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Wow! What a great 4 days (including our training day) We’re minutes away from the closing session for DrupalCon London 2011.

Unlike most conferences, the room is still really full – a testimony to the rabid following most Drupalers bring to a DrupalCon.

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This is a live blog of the keynote presentation “The Future of Social Media – An Historical Perspective” by Tom Standage at DrupalCon London.

Tom Standage is Digital Editor for The Economist. They just moved from ColdFusion to Drupal… (they wanted to burn the CF discs when they were done@

“Social Media” isn’t new, it goes back to the Romans. Getting information from one person to another has always been around, but with the rise of technology it is now global, permanent and searchable. However, it was actually more social in history of course… people actually talked to each other!

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This is a live blog of the sessopm “Damn Quick Drupal: How to Make Drupal Perform and Scale Like a Rockstar!” by Michael Cooper at DrupalCon London.

This is one of the more anticipated sessions here at DrupalCon. One of the criticisms is that Drupal doesn’t scale and that it can get very slow. Looking forward to hearing how to avoid both of those. To give you an idea about how big this issue is – the hall is absolutely packed. There are actually more people in here than this morning’s keynote.

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This is a live blog of the session “Adaptive, Responsive, Mobile First and Drupal Theming for the Future with HTML5, CSS3 and Omega” by Jake Strawn at DrupalCon London.

I’m hoping this session is the bookend to the mobile design theme that’s run through this DrupalCon. It is the future – there is no doubt. From the keynote this morning, to the previous session on mobile adaptive design, its obvious that this is the way we should be thinking in all our design efforts. This session is presented by @himerus) and its packed!

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This is a live blog of the session “Workbench: Managing Content Management” by Ken Rickard and George DeMet at DrupalCon London.

This session should be one of the best so far. There is a general lack of workflow in Drupal (out of the box). One of my beefs with Drupal 7 is that it just isn’t that easy to edit your content, add images etc. The old phrase “there’s a module for that” doesn’t really cut it. So hopefully this module will put my beef in the pot and stew it … sorry, I’m thinking about the lamb chops last night for dinner, with real mint sauce. I really love eating in London 

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I’m sitting in the main concert hall at Fairfield Halls in Croydon, UK waiting for the beginning of the 1st keynote. The hall is getting full and there’s obviously a ton of geek energy in the air….
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Dries is on the stage now …
1750 attendees – totally sold out. (largest European Drupal ever)

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CCK, or Content Construcion Kit is at the heart of many Drupal 6 sites. If you are migrating, you not only need to migrate the module, but you need to migrate the data as well.

This is a little more complicated than a simple upgrade.

Much of Content Construction Kit (CCK) in Drupal 6 is part of Drupal 7 core fields. Much but not all of CCK functionality is now part of Drupal 7 core. Several features require the installation of new, dedicated 7.x modules.

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A simple site with only a few modules is a snap to upgrade. But if you have site with numerous modules, customizations and a custom theme, going from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 requires a lot of thought and planning.

Many contributed modules that you added to Drupal 6 are now part of the core, so you don't have to move them. Some modules or your personal customizations may not have an upgrade path, in which case you can't upgrade. There are many decisions and some research involved in accomplishing a smooth upgrade.

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By default, Drupal does not install any type of editor for adding styling to content. The good thing about that is you get to choose which one you want to use.

The CKEditor is one of the most popular WYSIWYG editors and with version 3.6.1 the installation is a little simpler than previous versions. Here's how to do it.

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Changing from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 is not just a simple update. The steps seem straightforward, but there are major changes in the way Drupal 7 works and stores data. So a move up across major version numbers is really a "migration" as opposed to a simple update or patch.

If your site is fairly simple, with good backups, and you use the right approach, you can accomplish the migration without too much trouble.

The more complex your site is, the more complex the migration will be.

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