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Drupal 8 CMS Has Landed

Drupal 8 was officiall announced today on Nov 19th, and with it comes with over 200 enhancements and improvements to benefit both web developers and clients alike.

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Drupal 6 Support to End in Feb 2016

On February 24th 2016, Drupal.org will end support for version 6 of its content management system which was released in 2008, and will be instead focusing attention on continuing support of Drupal 7 and building towards Drupal 8. As with any technology, the natural progression of software support among organizations is to look ahead and shift focus towards future development. 

Fitting Portrait and Landscape Images to One Size in Drupal

As any web developer can attest, formatting user uploaded images is a regular task with almost every project. Some of the most common challenges are formatting an image, whether it be tall or wide, to become a square or squarish image. The trouble is, when it comes to photographs of people, how can you setup an automated way to format these pics to a standard size without cutting people's heads off?! The trick is find a common focus and crop that works for both types of images.

Create a Multi-layer Map in Drupal 7 with Openlayers 2.x

There are many tutorials out there for creating maps in Drupal but most of them focus on just one layer on a map. This tutorial is for creating one map with multiple, switchable layers complete with pop-ups and a title. In the future I plan on writing more tutorials on more advanced mapping topics, such as polygons, using kml files, and other items. For now though, below are the main steps and concepts to understand with OpenLayers:

Adding your own CSS to the Admin theme

Drupal theme builders enjoy an immense degree of control over the layout of their themes via css, but in some cases the best-practices for adding your own CSS to the admin theme is less understood. There are various ways to do this but our goal is to minimize any performance cost so that the site responds as quickly as possible. Here are three approaches for Drupal 7:

Responsive Web Design Compared to Adaptive Website Design

Responsive and adaptive website layouts, commonly referred to as RWD and AWD, have been a growing necessity in web design for years now, but although the terms are arguably familiar there is still confusion around what the differences between these layouts are why they are important in modern web development. This article will explain the differences between these designs and why they are important for your website or your client's websites.

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Drupal compared to WordPress and Joomla

Drupal and WordPress are two of the most common CMS's out there and along with Joomla are the most often compared systems. Note, however that there are literally thousands of CMS's out there!! This article will focus on these popular systems and try to answer the question: Which is the right choice and how do you decide which is better? First of all, it's important to avoid getting caught in the 'which is better' conversation, because that is far too general an approach and ultimately not very useful.

Create a Multi-layer Map in Drupal 7 with Openlayers 2.x

There are many tutorials out there for creating maps in Drupal but most of them focus on just one layer on a map. This tutorial is for creating one map with multiple, switchable layers complete with pop-ups and a title. This tutorial covers creating a primary map based on one main content type and also adds an additional layer for a user's profile. This is a lengthy but thorough tutorial and I'll try to add images or a video at some point soon. The basic premise is this: A content type with two complementary fields pass address data to Openlayers which displays those maps on a Views page.

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