Vardot: Time to level up - Ditch Drupal 6 for the all new Drupal 8

Planet Drupal - 23 May 2017 - 8:10am
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Drupal 6 kicked off way back in 2008. For the time it was a major breakthrough in technology, and the platform supported many major websites including Over its lifespan Drupal 6 had more than 700 contributed modules and 600 custom themes. It boasted a nicer menu structure and an easier installation process than its predecessors, as well as improved security and a handy drag and drop menu. Drupal 6 was well ahead of its time. Now it is unsupported, outdated and frankly, old. It’s time for you and your website to move on.

The complete history of Drupal


What’s new in Drupal?

Drupal 8 (released November 2015) comes with a whole set of new built-in gadgets, including mobile responsive themes, built in web services to make it an API-first CMS, improved editorial experience, accessibility, powerful multilingual tools (at last), improved performance, HTML5, and better SEO and analytics tools. With over 18 months since releasing, it has become reliably stable, secure, and ready for you to make the switch.

Check out our 7 Reasons why Now is the Right Time to Move to Drupal 8


Why Drupal 6 isn’t a safe bet anymore

Without support from the community, Drupal 6 is going to be opened to more and more security risks. It’s modules will become outdated and unwieldy, and users will struggle to be able to get the performance they’ve come to expect with modern websites. While upgrading may seem like a daunting task, the business risks of remaining with Drupal 6 are far higher.


Migrations - easier than you think?


Believe it or not, Drupal 8 is stacked full of migration modules and toolsets to help you move your content from one platform to another. While many of these focus simply on moving a site between completely different platform, there are some that are designed to assist with moving between versions of Drupal. Depending on how your website was developed these can be tricky to use, and can lead to many hours of rework ‘rebuilding’ your website at the other end. If your website is stacked full of custom features, you may find that stock migration modules don’t quite provide the service you need.


Partners in Migration

If you’re a tech-whizz with a small website and plenty of time, you might find migrating your site on your own an exciting and economically sound venture. However, Drupal has become such a user friendly platform that many of its users skillsets are in marketing, communications and social relations. If that’s you, perhaps the thought of trying to move all your web content to another platform is so daunting you’ve been carefully looking the other way while Drupal 8 was released and took the world by storm.

With our assistance, your migration can not only be smooth and painless, but an opportunity to resolve some of those niggling website issues, and take a step forward into greater customer engagement. A shift to Drupal 8 can help you improve your conversions whilst making site maintenance easier.


Vardot - Drupal experts since 2011

Here at Vardot we’ve been supporting people since 2011. With our specialist team of Drupal experts we’re prepared to help migrate anything from a small two-page website, to a large scale page with multiple custom modules and integrations. Working with our team you’ll be on first name basis with our staff, and there is no shuffling between departments.

We believe in empowering our customers and our community - by giving back to the open source community. We promote a vibrant culture that benefits everyone involved. Working with us goes hand in hand with giving back, and you can be sure we’ll equip you with the skills and knowledge you need for the day-to-day management of your website moving forward.

If you have a site that needs migrating, or just a refresh, get in touch with us, we can’t wait to hear from you.

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(Re-)designing weapons - by JP Vaughan Blogs - 23 May 2017 - 8:08am
Our lead designer Wytze took some time out to write about how to overcome some challenges with creating new weapons (drill and shotgun) and reworking the old to solidify their playstyle, through playtesting and experimentation.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

New Edition of Warhammer: 40k Pre-Order and Release Date Announced

Tabletop Gaming News - 23 May 2017 - 8:00am
June 3rd. That’s not that far away, really. A week and a half. That’s when you’ll be able to get your name on the list to get the newest edition of Warhammer: 40k from Games Workshop. Once your name’s on that list, it’ll be a 2-week wait until you get your game, as the official […]
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Drupal core announcements: Midwest Developer Summit 2017-08-11 -- 2017-08-13 -- Register Now!

Planet Drupal - 23 May 2017 - 7:35am

Make your plans to join us for the Drupal Midwest Developer Summit, August 11-13, on the University of Michigan campus, in Ann Arbor MI.

