All RPGs and Storygames by Tod Foley are now available at DrivethruRPG and RPGnow. Bring these games to your table!
Read our Roadmap to understand how this work falls into priorities set by the Drupal Association with direction and collaboration from the Board and community.Announcements DrupalCon License program launched
In 2018, the Drupal Association made the difficult decision to pause DrupalCon Europe for the year, so that we could re-envision the program for greater scalability and sustainability. We're pleased to announce that we have launched a new program for licensing DrupalCon, so that local entities can bring this great event to their area. Read the announcement by Executive Director Megan Sanicki for more information.Analysis of Developer Tooling options published
For more than a year, the Drupal Association has been evaluating options for improving the tooling used by developers on Drupal.org. We have recently concluded our study, and published a detailed analysis of the options, as well as our next steps. As expected, this blog series has sparked ongoing conversations about the future of our tools both among the community and with our potential partners - so look out for more updates.Drupal.org Updates Easier management of Drupal Association Membership
In December we worked on updates to membership management, so that Drupal Association members will be able to manage their membership information.New DA Membership Directories launched
Last month we mentioned the launch of the new individual member directory on Drupal.org. In December we expanded on this work to update our directory of organization members as well. You can explore the directory of Drupal Association members here, as well as the new directory of organization members. If you have feedback on either of these directories, please let us know!Akismet for spam protection
The content analysis tool Mollom is rapidly approaching its end of life. And so to continue to protect the Drupal community from spam, we have implemented Akismet on Drupal.org. We are currently running it in silent mode, side-by-side with Mollom and our other protection methods, to ensure a smooth transition.DrupalCI: Chrome Webdriver available for JS testing
By now everyone in the technology industry is likely aware of Meltdown and Spectre, the two major security vulnerabilities recently disclosed in major CPU architectures. Drupal Association staff are in close coordination with our infrastructure partners at Tag1Consulting, to ensure that any vulnerable machines in our infrastructure are protected as soon as possible, and our community's data is kept safe. ——— As always, we’d like to say thanks to all the volunteers who work with us, and to the Drupal Association Supporters, who make it possible for us to work on these projects. In particular we want to thank:
- FFW - Renewing Signature Supporting Partner
- Capgemini - Renewing Premium Supporting Partner
- Commerce Guys - Renewing Classic Supporting Partner
- Isovera Consulting - Renewing Classic Supporting Partner
Web performance is an important factor to consider when developing a website because user experience and usability are dependent on the speed of page loads. Not to mention, web giants like Google, Yahoo, Amazon, and eBay are obsessed with it. And there are numerous ways you can boost site performance.
In Drupal 8, there are specific tools and modules to optimize the site performance.
To begin with, Caching is a popular technique to optimize the website. It is a process that stores web data (HTML, CSS, Image) in some accessible space. For instance, when a user request for a web page for the first time it stores readable content or information in the cache memory and…
Over on the ELMS:LN team, we’ve been busy every place not Drupal (huh what?) lately. We have barely been touching Drupal and couldn’t be happier (…huh?). In fact, we’re busy these days encouraging people to not focus on Drupal, at all (so this is on planet then why…).
Tagged the first release candidate on Christmas Day
On the one year anniversary of the first beta release of the Webform module for Drupal 8, I tagged the first release candidate. The most significant aspect of moving the Webform module into the release candidate phase is the stabilization of key APIs and plugins. Moving forward, most new features that are not tightly coupled to the Webform module's core functionality will be developed in dedicated experimental or contrib modules.
My first goal is to start focusing on the recording of Webform-related training materials and my upcoming presentations at Drupal Camps and conferences. I also want to encourage and help more people get involved and contribute to the Webform module and Drupal.
Contributing to the Webform module and Drupal
People are continually commenting on my dedication to the Webform module. As such, I think it’s important to explain why I am so committed to the success of the Webform module and Drupal. The two most important factors that have allowed me to contribute so much time to the Webform module are as follows: I have the time available and I have a desire to improve my professional profile. I’m fortunate to have steady and reliable consulting income. For many years, I was a passive member of the Drupal community. But then my schedule freed up a bit, and I found that I had some extra time on my hands, so I decided to experiment and see what would happen if I fully committed myself to an open source project.
