Drupal 6 & Drupal 7 – or why I used Drupal 6…

Ancient history or what happened last year:

When I started with Drupal the current version was 6 (that was still in December…) While learning my way around D6 I read about D7 and I totally missed the release of it in January this year.

Of cause I was nearly done with my first website and couldn’t switch to D7 for the next website, because that would have meant I would have to switch the first one too (the task was to build 3 websites in one system even if I installed Drupal three times).

My main problem then: Modules

I know many developers pledged to get a functional module for D7 by the release day of D7. But most modules were still development builds then.

Well my trust in development builds of modules was never great, because they are mainly build for testing and at the time Drupal 7 was released I needed stable things to work with. And some modules I needed had no Drupal 7 port at all.

Of cause I tried to install D7 on my local testing server but I failed and didn’t have the time to go looking for the reason why. Hopefully I find the time to try it out soon. *exited about it*

What happened after or what happens right now:

I know now that there were some modules missing from my test server. And I am really glad I didn’t switch to D7 the company servers were so restrictive I had problems getting D6 up and running – security is all great but I would have had to change so many things to make it work properly their other projects on the server would just shut down… no fun at all. It took me 2 days for one site fortunately the second site was easier after that (the first site was on another server (which worked great by the way – and I thought that went bad…)

Now enough complaining on my part.

I admit for testing Drupal 7 locally again I didn’t try to install it manually but got myself the Acquia Drupal installer who comes with server and everything. It was really easy to install (and it looks pretty good). *grin*

Now D7 runs smoothly. It looks good from the start but of cause I have some problems going around and finding things I knew from D6.

My main problem now: Modules (see a pattern?)

I know that many module developer are doing it for fun (and for free).

You guys are great by the way.

But many modules are still in the early stages – alpha and beta or still only development builds. I know some already work well in their stages of development and I am sure there are modules already up and running (I haven’t seen any as of yet – not that it means much I just started with D7 after all).

It is still discouraging if you search for a functionality and only get solutions for D6, solutions being code or modules.

And I know how to code some functionality off the top of my head. And I will need my coding skills for sure for my next project if it turns out that we will use Drupal for it. (No switching back to D6 if I can  help it – upgrading doesn’t sound to easy from what I read…)

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Skipping entries in Views

I needed to create a list of all stories starting with the 5th entry.

When editing a View: Under Items to display you can enter the number of entries to skip – no problem.

Problem was it didn’t work…

Solution: Turns out you can’t display unlimited entries and define an offset (to skip the first entries). You need to set a really high number for your limit (e.g. 9999999) and viola offset works.

I read somewhere at drupal.org it was a problem with a database function used…for Views 1…

File troubles – sudendly deleted files

Problem: During installation of modules some files were deleted O.O – I had to set the files to not writeable to save them from harm.

I was totally clueless as to why my files were deleted (actually I still am…)

But I found a solution *yay me*

My folder was named wrong. Sadly I don’t know what it was called any more. *not so yay me*

Semi-Solutions:

Rename the folder.

If that doesn’t help:

Set files to read only.

Drupal and WordPress? Why?

Why use WordPress to talk about Drupal?

Well I like to work on web projects. But you can’t really talk about a system if you don’t have any experience using it. And I am curious by nature and like to try things 😉

So when I first read about the possibility to use WordPress for free I started to think about what I could do. And what to talk about (my other blog is more or less a total failure since I didn’t have a plan about…it was a learning experience at least).

The pages about using WordPress and how to start were quite interesting for me (especially the part about getting focused). Now I didn’t do all this stuff but I did some off it before starting here but I think the main goal of these pages is to get the people thinking about it not to really do these exercises as written down there.

I was already using Drupal and realized there were some things I would have liked to read when I started working with it. So I made a list of topics I could and would like to say something about.

So the next posts are already planned and now I just have to write the posts and produce new ideas while doing so… that’s the real challenge for me…