All RPGs and Storygames by Tod Foley are now available at DrivethruRPG and RPGnow. Bring these games to your table!
Created to help developers perform repetitive tasks quickly by providing a small menu in the corner of the browser.
- Quick login as admin, or user 1
- Copy current Node's node ID to clipboard
- Copy current Node's associated Group ID ot clipboard (if using Organic Groups)
- Quickly refersh page with a random query string to avoid cache
- Check all links on page to see if you have any broken links (when completed, prints results in console)
Recently recognized as Google Cloud Platform partners, Achieve are adding additional services, products, and capabilities in light of this new partnership. We sat down with our CTO, Nick Falcone, to go over some specifics on this partnership and what it means for Achieve and our capabilities moving forward.When did we decide becoming a GCP partner was a necessity for Achieve moving forward?
With Achieve being Apigee System Integrations Partner for the past 3 years and Google acquiring Apigee, we realized it was only a matter of time before Apigee would rolled up into the larger GCP Partner Program and ecosystem.
Dries Buytaert recently published a great post on how to prepare for Drupal 9. He explains how we build Drupal 9 in Drupal 8 using deprecations and the tools to use to detect use of deprecated code. One of the tools I worked heavily on with Zoltán Herczog in the past few weeks is Upgrade Status, and Zoltán just released the alpha2 version. It is definitely worth a try!
Here is how it works:
Learning how to manage communication and support within the Webform issue queue is something that makes me very proud. I also want to keep improving everyone’s experience within the Webform issue queue. A while back, I started welcoming new contributors and saying thank you. Frequently, I have to direct general support questions to Drupal Answers. Occasionally, I have had to remind people to be mindful of their tone. I am continually seeking ways to improve my process and communication within the Webform module's issue queue.
At Drupalcon Seattle, I took part in a discussion about strategies for effective and inclusive group communication where I was introduced to the "nudge theory".
Besides nudging people towards the desired outcome, which is a healthy and sustainable Open Source collaboration, clearly defining these nudges will also make it easier for everyone to improve the overall support and community within the Webform module's issue queue.
Types of nudges
There are three types of nudges within most issue queues - they can be categorized as:
Welcome and thank you
Values and principles
Guidance and directions
Welcome and thank you
Saying a proper welcome and thank you helps set the overall tone of our collaboration. The act of saying "welcome" to a new contributor establishes that we are an inclusive community where everyone is welcome to join. Saying 'Hi' (aka nudges) to new users also reminds other members of the community to be understanding and supportive of someone entering a new community.
Following up someone's contribution with a thank you comment or even handshake (aka nudges), acknowledges and values their hard work and encourages them to keep...Read More
Drupal has been the choice of the world’s multiple large and top-notch organisations, across various fields. The royal family of the UK, the Greenpeace Greenwire, Oxford University, Warner Music Group, Tesla, Red Cross, and now the Australian Government - everyone is using Drupal. Security and the scope of customisation are two of the major reasons behind the selection of Drupal over other CMS platforms. In fact, the govCMS was also formed using Drupal to resolve the multiple issues faced by Government agencies viz. Security, cost, extraordinaire functionalities, flexibility, smooth process of procurement, et al.
As a dedicated Drupal-er for more than 6 years, AddWeb has worked on multiple enterprises and large-sized Drupal projects. And hence, we are cognizant of all the strengths that Drupal contains. This is exactly why we confirm with the Australian Government’s decision of choosing Drupal for creating govCMS.
There are multiple reasons that make govCMS an apt choice for Government organisations. govCMS is well-equipped to meet all the requirements of the Government organisation, along with following their guidelines of the web world.
Advantages of govCMS:
The Australian Government created the govCMS distribution by combining Drupal Core and a specific set of Drupal modules. So that uniformity is maintained across all the Australian Government’s websites and it the creation of the same also becomes easy. Let us how else does this, govCMS distribution proves to be advantageous:
Individual web hosting and creation of the sites demand time and money. The higher the security and quality of these sites, the higher the costing. govCMS saves on both of these factors and simplifies the entire process by choosing a single provider and hosting platform on Acquia Cloud Site Factory PaaS Service. In fact, whenever there’s an increase in resource usage, one can always upgrade the platform, which is eventually beneficial to all the other govCMS sites also.
