Replace Google Reader with Drupal

While there is still much wailing and gnashing of teeth over the closing of Google Reader (in my house anyway ;), The basic functionality of ANY RSS reader is pretty straightforward: it should enable you to subscribe to RSS feeds, categorize them in a useful way, and browse the results. While GR has a ton of other nifty features that we won’t touch on here, you can get these basic RSS reader features on your own site in 10 minutes or less.

First time employed in 12 years

As a freelance developer, I am always browsing craigslist and forums looking for new projects. Sometimes, people advertise a job that ends up being a contract gig. A month or two ago I contacted a company about a possible position… and it resulted me being offered and actually accepting a salaried job for the first time in 12 years.

Drupal 7 "glue" module for branding & custom code

This module is the default “glue” module (D7) that Real Tidings uses to create custom drupal websites. We install a modified version of this module on our client websites, and then have an easy and convenient place to drop any custom code or hooks. Instead of pasting the code here or attaching the module as a ZIP, I have create a Github repo for it:
https://github.com/rlnorthcutt/rt or download it here

Better Drupal Admin Theme - RT Admin

The default admin theme Seven is really great… clean, direct and simple. However, I do find it a bit bland. I mean, yeah… its supposed to be sort of “boring” because its just a clean admin theme. But the light grey header really washes out the page. I’ve made a few tweaks to the theme over time in order to make it a bit “better” (imho).

Drupal 7 Tags block

Drupal 7 comes with a “Tags” taxonomy by default (if you do the regular install). This views export will create a block that lists the “Tags” with the number of content instances for each one. You can see it in action right here =>

Drupal Devel - dpm() bork... and the No Devel module.

I got a message from a client that some admin portions of their site were failing to come up. This is a Drupal 7 multi-site install, with a pseudo-sandbox for playing/testing (different database but same codebase). This client was in China, so his daytime is literally my night! He spent several hours trying to figure out the problem… and it was such a little thing.

BufferApp - Time released social updates

One of the problems with sharing links and “stuff” via social networks is that it all gets clumped together. If I sit down to go through my RSS reader, I may end up with 3 or 4 links I want to share. By sharing them all now, I not only spam my friends, I also reduce the chances of them even seeing the good stuff I am sharing if they happen to come on later.

Drupal 7 file attachments

Setting up file attachments in D6 for content types required a core module to be activated. You could sill add a CCK field for files or images or whatever, but the default attachment system (“Upload” module) was the place to go and often one of the easiest.

Drupal Multisite Subdomains - setting up dev and staging servers

Description:
This video shows how to add dev and staging subdomains (in Cpanel), and set up multisite code sharing in Drupal. Each of the sites uses a different database, but they are all sharing the same codebase (files) on the server. You can use the same steps to set up any multisite functionality you like.