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Appnovation Technologies: Simple Website Approach Using a Headless CMS: Part 1

Planet Drupal - 6 February 2019 - 12:00am
Simple Website Approach Using a Headless CMS: Part 1 I strongly believe that the path for innovation requires a mix of experimentation, sweat, and failure. Without experimenting with new solutions, new technologies, new tools, we are limiting our ability to improve, arresting our potential to be better, to be faster, and sadly ensuring that we stay rooted in systems, processes and...
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erdfisch: Drupalcon mentored core sprint - part 2 - your experience as a sprinter

Planet Drupal - 12 May 2018 - 2:00am
Drupalcon mentored core sprint - part 2 - your experience as a sprinter 12.05.2018 Michael Lenahan Body:  Drupalcon mentored core sprint - part 2 - your experience as a sprinter

Hello! You've arrived at part 2 of a series of 3 blog posts about the Mentored Core Sprint, which traditionally takes place every Friday at Drupalcon.

If you haven't already, please go back and read part 1.

You may think sprinting is not for you ...

So, you may be the kind of person who usually stays away from the Sprint Room at Drupal events. We understand. You would like to find something to work on, but when you step in the room, you get the feeling you're interrupting something really important that you don't understand.

It's okay. We've all been there.

That's why the Drupal Community invented the Mentored Core Sprint. If you stay for this sprint day, you will be among friends. You can ask any question you like. The venue is packed with people who want to make it a useful experience for you.

Come as you are

All you need in order to take part in the first-time mentored sprint are two things:

  • Your self, a human who is interested in Drupal
  • Your laptop

To get productive, your laptop needs a local installation of Drupal. Don't have one yet? Well, it's your lucky day because you can your Windows or Mac laptop set up at the first-time setup workshop!

Need a local Drupal installation? Come to the first-time setup workshop

After about half an hour, your laptop is now ready, and you can go to the sprint room to work on Drupal Core issues ...

You do not need to be a coder ...

You do not need to be a coder to work on Drupal Core. Let's say, you're a project manager. You have skills in clarifying issues, deciding what needs to be done next, managing developers, and herding cats. You're great at taking large problems and breaking them down into smaller problems that designers or developers can solve. This is what you do all day when you're at work.

Well, that's also what happens here at the Major Issue Triage table!

But - you could just as easily join any other table, because your skills will be needed there, as well!

Never Drupal alone

At this sprint, no-one works on their own. You work collaboratively in a small group (maybe 3-4 people). So, if you don't have coding or design skills, you will have someone alongside you who does, just like at work.

Collaborating together, you will learn how the Drupal issue queue works. You will, most likely, not fix any large issues during the sprint.

Learn the process of contributing

Instead, you will learn the process of contributing to Drupal. You will learn how to use the issue queue so you can stay in touch with the friends you made today, so that you fix the issue over the coming weeks after Drupalcon.

It's never too late

Even if you've been in the Drupal community for over a decade, just come along. Jump in. You'll enjoy it.

A very welcoming place to start contributing is to work on Drupal documentation. This is how I made my first contribution, at Drupalcon London in 2011. In Vienna, this table was mentored by Amber Matz from Drupalize.Me.

This is one of the most experienced mentors, Valery Lourie (valthebald). We'll meet him again in part 3, when we come to the Drupalcon Vienna live commit.

Here's Dries. He comes along and walks around, no one takes any notice because they are too engaged and too busy. And so he gets to talk to people without being interrupted.

This is what Drupal is about. It's not about the code. It's about the people.

Next time. Just come. As a sprinter or a mentor. EVERYONE is welcome, we mean that.

This is a three-part blog post series:
Part one is here
You've just finished reading part two
Part three is coming soon

Credit to Amazee Labs and Roy Segall for use of photos from the Drupalcon Vienna flickr stream, made available under the CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 licence.

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KnackForge: How to update Drupal 8 core?

Planet Drupal - 23 March 2018 - 10:01pm
How to update Drupal 8 core?

Let's see how to update your Drupal site between 8.x.x minor and patch versions. For example, from 8.1.2 to 8.1.3, or from 8.3.5 to 8.4.0. I hope this will help you.

