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Automate Drupal security updates using DropGuard

Drop Guard is a continuous security solution for Drupal. It is a service that can automate or at least part-automate the tasks of keeping a Drupal site up to date, a task that we all know is important but few of us actually enjoy. Automating updates can help you meet client SLA’s as well as releasing valuable developer time.

Drop Guard is in the process of developing tight integration with some of the big Drupal hosts out there such as Acquia and Pantheon*. This integration will make the process of using Drop Guard for sites using those hosting platforms easier... Read more

Creating interactive content on your Drupal Website

H5P is an open source framework based on JavaScript and is a great way to create interactive HTML5 content. They have a large number of libraries that enable you to create different types of interactive content all through your browser. They refer to the libraries as content types NOT to be confused with Drupal’s very own content types! For the remainder of this article I’ll refer to them as libraries to save us all from a world of confusion!

Head over to their site for some demos and to see a list of their libraries by navigating to their Examples... Read more

Custom display suite fields in Drupal 8

One of the most useful modules in Drupal is display suite. Something I constantly use, especially for creating custom display fields.

What’s a custom display field?

It’s purely a field for rendering specific content on the display. No field api work, we just want to get some information related to the node and display it in a display suite template

Why would I need to use a custom display field?

The short answer is you’ll always need to do something like override a node or field template, and usually that’s enough. But sometimes you need a bit more, that’s where display... Read more

Random sorting with search API in Drupal 7

Every now and then you get asked to order view results randomly. This is good as it keeps the content new and content right at the bottom of the index will get a chance to shine.

The Problem

Views in Drupal has this functionality built in, you can add Global: Random for your search criteria.

However, this doesn’t work for a view which is listing indexed data from search api .

The solution

There are/could be modules to fix this behavior, but here is a nice trick to get... Read more

Say hello to Sketch

Designers are curious people by nature, and maybe that’s what explains the neverending will to find new tools that will help them exteriorise ideas and best execute their craft. With that said, let’s talk about my experience with Sketch and how moving away from the classic CS pack can help to improve the design workflow.

It all comes out of frustration

Working with UI Design in a very busy agency, Photoshop became my main partner, helping me to deliver some exquisite layouts to the hands of a bunch of excited clients. With its colour profiles, grids, effects, filters... Read more

DrupalCamp London 2017

This year saw the fifth anniversary of DrupalCamp London , which has become one of the key dates in the Drupal calendar. According to organisers this was the largest yet, with over 600 people attending.

As usual it took place at City, University of London , but a major change greeted attendees due to the major facelift the university building has received. The keynotes took place in a brand new lecture hall, and facilities have generally been moderised and improved across... Read more

Creating a dotted line animation with JS & HTML

Coding is a continuous learning experience and each project gives you the opportunity to learn some new techniques.

In one of my last projects, the client asked for a card based page with a vertical tracking line generated by a pin while scrolling down with the mouse.

The animation needed to be interrupted by the title of each card.

To obtain that effect I animated each element individually for each card with the ScrollMagic library:

  • A pin, which is just a fixed element repeated in each card.
    The animation controls how it shows and hides to
  • ... Read more

Passing submission data from one webform to another

A client request came through asking for a webform block with “name” and “email address” fields that would pre-populate a full contact form on submission.

In the past we needed to do some custom code to achieve this, but with the aid of the Token module we can do this quickly with 2 webforms.

1. First setup your webform.

2. Create your second webform, identify which fields you want pre-populated and write them down, so in our case we want to populate the Name and Email... Read more

Web licenses

Whether you’re agreeing to iTunes or writing a node module, you are working with licenses. You might think that open source software doesn’t need licensing as it’s free and part or the community. However, that’s not entirely true. For most open source software you will see the GPL license used, but you may add a library to your site which carries a different license.

Let’s start off with a good question. “Can Open Source software be used for commercial purposes”. The answer is Yes. 100%.

What is the license for drupal?... Read more

This way to the future...

Last week I went to the Futurestack conference hosted by New Relic.

On arrival we were greeted with a fancy selection of selection of fruit, pastries and juices to wet the appetite which was followed by an opening talks by Lew Cirne (Founder & CEO) and Jim Stoneham (VP of products) from New Relic.


APM Fundamentals.

Some good stuff in here - Application performance monitoring provides on-demand application performance management. You can view the health and availability of... Read more

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