Government Standards Compliance
The entire govCMS is created in a way that it perfectly complies with the standards of the Federal Government. Hence, this makes the further process quite smooth and sorted. Security being one of the major concerns while creating a website for such Government organisations. And hence, govCMS has complied with their guideline by completing the program process of Information Security Registered Accessors. Plus, every issue that is found and rectified in govCMS will also automatically be implemented to other govCMS sites too.
Drupal is one of the largest open-source platform available today and hence it has a large team of 600 expert community members, who work on making govCMS a consistently growing and highly efficient product. This is taken care by Acquia, which also provides 24x7 assistance for govCMS at application and hardware level.
One constantly needs to confirm that there are no issues with the govCMS sites, for which a continuous process of testing, bug-fixing and other such process is required to be followed. This is very well taken care of, when it comes to govCMS and hence the security of this platform is kept intact. In fact, an automated testing process has also been set across the entire network by using Behat.
In today’s day and age, a website that is not responsive is outdated. Fortunately, govCMS has been created with a base-theme that is responsive by default. This provides the developers in quick-creation of custom themes. This also helps in the creation of a standard look and feel of the Australian Government’s website, which converts into a user-friendly experience.
Every single Government website needs to be in compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) AA 2.0. And hence, WCAG AA 2.0 has been at the base of creating the base-theme and hence it’s in complete compliance with the Government standards. This also helps in elevating the user-friendliness of the website. govCMS also provides a list of the accessible elements either via the content pages or the WYSIWYG editor.
Backups are a very critical and significant part of any website. So when it is a Government website, the stakes are even higher. The creation of govCMS is done in complete compliance with the National Archives of Australia Standards. This includes about 7 years of data retention on backups, which is a highly beneficial factor that works in the favour of these govCMS-based Australian Government’s websites.
govCMS is a pool of perfection when it comes to a platform meant for Government - highly secure, affordable and effective! AddWeb is glad to have worked on the creation of the govCMS website with all our expertise and experience over Drupal. We’ll be delighted to share more about it in our future blogs. If there’s anything specific in your mind that you wish to learn about govCMS then feel free to write to us in here. Also, we’re looking forward to creating and contributing more towards govCMS projects.
In this short article I will show you something that amazed me when I discovered it. You’ll maybe say: boh, I already knew this from way back or really, that amazed you? But nonetheless, I found it cool because it really fit my needs. And like many many other things, I had no clue about this.
We all know how we can easily ajaxify our forms for quite a lot of uses cases. I talk about some of them in this Sitepoint article for example. But the other day I had a few entity autocomplete elements that needed to trigger an Ajax callback using the regular form API when the user made a selection. So I started with the regular “change” event like you normally have on other elements such as select. And it did the job…but not really. I mean, the user would look for the entity, select it, get the box filled, but no Ajax request. Only after the focus left the input would the callback kick in. This can work, maybe, but you are relying on the user’s intuition to unfocus from that form element. And that’s a nono.
Then I realised that the entity autocomplete element uses the jQuery UI autocomplete widget for finding entities. And this widget fires some events of its own. Enter autocompleteclose. This event is fired when the user has made the selection, the autocomplete closed, the selection was made and the element populated. Exactly what I needed and I guess many people need. So my form element #ajax definition now looks like this:'#ajax' => [ 'callback' => '::ajaxRebuild', 'event' => 'autocompleteclose', 'wrapper' => 'form-container', ],
And this did the trick royally. The user would find the entity, click on it, the event would fire and my form rebuild with all the values available. Super.
Some hours of totally unrelated development later, I tried clearing the value of the element once selected. Oops, nothing would happen. But it should, at least in my case. The Ajax callback should be triggered to update stuff based on the (un)selected value. Hm…the change event would do that. Now what?!
Turns out you can use multiple events in one single Ajax definition. So I could use both of them which would trigger the same Ajax callback. Another freebie. So with the new element definition like this:'#ajax' => [ 'callback' => '::ajaxRebuild', 'event' => 'autocompleteclose change', 'wrapper' => 'form-container', ],
Everything was peachy. Working seamlessly as the user would select something or erase the selection.
I hope this helps you as well, discovering it maybe a bit faster than it took me. Because you have it right here! :)
Tome Git is a Drupal module that provides a simple form for syncing your local content, config, and file changes with Git.
You can use Tome Git to allow administrators to commit content changes in the user interface and not have to worry about the command line. This is ideal in a hosting setup where edit environments are spun up for short periods of time, or even locally in situations where complex Git operations are not desirable.
Consult the README.md file for more information on installation and use.
