Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 2:30pm
Drupal, at the heart, is a content management system (CMS) or content management framework (CMF) depending on who you ask. Out of the box the concept of publishing is built in with a content type, such as an article, plus an ability to promote items to the homepage. What modules really make Drupal shine in the everyday use of the publishing industry though? Here are ten modules that will help any Drupal publishing website.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 3:05pm
Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 9:02am
During my trip to Drupalcon Porltand this year I discovered a new grid system/framework called Singularity Grid System or Singularity GS for short. Since then, I have taken some time to work with this framework and I have to say it's pretty awesome. It took me some time to get my mind around this novel way of creating grids and layouts, but after I created a few, things started to click.
Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 8:57am
Introduction to Jay’s Summer List
There are literally thousands of modules available on Drupal.org. The funny thing is, most developers tend to use only a small percentage of those modules. So out of 16,000+ modules, many developers have only installed up to 200 different modules across their various projects. Furthermore, I think you will find that developers continually use only a few dozen of the same modules on almost every project. It's for that reason why from time to time I like to put together a list of my most-used modules. By doing so, I hope to help new developers figure out what modules they need by narrowing down a list of 16,000 down to around 50 or so modules.
Late last year I released my first top Drupal 7 modules...
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 8:30am
In Part 1 of my article on The Drupal Maintenance Challenge & How to Manage It, I raised some interesting problems inherent to planning out and executing a Drupal website project. Now in Part 2, I will give some advice on how to address these challenges based on what I’ve learned in my time as a web developer.
Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 8:13am
One of Drupal’s greatest strengths is it’s huge catalog of modules and themes. At the time of this writing, Drupal boasts over 15,000 modules and almost 1,500 themes on Drupal.org. The challenge is knowing which modules, themes to use and how to maintain them with custom code and other customizations throughout the life-cycle of a website. While there are tutorials and blogs out there that can help, there isn’t exactly an instruction manual on which modules to use and which to avoid for production sites.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 9:03am
Introduction to Jay’s List
As we enter the 2011 Holiday season, who doesn’t love a freshly updated Drupal 7 contributed modules list?
These modules are great stocking-stuffers for every Drupaller on your list!
In all seriousness, as I mentioned in my last top modules list, the sheer number of Drupal modules (in the thousands) can be very intimidating. For the new developer how do they decide which modules to use? Google search can help you find a module for a specific use case, but it doesn’t help you find the most common modules that seasoned developers use on every site.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 9:55am
Drupal 7’s release earlier this year came with a lot of changes to defacto standard Drupal features. One of the biggest changes is the introduction of the Fields system. Field, a core module in Drupal 7, replaces the Content Contstruction Kit (CCK) contributed module that’s been a part of Drupal since version 4.7. For those developers and content managers that are used to using CCK in past versions of Drupal, the new Field module opens a whole new way of thinking about content modelling in Drupal 7.
Friday, May 6, 2011 - 4:07pm
E-mail notifications are the lifeblood of social networking websites. The proliferation of spam email and authorities that monitor servers sending spam is a seemingly never ending battle. Because spam’s increasing prevalence, sending email with “quality” headers is absolutely essential to successful delivery.
I recently worked on an issue with a custom built notification system sending emails and sms messages after certain events. Some of the e-mail messages were delivering successfully and others were not. Review of the code revealed the usage of drupal_mail_send, with improperly built custom headers, was causing the emails to deliver incorrectly.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 10:58am
Hello again from DrupalCon in Chicago. Today began with some interesting statistics from George DeMet and Tiffany Farriss about the WiFi usage at the event - over 4,000 devices connected to the conference's network yesterday, and now Clay Shirky is delivering a keynote about social media. I'll post updates from sessions again today, beginning with a BOF session at 11 a.m. which I am eagerly awaiting.