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What If Your Clean URL Test Fails?

By default, Drupal 7 creates URLs that look like this, "/?q=node/4".

This type of URL can be hard to read, hard to remember and may not be search engine friendly. The solution is to configure Drupal's clean URLs.

Drupal provides a test so you can see whether your site is ready for clean URLs:

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Using Administration Menu and Shortcuts in Drupal

An OSTraining member recently took our recommendation and installed the Administration Menu module, which makes it much easier to navigate through your Drupal site.

However, after enabling Administration Menu, they found that they lost their Shortcuts menu. This is normally the grey bar under Drupal's default admin toolbar.

Here's how to use Administration Menu and Shortcuts together.

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ost blog drupal patch

There was a Drupal security release this week.

This release managed to confuse several of our users, because it wasn't clear if they should update their sites.

Security release information is rarely, if ever, written in plain English. And these week's updates were additionally confusing because they only impacted some Drupal sites.

So here, upon request, is our plain English guide to Drupal security releases.

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Allow Users to Delete Their Drupal Accounts

It's good practice to allow users to leave your site completely.

That means users should be able to delete their account entirely, together with all the data associated with it.

In Drupal, you can allow users to delete their accounts. Here's how the feature works:

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ost blog drupal patch

Have you ever updated your Drupal site only to suddenly have errors?

If you use Drupal regularly, this will happen to you at some point. One common way to solve an error is with a patch. A patch changes the code on your site, but only by editing a file rather than providing a complete update.

However, applying a patch isn't easy for non-coders. Many of the available instructions for applying patches ask you to use an application called Drush and to use command line instructions. These instructions can be intimidating, so we're going to show you how non-coders can safely apply patches using the Patch Manager module.

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How to Add a Slider Search to Drupal

One of our customers was setting up a Drupal Commerce site and wanted to add a slider search.

Here's an example of a slider search in action:

How to Add a Slider Search to Drupal

There are a lot of steps involved in this process, but it's worth the effort. This tutorial will use the default search, without relying on Apache Solr or alternatives.

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Drupal 8 will ship with a new version of the Drupal logo, known as the Druplicon.

It's not the biggest news in the world, but this will make some people happy. The discussion about replacing the logo lists several design problems with the current version:

  • The 'freaky alien' vibe.
  • It looks a bit dated - it's 11 years old now.
  • Some people find it "sinister", or "mean".
  • The lighting on the logo is from top left which can conflict with other sources.
  • The color scheme is muddy and out-of-sync with "Seven" administration theme.

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DrupalCon Los Angeles took place from May 11 to 15 and three of our team were there.

Three of our team joined over 3100 people who crowded into downtown L.A.

We'll recap our favorite sessions in another blog post, but here are some thoughts on DrupalCon L.A. and where DrupalCons are headed.

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Drupal 8 is just around the corner, and the Drupal community is excited!

We want to make sure that as many people as possible can use Drupal 8. However, many new Drupal 8 users will need training, which can be expensive and difficult to find.

So, we started a Kickstarter project to create Drupal 8 training and give it away for free!

Sounds intriguing? Watch the video to find out more ...

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Views Calc is useful little Drupal module that allows you to perform calculations inside Views.

Views Calc allows you to perform Count, Sum, Average or Minimum calculations on a single field.

Let's see an example of how Views Calc works. To follow the example, you need both the Views and Views Calc modules to be enabled.

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drupal 8 logo

Over the last few years we've been writing a regular series called the "State of Drupal 8".

We aim to give a short, plain English update for people who don't follow Drupal development closely.

So, here's the busy person's guide to the state of Drupal 8 in March 2015 ...

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mike-anello

Are you looking for a job? Have you considered working in the Drupal world?

Several OSTraining members have. They wondered about the skills they would need and the income level they could expect.

To give you an overview of what it takes to make a living in the Drupal world, we spoke with Mike Anello. Mike is a long-time Drupal contributor, based near us in Orlando, Florida. If you've ever seen a Dries keynote address at a Drupal, Mike is often the person asking Dries questions at the end.

One of my key takeaways from talking with Mike -  the Drupal jobs are out there, but companies are now expecting applicants to bring more than just Drupal knowledge.

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We've taught a LOT of people to use Drupal 7 over the last 4 years and one bug comes up more than any other.

When enabling large new modules such as CTools via the admin interface, it's not uncommon for other modules to become unpublished.

When those modules are unpublished, people often lose access for to the administration menu. Needless to say, that's not a helpful situation for beginners.

So, here's a quick guide to recovering from a lost Drupal administration menu.

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drupal gmapSeveral times in the last few weeks, OSTraining students have asked us about maps in Drupal.

The students wanted to set up directories that would show Google maps for each location.

They also wanted to create larger maps that would display multiple locations at once.

We recommended that the students use the GMap module. However, although that module is powerful, it is poorly documented and can be confusing to use.

