There may be better ways to do this, but suppose you want to get Aegir to provision a lot of sites, maybe from a list you've got in CSV file, then you can now use Feeds!
The Aegir feeds module exposes the key details to feeds, so that it can create site nodes. Whip yourself up a feed importer preset with the source of your choice, create site nodes and map your values to the servers and install profile that you want Aegir to use. Simples.
Views is the king in Drupal land when it comes to making lists of your data, rightly so, it does a wonderful job of making it easy to choose the data you want to list. It also allows you to render your list in various forms, lists, tables. RSS feeds or even jump menus. So if you want to make a list and render it as CSV or XML, then you naturally turn to views, and find that currently you really have two options:
Facebook is rapidly taking over the planet, and Drupal is arguably trying to do the same. Facebook added the concept of 'liking' a webpage to their array of social tools a while ago. Drupal modules quickly added the ability to 'like' content on your site.
This is all well and good, but what about getting some of that data back into Drupal?
Suppose that you have an image gallery, and you want people to be able to rate the images, by 'liking' them using Facebook like. What you'd really like to be able to do then is build a 'top rated' view of those images.
But some pesky SEO types will complain that the site is accessible at two URLs and that you need do a 301 redirect to the canonical URL (http://www.google.co.uk/). What you want to do is remove the trailing slashes using mod rewrite.
If you really need to do this, then you can just pop the following in the .htaccess file that Drupal provides:
The tutorial mentions a possible real life use of implementing HTTP basic authentication on a site. Well, in an effort to understand Aegir more, I've coded it up, and you can now really easily specify HTTP basic authentication credentials for any site managed in Aegir. This is really useful for staging sites that you need to give clients access to, but don't want the entire world seeing.
ComputerMinds are proud to announce an exclusive shirt sponsorship deal with the BMF Bastardos "elite" touch rugby team. Playing in the Bristol touch league the Bastardos had a successful first season picking up the coveted wooden spoon ... luckily there is no proven correlation between touch rugby skills and Drupal development
If you're using Panels to display dynamic content, you might want to dynamically check whether to display the panes based on what will be shown. For example, if there is no content to show in a certain pane, you probably don't want the pane to show at all.
You may especially want to do this if your theme will do anything ugly, or just unnecessarily conspicuous, with any HTML that is wrapping empty content.
We are all settled in to our new offices on the triangle and are loving the new office - we just can't wait for the summertime so we can enjoy our courtyard (wi-fi has been tested and confirmed working - just need to figure out some kind of sun visor for the screens).
Our new address is
Lower Ground Floor,
20 Meridian Place,
Phone numbers etc remain the same (quite how BT managed this without getting something wrong we will never know!).