On August 22nd and 23rd, members of the Mediacurrent team attended the 4th annual Drupalcamp Asheville. With over 100 attendees convening at the Crowne Plaza Resort, our team experienced quality sessions, code sprints, and meaningful one-on-one coversations. Below are their highlights of the weekend.
Using blocks to lay out content on your Drupal site can be a tedious and inflexible process. Panels improves this process by providing a simple way to display dynamic content based on relationships, contexts, and conditions without the user needing to learn to Drupal theming. If this sounds a bit like the Views module, it's because both Views and Panels were written by Earl Miles.
Panels has come a long way since its inception, and has several helper modules that take it beyond what it can do with its seamless integration with Views. Those include Panelizer, Panels Everywhere, and one that our own Jody Hamilton wrote more recently called Page Manager Templates. Page Manager is actually a module within Chaos Tools, a dependency of both Panels and Views now, that does most of the magic that we see on the front end of the Panels module. Because of its integration with many other modules and its overall power by itself, the Panels module is one of the most useful modules to have installed on your Drupal website. Views is finally making it into Drupal Core in Drupal 8, so maybe we will see Panels in Drupal 9!
Whether you are looking to create a simple 1 column layout, or a fully responsive multi-column layout, Panels has all of the tools needed to get it done. Panels layouts are easy to create, and can actually be exported and re-used across different sites. You can export the whole panel as well if you like. Here at Zivtech, we use a module called Features to export all sorts of settings, including Panels, Views, and content types to ensure all of our work is in code and can be committed to our git version control system. Panels can make your job easier as a Drupal site builder and allow you to display content without editing your theme much. You can even add additional CSS classes and IDs to give your panels the CSS selectors you need to get the page looking just right.
Beyond the layout flexibility and ability to display content dynamically, Panels also has robust access and visibility settings. You can easily set up whole pages or parts of pages to display or not based on user permissions, the user viewing, and many other conditions. This gives the flexibility to build the robust, responsive, and dynamic content and page layouts that we build here at Zivtech. This post is really just the tip of the iceberg for what Panels can do for your Drupal website. Want to learn more about Panels? Check out our upcoming Panels Training on September 17, 2014.Terms: panelspanelizerdrupal trainingDrupal Planet
The Drupal 7 Node Expire module allows you to use the power of the Rules module to perform actions on nodes at a specific point in time (when the node "expires"). This is useful for things such as unpublishing your content after a certain amount of time, or removing your content from the front page after it's been published for a week. You can also create rules actions to send an email at a specific time to serve as a reminder to do something related to a node on your Drupal site.Tags: DrupalDrupal 7Drupal Planet
Welcome to the first article in the “Commerce 2.x Stories” series. As Commerce 2.x development heats up, we’ll be covering interesting developments, ideas, and contributors.
Our first topic of interest is internationalization and localization. This involves tasks from translating UIs and content to representing numbers, currencies, and dates in a locale specific manner. It’s also a current pain point with Drupal 7 / Commerce 1.x - especially as it relates to currency management.
I had a great time at this year's Drupal Camp Asheville. This year's camp was held at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Resort on Saturday, August 23rd. Amenities included coffee, breakfast foods, a ping-pong table, and a great lunch (surprisingly good for a conferenc center). Thanks to Matthew Connerton, the Asheville Drupal User Group, and all of the sponsors, presenters, and attendees for making this a great camp! I attended a few sessions and hung out in the hallways chatting with long time Drupal friends and meeting new ones. I really enjoyed the presentations I attended:
- Drupal Speed Clinic by mherchel. I attended a previous version of this talk at Drupalcamp Atlanta, but it is great to pick up on the changes and new bits that Mike has picked up since then.
- Developing with Configuration Management on Drupal 7 by rszrama. Now that I am working on a project at Classic using the Configuration Management module, I was happy to get some great tips and tricks from a very experienced developer.
- Casper.js and Drupal by kostajh. Having worked a bit with Behat, it was interesting to learn about some very creative uses of Casper.js with Drupal. One of these included scraping content from an existing site to migrate content to Drupal. Casper.js is just plain fast too!
I am looking forward to having the presentation videos posted to the Drupal Camp Asheville website so I can catch up on the ones I missed.
I had the pleasure of presenting "Digital Signage with Drupal and Metoer". A good number of session attendees were interested in Meteor, so I am glad to spend a bit of time talking about what Meteor is all about and how it works. The session was well attended and the questions from the attendees really made it a lot of fun!
Check out the slide deck below. I have also attached a PDF version so links in the presentation can be followed.Blog Category: Digital Signage with Drupal and Meteor.pdf4.79 MB
For the past year Forum One has been using a Drupal starter theme created in-house to make theming more flexible, consistent, and easier to maintain. This theme is now available on drupal.org! Gesso (pronounced JEH-so) is an art term for the white paint mixture used to prepare a canvas or sculpture for painting. Likewise, the Gesso theme prepares Drupal’s markup and styles to give us a clean starting point.
Gesso is a responsive, Sass-based theme developed with accessible, standards-compliant HTML5 markup. It follows a mobile-first, future-friendly approach to coding responsive websites. Gesso also removes much of the cruft that we previously tended to override on each project and standardizes common components.
A word of caution: this theme is geared towards advanced themers. If you want to be able to manipulate the theme’s design, markup, or layout via a nice GUI, Gesso is not the theme for you. We built this theme to make it easy to customize within the Drupal theming layer, without getting in your way.
