Drupal, Content Management At Its Finest… Not really!

You’ve arrived at my Drupal archive page. Most of the information here is about Drupal 6. I no longer use Drupal or recommend it’s use!

I found out how they treat Drupal users. When you have an issue, and you will the module maintainers will more often than not just delete your support requests after they’ve trashed your website, with poorly written code and the lack of test!

When you blog about it they ban you, try to shame you etc…

If you are using Drupal I wish you the best of luck and hope you never have issues!

Moving from Drupal

After almost two years of running this site on Drupal 6, I finally came to the realization in late may it was time to move it back to Wordpress and Thesis. What brought me to this decision was more than just the upkeep associated with running a simple blog on Drupal… It also had to [...]

Ninety-nine percent of the time installing a security update for Drupal 6 is a painless process, it just works. Not this time. At this point in time I have to say installing Ctools 6.x-1.4 and Panels 6.x-3.4 will break your site and evidently the maintainers do not care at all. Why would I say that? [...]

AT Koda Drupal 6 Theme

At the beginning of this month I wrote a post about Fusion or AdaptiveTheme and the Drupal 6 theme AT Koda. What I liked about the original design done by Kodamera and ported to Drupal by Adaptivethemes was the clean lines. In many ways it looked a lot like one of the early designs I [...]

Sometimes I think I know just enough about Drupal to be dangerous. In the next few weeks I’ll be posting a review on Drupal 6 Attachement Views by J. Ayen Green via PACKT publishing. I’ve played with the views module and I know I’ve just scratched the surface yet I can see that it has [...]

For the past month I’ve been looking at both of the Drupal Starter themes Fusion and Adaptivetheme. And, I should say I still have more questions than answers. I’ve been doing my research carefully as I want to move one of my websites, over 500+pages to Drupal. What I originally thought would be and easy [...]

Latest Mollom Update 6x-1-11

Ok so you know how when you get in a rush, and you install a Drupal Module update assuming everything will be ok.

If we only lived in a perfect world right.

The other day I updated the latest Drupal 6.x Mollom module release 1.11 on three different sites.

It was running late so I really didn’t check my work and ensure that everything was as it should be…

With most module updates if something is not working it’s not that serious and neither was this update, unless…

…You love getting comment spam.

Over the past two days I spent quite a few hours trying to figure out why the update for Backup and Migrate 2.2 would not save to the scheduled folder.

Since I had two sites and it was only occurring on one of them I knew it was not the module itself but more likely a permissions issue. This is where I spent most of my time, verifying the various folders permissions, ownership etc…

The Drupal module Backup and Migrate places an htaccess file in each of the folders, manual and scheduled, with:

order deny,allow
deny from all

Wow talk about a night mare, the newly releashed up date for the drupal 6 nodewords 1.7 update is creating havoc with many individuals.

And, yes I was one of them. At first I thought I was screwed because I did not do a backup immediately prior to updating the module.

As I set down to go through each page and post it suddenly dawned on me, dummy you’ve got the module Backup and Migrate installed.

Now it was just a matter of uploading nodewords 1.5 and then restoring the latest backup. Talk about dodging a bullet!

When it comes to choosing a theme for Drupal what is it that you look for in a theme?

Over the past three weeks I wanted to give one of my sites a new look. I looked at all the Drupal themes for version 6, there are quite a few that I found intriguing.

I had used a previous theme that had been converted from the wordpress theme Revolution Music by RoopleTheme. Since I had one of the developer packages for the Revolution theme I put the theme into use.

This past weekend I was searching for a way to take the recent posts block and have it display offset posts and limit it to 5 posts.
I found information on creating it by using php code inserted into a block, I was looking for something simpler.
The solution was to start leaning more about the Drupal Views module. So when in doubt it always pays to read the manual. In the Views tutorial there is a section titled "Create a block of author’s recent blog posts."

For a little more than a year now, I’ve been running Drupal on two of my websites, this site and my solar power site. Two of my other sites run Wordpress, along with my wife’s site.
What brought me to write this post was just a few of the observations I’ve made over the past year between the two platforms for delivering content. It really is an unfair comparison between them.

I’ve had a few questions come in over the past few weeks, maybe it’s time I got around to responding. The latest question came in the form of what module do I use to have my graphics open in its own window.
I actually learned about it while doing research and training on web video. So it was nice to see that Drupal 5 and 6 had a module Lightbox2 that was ready to go. I use it in a very simple form, and from what I gather it will do a lot more.

