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Drupal misadventures configuring Private Message + Views + DBTNG

I'm working with the Private Message module and applied a patch for Views integration from dawehner (yay!). The patch works pretty well so I was able to create an admin dashboard that shows private messages and lets you filter the messages by subject text, body text, has been read, etc.

Updating Drupal site code via the command line

Here are steps I use to update Drupal site code to the latest core and contrib module versions. This can be done via the command line using drush.

Doing 'drush up' (all by itself) is popular to update the site code but I don't use it. I suppose if you have a *very* simple site with very few modules that are all using pretty recent stable releases, then it is fine. But, I almost never deal with sites like that (except for simple test sites).

Switching from Linux for main OS on Drupal development laptop

I have used Linux as my main OS on my laptop for the last ~5 years. At the time I got the laptop, using VMs didn't seem like a viable option (though maybe it really was). I used Windows XP + Cygwin prior to that and that was okay. I have never had a Mac and don't own any Apple products (shocking, I know).

I got a Toshiba laptop about a month ago (and a Dell prior to that that was returned). The current issue right now with running Linux as the main OS for the new laptops is that the touchpad drivers are HORRIBLE... really, really horrible...


Increase Drupal Admin Menu font size in different ways

I love the Drupal Admin Menu module (in fact, I almost can't live without it!), but I guess I'm getting old because I find the microscopic font hard to read ;) Others have this problem as well, but it hasn't been made configurable yet, so here are your options:

0. Use the Admin Menu Toolbar

How to setup a Drupal LAMP development environment on Linux (Ubuntu)

Here are my notes for setting up a brand new Linux/Ubuntu server for Drupal development. If you are cool with the command line, then you might find this handy.

1. Install Apache/MySQL/PHP via tasksel


> sudo apt-get update
> sudo apt-get install tasksel
> sudo tasksel install lamp-server

You will be asked to provide a mysql root password.

Drupal application architecture that doesn't make you bleed

It's a Drupal site... it's good if you actually know Drupal

I'm working on a Drupal 7 project right now where the site was built by another company. This isn't the first time I've “inherited” a project, and I'm sure it won't be the last. Before this project, my other experiences with taking over existing Drupal sites weren't terrible. Yeah, there were issues with the sites and things could have been better architected but, on the whole, I could jump in and figure out how things were glued together and fix issues or make improvements as needed without too much head-scratching.

Drupal 7 Localization and the Commerce module

This post explains how to configure some Drupal Commerce module package functionality for multiple countries and languages. This information was originally going to be part of my Drupal 7 Multilingual Sites book but I ran out of room!

Drupal... come for the code, stay for the sprint

I'm sitting in the Denver airport killing time before flying back to California. As everyone in Drupal-land knows, we just finished up the very successful DrupalCon Denver conference with over 3000 attendees!


Drupal 7 Multilingual Websites Book Errata

I will keep track of any errata for the Drupal 7 Multilingual Sites book here and/or point off to the Packt errata page(s).

Nothing yet!

Drupal 7 Language Sections module

If you have very simple content translation needs, you might want to check out the Language Sections module.

How to access translation features in Drupal 7

There are different ways to access Drupal translation functionality depending on what is being translated. Here's a quick reference table for the various translation access points.

Drupal 7 Multilingual Sites Extra Topics

I was not able to include everything I wanted into my Drupal 7 Multilingual Sites book due to space limitations, so here is a list of some extra topics, tips, and tricks that didn't make it in:

Drupal 7 Multilingual Websites Book

My new book will be out soon!!!


Drupal 7 Internationalization Issues

Here are some Drupal 7 internationalization issues to track:

Drupal 7 i18n modules

Here are many of the Drupal 7 i18n modules to help you create multilingual websites. Find more modules at the modules search page or at

Drupal 7 i18n docs

Here's a list of some of the more useful i18n-related documentation:

Drupal 7 i18n videos and slides

Here's a list of videos and slide decks for Drupal internationalization / localization talks over the last couple years. Enjoy!

Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative (D8MI) resources

I will update this list regularly to let you know what's going on for the Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative. This initiative is for making big improvements in multilingual support for Drupal 8 including cleaning up inconsistencies and poor designs in the architecture, making localization process more user-friendly, allowing for non-English source strings, and pulling in relevant functionality from contributed modules such as i18n. Please help out!

Drupal 7 i18n articles

Here are some posts related to Drupal 7 internationalization (i18n):

Drupal New Zealand

I haven't made it to New Zealand yet but it's at the top of my "want to visit" list. I have friends in NZ and some are doing Drupal. This is great in case I ever want to take a work sabbatical over there which I would definitely consider!