  • If you are upgrading to Drupal version x.y.z

           x -> is known as the major version number

           y -> is known as the minor version number

           z -> is known as the patch version number.

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Tag Block Site-Branding Switcher

New Drupal Modules - 23 February 2018 - 7:46am

Provide a way to switch HTML Tag from Frontpage to other pages.

The native block-system-branding-block display site_logo, site_name and site_slogan in div HTML Tag.
This module add h1 tag in frontpage for branding-block and keep the native display for the others pages.

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Matt Grasmick: Stranger in a familiar land: Comparing the novice's first impression of Drupal to other PHP frameworks

Planet Drupal - 23 February 2018 - 7:37am

Drupal 8 adoption is flagging. Why? I tried to lay my biases and assumptions aside and set out to find the answer. What I found suprised me.

I decided to perform an experiment. Placing myself (as much as possible) in the shoes of a senior developer without any Drupal experience, I attempted to get a new "Hello World" site up and running in four different PHP frameworks: Wordpress, Laravel, Symfony, and Drupal.

I set a few ground rules for myself:

  • Start at square 1. Google "Drupal" (or Wordpress, etc.).
  • Use only information found organically via my Google search and subsequent clicks.
  • Take the path of least resistance. In other words, choose the easy way when more than one option exists.
  • Avoid the command line when possible.
Measurements:
  • Time required.
  • Number of clicks in web browser.
  • Number of CLI commands run.

I do not claim that this…

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Paragraphs Features

New Drupal Modules - 23 February 2018 - 7:25am
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Autocomplete Field Match (Free text)

New Drupal Modules - 23 February 2018 - 6:56am

Synopsis
A module for those who need to allow free text in autocomplete fields that matches to a field on either the same entity or a field within a referenced entity. Module falls back to standard autocomplete functionality.
Field types available are Entity Reference, Field collection, or Paragraphs, though it may work on other referenced entities. File an issue in the queue if needed. Note that this module currently only matches to a referenced entity one level deep. (i.e. it will not match a field on a referenced entity of a referenced entity.)

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Random Frontpage

New Drupal Modules - 23 February 2018 - 6:55am

Creates a page which displays a different, random node of a selected type every time it's accessed.

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Commerce add to cart matrix

New Drupal Modules - 23 February 2018 - 2:51am

Commerce add to cart matrix allows you to configure a new way of displaying the add to cart form.

All the possible variation combinations can be displayed in a table and allow instant add to cart for all of those.

The variation combination can be configured from the field formatter.

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Embederator

New Drupal Modules - 22 February 2018 - 6:49pm
Manage custom third-party embeds with entity bundles.
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Any Dependency

New Drupal Modules - 22 February 2018 - 6:15pm

This module does nothing on its own other than provide an API that
allows modules a way to specify any dependency, based on a list.

This is, in part, due to the vast Drupal ecosystem where there are tons of "similar" projects that do almost the same thing but just "slightly" different. To compensate for a site that may use one variety of "popular" module over another, this allows a module to support multiple projects.

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Entity Form Block

New Drupal Modules - 22 February 2018 - 4:36pm

This module provides simple entity forms as blocks like Ctools provides Entity view (Content) block and others. It supports contexts and different form modes.

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Build and operate your own CDN

Dries Buytaert - 22 February 2018 - 2:31pm

Janos Pasztor built his own Content Delivery Network. While I wouldn't want to operate my own personal CDN, it does sounds like a fun project for those interested in web performance.

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A Drupal distribution configurator

Dries Buytaert - 22 February 2018 - 2:11pm

Today, Commerce Guys shared a new initiative for Drupal Commerce. They launched a "Drupal Commerce distribution configurator": a web-based UI that generates a composer.json file and builds a version of Drupal Commerce that is tailored to an evaluator's needs. The ability to visually configure your own distribution or demo is appealing. I like the idea of a Drupal distribution configurator for at least three reasons: (1) its development could lead to improvements to Drupal's Composer-based workflow, which would benefit all of Drupal, (2) it could help make distributions easier to build and maintain, which is something I'm passionate about, and last but not least, (3) it could grow into a more polished Drupal evaluator tool.