Last night I ran into an issues with the latest 6.x.2.x-dev version of nice menus, yeah I know I should not be running a dev version on a live site. My site is not for commercial purposes, just a place to put my thoughts and notes on a variety of subjects.
After updating to the latest version, to my horror it was broken. I had incorporated the downdown menus from the Nice Menus horizontal children example, that was the look and function I wanted for this site as you can see above.

Exploring Drupal and all of the wonderful modules, does make things exciting. Although it is not always easy to find what you want without a little experimentation. Such was the case when it came to the template I had settled on for my site.
Since the theme is essentially a new – music type theme, I wanted to maintain that look, yet keeping it super simple. I had already installed the Advanced Frontpage module on one of my Drupal 6 sites, it was filled with static text.
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This evening, while solving a duplicate content issue on a wordpress site it really made me stop and think about the possible impact of duplicate content that could arise within drupal. With everyone talking about carbon foot prints and the recent article by the Times Online discussing Googles carbon foot print from just 2 searches.

With Drupal there are so many modules out there finding just the right one makes it worth the adventure. One of the first ones that I found was the Similar Entries Module, later I found the Taxonews module.
Both of these modules offer something for a Drupal 6.x installation although Taxonews as this is being writen is still in the release candidate mode it appears to work very well.

Lets face it the Drupal’s default 404 page is just plain horrible. Not that it really looks bad, it’s just that it really does nothing for our visitors.
I wonder just how many of us give consideration to the error pages on our websites? I must admit, it was the last thing on my mind as well.
This weekend I had the time to sit down finally and catch up on Matt Cutts blog, you can often find golden nuggets of information there that you may not find anywhere else.

Starting last week, I was doing some research on drupal theming for version 6.x. While searching through the forum I ran across a post about conversions from a wordpress them to drupal.
I believe that by changing a theme we can really make it our own, yet even more important is the knowledge we learn about the system, the code, and much more about the cms system we are using.

Drupal Comment Spam Solutions

For having a little, out of the way drupal based blog, it was only a matter of time before the comment spammers located it. Of course I had already set up the site so that each comment had to be approved.
Now having to make your visitors have to wait before their comment is visible is really a pain it is something that unfortunately we have to do. I installed the Akismet module and had it running until one of the visitors to the site pointed out the problems it was having. So with that it went on the disabled list.

Finding the right modules for Drupal 6.x can sometimes be a challenge for those of us still transitioning from Wordpress. One of plugins I like for Wordpress is called "Yet Another Related Posts Plugin."
After quite a lot of searching and reading, I found what I was looking for in the Drupal Module called Similar Entries. There is a version for 6.X, 5.x and 4.7
One of my concerns with the Similar Entries Module for Drupal 6.x was it had not been updated since 2008-Apr-07. So Of course this brings up the question of will it work?

Today the third party module Addthis was released. I’ve had this module installed but did not use it due to a few issues that it had. One of the issues was, it would show up on all of the teasers.
When you looked at the blog of course it looked horrible with all the addthis blocks running down the page. So today when the update came out of course I downloaded and uploaded it to the site.
My hat is off to the maintainers of this module. The new features making the visibility in node links configurable gives me back the look and feel I was after.

Drupal 6.x Single User Blog

The blogging feature of Drupal is great if your building a community site. One of the things I have had taught to me is that, you should always do lots of research before committing to any form of content management system. This really should be done before your initial installation.

The more I use Drupal, the more I like it. While not an easy program to master, you can find ton’s of information on how to use it.
The only drawback I’ve found with any content management system is, having to login to write posts, pages or book pages.
I like the idea of using an external editor and I’ve tested quite a few of them. While all of them are quite good, when it comes to Drupal and using a Mac I’ve found Marsedit to be the best choice for me.

 Making a move to Drupal and figuring out the many things that we take for granted with Wordpress has been challenging finding the right information.
With comment spam what it is today you just cannot allow un-moderated comments in your blog. Most of what I found doing a search on our favorite search engines really did not pull up the what I thought was relevant information.
Well maybe it is relevant, it just did not address the questions I needed the answer for. After doing some more digging I found a site that addressed this issue.

Drupal 301 Redirect

This weekend while working on one of my drupal sites – yeah I’m new to it and still learning just how to manipulate this content management system.
I needed to find out how to do a 301 redirect, a quick search on google turned up quite a few search results. As I went through them, I really became frustrated most of the advice and examples had me doing a 301 redirect by typing in code into the .htaccess file.