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| Drupal

drupal custom feedOne of our members wanted to allow users to create customized information feeds in Drupal.

In this tutorial, we'll show you how to do that. We'll demonstrate how to allow users to view only certain types of content.

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| Drupal

drupalSome organizations are very serious about their logos. They produce exhaustive guidelines on how their logo should and should not be used.

The Drupal community takes the opposite approach. The Drupal logo is called "Druplicon" and is released under the GPL license. That licensing allows designers to do whatever they want with the logo.

That design freedom has led to some funny, imaginative and downright strange variations on the Drupal logo.

Here are 27 of our favorites from events around the world.

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drupal-views-linksThis blog post is the answer to a common request we get from people learning how to use Views.

The question is: "How do I automatically add a link to a field"?

The answer is straightforward, once you know how.

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| Drupal

A-Sub-theme-of-a-Drupal-Sub-themeThe best way to design and modify your Drupal site is with overrides.

If you're not sure how overrides work, read our introduction to Drupal overrides.

One of the most powerful ways to use overrides Drupal is with sub-themes. You might not be surprised to know we have an introduction to sub-themes too!

However, sometimes you need not just sub-themes, but you also sub-sub-themes. Sounds crazy? Well, sub-sub-themes are what you need to safely override some themes you download from Drupal.org.

Read on to find out about sub-sub-themes:

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| Drupal

twigPHPTemplate is the engine that has been driving Drupal templates since 2005.

After nearly 10 years of honorable service, PHPTemplate is about to be replaced by Twig in Drupal 8.

This will be the biggest overhaul of Drupal theming in a decade.

What is Twig? How will it change Drupal themes? Read on and find out ...

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| Drupal

Drupal CKEditor

CKEditor will be the default editor in Drupal 8 and is currently the most popular editor in Drupal 7.

However, in some respects, CKEditor isn't very tightly integrated into Drupal. For example, it's not able to access Drupal images or link to Drupal content.

The Linkit module is the best way to improve linking.

Linkit provides an auto-complete field for linking to nodes, users, files, terms, and fields. Linkit makes creating links significantly more user-friendly.

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Is Drupal Entityforms a Good Alternative to Webform? Last month, we ran a webinar called 45 Modules in 45 Minutes.

In the webinar we listed 45 of the best Drupal modules in 45 minutes.

One of the modules we mentioned was Webform, which is a module we use in every beginner class.

In the comments on that webinar, someone mentioned Entityforms as a better option than Webform and one that is more tightly integrated to Drupal.

I decided to take Entityforms for a test drive ...

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| Drupal

Drupal You have not created any content types yetSome times we write long blog posts with detailed, technical explanations.

Other times we write about very quick and simple fixes. This is one of those very quick posts.

We've had questions from OSTraining members about an error message on Drupal's Add content page. The message they get is: "You have not created any content types yet".

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| Drupal

Drupal CKEditorA few times over the last couple of weeks, OSTraining members have run into trouble with CKEditor for Drupal.

They find that some buttons are missing from CKEditor when they try to create content.

These buttons include the Styles, Format and Size icons.

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| Drupal

Spam BlockingIf you're going to use popular software like Drupal, one of the downsides is that you'll need to deal with spam.

A lot of OSTraining members report that they receive many spam user registrations on their sites.

In this blog post, we'll look at 10 of the best ways to avoid getting overwhelmed by spam users.

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| Drupal

Drupal Webinar 45 Modules in 45 MinutesLast week, I did a webinar with the team at Acquia. The webinar was called, "45 Modules in 45 Minutes".

During this session, we walked … jogged … okay, actually we ran through 45 of the best and most popular modules in 45 minutes.

Drupal is a great CMS, but not all features come right out of the box. There are thousands and thousand of modules available for Drupal 7. Figuring out which modules to use can be a real challenge!

In this webinar, you'll get an overview of 45 of the most important modules.

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| Drupal

drupal remove duplicate views resultsWhen you are building a Drupal site and creating views, it's not uncommon to find that your view is showing the same result multiple times.

Here are two common ways to remove duplicate views results.

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| Drupal

Entity-Views-AttachEntity Views Attach (EVA) is a wonderfully useful Drupal module which makes Views more powerful.

EVA allows you to automatically attach any view to content, comments or terms.

We're going to show you 2 examples of EVA in use. Both of them solve problems that were asked by our members this week.

First, we'll see how to sort terms however we want and then we'll see how to add an image for a file download link.

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| Drupal

Decimal, Float or Integer in Drupal FieldsDrupal comes with 13 fields and several of them deal with numbers.

Newcomers to Drupal can become confused about the difference because there are 5 different number fields available:

  1. Decimal
  2. Float
  3. Integer
  4. List (float)
  5. List (integer)

In this tutorial, we're going to explain the difference between those 5 number fields and explain when you would use each one.

| Drupal

HTML-emails-drupalThe Webform module is one of the most popular modules in Drupal.