What I learned about maintaining an open source project
The role of being an open source project maintainer is daunting. I was surprised to learn that I am doing 95% of the...Read More
If you already learned how to embed a media asset into CKEditor in this tutorial, you’d probably noticed that the media asset selection occurs through an autocomplete field.
This is not really a good experience for an editor. Nobody remembers every single name of every single asset to embed. There are quite a few modules in Drupal 8, which can help you enjoy your browsing task.
In this tutorial, you’re going to learn how to configure the Entity Browser Module, in order to select Media assets and embed them in your text editor.
Here's a screenshot from a quick demo site I prepared. You click on the hamburger menu, and the black sidr region appears on the left. You click it again and the region slides back out.
A quick demo with a Sidr panel in Drupal with the Dark themeInstalling the Sidr module and libraries
To install the module, we must install the module files and then the Sidr libraries.
- Download the Sidr module into the modules or modules/contrib directory in your Drupal project and install the module
- Install the Sidr libraries
- Download the version of Sidr recommended in the module's README file, which at the time of writing this article is Sidr 2.2.1
- Once downloaded, copy the dist directory in the Sidr project to the libraries directory in your Drupal project and rename it to sidr
Sidr library status
- Configure the Sidr theme from the admin/config/media/sidr page. Here's some quick info about the themes:
- The dark (default) and the light themes are provided by Sidr.
- Typically, for a project with a custom look and feel, you'll use the bare theme. This provides minimal CSS, allowing you to style the .sidr element and its children in your theme. Yeah!
Sidr global settings
Congratulations! You now have the module installed. All that's left now is a bit of configuration.Configure collapsible content
Depending on the project requirements, you might have one or more sidr instances. For this article, let's say you want a sliding panel on the left with the following contents:
- Site logo (the site branding block).
- The main menu (the main menu block).
We can achieve this using two different approaches:With a custom region (recommended)
Create a custom region named, say, Drawer (Left) in your theme where you can place whatever blocks you want to show in your Sidr. We will then configure the Sidr plugin to use the contents of this region to populate the collapsible panel (discussed below).
Note: Make sure you hide this region using CSS because Sidr will copy the contents of the region in to a div.sidr element during its initialization.Without a custom region
If all your blocks are already present on your page, you can use multiple jQuery selectors in the Source configuration for the Sidr trigger block (discussed below) and the Sidr plugin will copy the contents of those elements and put them in the Sidr. Sidr will not copy the elements for the jQuery selector, but all of their children. This is the reason why I prefer to use a custom region. Using the above-mentioned custom region approach, you can preserve wrapper elements which give you nice CSS selectors for theming your Sidr.Configure a trigger button
Now that we have set up the contents for the collapsible region, we are ready to create a Sidr trigger block. This trigger block will provide a button to open and close the Sidr panel. To do this,
- Go to the Block management admin/structure/block page.
- Click the Place block button for the region where you want to place the trigger button (usually somewhere in the header).
- Choose the Sidr trigger block, configure it and save it. Some of the configuration options have been discussed below.
Sidr trigger settingsTrigger text and icon
The trigger text is the text which is displayed on the Sidr trigger button. You can also enter some custom HTML in the Advanced settings > Trigger icon field to configure an icon, say, a hamburger icon or an .
Note: It is compulsory to have either a trigger text or a trigger icon. You can also have both if you want.Source
The source is from where the Sidr panel will be populated. It can be one of the following:
- A jQuery selector: If you provide a jQuery selector, the inner HTML of the selected elements will be copied into the relevant Sidr panel. You might be interested in the renaming option which makes Sidr rename the ID attributes of the copied elements to avoid getting repeated DOM IDs. Here are some examples:
- Using a custom region, source should look like .region-drawer-left or .region-drawer-right or whatever you name your custom region.
