Drupal Training

Jan 10 2013

Surrey Drupal Meetup: Jan. 10, 2013: Optimizing Your Drupal Workflow

Katy will be giving a presentation on Optimizing Your Drupal Workflow including lively group discussion.

This presentation is an overview of best practices and valuable tools to improve workflow for solo devs and small teams.

Are you having problems when trying to build Drupal websites?

  1. You installed a new module and the site broke
  2. Help! A team member overwrote my changes
  3. Client changed his mind (again!) and wants the version from last week
  4. What was I thinking when I did this?
  5. How to save time when cloning Drupal sites
Learn valuable tools and best practices for building Drupal websites more efficiently. Recommended tools include:
  • using command line shortcuts
  • Git version control for documented backups
  • Drush commands for automating Drupal site build/upgrade tasks
  • Using local development environment, staging server to test your sites

I will be posting my notes in a series of blog articles so stay tuned.

Please RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/surrey-drupal/events/96450112/
Nov 8 2012

Drupal Mobile Theme Links and Information

From Aimee and Michael of Mobix Creative
There are few free, ‘only mobile’ themes for Drupal and I have selected the actively maintained ones. The others do not have Drupal 7  (dev or released) version or no recent updates…
Theme name: Mobile (Actively Maintained) (for Drupal 7 as well)
Mobile is designed as a mobile-only HTML5 theme with a focus on clean, readable, usable display of content and accessibility of functions. You can use the base theme, use one of the included child themes, or make your own child theme.
Nov 8 2012

Designing Responsive Mobile-friendly Business Websites

Millions of smartphone users are searching the web with their mobile phones looking for your services. You need a mobile-friendly website to capture their attention and convert them from visitors into buyers. Many of you have business websites that look great on your desktop and laptop. How will you convert your large scale website with large amounts of information to work on the small screens found on mobile phones and tablets?

Like many companies, SeascapeWebDesign.com is working to build a solution that works well on both large and small screens. There are several options available. You can build a separate mobile-only website to attract mobile web users. Or you can build a responsive website that responds to the size of your mobile device and automatically resizes so that it looks good on both the small and large screens.

Katy of SeascapeWebDesign.com found some challenges involved in redesigning a large screen website to work on a small screen. Here are some of them:

1.    How to downsize large banners found in the homepage slideshow to work on smartphones?
2.    I have portfolio slideshow built with Lightbox with large screenshots and blurbs. How do I get this to look good on a small smartphone?
3.    What about background images?
4.    How to optimize navigation and content for mobile devices

Nov 5 2012

Surrey Drupal Meetup Update: Designing Mobile-friendly Websites

This is a reminder that you are invited to join the Surrey Drupal Meetup on Nov. 8th, 2012 at 6:30pm at ABC Restaurant, 15373 Fraser Hwy, Surrey, BC Canada

We are excited to have Aimee Chung of Mobix Creative (mobix.ca) to speak on Designing and Building Mobile-Friendly Websites. Learn about best practices and principles of mobile website development. Understand the market for smartphone/tablet development and which ones to best focus on. Be aware of the different types of external factors that affect the user interface design decisions that you make. Look at different tools for emulating mobile websites, validating, and testing. Get some useful tips for building mobile-friendly websites for Drupal. We’ll also discuss about how best to develop a mobile site, whether standalone or an all-in-one responsive site. Katy will be giving a short demo on Using Adaptive Theme to Build Responsive Drupal Website.

Please RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/surrey-drupal/events/85032732/

Oct 18 2012

Great Presentations Planned for PNW Drupal Summit, Seattle WA

Pacific Northwest Drupal Summit, Oct. 20-12, 2012 in Seattle, WAThe Pacific Northwest Drupal Summit is happening this weekend in Seattle, Oct. 20-21. Over 250 Drupal enthusiasts have signed up for the premier event for Drupal training and socializing. Some great sessions are planned including these from local BC Drupal Developers:
1. Responsive Web Design – Karen Smallwood of NorthStudio.com, Victoria, BC
Learn the basics of responsive web design. Everything from the initial intake meeting and questions to ask, to the information architecture and design needs to be tackled with a view to "mobile first.  We will demo how to set up and configure your own Omega sub theme with tips and tricks to help you along your way. Finally before diving into questions we will show you a variety of responsive website examples (built in Drupal of course). Follow the #drupalrwd hash tag to keep up to date with the latest news on Responsive Web Design for Drupal.
Sep 6 2012

Surrey Drupal Meetup: Using Drupal Commerce to Build Online Stores

How to build online stores with Drupal CommerceJoin us on Sept. 13th at 6:30pm where Sheila Mullins and Francis Pilon from The Jibe (thejibe.com) will provide an excellent introduction to Drupal Commerce. Drupal Commerce is the next generation ecommerce suite for Drupal. Based on experience learned from the team who built Ubercart, Drupal Commerce combines ease of use and flexibility.

The presentation will cover the various components of Commerce Kickstart, an install profile that helps you get started in minutes. This presentation targets site builders who have some experience with Drupal, but everyone is welcome!

May 10 2012

Surrey Drupal Meetup: How to Build an Intranet with Drupal 7

Join us for our next meetup on May 10th at 7pm at the ABC Restaurant at 15373 Fraser Hwy. The doors are open at 6pm if you would like to arrive early, that's OK. Katy of SeascapeWebDesign.com will be presenting on How to Build an Intranet with Drupal 7. Katy recently built a documentation library for a company intranet. Come prepared to share your ideas and experiences on how to build an Intranet with Drupal.

May 10 2012

Menus get duplicated in Admin Menu for Drupal 7

Problem: Menus are showing up duplicated in Admin Menu

#25 hermes_costell commented on August 25, 2009 at 11:08pm

I had most menu items either as triples or higher, and the whole admin system was going berzerk. I'm not yet sure if the issue is resolved yet... but steps I took:
Nov 9 2011

Surrey Drupal Meetup: Nov. 10th: Building Responsive Website with Drupal

We are looking forward to our meetup this week on Nov. 10th at 6:30 pm. Trent Stromkins of ImageXmedia.com will be presenting on Tips for Building a Responsive Website with Drupal. Examples include GetLaunchKit.com built with the Omega theme. Come at 6:30 pm to chat with others and the presentation starts at 7pm. You are welcome to order food and drinks, but it’s optional. A 15% gratuity is added to each bill since the ABC Restaurant does not charge us a fee to rent the meeting room. Wifi is not reliable so bring your Smart phone and tether your laptop to your phone if you must have Wifi :-)
Sep 30 2011

The Schedule of Events is Posted - PNW Drupal Summit update

Only 3 weeks to go until the premiere event of the Pacific NorthWest Drupal Commnunity. The PNW Drupal Summit occurs Oct. 15 and 16 in Portland, Oregon and is proud to present many great speakers including 2 excellent keynotes.

On Oct. 15, Bibiana McHugh will officially announce the release of the Open Trip Planner (OTP) for the Portland metro area.  OTP is an open source, multi-modal trip planner that was developed in conjunction with TriMet, Open Plans, and several revolutionary developers.