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News from Planet Drupal - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 16:54

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I love this community. If you do too, throw up a video introducing yourself to the Drupal community. Maybe say why you are involved and why you care so much about it. At the end of my video I challenge others to donate to causes that make the world a better place, open source or otherwise. The organization I am donating to today is http://ourrescue.org/

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Acquia Developer Center Blog: Achieve & Acquia Spark Conversation around Machine Learning and Healthcare

News from Planet Drupal - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 16:12

For more than ten years, Achieve, an Acquia partner, has been bringing innovative portal solutions to healthcare providers with a user-centered focus. They make the most complex web development projects possible for companies like Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Universal Music Group, Dexcom, The Recording Academy, and Scripps Translational Science Institute.

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drunken monkey: Search API in Drupal 8 is about to be stable!

News from Planet Drupal - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 11:09

TL; DR: After more than three years of development (and several blog posts), the Drupal 8 port of the Search API module is finally getting a stable release! The current Beta 5 release will be the last Beta, and there should be a release candidate and the final, stable release within the next two weeks. So, test it now, if you haven't already, to help eliminate any remaining (major) bugs!

The current status in detail

Last Saturday, April 1, I committed the fix for issue #2682369: Fix problems with overridden config entities, the last (and incredibly complicated – dedicated blog post upcoming) release blocker[1] for the stable release. The day after, I created the final Beta 5 release to give everyone still a few more days for testing.

Unless testing of this new Beta release discovers a serious enough problem, the first release candidate (RC) will be released on the coming weekend, April 8 or 9. Finally, if that doesn't uncover any major problems, the first stable release, Search API 8.x-1.0, will follow the weekend after that, on April 15 or 16. And then: rejoicing, parties and a little shield icon, to make everyone feel better.

To be clear, though, the Search API has been pretty usable for a long time (at least a year, I guess – possibly more, depending on your requirements), and we didn't have any major bugs or problems (unless you used config overrides) for some time now. The release blockers were mostly due to desired framework changes which would have been more difficult to do after a stable release, especially with other modules with stable releases already building on it. There were also several usability problems classified as release blockers, which was probably a mistake in hindsight. Having a clearer UI is nice, and helps avoid floods of bug reports due to confused users – but it shouldn't delay a stable release, and possibly dissuade site builders from using a basically working module. It also shouldn't prevent us from getting Security Team coverage, of course.

One plea regarding testing this last Beta: In case you are using config overrides for search indexes or servers in your site's setup or development workflow, it would be very helpful if you could verify that this last release fixes all associated problems you might have had – indexing/deleting using the wrong server (settings), overridden values being written back to the database, etc. This was a recent and pretty complex fix, so it would be great to feel more confident about that.

Also perhaps note-worthy: I've used the last few days of Dev Days Seville in March to finally update the module's documentation to Drupal 8. While it's still not quite finished, especially the documentation for developers, it should already provide a pretty good guide to the module's functionality and should help to answer most questions for first-time (or even advanced) users.

What's new

Compared to Drupal 7, the Search API in Drupal 8 is a massive step forwards – we didn't just spend those three years twiddling our thumbs, after all! Here's a run-down of the most important improvements we made:

Indexes can contain more than one type of item/entity

This might have been the single largest restriction in the Drupal 7 Search API: indexes could only be created for a single entity type (or custom item type). If you wanted a site search across entity types, you had to either use the Multi-Index Searches modules or, since August 2015, use the "Multiple types" item type, essentially a workaround-type backport of the D8 functionality.

In Drupal 8, however, creating an index for multiple item types (now called "datasources") is baked right into the framework, all parts of the Search API will support this natively. Furthermore, changing or re-configuring (think: changing the content types of nodes indexed) datasources is also supported right by the framework, and all such changes will be handled without any need to manually correct tracking data, or clear the index, etc.

Overhaul of the "Fields" tab and functionality

Also a continuing source of frustration, even if mostly just a usability annoyance, the "Fields" tab has seen a major revamp. Instead of seeing all available properties right on one page (killing the web server in some cases, for particularly large sites) and enabling the ones you want, we've transitioned to a UI inspired by Views: we only list the fields that are currently indexed and use a second page/dialog for discovery of available properties and adding the ones desired. This is also a lot more convenient than the old "Add related fields" box for indexing fields of related entities or data structures.

Furthermore, it's now possible to add the same property more than once, eliminating the need to use the "Aggregated fields" work-around of creating duplicates of a field. You can also freely change the human-readable name and the machine name of a field, and some processor-generated fields (like "Rendered HTML output") even allow per-field configuration (so you could have two "Rendered HTML output" fields, with each using different view modes, for different purposes). Also, like Views, changes made to the fields (but only to them) won't be effective immediately, but need to be explicitly saved afterwards. This avoids triggering a reindex numerous times when changing fields.

Improved language/translation support

Language support has also been vastly improved. While multilingual Drupal 7 sites needed the Search API Entity Translations contrib modules (at least when using the "entity translation" system, not "content translation") for getting proper translation support, which then didn't work natively with some other contrib modules, support for Drupal 8's new translation system is included right in the Search API itself. Automatically, all entities will be indexed once for every one of their translations, and each entity-based search item is identified not only by entity ID, but also by its translation language. Furthermore, additional internal improvements also make it easier for other modules (e.g., Search API Solr Multilingual) to add additional language-specific functionality.

Processors are more powerful than ever

This item is something that's probably only apparent as a developer, but processors have become a lot more powerful, being able to influence a lot of different areas of the search system. For non-developers, the most notable change is probably that the previous distinction between "processors" and "data alterations" has been removed – but not only have processors gained all the functionality previously held by data alterations, several other functions have been added, too.