- Without a custom region, you will have to refer to various blocks like #block-site-branding, #block-main-menu, #block-copyright-notice.
- A URL: If source is a URL, the content on the URL will be fetched via AJAX and displayed in the Sidr panel.
Most of the Advanced settings are optional and you can learn about them by reading the Sidr documentation. Once you have configured everything, all you'll be missing is some custom styling to bring your Sidr to life.+ more awesome articles by Evolving Web
In our last post, we talked about how great DrupalVM is by providing Drupal developers a robust development environment that can be used with multiple types of applications. And while the installation process is fairly straightforward, it can take some trial and error in updating your config.yml file for the perfect hosting environment. Are you managing multiple virtual machines for multiple client projects? This can take up a significant amount of space on your computer’s resources (RAM and hard drive space). This post will walk you through how we addressed some of these...Read more
Drupal Association programs and staff are sustained by you through memberships, partnerships, and donations. After 10 years, our system to collect funds for memberships and donations is changing. You'll now see a new tab on your user profile to access membership and donation giving history. This change will make managing donations more transparent and more cost-effective through decreasing some time spent on operations. We're also making some changes on the back-end to reduce the Drupal Association's PCI scope and to make membership easier to maintain.What's changing
Payments will continued to be processed via Authorize.net (USD) and PayPal (EUR) and the PCI compliant forms will be hosted by Chargify. We chose Chargify in an effort to cut down on the amount of staff time needed to manage memberships. We're using Drupal's ability to integrate with third party tech to integrate with a payment processor solution. We'll be building the membership management tools right into your Drupal.org profiles.
Screenshot of Drupal Association Membership tab on user profile shows donation button on the page
We're rolling the new system out first with the Drupal Association Donation page and the membership pages will follow. If you are in the holiday spirit and you want to make a donation, do it from the new tab in your your user profile. Thanks for your support.Changing the signup experience for the better
The experience signing up for membership through Chargify will be very similar to the current one, but now when you are invited to renew membership, you'll be able to manage your type of renewal— including starting or stopping auto-renewal, changing amount of payment, or canceling membership. Before this system, you'd have to contact us for help or wait for annual renewal emails to guide you to make changes.
Screenshot of user profile that will show Individual Membership details
After we've migrated member and donor giving history into the new system, you'll see more information on your user profile in the Drupal Association Member tab, including past gift dates and amounts. You'll be able to begin managing your membership renewals as soon as the migration is done. We hope these changes make your membership renewal experience better.
If you are interested in helping us test before the final updates are made, contact me and we'll walk through a test together. To provide feedback on the changes, please leave your thoughts on #2934492: Implement Chargify for memberships.
Thanks to Neil Drumm and Tim Lehnen for helping to get this work done, and thank you to everyone who continues funding our work through membership and donations.
Short recap of an interesting discussion during today’s UX meeting.
About inserting media items from within the WYSIWYG editor. These could be different types of media files, like images, video and audio. You could even have different flavours for the same file type. For example with images, you might want to store different information and metadata on product images than on images used in press releases or for the company blog posts.
The question was how to provide the starting point(s) for this. Of course the goal would be to make this as transparent as possible, reducing the amount of administrative busy work to the required minimum. But, structured content does not yet create itself automatically, we do have to provide forms that present the required fields to fill out when adding a media item.We discussed two basic approaches
There are likely more and there’s room for subtle variations inside these two as well.Option 1: start with a single button to add media
- Click 1 generic “add media” button in the WYSIWYG editor that launches a media upload form
- Upload the media (image, video, audio, …) you want and save
- Figure out the media file type and present the corresponding form with the required (meta)data fields in a second step
- Save and return to the editor
- Find and click the add button for the media you want to create. There would be separate buttons for inserting an image, a video, an audio item
- Because the type is known we can directly show the form for the required (meta)data.
- Save and return to the editor.
(Although this list only goes to 3 instead of 4, there is a bit more work for the user to do in step 1: finding the right media button to click)
After a bit of back and forth we chose option 2, because:
- A one-on-one relationship between WYSIWYG button and media type to create is easier to understand
- The upload process can be contained within 1 step because the system knows upfront which form to show for the required info.
