A month or so ago I started my first site on Drupal 6.x. I was very excited about this for a number of reasons which I will mention on another day–in another post. Once it was installed I went straght for the Domain Access module. For those of that are familiar with it, you know that it's a pretty slick module with a lot of good functionality. It allows you to run multiple Drupal 6 sites off the same code base and database. I understand that there is always the multi-site option, but I wanted to try something a little more integrated and clean. That's all I'll say about the Domain Access module (I will post about it in the next few weeks, because there's lots to say).
I just downloaded an app on my iPhone that will allow me to blog to my Drupal site blog (this one). It's a pretty slick app that so far works really well. The only thing that I'm not liking so far is that I can't add categories (tags) on the fly, there's just a list of tags used on my blog. Thats pretty nifty in and of itself. Anyway, so far so good! The app is called iBlogger.
When it comes to anything on the computer I like to find a better and more efficient way to do things. I've been this way for a while, and it's something that I don't think will ever change until I get older. In my opinion this is a good trait to have, and it may find me appealing down the road in my career.
Congratulations to Drupal for winning the 2008 Best PHP Open Source CMS from Packt Publishing! What a great award to receive. It's nice to know that the CMS that I'm most faithful to is receiving awards like this. Keep it up Drupal Core maintainers.
I came in this morning to find that our Main College Website wasn't accepting logins to the site. When I would try to login it would redirect me to the page it was supposed to but not log me in so that I could have access to the admin stuff. Since I couldn't login I didn't have access to any of the Watchdog log to see where the issue is coming from. I immediately went to forums to see what I could find.
I found a couple of discussions about it, most of which were all related to the 'sessions' table in the database. Then I found another discussion that recommended checking the Watchdog log through the 'watchdog' table in the database. So that's where I went next. This is what I found:
I have now been a member of drupal.org for a year! That's pretty exciting. I was thinking that it might be fun to put a post up talking about the things that have happened in the last year, and the things that I have learned. This might be a good resource to those just researching different CMSs, so here goes:
What a year it's been for me! A year ago we made the final decision to go with Drupal for our CMS at my work. I can say that decision determined a lot of my future in web design/development. Here's what has happened in the last year:
One thing that I was trying to do for a while on my work website was create a block that contained a list of nodes that reference the current node. At that time I had searched in a bunch of places, but didn't know exactly what I was searching for. It so happens that it's actually a really easy views arguement.
What I was trying to do was show a list of the jobs available that are related to the current Program Page that they were on. For example, if they were on the Welding program page they would see a list in a block of the jobs on the job board that have been referenced to that program. So they would see welding related jobs that would be applicable to them!
I set this blog up a couple of months ago thinking that it probably wouldn't go anywhere. Well, it still hasn't. :)
But, I did get some activity on a few of my posts that were supposed to have attached txt files to show the code snippets that I came up with. Unfortunately I, being the newbie that I was back when I started this blog, didn't check my access control checkbox to allow anonymous users to view my uploaded files. I really feel like an idiot, but I did check it and those attached files are now available. Hope everyone didn't lose hope! :)
A module that I haven't been able to live without since I got into Drupal is called Menu Trails.
This module has been a lifesaver for me and a necessity on most all of my Drupal sites. One thing that I like to do on my Drupal sites is use Views to generate lists of nodes. Views makes that kind of stuff quick and easy. Menu trails fills a gap that, in my opinion, Drupal has completely left out. The Menu Trails module allows you to take node types and taxonomy vocabularies and automatically add them under a certain menu item (retaining breadcrumbs).
To end my drought I want talk a little bit about my web host that I've been using. I am by no means a "10 year" Drupal developer like some people that I've talked to. Any mention of Drupal 4.7 goes right over my head. I'm not ashamed of that. When I came into Drupal I was using a localhost so Web Hosting wasn't really ever an issue for me. I figured that eventually I would get to the point where I would have to worry about it, and that day came a little while ago.