Blogs about Drupal

DrupalCon 2013: Summary of Dries Buytaert's Keynote

Published on the 24th September, 2013

DrupalCon 2013 is well underway now with Dries giving his keynote earlier today. There are lots of exciting things coming up with Drupal 8, and it’s a big change both technically and conceptually from the previous releases. I’ll attach the full keynote below, but here’s a quick summary for you speedy readers. There are six key initiatives in Drupal 8 which Dries quickly covered: Configuration management Mobile Blocks Multilingual Views in core Web services These are all designed to mo...

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MAMP: "#2006 - MySQL server has gone away" while importing database

Published on the 21st June, 2013

I was importing a relatively large Drupal database today into MAMP (via phpmyadmin) and MySQL rudely walked off, with the following error: #2006 - MySQL server has gone away Ah, a nice vague error message! It seems that the import statement (from the cache_menu table) in the database dump contains packets which are too large to import using the default MAMP settings. To fix this, I created a my.cnf file in my /Applications/MAMP/conf/ folder with the following contents: [mysqld] max_allowed_p...

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Getting the browser spell-checker to work with CKEditor in Drupal

Published on the 16th September, 2012

Most modern browsers, such as Firefox 15, Chrome 21 and Internet Explorer 9, have a nifty spell-checker built in to help us 'auto-correct' generation write, but when you install the CKEditor some of this functionality is hijacked by the default javascript used by the text editor. Fortunately, if you're using CKEditor for Drupal, it's a quick fix to get the browser default spell-checker working again. If you're not using Drupal you may still be able to apply the fix by noting the configuration se...

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Blog from the iPhone to your Drupal blog with BlogPress

Published on the 29th April, 2011

There are a couple of apps which can post to Drupal as well as the majority of other popular blogging platforms straight from your iPhone: iBlogger and BlogPress. I'm writing this from BlogPress on my iPhone, but the app also supports the iPad for all you lucky folks out there. With BlogPress you can view previous posts, save drafts, upload images to Flickr or Picasa and upload movies to YouTube, all of which can then be embedded straight into the post. Drafts can be saved to the app and are sto...

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Optimising Drupal performance

Published on the 13th March, 2011

There are a few great out of the box performance tweaks which Drupal offers to speed up page loading times and minimise server load. First of all, these tweaks wouldn't suit every site. You need to first think about how much traffic you currently get and how often our content changes. You don't necessarily have to add or amend a page for content to change; people can post comments and interact with your site in ways which change the content displayed. This will make a difference to how you chose...

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Trying out Mollom for Drupal

Published on the 3rd April, 2010

I've decided to give the web service, Mollom, a try since my CAPTCHA, which I kept tweaking to the point where I nearly couldn't read it, was letting me down. The problem with CAPTCHA is it logs how many form submissions it blocks, which is great, but this doesn't necessarily mean SPAM submissions; it could be frustrated people not being able to post a comment on your blog. Mollom works by analysing the form submission for SPAM patterns, then determining whether it is suitable or not. It's quite...

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Drupal Editor for Android

Published on the 23rd February, 2010

I've just installed the Drupal Editor app for Android and this is my first 'test post' if you will. It's quite a simple app that connects to your Drupal site through the core blog api module. It then shows a list of all Drupal blogs and allows you to view, edit or delete the posts. You can also post new entries and assign taxonomy terms to them. It's simple and gets the job done! To install this app search for 'Drupal Editor' on the Android Market. Enjoy! ...

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Goodbye, Drupal Zen Classic theme!

Published on the 21st November, 2009

The Drupal Zen sub-theme, Zen Classic, is to no longer be included with the Zen theme download. The Zen theme will now purely be a theme framework and starter kit. If the Zen Classic theme is to be continued it may be done so as a separate project. Although many people said it was bland I quite liked the simplicity of it, but since it's been removed and I've been thinking of redesigning my site anyway maybe this was the kick up the butt I needed to put pencil to paper! In terms of Zen sub-theme...

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Protecting a Drupal site from hotlinking

Published on the 18th September, 2008

What is hotlinking? Hotlinking, sometimes called image leeching or hot linking, is where another website embeds an image which is stored on your web host. So, for example, if you want to add an image to your website, you can upload the file to your web host then embed the image into your HTML referencing the source for the image as the location of the file on your web host. When someone accesses the HTML page where the image is embedded the file will be downloaded from your web host. If you don...

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Welcome Drupal 6

Published on the 13th February, 2008

Drupal 6 was released today! After having a play with the beta and release candidates...well, I don't have to say; this really is a phenomenal release! Here are some of my favourite new features which I'm looking forward to using: Extended logging - You can set Drupal for OS level logging Batch API - A progress bar can track tasks running in the background through multiple HTTP requests Scripting from the command line - This is really cool! You can now run Drupal code through the command line ...

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