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  • Drupal vs WordPress: Which one is right for you?

    by Lauren Bacon November, 9 2009 Comments

    Here at Raised Eyebrow, while we have experimented with dozens of Content Management Systems (CMS's), these days we mostly build websites using either Drupal or WordPress.

    Why these two CMS's, of the thousands of content management systems available? Both CMS's share several key qualities:

  • Drupal at Whitehouse.gov

    by Emira Mears October, 30 2009 Comments

    There's a great piece on the Drupal and the current White House website in today's New York Times. Worth a read for Drupal users/fans or Open Source keeners.

  • Contribute to the Community? Yes You Can!

    by Colin Calnan October, 22 2009 Comments

    I'd been a little skeptical about the idea that anyone can contribute to the Open Source community by giving a little help now and again. This skepticism came from the flaming given for asking 'newbie' questions, asking a question in the wrong room or from suffering the raging ego of a well seasoned and highly adored contributor. Today however, I feel much more positive about my ability to give back to Drupal and the Open Source community, and it all came from a simple (or maybe not so simple) thank you. Here's the story:

    Yesterday afternoon, while tearing my hair out over some tricky views problem that I could not find a solution to, I logged in to IRC, which I don't usually do, to see if I could get some help.

  • The Big Reveal: Recent Launches at Raised Eyebrow

    by Lauren Bacon October, 6 2009 Comments

    The past few weeks have been quiet here on our blog, and as often happens, that silence has been an indicator of just how busy things have been here at Raised Eyebrow headquarters. We've been putting the final touches on some exciting new websites that we're very proud to share with the world. Two major redesigns have just launched - one for a wonderful nonprofit group here in British Columbia and the other for a foundation that's changing the face of lung cancer research across the United States.

  • Drupal Six Raised Eyebrow Online Help Manual Really Helps!

    by Anna Geeroms July, 24 2009 Comments

    As of Tuesday, with each new Drupal 6 website we build, we will be providing access to an online manual. Like our paper manual, the online manual describes the basic functions of Drupal in easy to understand language and has customized client-specific content. But the new format also has many new benefits.

    Book Module

    The online manual uses the Drupal book module, which is a great because the book module lends to organizing things… like a book. The book module automatically creates a listing of the child entries, like a table of contents. You can order the child pages in any way you choose. I also like the book module because is has a printer-friendly version of each page. It does a really nice job of stripping out the unnecessary stuff and optimizing the content for printing, so you don’t get pages broken in half or extra white pages when you print.

    Information in a New Dimension

  • Generic caching function for Drupal 6

    by Christopher Torgalson June, 24 2009 Comments

    One of the pieces of the Drupal performance puzzle is caching. After weeding out a couple of very demanding sql queries in a busy Drupal site, we decided to make more use of Drupal's caching mechanisms to cut down some of the database load.

    Back in 2007, Lullabot's Jeff Eaton wrote a blog post about caching including a sample implementation for a caching function. This function was almost exactly what we wanted, but we wanted something more generic—a function that we could use in multiple places in the same module or template.php file without modification.

  • Strange permissions on Coda file uploads

    by Colin Calnan June, 24 2009 Comments

    I've been working with Coda now for a few weeks and it's been going pretty smoothly. There are a few bugs in the software, or they may even be feature requests :) When creating a file locally and subsequently uploading it to the server the file permissions are set to 700. This was causing all sorts of weirdness on a Drupal site that I'm currently theming. This is definitely a bug, however it's pretty easy to overcome. In "Preferences -> Transfers" there is an option to "Set permissions on upload". Set this to 644. This is the recommended permission for files in your theme folder in Drupal. You should now have no more problems when uploading files. If you've already uploaded files, it's pretty easy to change via the command line using the chmod command:

  • Theming multiple value CCK fields in Views

    by Colin Calnan June, 22 2009 Comments

    I'm working on a site right now that has a Publications content type, which in turn has a multiple value CCK text field for Author. If more than one author was input I needed them to display as a comma separated list in a view. How do you go about modifying this? My first stop was the theming info link in Views, and that helped me narrow it down to a template file to use, views-view-field.tpl.php(). But that file didn't allow me to modify the individual fields without getting a whole load of other HTML in the bargain.

  • Duplicate results in Webform module Analysis display

    by Colin Calnan June, 9 2009 Comments

    I came across a problem with the Webform module recently that seemed initially puzzling but on closer examination was actually quite simple.

    The Problem

    When viewing the webform results in the analysis page it appeared that there were duplicate values for some fields:

    webform-analysis-duplicates

    The Cause

    TinyMCE. It seems that the webform and it's components may have been created when TinyMCE was disabled and then edited at a later date when it was enabled. The visibility settings for TinyMCE were as follows:

    node/*
     
    user/*
     
    comment/*
     
    admin/build/block/*
    
  • Drupal Coda Book

    by Colin Calnan June, 4 2009 Comments

    I'd been itching to try out Coda as my development tool, and their recent 3 day sale meant I got a copy for $45. It's pretty good so far, I have a couple of issues with it that I'll cover in a later post. One really nice thing about it is the Books feature. This allows you to add reference material to your Coda development environment and search it without having to go to a browser. I'm always needing the Drupal API, well I actually use this one http://drupalcontrib.org/, which is a brilliant Core and Contrib API, perfect for those tricky Views or Webform moments. Setting up a book is really easy, and here is a screen shot of the settings for a book for Drupal 5 and Drupal 6.

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