I've loved this song since I was 15 years old, so after 25 years it definitely deserves a place in my favorite music list. When I watched this recording, I stopped breathing for a while. Beautifully devastating. Don't mix this song with alcohol.
One of the most significant terms used on this planet is ‘Security’. You get to read about nutrition security in reports like the UN’s State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World in 2017 that laid out pointers to bring in nutrition policy reform. Or, you get to hear about cybersecurity which needs to be integrated into every aspect of policy and planning in this age of digitisation. Often, you also get to see the emphasis being put on national security, an integral part of every country, and surveillance becomes important to ensure the safety of citizens.
Security also plays a key role in the web development arena. Website security is one of the most significant aspects that every business considers to thrive on and dominate the internet space. Vulnerabilities in your sites can give hackers the upper hand in finding a key to the safety vault. Drupal 8 stands out as the most secure Content Management System (CMS) which comes bundled with a plenitude of advantages over other leading content management frameworks.
With a proven track record of being the most secure CMS, Drupal has been performing much better than its competitors in the CMS market. It has stood resilient to critical internet vulnerabilities. Thanks to Drupal Security Team for actively validating and responding to security issues.
Drupal Security Team is a force to reckon with when it comes to finding out anomalies and fixing them. The goals of the Security Team are to resolve reported issues in a Security Advisory. They provide help for contributed module maintainers. They document these identifications and modifications to make sure that developers don’t find themselves tied in knots. They assist the infrastructure team to keep the Drupal.org infrastructure secure.
Moreover, you can allow safe access to your Drupal site as it has the in-built support for salting and repeatedly hashing account passwords when they are stored in the database. It also enforces strong password policies. Furthermore, it offers essential security modules, industry-standard authentication practices, session limits and single sign-on systems. And, by providing granular user access control, Drupal gives administrators full authority over who gets to see and who gets to modify different parts of a site.
Database encryption can be done efficaciously with the help of Drupal. It is configurable to encrypt your complete website or just a part of it like content types, nodes, and taxonomy terms.
Further, Drupal’s Form API assists in validating data in order to avoid XSS, CSRF and other malicious data entry. It also limits the number of times login attempts are made from a single IP address over a predefined period of time which enables you to brute-force password attacks.
Drupal limits the number of times login attempts are made from a single IP address over a predefined time period. This helps in preventing brute-force password attacks.
The multi-layered cache architecture helps in minimising Denial of Service (DoS) attacks and makes it the most preferred CMS for some of the world’s highest traffic websites; thus proving its immense scalability.
As a not-for-profit charitable organization, OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) focuses on improving the security of software. Drupal conforms to the OWASP standards and its community is committed towards prevention of safety hazards.
Major Technical Improvements Drupal 8 has closed down many glitches and bugs reported in Drupal 7.
Ever since Drupal 8 came into the scene, it has emerged as the most technically improved CMS in terms of security. Some of the most important modifications that have taken shape in Drupal 8:
Removing the PHP input format in the core is probably the most important advancement which has removed code execution vulnerability. That means administrator login does not have to be executed with arbitrary PHP code or shell commands anymore.
Twig templates, which is used for HTML generation, is considered one of the most important improvements. This has resulted in better validation of 3rd party themes.
Twig auto-escaping has also prevented most frequently found Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities in the custom site themes and custom and contributed modules.
Tracking configuration in code has been streamlined with an auditable history of changes through Configuration Management Initiative. Also, it helps in avoiding mistakes that creep in during manual configuration. Configuration changes in the production server can be completely blocked.
Use of filtered HTML format for content entry has prevented the execution of XSS attacks on other site users.
User session and session ID management has also been fortified in Drupal 8.
Statistically, Drupal performs much better than leading CMS platforms for preventing safety hazards.
Sucuri, security platform for websites, compiled the ‘Hacked Website report’. It analyzed more than 34,000 infected websites. Among the statistics that it shared, one of the parameters was to compare the affected open-source CMS applications.
Wordpress, Joomla, and Magento suffered the most. The infection crept in due to improper deployment, configuration, and the maintenance.Source: Sucuri
The infection rate of major content management frameworks had a varied change. While Wordpress had a significant increase from 74 percent in 2016 Q3 to 84 percent in 2017, Magento had a slight rise from 6 percent in 2016 Q3 to 6.5 percent in 2017.