Register here

The Event
Join us for 3 days this summer in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for the 2017 Midwest Drupal Summit.
For this year’s Summit, we’ll gather on the beautiful University of Michigan campus for three days of code sprints, working on issues such as porting modules and writing, updating documentation and informal presentations. We will start around 10AM and finish around 5PM each day.
Lunch, Coffee and Snacks will be provided each day.

What’s New This Year at MWDS?
This year, we’re adding lightning talks (more Drupal learnings!) and a social outing (more Drupal fun!)

What’s The Same?

Relaxed, low-key sprinting and socializing with Drupal core contributors and security team members.

What you can expect:

  • An opportunity to learn from Drupal core contributors and mentors, including Angie “webchick” Byron, Michael Hess, Peter Wolanin, Neil Drumm and xjm.
  • Code sprints. Let’s clear out some queues!
  • Help Porting modules to Drupal 8.
  • Lighting talks
  • Security issue sprints
  • Documentation writing
  • Good food and good community.


Ann Arbor is about 30 minutes by car from Detroit Metro Airport. Ann Arbor is also served by Amtrak.
Questions? Contact

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Ares Games and Galakta Announce New Distribution Partnership

Tabletop Gaming News - 23 May 2017 - 7:00am
Ares Games has announced that they will now be distributing Galakta’s games across the world (except for Europe… So most of the world, anyway). This includes titles such as Age of Thieves, Champions of the Arena, and the upcoming This War of Mine. From the announcement: Ares Games and Polish company Galakta announce a new […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Commerce Country Store

New Drupal Modules - 23 May 2017 - 6:56am

This modules enable the creation of country-specific stores in Drupal Commerce 2.

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A Writer Inside - by Matt Powers Blogs - 23 May 2017 - 6:31am
Everyone has the potential to be a writer. I started writing for Gamasutra and now I have a book being published. Utilize Gamasutra, write something from your experience. Who knows where it may lead you.
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Fantasy Flight Games Previews TIE Aggressor For X-Wing

Tabletop Gaming News - 23 May 2017 - 6:00am
Another TIE variant is making its way to your tabletops in the X-Wing Miniatures Game from Fantasy Flight. This time, it’s the TIE Aggressor. This isn’t the first time we’ve see a TIE with a turret on it, to be fair. But it will give you some more options for your squadrons. From the post: […]
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Elasticsearch AWS Connector

New Drupal Modules - 23 May 2017 - 5:48am

Facilitates integration between Elasticsearch Connector-module and Amazon Web Services using Signed AWS Requests.

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2bits: Antibot module for Comment Spam, Alternative to Mollom End Of Life

Planet Drupal - 23 May 2017 - 5:14am

Acquia has announced the end of life for Mollom, the comment spam filtering service.

Mollom was created by Dries Buytaert and Benjamin Schrauwen, and launched to a few beta testers (including myself) in 2007. Mollom was acquired by Acquia in 2012.

The service worked generally well, with the occasional spam comment getting through. The stated reason for stopping the service is that spammers have gotten more sophisticated, and that perhaps means that Mollom needs to try harder to keep up with the ever changing tactics. Much like computer viruses and malware, spam (email or comments) is an arms race scenario.

The recommended alternative by Acquia is a combination of reCAPTCHA and Honeypot.

But there is a problem with this combinationa: reCAPTCHA, like all modules that depend on the CAPTCHA module, disable the page cache for any form that has CAPTCHA enabled.

This is due to this piece of code in captcha.module:

// Prevent caching of the page with CAPTCHA elements.
// This needs to be done even if the CAPTCHA will be ommitted later:
// other untrusted users should not get a cached page when
// the current untrusted user can skip the current CAPTCHA.

Another alternative that we have been using that does not disable the page cache is antibot module.

To install the antibot module, you can use your git repository, or the following drush commands:

drush dis mollom
drush dl antibot
drush en antibot

Visit the configuration page for antibot if you want to add more forms that use the module, or disable it from other forms. The default settings work for comments, user registrations, and use logins.

