Demystifying Drupal

Drupal 7 Theme Debugging

January 11, 2016 - 4:43pm

An incredibly useful feature was slipped into the Drupal 7.33 maintenance release - theme_debug. This handy little variable can greatly reduce the frusteration of chasing down template files, and avoid the need for heavy modules, like Devel and Devel Themer.

Collaborating on KCDUG.org

March 26, 2015 - 4:57pm

The Kansas City Drupal Users Group has decided to build a new site to document our activities as a group. We have been using Meetup.com to organize, which is good for exposure. However it isn't that great for communication in the group. Being a co-organizer for the group, I registered a domain and pointed it to a "coming soon" page on one of my Linodes. I then spoke to Pantheon about hosting. They graciously offered to host the site as a Community Project. Pantheon even allowed us to experiment with their Multidev environment. More on Multidev later.

I have been working independently for the last 9 yrs and haven't had to work in a team since the days of Dreamweaver MX! After searching for guidance on how we might attack the project, and getting little feedback, we decided to just dive in! There were a couple bumps early and a quick reboot, but I think we are now on track. So I felt it was important to document our process, and hopefully even get some feedback on how we might improve our approach!

Configuring CSS Source Maps & Compass

September 19, 2014 - 3:04am

After hours of searching Google, lots of trial and error, and a bunch of grumbling, I had a breakthrough and finally figured out how to get Source Maps to work under Chrome and Compass. The problem is that this functionality has been around for over a year in various forms in the pre-release versions of Sass and Chrome. As such, many of the posts I found were out dated and didn't work with the current, stable versions. So this post is partially to document the process for myself (and a small victory lap!), but hopefully someone else will get something out of it.

Relaunch on Pantheon

February 7, 2014 - 1:15pm

The site was relaunched running on Pantheon today! A big thank you to Pantheon for hosting the site as part of their "Give Back" program that provides free hosting to Drupal sites that support the community. This is the second site I have launched on Pantheon. The first was a new site built from day one with Pantheon in mind, the experience was great. This site was imported from a previous build, running multi-site under Aegir. There were a couple bumps, but it still was a great experience.

Book Review: Migrating to Drupal 7

February 6, 2013 - 4:00pm

There is a lot about Drupal that is pretty awesome, upgrades and content migration don't top the list however. Trevor James's new book, Migrating to Drupal 7, is published by Packt and takes a look at a couple ways of getting existing content into Drupal. The two most common ways are the Feeds module and the Migrate module, both are touched on. Additionally the Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 upgrade preocess is covered, as well as importing content into Drupal from Wordpress.

Development Environments

January 25, 2013 - 5:44pm

A work in progress- The development environment is one of the first key elements that is required to do anything with Drupal or web development in general, your work needs a place to live. This series will cover a variety of development environments that are suited to Site Builders, Themers, and anyone getting started to Drupal. They range from the super simple to fairly advanced, so there should be something for everyone and no need to be intimidated.


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