Lots of cool things coming up: a new big responsive project just about complete, still lots of project work for the comic strips.
So you fancy yourself a bad ass web developer? You’ve got WAMP (or LAMP or XXAMP, or whatever flavor of local Apache your OS supports) running like a CHAMP. (See what I did there?) You have a solid little site built with the infinitely configurable Drupal 7. And you are ready to thrust your pixel and information bending prowess into the world’s face.
But the ‘Backup and Migrate’ Module is messing you about. You feel like you are following the directions to a ‘T’ but when you attempt to load your newly moved site, you keep getting some ugly PHP error. Your thoughts turn to violence. You even consider trying to recreate your site step by step on the production server.
Friends, I was there too.
But I found a way.
1 year ago I was working in a crappy restaurant in Times Square. I was waking up at 4:30 every morning to serve breakfast to European tourists who may or may not have been aware of the American custom of tipping. If it sounds like hell, you are not far off. But after a failed experiment in Real Estate sales, steady money was a welcome presence in my life.
Rewinding a bit further, to when I was in college: My girlfriend called me out for adopting a pained expression whenever anyone complimented me. I insisted that this was intentional, that I wanted to keep my ego tamed. That I had allowed it to rule my thoughts and actions in the past. That I didn’t approve of the person I was then. She thought this was bullshit. That ego was a key element in any self-actualizing human. That I was doing more harm to myself than good.
Over time I came to understand that she was right.
Spent all weekend up to my elbows in Drupal. I am working on a new extension to rabbitmovers.com and a redesign of my friend’s band site.
I am using Drupal because of its flexibility: mainly the ability to create custom user roles and content types. This means the end-user (the client) only has access to the content they need to create, change, or delete. They won’t get lost in layer after layer of admin menus. They won’t accidentally change a setting rendering the site unreadable.
But hell on wheels to learn.
This should be the first highlighted, double underlined bullet point in every intro to computer science class.
It should be one of the first things taught when you put any bit of memory-storing tech in anyone’s hands.
1 back up is ok. 2 is a lot better. 3 is more along the lines of total security.
Case in point: I was trying to update my phone from Android 2.2 to 2.3. My phone is rooted (read: jailbroken if you are fluent in iSpeak), so updates via traditional means (the easy way) are out of the question.
Back when I was still fairly new to web design, I made the critical error of ignoring the big CMS’s for the first couple years of practicing. I did not appreciate how complicated editing the CSS was. I refused to learn php (or hooks or any other proprietary coding). And as such, I turned more than one lucrative project down. A couple years further down the road (and a bit wiser), I have some big ideas for my friends at the moving company. Big as in can only be practically handled by a CMS.
Being a bit dissatisfied with my WordPress experience, I am turning to Drupal, and have already fallen in love with a few of its features. Continue reading
I have been struggling with Drupal for a few weeks now.
I am working on some new functionality for my friends at the moving company, and I know its possible to achieve desired results with WordPress. But it requires a lot more PHP-ing than I want (read: am able) to do. And WP’s back end can be daunting to non techies. I have been looking for an excuse to crack Drupal open, because everything I have read suggests that it is immeasurably more configurable.
And it absolutely is.
The installation process is even simpler than WP [which I did not think was possible]- add a database, upload the Drupal core, fill out a simple form and presto.
But once it was installed, I was a bit lost.
I had high hopes, but low expectations.
My hopes were high because Tarsem Singh is easily one of the most gifted directors, visually speaking, working today. And after ‘The Fall’, he showed that he was a masterful storyteller as well.
But as soon as the marketing folks started touting ‘From the producers of ‘300’, I got nervous. Continue reading
In part one I looked at two very obvious traits in ‘Troll’ reviews: fabricated negative scores and experiences to hram a competitor’s reputation.
In part two, I will talk about other things to consider before putting too much weight in someone’s e-pinions. Continue reading