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import contentIf you're moving to Drupal, there's a good chance that you'll need to import data.

The Feeds module is the most common way to import content and user data into Drupal.

In this tutorial, we're going to answer a question from one of members, "How do I import RSS feeds into Drupal?" As we answer his question, we'll give you an introduction to how the Feeds module works. whether you want to import from an RSS feed, a CSV file or another format.

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viewsOne of our students is learning Drupal and trying to master Views. They wanted to know how to style different areas of each Views. We wrote this tutorial as an introduction for them to templates and theming for Views.

As our example, we're going to use the "Front page" view, which is on the defaults available when you first intall Views.

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re-ordering-fieldsWith all the software we teach, some tasks almost always confuse beginners.

With Drupal, re-ordering fields is one of those confusing tasks.

Learning how to re-order Drupal fields is easy. You can re-order fields using an easy drag-and-drop interface.

What's confusing is learning where to re-order fields.

By default, there are 3 ways to re-order Drupal fields and none of them are easily marked.

In this tutorial, we'll show you both how and where to re-order your fields.

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We first blogged about Drupal Commerce in late 2011.

Since then, there have been some huge changes in the Drupal Commerce world.

  • Drupal Commerce grew enough to pass Ubercart as the most popular shopping solution for Drupal.
  • A good number of large and prestigious sites moved to Drupal Commerce.
  • Commerce Kickstart, their distribution which allows people to get a store up and running quickly, become the most popular Drupal distribution.

Version 2 of Commerce Kickstart was recently released, and it provided a complete redesign. So we decided to take a look.

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DrupalCon SydneyAt the beginning of February, Australia held the first ever DrupalCon outside of Europe or North America.

All of the DrupalCon Sydney sessions were taped and put all online, saving you the cost of airfare, hotel and food, although Sydney would have been really nice in February! In fact, the DrupalCon team did an extraordinary job. Not only did they record every session, but they posted videos online within hours of each session ending.

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meta-tagsSearch engine optimization (SEO) is often at the top of the to-do list when planning a site.

There was a time when the <meta> tag had been considered one way to help your pages rise to the top of a search engine result. Although that is not always the case anymore, it can still be useful to meta tags available to search engines so they can use it if they choose.

In this tutorial, we'll explore the Meta tags module, a fast and easy way to add metadata to your nodes, terms, and users.

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icon-d8-100Over the last year, we've been covering the Drupal community's progress towards releasing Drupal 8.

Planning for Drupal 8 started years ago, but new features were added up until this weekend when "Feature Freeze" finally arrived.

In our first update in November, we showed that the core file structure has changed, plus there were over 15 new modules including Views.

In the second update in December, we pointed out a new toolbar, inline editing, cleaner interfaces and improved multi-lingual features. Now that the feature freeze has passed, let's take another look at the state of Drupal 8.

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drupal-profile2Drupal 7 has made it easy for you to allow your site users to share information about themselves. User accounts are now "entities" which means that you can add fields to them, just as with content.

You can add user profile fields for names, email addresses, phone numbers, resumes or whatever else you might need.

However, there are some limitations to the core user profile. What happens if you don't want user accounts visible to the public? What happens if you need different profiles for different areas of your site?

The answer is the Profile2 module.

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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. However, one of the good things about using Drupal is there are so many other users that someone else may well have found and solved the error.

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.

Many of the available instructions for applying patches ask you to use an application called Git and to use command line instructions. These instructions can be intimidating, so we're going to show you how non-coders can safely and effectively apply patches.

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"If ..., then ..." is one of the most commonly used phrases in the world of software development and, I suppose, in life:

  • If the sky is blue, then it probably won't rain.
  • If I learn Drupal, then I'll make lots of money.
  • If the webpage URL includes "services" in the path, then display the block called Services.

In this blog, we are going to introduce to you to the Context module, which puts the power of "If ..., then ..." into your hands.

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permissionsSometimes when you're trying to modify files or folders on your Drupal site, you'll be faced with error messages that will look like this:

"553 Can't open that file: permission denied"

One of our students wanted to know why they were getting this message about being denied.

What are permissions and how can you fix this problem? Read on ...

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One of our students was setting up a photo gallery and asked:

"I was wondering what module you think would best enable my site members to upload multiple photographs at once."

There are several ways to do this with Drupal. We're going to show you one option that uses a script called Plupload.

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Node Option Premium is a module for people who want to encourage visitors to register on their site.

Node Option Premium lets you show a content teaser to the public but show the full content only to people who are logged in and have a certain role. This is typical of the strategy used by many newspapers and magazines with their paywall.

In this tutorial, we'll demonstrate how to use this simple, yet effective module.

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drupal errorsHave you ever seen an error on your Drupal site that says:

"The website encountered an unexpected error. Please try again later."

There are over 700 people who have reported the same problem on the Drupal.org forums.

If you have this error or similar errors and are thinking, "OMG! Now what?", then hang tight.

We're here to help with this tutorial. We'll show you how to diagnose and solve errors that appear on your Drupal site.

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Drupal's core forum module has been around for a long, long time. It was first introduced back into Drupal 3 in 2001!

