Impressions on Lullabot’s DrupalizeMe Video Tutorial Series

A few people have asked me what I think of Lullabot’s DrupalizeMe video tutorial series.

I signed up for it about a month ago and the bottom line is at $45 per month ($35 if you sign up for a year), it’s a really good value. I haven’t tried the other for-fee services out there so I don’t really have any basis for comparison. I just know these tutorials have helped me tremendously. Continue reading

Undone by Commerce Shipping Rules

Is it just me or is it the case with Drupal that the things that seem like they ought to be really hard, end up being super easy, and that, conversely, things you figure will be a slam dunk end up taking a week to figure out?

Case in point: I just spent three days I will never get back setting up two simple shipping rates for the gench site. I had smugly budgeted about 15 minutes for this task. It’s shipping – not rocket science – right?

I did finally figure it out, but it turned out there was one major barrier to overcome: my innate stupidity. Continue reading

Labor Pains, or Bringing a New Website Into the World

Unbelievably, my first Drupal website is nearing completion and approaching launch.

“Nearing completion” rightfully belongs couched in quotes as I’ve been daily uttering “today is the day I finish the website” — for the past 3 weeks!

I’ve been burning the midnight oil every day and night, but the goal-post keeps moving as I realize how many of those non-glamorous but essential tasks remain to be done.

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Content-aware Block View

Drupal 7 Views – How to Make Content-aware View Blocks

On the gench site I’m currently working on, I wanted to display a song and audio player on each CD product page. I have two content types I used for this: “Product display” with most of the CD information (title, artist, label, cover image, price, etc.) and “Song” which includes the mp3/player, song title and an entity reference field that points back to the Product display.

I knew I wanted each Product display page to display the song/player in the Second side bar. I suppose I could have created a view and block for each song and then used each view block’s config to display each on the appropriate Product display page. But this seemed like madness to me! Is the client to be expected to create a new song, view and block each time they want to add a product/CD?! True, the client in this case is “only” my husband, but he’s generally a decent guy, so I figured there had to be a better way. Continue reading

Using PHP to Control Layout of a Drupal Webform

A webform’s layout can be controlled by PHP.

Say I want to take this webform…

Webform - before

Webform – before: the student’s name is on 3 separate lines

…and put the 3 Student’s name fields (Student’s first name, Student’s middle name & Student’s last name) on the same line together like this…

Webform – after

Webform – after: the student’s name is now on 1 line

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