by just dragging and dropping. The pictures are cropped automatically and, with the focal point, you can define the important part of the picture, which should be visible in every layout.

Liveblog

Liveblog

Cover events in realtime with the liveblog, our first community project developed by Kurier, Bunte, Drunomics, and galaniprojects.

Mobile Friendly

Mobile Friendly

With the Thunder installation, you get a responsive theme for frontend and backend. When writing an article, you can check how your text will look on different smartphones and tablets with the help of the device preview.

Facebook Instant Articles

Facebook Instant Articles

With Thunder, editors may publish their content easily as instant articles on Facebook. This reduces loading times on the mobile web.

Google AMP

Google AMP

With the integration to Google AMP, you can deliver not only text, but also images, galleries, videos, as well as Instagram and Twitter cards.

Demo Content and Guided Tour

Demo Content and Guided Tour

We added demo content and a guided tour to make it easier for newcomers to understand how Thunder works. We explain how to add an article, edit an article or add and sort channels – one step at a time.

Flexible System

Flexible System

With Thunder, you get a system with a very high scalability. It’s extendable with more than 2500 modules to fit every need. Plus, it’s themeable.

Big Drupal community

Big Drupal community

Benefit from an active community with more than 100,000 user actively contributing and more than 2,000 commits per week. In the Drupal and the Thunder community you’ll find support if needed.

Industry partners may add functionality to Thunder which is useful for publishers and free of charge for unlimited time.

Third Party Features
Features added by Thunder's Industry Partners
Keep your users engaged with Riddle

Keep your users engaged with Riddle

With Riddle, any editor can quickly create professional quizzes, polls, or personality tests. Publishers can use these to generate more traffic on their sites and to monetize this traffic with lead generation or selling sponsored quiz slots.

Multi-device video player

Multi-device video player

With the easy-to-embed media player nexxPLAY from nexx.tv, you get a powerful tool for video distribution. It enables live streaming as well as video-on-demand services for all relevant platforms. Furthermore, nexx.tv offers solutions for monetizing videos. Alternatively, you can include videos from Youtube or Vimeo to your article, too.

Single Sign-On solution

Single Sign-On solution

The Harbourmaster is a multi-site, multi-device Single Sign-On solution, developed for the media industry by our industry partner Valiton. The Harbourmaster contains a Policy Server, User Directory, Authentication Gateway, and User Manger.

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