- With this one-to-one relationship, per media type permissions can be handled more elegantly (you either have a audio upload button or you don’t)
The trade-offs are:
- it’s not super elegant to require the user to do the upfront work of explicitly choosing the type of media to create.
- With multiple types of media available we’ll have to see how to expose all those different options in the WYSIWYG editor toolbar.
I spent the last 8 days of 2017 not touching my computer. Except for one night, after a few old fashions in, I decided to upgrade my MacBook to High Sierra "for the hell of it." Then New Years came, and we are riding into 2018. I'm going to also try to focus more on blogging. This was my goal for the end of 2017, but I did not stick to it. However, a tweet sent out by Dries resonated that goal and is something I plan to work more on.
In the Urban Hipster Drupal Commerce 2 demo site, the catalog is made of up of a number of products grouped by taxonomy terms. These terms (Women, Men, Hats, Special, Clearance etc.) are grouped into Vocabularies (Category, Brand, Artist, Special, etc.), which can be referenced within a product in order to categorize it. A product can be assigned to multiple terms in multiple vocabularies, which allows us to create a variety of cataloging options.
We already have the catelog functionality configured using Apache Solr. So, in this Acro Media Tech Talk video, we quickly cover how to add new taxonomy terms and then add a product to the new term. It's easy!
Also, it's important to not that ANY content can be organized in this way, not just products. News, blogs, resources, videos, images, you name it! If it's content, it can be organized and filtered with taxonomy and Solr.Urban Hipster Commerce 2 Demo site
This video was created using the Urban Hipster Commerce 2 demo site. We've built this site to show the adaptability of the Drupal 8, Commerce 2 platform. Most of what you see is out-of-the-box functionality combined with expert configuratoin and theming.
- Tech Talk video: Add a Solr Datasource Field for Product Searching
- High Five video: How Drupal Commerce 2.x Handles Catalog Functionality
- Blog: Better Drupal Ecommerce Search with Apache Solr
- Learn more about us: www.acromedia.com
Over the past couple years, there has been a lot of improvements in developer tools and workflows for building new Drupal projects. As Drupal has grown over the past few years, we have seen added frameworks such as Twig and Symfony, workflow related tools like Composer and Drupal Console, and even new virtual environments. With added tools came increased complexity in development environments, and sometimes, even more issues if you’re building on more than on type of framework for client projects.In the past, we as developers were...Read more
I tell my kids all the time that they can’t have both - whether it’s ice cream and cake or pizza and donuts - and they don’t like it. It’s because kids are uncorrupted, and their view of the world is pretty straightforward - usually characterized by a simple question: why not?
And so it goes with web projects:
Stakeholder: I want it to be like [insert billion dollar company]’s site where the options refresh as the user makes choices.
Me: [Thinks to self, “Do you know how many millions of dollars went into that?”] Hmm, well, it’s complicated…
Stakeholder: What do you mean? I’ve seen it in a few places [names other billion dollar companies].
Me: [Gosh, you know, you’re right] Well, I mean, that’s a pretty sophisticated application, and well, your current site is Drupal, and well, Drupal is in fact really great for decoupled solutions, but generally we’d want to redo the whole architecture… and that’s kind of a total rebuild…
Stakeholder: [eyes glazed over] Yeah, we don’t want to do that.
But there’s is a way.
I still run into A LOT of people who could use assistance creating there 1st Drupal site. So, for them I am starting my 2018 series with a short and sweet video on launching a FREE Drupal 8 site on Pantheon. It is free, It is easy. And it is my primary preference for all of my Drupal clients. Follow along and see how easy it is to get a Fully Functional Drupal 8 site up and running.
Future topics will range from more Beginner topics as well as Intermediate and Advanced. So don't worry if this first offering doesn't apply to you.
YouTube Link --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wu8kFna-wmA
Or enjoy this embedded video player:
If you're not new, then share this with someone who is. And stay tuned for more videos!