Joomla had a considerable drop from 17 percent in 2016 Q3 to 13.1 percent in 2017. Drupal bettered its rate from 2 percent in 2016 Q3 to 1.6 percent in 2017.Source: Sucuri
MDPI, which pioneers in open access publishing, prepared a report called ‘A Comparative Study of Web Content Management Systems’. They used Acunetix software for auditing the website. They compared Drupal and Joomla in terms of most commonly occurring vulnerabilities - SQL injection and XSS. Drupal came out as the clear winner.
Moreover, in the Cloud Security Report by Alert Logic, Drupal was reported for the least number of web application attacks.Source: Alert LogicSummary
Website security is the most important constraint to survive without any existential threats. Drupal has been the frontrunner when it comes to choosing the security focussed CMS.
Being an open source platform and Drupal Security Team’s efforts in providing essential features and timely updates in Drupal 8 has helped in making it the most reliable and secure CMS.
The transition from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 has seen a tremendous advancement in blocking the vulnerabilities.
Statistically proven, Drupal is the best CMS in terms of security among the major CMS platforms.
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From Donald Trump's consistent accusations to lack of ad revenue caused by the shift in media consumption behaviors, the digital disruption that hit the media industry left the majority of media outlets considering their next steps knowing that being left behind in the digital age meant the end for them.
Focus shifted from simply reporting the news to delivering the most engaging and comprehensive digital experience possible for their readers.
News and media platforms need to remain vigilant and embrace the tech trends that impact content publishing in the near future. Here are the trends that are expected to impact the digital news and journalism industry:
1. Contextual Experiences
We are more likely to be doing more than one thing at the same time and news media outlets should have that in mind when considering how to develop their UX.
For example, you are taking a run on the gym treadmill and a relevant news article was just published; would you interrupt your routine to read a long-form article? The most likely answer is no. The desire to read the article would fade as the minutes' pass.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could listen to published news articles as we run, work out, cook or even drive? That is now possible thanks to progress made in Natural Language Generation (NLG) technology.
Natural language generation (NLG) is a software process that automatically transforms data into written narrative whilst keeping in mind SEO related factors such as keywords and users reading proficiency levels which makes it a powerful tool for news media outlets who seek to create contextual experiences for their readers.
"By 2020, natural language generation and artificial intelligence will be a standard feature of 90% of modern BI and analytics platforms." - Gartner
According to the Future Today Institute; various major news media outlets have been utilizing Automated Insights; which mines data for them and is capable of writing more than 2,000 stories per second using natural language generation to produce stories.
As voice search is increasingly becoming the norm, users will begin to ask for general content with specific conditions:
- “Alexa, I am running late, please give me the headlines only.”
- “Siri, please provide me with news articles that are less than 2 minutes long.”
Users are always looking for the most convenient and personalized experience; the news media platform that delivers contextual experiences are sure to gain a lead over their competition.
Such a digital experience could grow an audience possibly become a subscription service in the near future.
2. Fact Checking – In Real Time
Promoted by a president, championed by biased political views and powered by algorithms; ‘fake news’ is a trend that has become an unfortunate reality.
What is real and what isn’t?
People have either become proudly misinformed in the bubble they live in, or fatigued to the point of apathy towards real journalism. This phenomenon is arguably the biggest immediate threat to the profession and what’s worse is that generating ‘fake news’ has become easier than ever.
Enhanced algorithms for voice, video, and sound are being generated. Researchers at MIT CSAIL have been studying how children learn new words in order to train computers how to recognize speech. Computers are also being trained to watch videos and predict corresponding sounds in the real world.
Whilst this progress will enable AI to provide richer and better user experiences, there have been examples of malpractice too.
In 2017, researchers at the University of Washington developed a model that convincingly showed President Barack Obama giving a speech—that he never actually gave in real life.
Algorithms provide you with news based on your likes, online behavior, and interactions. While this does enable news platforms to generate more traffic, but at what cost?
Most journalism is simply about reporting the news and bots have done that efficiently so far.
Bots have proven to be effective when it comes to receiving instant alerts regarding trade warnings, natural disasters and etc. Bots will continue to be refined and improved to automate news related tasks freeing up time to allow reporters to devote time to more important tasks.
The major risk associated with bots is that they are only as reliable as the people who build them. People or groups with nefarious interests can use bots to distribute false information.
- Ensure that your bot clearly explains its purpose and specific functions are.
- Your bot must be able to showcase from where the answers it provides are coming from without any bias towards an idea or people.
- The bot must represent your news and media platform’s values. What happens if your bot interacts with another bot or person whose values counter those of your organization?
Bots will continue to play a key role in journalism and other fields heavily reliant on content publishing as they utilize a combination of bots and AI to create new content.