Webform is relied upon for everything, from contact forms, to donations to event registrations.

By default, Webform sends emails in plain text. In this tutorial, we're going to show you how to send Webform emails in plain text, which allows you choose different layouts or designs.

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| Drupal

drupal-social-sharingIf you don't give your site visitors an opportunity to share your webpages, you're missing out on an opportunity for others to hear about your great content.

Drupal has several modules that allow you to add Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and other social buttons.

In this blog, we're going to introduce you to four different options for adding social sharing to your Drupal site:

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| Drupal

drupal display suit viewsDisplay Suite is one of our very favorite Drupal modules.

We love how easy it is for even new Drupal users to control their content layouts with Display Suite.

In this tutorial, we'll show you how you can use Display Suite together with Views. This allows you to create complex pages, controlling both the output and layout, without knowing any code.

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| Drupal

show-drupal-own-contentIf you have multiple content creators on your site, you may want to make their life easier.

One way that you can help is by providing a list of the content they have created.

There are advanced ways to do this, such as using the Workbench module, but in this tutorial we'll show you an easy way to provide a list of each user's content.

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| Drupal

drupal-8-logoOver the last two years, we've been running a series called The State of Drupal 8.

With each post in the series, we aim to keep you up-to-date with the important new features and changes.

So, what's new in Drupal? Quite a lot.

Since our last update, the Drupal team have re-designed the installation process, finished the multi-lingual improvements, improved the UI, removed two key modules and proposed a new release cycle.

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drupal-tmp-htaccessDrupal 7.24 and 6.29 were released in mid-November.

Both versions contained security fixes.

One of the fixes is described as "Code execution prevention". The Drupal security team wanted to add an extra layer of protection to stop hackers from uploading malicious files.

This fix requires some people to make a manual change to their site and this tutorial will show you how.

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drupal menu permissionsWith some CMSs such as Joomla, menus are very powerful features. They can control layouts, permissions, metadata and much more.

In Drupal, menus have almost no power at all. By default, menus are not capable of controlling much more than the destination of their link. So, we end up with a lot of questions from students about menus.

This week a student asked us how they control who can see menu links. This tutorial is our answer.

We're going to show how Drupal menu permissions work and how you can make them more powerful.

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| Drupal

drupal-themingIf you haven't worked with Drupal themes before, then you're in the right place.

These 5 videos average less than 5 minutes each and cover everything you need to get started with Drupal theming:

  1. A general introduction to Drupal themes
  2. How the Drupal theming system works
  3. Where to find themes
  4. How to install themes
  5. How to configure themes

These videos are part of our comprehensive online Drupal training classes.

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| Drupal

How-to-Build-a-WordPress-Blog-in-DrupalThere's a phrase commonly used by Drupal fans:

"If you want to build a blog, use WordPress. If you want to bulld WordPress, use Drupal."

We actually had a very simular question from one of our members. They wanted to know how to make Drupal look like WordPress.

In this tutorial, we're going to show you how to replicate the basic WordPress blog features in Drupal.

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media_1381931573462.pngWe've been fortunate over the last couple of years to have great success with our CMS books.

Drupal 7 Explained launched in May and over the last few months it has become the best-selling Drupal book. 

That book was the follow-up to Joomla! Explained which has been the best-selling Joomla book for over 2 years now.

How did we do it? Workflows.

We've taught hundreds of live classes over the last few years and based on student feedback, workflows are by the fast most popular teaching tool we've used.

Here's an introduction to how they help us teach and how they can help you too. 

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| Drupal

Drupal image captions jcaptionsjCaption is a simple but very useful little module.

jCaption allows you to add captions to your Drupal images, no matter what editor you're using.

Using a small jQuery script you'll be able to add the captions and then use CSS classes to improve the design of those captions.

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| Drupal

Drupal uninstall moduleThis tutorial will show you how to uninstall a module from your Drupal 7 site.

In this example, we're going to show you how to uninstall the Devel module. Devel is very useful for developing a site, but should be uninstalled before going live.

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Drupal hits popular contentNearly every news and magazine site shows a list of the most popular content.

Drupal can track the popularity of content using only the core features.

Here's how to track the hits on your Drupal content and how to show those statistics.

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Drupal homepageBy default, Drupal ships with a blog on the homepage. Whenever you add new content, that can be pushed to the blog of many articles on the homepage.

However, smaller sites may not have a lot of fresh content for the homepage. They may not need to use a module as large as Panels to design a complicated layout.

Sometimes one piece of content on your homepage is all you need. Here's how to do that in Drupal:

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| Drupal

A-Drupal-Dropdown-List-of-Countries-States-CitiesWe had a question from a member this week. He was collecting information from users and wanted to collect addresses:

"I need to have a user select a state in a list. My next requirement is to populate a new list with all the counties for the selected state."

It's easy to imagine many more people wanting to do something similar, so in this tutorial we'll explain how it's done.

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