The forum module is fairly basic but it has proven reliable enough to handle some large sites such as http://drupal.org/forum. However, the module does lack many of the more advanced features that you'd expect to see in today's forums such as VBulletin and phpBB. 

If you want a more powerful forum in your Drupal site, we recommend Advanced Forum. The Advanced Forum module has many of the same features as VBulletin and phpBB, but it's also tightly integrated into Drupal.

In this tutorial, we'll show you through how to install, configure and use Advanced Forum.

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icon-d8-100Over the last few months, we've been covering the Drupal community's progress towards releasing Drupal 8.

Our last update was a month ago. I explained that the core file structure had changed, plus there were over 15 new modules including Views.

Since that update, the first major deadline has arrived. Feature freeze was in the beginning of December, although that deadline slipped a little, and we can still expect new features until February.

However, lots of great new features have arrived in the last month, and so let's take another look at the state of Drupal 8.

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In this blog post we're going to introduce you to Drupal entities and how they make site building easier.

In Drupal 6, there was a big difference between how Drupal handled different types of content. Nodes, comments, terms and users were all technically "content", but Drupal treated them all differently.

What happened with Drupal 7 is that we started to treat nodes, comments, terms and users in the same way. No longer was there a big difference between them.

Each individual node, user, term and comment is now called an entity.

Nodes, comments, terms and users are now called entity types. The image below from Heather James on Drupal.org shows some "entity types" in Drupal 7

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Sometimes in Drupal there are many solutions to a problem.

One such problem is controlling who can see which content on your site.

Although Drupal comes with 5 permissions for content, none of them deal with access. Here are the 5 default permissions:

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In another tutorial this week, we talked about a major hole in Drupal's permissions system.

The hole is that Drupal allows you to control who can create, edit and delete content but not who can view it.

Because this problem impacts a lot of sites, there are a lot of available solutions. In that other tutorial, we recommended the Content Access module. In this tutorial, we're going to recommend the Taxonomy Access Control module.

What's the difference?

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icon-d8-100Over the last few months, we've been covering the Drupal community's progress towards releasing Drupal 8.

Now that the first major deadline is only a week away, it's time to provide another update.

What's the state of Drupal 8?

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We've had a few members start to test Drupal 8 and several ran into a problem during the installation.

Basically their hosting service is out-of-date or incorrectly set up. During the installation they get an error message saying that something called "Magic Quotes" isn't supported.

Here's an explanation of that problem and how you can fix it.

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It's fairly common to replace the title field in Drupal.

There are many possible reasons to replace the title, but most of them come down to this ... the title field is not very flexible.

To take just one example, imagine that you're adding a directory of your staff members to your site. Presumably, you'd like the person's name to be the title of each page. However, because the title field only consists of a text field with 255 characters, you can't have close control over what people enter. The solution is to replace the default title with specific "First Name" and "Last Name" fields.

So, here's how to automatically generate titles in Drupal 7.

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media_1351720011109.pngMost of us are used to having a spellchecker when we type. If we use Microsoft Word, Google Docs and most other writing tools, you're used to seeing a red line under your spelling mistakes.

If you'd like to add a similar spellchecker to your Drupal WYSIWYG editor, here's how to do it ...

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Views Slideshow is the most popular module for creating slideshows in Drupal.

Earlier this year we showed you how to use Views Slideshow to create a basic slideshow.

One of our students read that tutorial and wondered about taking things further. They wanted to create a slideshow with smaller thumbnails, similar to the one you see on WhiteHouse.gov, Grammy.com and many other Drupal sites. In this tutorial, we show you how to create a more advanced slideshow, similar to those famous sites.

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It's happened to all of us who use Drupal. We've installed a new theme or module and our beautiful homepage now looks like this:

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Here are ways you can try to solve this problem and get your site back online.

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Aggregator is a key part of Drupal that is often ignored.

I blame it on the confusing name. No, Aggregator is not an animal in Florida that eats people. Aggregator is a module that imports content from RSS feeds into Drupal.

Because it has a name starting with "A", Aggregator is the first module that people ever see on the Modules page. In this tutorial, we're going to show you what Aggregator does and how to use it.

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weatherOne of our students is building a local tourism website. They wanted to show the local weather on the site but without any of the big, ugly branding that often accompanies weather displays.

In this tutorial, we'll show you how to use the Weather module to create a local weather block.

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google mapOur Drupal students frequently want to add a map to their content. In this tutorial we're going to show you how.

We'll take the example of a Yellow Pages-style directory and show you how to display a Google Map beside each business listing.

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Where do you go when you're in the market for a great Drupal theme?

There are over 1000 free themes on Drupal.org, but that is not the only option. There are companies who sell themes. For prices ranging from $50 to $500 you can expect more complete, polished designs and support staff ready to answer your questions.

Here are 10 of the best commercial Drupal theme companies.

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Spark DrupalOver the last few months some of the most talented people in Drupal have been working on usability improvements.

Their project is called Spark. Initially their improvements are being released for Drupal 7 and the hope is that they will later be moved to Drupal 8. We mentioned Spark in our summary of Drupal 8. You can also find more background in Dries's launch post for Spark.

The first Alpha release of Spark has just been released, so we decided to take it for a test drive. Come with us and see where Drupal usability is headed.

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