Gesso is not a stand-alone product. It depends on several Drupal modules and Sass tools: Magic, HTML5 Tools, Compass, Breakpoint, and Singularity.gs. It also integrates well with optional Drupal modules such as Display Suite, Panels, Blockify, Clean Markup, and Modernizr.
To be clear, Gesso wasn’t created in a vacuum. We got a ton of great ideas by diving deep into the code of other Drupal themes, such as:
If you want to develop a deeper understanding of Drupal theming, I encourage you to check out the code within these themes.
The biggest differentiator between Gesso and other themes is the altered Drupal markup, which makes it easier to follow the Drupal 8 CSS architecture guidelines. This theme leverages SMACSS with a modified BEM naming convention to organize styles. This encourages a component-based approach to theming through the creation of discrete, reusable UI elements.
In follow-up articles we’ll cover Gesso in more depth, including Sass organization, site building, and theme settings. Please join us in the issue queue if you have questions or ideas on how to improve it.
In this episode of Time to Live we have Doug Vann as our guest. Doug is the President of Synaptic Blue, a Drupal consulting firm, and is extremely active in the Drupal community. We discuss a variety of aspects of the Drupal community and how it benefits individuals and companies to get involved in the community.Participants
Michael Hodge Jr - President/Owner at LightSky - @m_hodge
Bruce Clingan - Director of Business Development at LightSky - @astrocling
Doug Vann - President of Synaptic Blue - @dougvannComments/Questions
We are doing this podcast for our visitors. If you have any ideas for how we can improve our podcasts, or ideas for future topics please let us know. You can either reach us via email, twitter or in the comments below.
We added a feature to projects on Drupal.org to help highlight the contributions made by supporting organizations. Maintainers of distributions, modules, and themes can give credit to organizations that have materially contributed to projects on Drupal.org using the new “Supporting Organizations" field.
If you are a project maintainer, take a moment to give some credit to the organizations that have helped build the Drupal ecosystem.Drupal Jobs launch
We’re proud to announce the launch of Drupal Jobs, a career site dedicated completely to Drupal. The Drupal job market is hot and we hope this new tool will help match the right talent with the right positions.
For job seekers, you can start searching for positions by location, position, skill level and more. You can create a profile with your job preferences and salary requirements, and even choose whether you wish to be contacted by employers and recruiters. All for free.
For employers and recruiters there are a variety of packages available, giving them the opportunity to highlight their company with a branded page and feature select postings in newsletters and social media. The great thing is that proceeds from postings are invested back into Drupal.org and its subsites (including Drupal Jobs) and community programs.Upcoming deployments
We are slowly moving towards implementing the new layout for user profiles on Drupal.org. In the coming weeks we will be migrating profile fields to user fields bit by bit. Profile layout will be changing along the way and might look messy at times during migration.
Some of the deployments, which happened in the previous two weeks, include:
- Upgrade to fasttoggle 7.x-1.5 - 'Unpublish' quicklinks on all issue comments disappear once clicked on one
- Wrong 'open issues' count on user project page
- Remove table spacing JS
- Add distinctive color to css a:visited on D.O was reverted
- Fix packaging scripts to checkout from sane/stable Git URLs instead of hard-coding the local filesystem
- Comment render caching should include comment status in hash
- Multiple Values for listings of current companies and organizations
- Sandbox releases found
- Update the Docs management page
- Update tabs for Documentation section
- Clean up infrastructure issue queue
- Migrate Work-related profile fields
- Bring company logos back on user profiles
- Update organization page sidebar for D7
The load balancers are being rebuilt with a new operating system and configuration. These rebuilds bring decreased latency and increased security to our *.drupal.org sites. Since the beginning of August our average latency has decreased from ~1000ms to ~400ms.
More statistics are available from status.devdrupal.org.
Drupal.org web servers have also been upgraded to a 3.14 kernel with the latest grsecurity patch.
There has also been a review of cache values on drupal.org sites.
As always, we’d like to say thanks to all volunteers who are working with us and to the Drupal Association Supporters, who made it possible for us to work on these projects.
Cross-posting from g.d.o/drupalorg.week notes
Drupal 8 is slowly approaching. As we all know, the real power in version upgrades lies in the contribution modules. Most of the maintainers are already working on their Drupal 8 ports, but what is their status?
While we would like to give every one of these maintainers their own full session to discuss their modules, they are unfortunately only so many slots available. Not to mention it would take a long time for you to attend all of these talks on top of the various other conference sessions!
Therefore, in order to update the community on the major modules, I have coordinated a double session where each maintainer will present their module’s status. The presentations will be short and focused, freeing you up to enjoy other great conference content.
We will hear about the following modules:
- Webform (by quicksketch)
- Rules (by dasjo)
- Display Suite (by aspilicious)
- Media (by daveried/slashrsm)
- Search API (by drunken monkey)
- Commerce (by bojanz)
- Redirect, Global Redirect, Token, Pathauto (by berdir)
- Panels (by populist)
- Simplenews (by miro_dietiker/ifux)
The session will take place on Tuesday, September 30th from 14:15 - 16:45 (this is two session slots) in the Keynote Auditorium (Wunderkraut Room).
Join us to learn directly from the maintainers what to expect of their Drupal 8 Modules!
Michael Schmid (Schnitzel)
DrupalCon Amsterdam Site Building Track Chair
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