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Dries Buytaert: A Drupal distribution configurator

Planet Drupal - 22 February 2018 - 2:11pm

Today, Commerce Guys shared a new initiative for Drupal Commerce. They launched a "Drupal Commerce distribution configurator": a web-based UI that generates a composer.json file to build a version of Drupal Commerce that is tailored to an evaluator's needs. The ability to visually configure your own distribution or demo is appealing. I like the idea of a distribution configurator for at least three reasons: (1) its development could lead to improvements to Drupal's Composer-based workflow, which would benefit all of Drupal, (2) it could help make distributions easier to build and maintain, which is something I'm passionate about, and last but not least, (3) it could grow into a more polished Drupal evaluator tool.

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TFA Basic self-setup

New Drupal Modules - 22 February 2018 - 12:55pm

This module is used to address the UX concerns and general problems that exist when trying to allow users to set up their own two-factor authentication.

#2838432: Self login and tfa account setup

The module alters core user login, profile and one-time login forms to route users to the TFA setup screens if they have not yet completed them.

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OSTraining: How to Use the New Media Module Features in Drupal

Planet Drupal - 22 February 2018 - 12:35pm

Since the release of Drupal 8.4 in late 2017, Drupal has contained new media handling features.

For many years, Drupal has shipped with almost no media handling. This was the most commonly requested feature whenever we did Drupal training.

In this tutorial, we'll walk you through how to use Drupal's new media options. We'll update this post as soon as Drupal 8.5 is available.

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Elevated Third: WATCH E3 Takeaways: Drupal 8 Works for SaaS

Planet Drupal - 22 February 2018 - 11:29am
WATCH E3 Takeaways: Drupal 8 Works for SaaS WATCH E3 Takeaways: Drupal 8 Works for SaaS Zach Ettelman Thu, 02/22/2018 - 12:29

In this edition of E3 Takeaways Business Development Strategist, Zach, talks Drupal 8 and why its flexible workflows, ability to integrate, and internationalization suite of modules work so well for the SaaS industry.

 

 

Hello there, I'm Zach Ettelman, Business Development Strategist here at Elevated Third. Today I'm going to talk about why Drupal is a good fit for software as a service companies. 

 

Takeaway #1: The old adage "content is king" is not dead and that means companies are still having to create a ton of content. With so many content cooks in the kitchen that means there are many approval layers to even get the smallest piece of content onto your site. Thanks to Drupal's content authorization workflow, we can personalize and customize it to meet the needs of your team. 

 

Takeaway #2: In today's digital world, virtually every SaaS organization is serving an international audience. Thanks to Drupal 8's internationalization suite of modules, we can now translate and localize content based on where the product's services are available for your offerings. 

 

Takeaway #3: SaaS companies leverage a multitude of tools in their digital arsenal to get daily business operations done, including CRM, marketing automation tools, and inventory management tools. Drupal 8 specifically is built API first making it easy to handle all these third-party integrations. Thanks to contributed modules and custom modules, we can keep up with your daily business operations and connect them to your digital website. 

Need more about Drupal 8? Download our D8 whitepaper. 

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Hook 42: January Accessibility (A11Y) Talks

Planet Drupal - 22 February 2018 - 10:42am

In January, we were happy to have Ashley Bischoff as our guest speaker. Ashley talked about embracing plain language for better accessibility. Ashley is an accessibility expert and copy editor for The Paciello Group.

Writing reports and documentation is nothing new for many of us — we write them all the time. But even though we may do our best to write clearly, those who receive our reports and documentation might not be as familiar with accessibility as we are.

At the end of the day, no matter how technically correct a document may be, our words won't do much good if those who are reading them can't understand what we're trying to say. But writing isn't a black box — there are straightforward techniques that we can use to help ensure that our writing remains accessible.

 

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OSTraining: Check Out the New Page Builder in Drupal 8.5!

Planet Drupal - 22 February 2018 - 10:42am

The Release Candiate version of Drupal 8.5 was released today.

At this point we can see the final features that will be in the official release of 8.5 on March 7.

In this blog post, I'll give you an introduction to 3 of the main new features you can look forward to in 8.5.

This is "Day 1" post giving my quick reactions. We'll improve and expand on this post in the days before the final release.

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