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Drupal 7 Feeds XPathParser RSS Import Screencast Tutorial
Last edited on: 17/09/2016 - 18:54

Here's a screencast tutorial I have made for importing RSS feeds into Drupal 7 websites using the Feeds and Feeds XPathParser modules and fetching the data from Scalemates

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Configure XDebug with PuPHPet, Vagrant, Apache, Ubuntu, PHP-FPM and PhpStorm
Last edited on: 21/06/2015 - 11:07

PuPHPet is a terrific GUI to set up virtual machines for Web development and will build your orchestration script with Vagrant and Puppet. It now comes with a facility to include XDebug in your Vagrantfile meaning there is no longer an excuse for print_r() and error_log() debug traces in your code.

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Drupal Critical Update SA-CORE-2014-005 - How to Fix an Infected Site
Last edited on: 30/11/2014 - 18:17

The issuing of the security advisory SA-CORE-2014-005 - Drupal core - SQL injection on 15th October, and designated the status of Critical sent shock waves through the Drupal community. The inference being that unless the security fix was applied within seven hours of the advisory then a Drupal site owner should expect their site to be subjected to attack.

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openSUSE 12.3 Installation of GitLab, Nginx, Apache and Drupal PHP
Last edited on: 02/10/2013 - 10:46

This tutorial blog is intended for those who wish to run concurrent instances of Nginx and Apache web servers on Linux openSUSE 12.3, the Nginx server being used for the Ruby on Rails GitLab application, whilst Apache will co-exist for serving pages from my PHP-based Drupal sites. Of course, the exercise is valid for Wordpress and Joomla and other PHP-based CMS frameworks.

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tottenhamturfies.com: The Drupal game-changer
Last edited on: 16/08/2013 - 13:47

Traditionally the open source Drupal CMS has been the mainstay of the corporate / NGO and charity market since it lends itself perfectly to the rapid development of websites in those sectors. It also has traction for social media sites, being possibly the best equipped CMS using contributed modules for that functionality; and in addition for news portals and blog networks too.

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Drupal 7 - Setting Up Piecemaker 3D Slider with InnoCompany Theme
Last edited on: 08/06/2013 - 19:36

Subsequent to my earlier blog on installing and setting up the commercial InnoCompany Drupal 7 theme, it is now time to do something useful - set up the Piecemaker 3D slider which is based on Flash animation, with an XML configuration file. Thankfully a lot of the work has already been bundled into the InnoCompany theme and there isn't that much to do. Principally the slider images, captions and links are included in theme configuration, and there are 10 available placeholders which means the carousel may have up to 10 images.

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Drupal 7 - Installing and Setting Up the Commercial InnoCompany Theme
Last edited on: 02/06/2013 - 18:11

This is a tutorial for installing and setting up the commercial InnoCompany Theme that retails for around $45 in the US (£32 or so in the UK). The theme offers a multi-purpose corporate solution, but my own use is to create a portfolio site. I consider myself a back-end Drupal dev first and foremost, and my feeling is it would take me too long to create a neat portfolio site (which must of course be Drupal) from scratch. That effort would detract from my paid work for my clients and the pro bono weekend work I undertake for charities.

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Drupal Bookcat Module
Last edited on: 29/03/2013 - 23:35

Welcome to the home page of the Drupal Bookcat module. Bookcat is a read-only port of the Explorer output of FNProgramvare's Bookcat book collector's database Windows product. It must be stressed that my module in no way replaces FNPRG's product of the same name - it merely extends its usefulness by making your Bookcat databases available to a wider user-base on the Drupal platform.

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Drupal 7 - User Restrictions Batch Module
Last edited on: 04/03/2013 - 18:59

This module extends the existing user_restrictions module by providing a mechanism for the bulk import of prohibited words in the screen name during user registration. This is useful to ensure that on a community site no users attempt to create accounts with offensive names. Without this module, any admin wishing to add a few hundred words to the user_restrictions list would face quite an onerous chore to type them all in. With the module, they can be cut and pasted from an existing source into a textarea in one go.

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Drupal 7 - Node Limit Publish Module
Last edited on: 12/02/2013 - 12:16

This module adds a configurable limit to how many nodes of any content type can be published at any one time. This is useful in circumstances such as when a website has created content types of polls or competitions or quizzes but only one of each type can be live and published at any one time. Of course the module allows limits other than 1 in case there is such a circumstance. The default is 0 which means unlimited. A web author may create content and exceed the limits providing the content remains unpublished. This allows for content to be created in advance of publication.

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