So, here's a beginners guide to the GMap module.

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drupal date formatOne of our members had this question for us:

"I'm using the Date module and I would like it to display morning as AM and evening as PM. At the moment it shows 15:00, but I'd like it to show 3 PM".

In this tutorial, we'll answer that question and show you how to set up Date and Time formats in Drupal.

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drupal views select contentNormally, Drupal views are set up to run automatically. In these situations, every time new content is added, Views will instantly update its displays for you.

However, sometimes, such as with a slideshow, you may want to manually control which content is shown.

One option to do this is the Nodequeue module. But, in this video, Robert Ring is going to show you how to manually select content without using any extra modules.

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file filterOne of our members asked an interesting question about Views.

They had a file field on their user profiles. In that field, the user could upload an image, an audio file, or link to a YouTube video. So far, so good. However, in Views, they only wanted to show that field if it contained a video.

Here's the solution to that problem. We're going to show you how to filter Drupal content based on the type of file that's attached to it.

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Advanced Drupal ViewsViews is a very powerful tool that allows you to pull information from your database in many flexible ways.

However, there will be situations where the default options in Views aren't enough. The Views PHP module allows you even more flexibility.

In these two videos, Robert Ring, one of our Drupal teachers, shows you how to re-write a View using PHP.

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drupal sort views alphabeticallyAlphabetical sorting is one of the most common ways people want to sort content in Views.

You may want to sort many types of content from A to Z, from staff members to business listings.

Here's how to add alphabetical sorting to your Drupal views.

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A Beginners Guide to the Drupal Services Module
The Services module allows you to provide web services from your Drupal site.

Services is really popular and works with formats such as REST, XMLRPC, JSON and SOAP.

However, when asked about Services during a training class last week, I was realized that the students were asking me because there was little-to-no clear documentation available.

So, I sat down and decided to write a Beginners guide to the Services module.

Here's a 5-step guide to using Services creating a REST API for your Drupal site.

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Basic Cart ModuleI wasn't sure whether to publish this review or not.

One of our members wanted a really simple shopping cart for Drupal. They found the Basic Cart module and asked me about it.

So, I set up and tested Basic Cart. Everything worked great, until the end when I realized there was no payment gateway. None. Basic Cart is a great little e-commerce store ... except it has no way to pay.

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drupal quiz moduleThe Quiz module is a sophisticated and flexible way to create quizzes in Drupal.

Quiz has many nice features such as Views integration, a jQuery-based timer, drag-and-drop ordering of questions and the ability to give weighted grades for answers.

Quiz allows you to create questions with multiple formats and has an API that allows you to add more.

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autoupdate or dieIf you weren't able to update your Drupal site within a few hours on October 15th, you may be worried about your site.

Even under normal conditions, it's almost never possible to prove that a site is 100% safe.

But by checking your site, you can either give yourself some additional peace of mind, or you can confirm that you were hacked.

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drupal node galleryWe have several different Drupal photo gallery tutorials on this blog. The most popular is Views Photo Galleries for Drupal 7, followed closely by an older tutorial, Node Gallery for Drupal 6.

However, although Views is powerful, it is too complex for many users. For this reason, Node Gallery remains very popular.

So we've realized that it's time for an updated tutorial that covers Node Gallery in Drupal 7.

Node Gallery is still the easiest way to build a photo gallery in Drupal. It requires very little set-up and almost no configuration.

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drupal-updateWe're accustomed to the Drupal security team releasing security fixes.

Fortunately, most of the fixes were relatively minor. They either impacted a small group of sites, or they were unlikely to lead to your site being hacked.

Let's take a brief look at the 4 previous Drupal security advisories in 2014:

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drupal-paymentsHere at OSTraining we've given significant coverage to Drupal Commerce. You can watch a video class with nearly 30 lessons and download a book, "Building E-commerce Sites with Drupal Commerce".

However, Drupal Commerce is an enterprise-quality solution and a good number of OSTraining members have asked for simpler solutions.

For those members, we often recommend the Payment module, which makes it easy to add e-commerce fields to your content.

Payment supports about half-a-dozen gateways (PayPal, Stripe, iDEAL, Authorize.net, Ogone, Rabo OmniKassa).

In this tutorial, we'll show you how to use the Payment module, together with PayPal.

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drupal 6 modulesOver the last few months, Dave Reid, one of the most active Drupal developers, has been giving a presentation called "Future-proof your Drupal 7 site".

Dave talks about decisions you can make now on existing or new Drupal 7 sites to make transitioning to Drupal 8 easier. He comes up with a list of modules that have been backported to Drupal 8. Using those modules means you won't have to re-train your staff for Drupal 8.

Dave also has some recommendation for modules not to use, because they've been replaced by alternative solutions in Drupal 8. Here are 6 modules that may be worth avoiding if want an easier update to Drupal 8 in years to come ...

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