Because of the above mentioned arms race situation, expect spammers to come up with circumvention techniques at some point in the future, and there will be a need to use other measures, be they in antibot, or other alternatives.

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Paragraphs Tabs

New Drupal Modules - 23 May 2017 - 3:22am

Horizontal and Vertical Tabs

Categories: Drupal Blog: AGILEDROP: DrupalCon session about Coding and Development

Planet Drupal - 22 May 2017 - 10:13pm
Last time, we gathered together DrupalCon Baltimore sessions about Project Management. Before that, we explored Case Studies. We promised that we will also look in some other areas. Therefore, we will this time see, which sessions were present in the area of Coding and Development. Code Standards: It's Okay to be Yourself, But Write Your Code Like Everyone Else by Alanna Burke from Chromatic In this session, attendees learned both formatting standards for their code and documentation standards, as well as some specifics for things like Twig, and object-oriented programming in Drupal 8. The… READ MORE
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Block Collection

New Drupal Modules - 22 May 2017 - 9:58pm

The collection module provides a simple way to group blocks into a 'collection' with an associated region within the block.

The block collection module creates collection of blocks that can be wrapped in a class. This is particularly useful for responsive designs when placing blocks with span classes inside of a collection with a class.

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Multistep Registration

New Drupal Modules - 22 May 2017 - 7:07pm

With WhyWebs Multistep Registration you will have a multistep registration form. This module will auto create first and last names as a required field in your registration form, no need to worry about the username too, this module will create usernames depending on each user first and last name. so bottom of line this module will solve all registrations steps even faster than normal registration process.

- show the password strength or not.
- redirect users after login to an absolute or optional url.
- redirect users after logout too.

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Karma Storytelling Game Up On Indiegogo

Tabletop Gaming News - 22 May 2017 - 3:00pm
“What goes around, comes around.” “You reap what you sow.” “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” “Don’t be an ass.” “You brought this upon yourself.” Basically, all of those say much the same thing. The way you act and treat others is going to come back to you. Karma, a […]
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Class it up

New Drupal Modules - 22 May 2017 - 2:49pm

This project provides classes based on information Drupal knows about.

We will try to follow Drupal's CSS guidelines.

Currently it offers:

  • region machine names as classes on blocks

And plans:

  • view display machine names on views

Please make your own suggestions or requests!

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Le Neckbeard Card Game Up On Kickstarter

Tabletop Gaming News - 22 May 2017 - 2:00pm
Being able to laugh at one’s self is important. None of us are perfect, individually, or as a group. And so, taking a tongue-in-cheek jab at ourselves is sometimes warranted. That’s just what Le Neckbeard, a new card game up on Kickstarter, does. From the campaign: We all have a little Neckbeard in us. If […]
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Wyrd Games Posts Monday Preview from Divergent Paths

Tabletop Gaming News - 22 May 2017 - 1:00pm
The folks over at Wyrd do their best to make our lives better. One way they do that is by giving us previews on Mondays. Because, let’s face it, Mondays aren’t generally considered that great. So any help they can get is good. So, let’s check out some new artwork that’s coming. From the website: […]
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Fantasy Flight Games Previews Imperial Light Carrier for Star Wars: Armada

Tabletop Gaming News - 22 May 2017 - 12:00pm
If there’s one thing that the space battles in Star Wars taught us, it’s never underestimate the power of a fighter squadron. X-Wings and a light cruiser take out the Death Stars. An A-Wing crashing takes out the Executor. Squadrons of fighters can really swing a battle in your favor. And getting those fighters to […]
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Monday Terrain Corner

Tabletop Gaming News - 22 May 2017 - 11:00am
Well, I’m back in the office. The tub was fixed. The carpet’s been cleaned. And while I certainly can do what I need from basically anywhere with an internet connection, it’s good to get back to the regular routine. What can I say? I’m a creature of habit. It’s also my habit on Mondays to […]
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