With elections taking place around the world, misinformation bots will continue to play a big role on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can expect to see more tech-based solutions being proposed to address the issue; your news platform must follow suit to ensure the credibility of your journalism.
4. Digital Frailty
Digital frailty refers to the loss of digital assets such as published content and articles. Typically, a news agency would lose it's content when attempting to upgrade their website.
In reality, this issue is easily avoided and usually caused due to poor IT practices and vendor selection.
A simple way to protect your archives and preserve digital assets is to build your platform using a CMS that is flexible, structured and features a revision process.
Varbase - Drupal Distribution Revision Comparison - Source: Drupal.org
Drupal is a great CMS for digital news and media businesses as it delivers on the aforementioned and more.
Mergers and acquisitions are another reason why specific content goes missing. This is increasingly alarming as the number of media outlet owners are becoming more and more involved in politics.
News outlets sometimes are forced to delete content that is not aligned with the new ownership’s politics. A recent example of this scenario that made headlines around the world is when the Trump administration deleted all climate change related content from government websites in favor of the new administration’s agenda.
These tech trends and disruptions are but a mere sample of what impacts the digital news media industry. They present challenges but also tons of opportunities to create an engaging digital media experience for readers.
From global media titans to independent content publishing platforms; Vardot specializes in developing personalized digital experiences for the news and media industry.
When you choose a widget Geolocation Leaflet - Geocoding and Map in form display area and click settings
you can choose for LEAFLET SETTINGS area Gecoder plugin. This module add new geocoder Nominatim.
This module depend on geolocation 2.x, module provide geolocation_leaflet module require by this module.Install
composer require 'drupal/geolocation:2.x-dev'
composer require 'drupal/geolocation_nominatim'
Michael Hess, (mlhess), Senior Technologist and Adjunct Lecturer at University of Michigan and member of Drupal's Security Working Group joins Mike Anello to talk about recent Drupal core security updates, security release processes, Drupal 7's future end-of-life, and the new Drupal Steward program.Interview
- February 20 Drupal core security advisory (8.6.10)
- Announcing a Drupal security bug bounty program paying up to €15.000
- Drupal 8 automatic updates initiative
- DrupalCon Seattle session on automatic updates
- Drupal 7 end of life - November, 2021
- Interested in your organization becoming an Drupal extended support provider? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to PSA-2019-02-25.
- Interested in joining the Drupal security team? Visit security.drupal.org/join
- Introducing Drupal Steward.
- Drupal Career Online - the 12-week (3 half-days/week) best-practice focused training program begins August 26, 2019. Learn more at one of our free Taste of Drupal webinars in June, July, and August.
- Professional local development with DDEV - 2-hour, hands-on, online workshop held monthly (May 8, June 12).
- Local Web Development with DDEV Explained - new book from Mike!
- DrupalCamp Chattanooga - June 7 and 8, 2019.
- DrupalCamp Asheville - July 12-14, 2019.
- Midwest Drupal Summit - August 8-11, 2019 - Michael is the primary organizer - for more info, go to #mwds in the Drupal Slack workspace.
- MyDropWizard.com - Long-term-support services for Drupal 6, 7, and 8 sites.
- WebEnabled.com - devPanel.
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Broken Image fixes with a placeholder image for developing purpose.
In the development purpose, sometimes we can't merge the image files (public://) folder from staging server to the development server.
If image not available in the files folder, the Broken Image module replaces the image placeholder with the default image. For easy to fix the alignment issues.
Purpose: we can maintain the look and feel like as a staging server.
This module allows you to create a metadata field group, provided by the Field Group module, which can hold all your meta information about a content. This group will then automatically be moved to the advanced section of your content edit form, leaving the way open to view your primary content only, and having the meta information out of the way, but still prominently concentrated.
April's been unexpectedly generous with us. It has spoiled us with plenty of high-quality content on Drupal. From “enlightening” tutorials to articles raising awareness of certain limitations, to useful tips and actionable advice, to blog posts announcing life-saving module releases... reading our way through the pile of Drupal blog posts this month has been a true dare.
Then, trimming down our bulky list to just 5 posts has been an even bigger challenge...
Nevertheless, we did manage to make our selection. Here's what we kept:
What with a constantly shifting digital environment and an ever-increasing need for developers, it's become common practice for businesses to rely on remote staffing. In this post, we'll dive into the main benefits of deciding for this kind of outsourcing strategy.READ MORE