For site builders, though, the main benefit here (in addition to more useful processors potentially becoming available) is a cleaner, less confusing user interface.

Objects everywhere!
Also not really anything that non-developers will notice, but internally the Search API has fully embraced Drupal 8's move to object-oriented programming (OOP). While its Drupal 7 version was already among the most OOP-using modules available (I'm pretty sure), this gained even more momentum in this new version. Not only did we, of course, make use of all the new OOP-based APIs in Core, like entities, plugins, services, etc. – we also converted a lot of the internal data structures (which, like Core, often used "magic" array structures in Drupal 7) to properly classed objects (e.g., indexed items, search results, fields) and moved most helper functions to methods on service classes.
Great test coverage
The last item, which no-one ever gets really excited about, but is actually also a huge step forward, is that we have improved test coverage throughout the module tremendously – aided a lot, of course, by the corresponding improvements in Drupal Core and on drupal.org. This (hopefully) means a lot less bugs that go undiscovered, a lot less regressions when introducing new features, simpler, more confident refactoring of old code and consequently less technical debt.
Other projects

Search API has always relied on additional contrib modules to provide powerful search solutions – with just the Search API module, you wouldn't get far. So, what is the current status of related projects in Drupal 8?

  • First off, the Database Search module (which provides the "Database" backend for servers) has been moved back into the Search API project itself, so this is already completely stable and very thoroughly tested. So, if you have a smaller site and don't require any advanced functionality (as offered by Solr or Elasticsearch), by just downloading the Search API project you can already set up a pretty good database-based search.
  • The Facets module (replacement for the Drupal 7 Facet API module) is still in Alpha as there are still some API changes and breaks planned. However, its basic functionality is already there and quite extensive, and it's already used on quite a few production sites. So, if you want to add facetting to your search, you should at least give it a try.
  • The Search API Solr module is in a similar position: It's already used on a lot of production sites, but there's still some rough edges (especially regarding support of optional features) and the module is currently considered to be in Beta state. However, the test coverage is quite good, so there shouldn't be any larger bugs lurking under the surface and, if you want to use Solr for your site, you shouldn't hesitate to give it a try. (Just beware that, like all modules with no stable releases, it's currently not covered by the Drupal Security Team, so security issues are a larger risk than usual.)
  • If you want to use Elasticsearch, things look a bit worse. There are (confusingly) several modules in Drupal 7, but only Elasticsearch Connector has a Drupal 8 version yet. And since even the Drupal 7 version is not yet beyond Alpha (and the Drupal 8 version has nothing more than a dev snapshot release), it may take some time until it becomes stable. I haven't evaluated the code or functionality, though, so it might actually already work quite well – if you have information, please leave a comment below!
  • The Pages module has been ported to Drupal 8 (and is currently maintained) by swentel. It, too, is already used on some production sites and has most of its functionality working fine (though some adaptions might be needed for the lasted Search API changes). It's currently in Alpha state.
  • Preliminary ports also exist for both the Autocomplete and the Location module, with at least some functionality already working. The former of those will probably be my next focus, since it was one of the most popular extension modules in Drupal 7 (apart from the mostly-ported ones mentioned above). And the latter is set to be the focus of an upcoming Google Summer of Code project by dbjpanda, so we'll probably have a full-fledged Drupal 8 version of this by the end of August.
  • The Saved Searches module has not been ported yet. I plan to start porting it once the Autocomplete port has been finished and I get the time.
Credits

Once again, I have to state that this release wouldn't have been possible, and the development would have taken even longer, if it weren't for a lot of helping hands who did their part in moving this module port along. Chief among them are Acquia, who sponsored two months of my time a year ago to focus on this port, and Joris Vercammen (borisson_) who was an invaluable help just by discussing ideas and reviewing patches (and being probably the second-best informed regarding the Drupal 8 Search API module). Thanks to both of them, but also to everyone else who contributed – much too many to list them all!

[1] To be accurate, there are still two open but postponed ones, but those are mere clean-up issues that will be committed right before RC creation.

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Need a Wordpress, PHP and SEO guru - Upwork

WordPress Work From UpWork - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 10:53
Hi there. I'm reasonable handy at Wordpress but I am looking for someone locally based (in Melbourne) that can help me finish my current site I am working on and take it to the next level!

The site I have is fairly complex (running two themes) which makes life interesting and has lots of content dating back about 5 years. It ranks OK but could be a lot better. Its essentially a news site with a directory and events calendar for industry events (plug in).

I'm looking for someone that can help fix some of the complex issues I'm running into with Theme conflicts, suggest ways to improve the customer experience, improve the SEO and help with integrations like Mailchimp, RSS feeds etc. I'm now running the Newspaper theme by Divtag as the Child Theme and a Website Directory theme as the main.

Please note that this is not your regular basic Wordpress and requires advanced skills!

Initially I'd like to be sitting together so I can learn myself and we can easily try things, point them out etc and then depending on how things go I will get you to continue working on the site to either finish agreed projects and or in an ongoing support capacity as needed. So there is potential for more work beyond this initial engagement.

Please note that I work at all hours and I am looking for someone that is readily available, flexible, is a good communicator and has some availability especially in the next few days. I'm based near Chadstone Shopping centre and ideally we can spend at least 3 to 4 hours together ASAP and then go from there.

Apologies if you are not Melbourne based, perhaps we might get together on another project but for this one in particular you need to physically here.

Thanks, Justin


Posted On: April 05, 2017 18:11 UTC
Category: Web, Mobile & Software Dev > Web Development
Skills: MailChimp, PHP, SEO Audit, SEO Backlinking, Web Design, Website Development, WordPress
Country: Australia
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Categories: WordPress Maintenance

MailPoet WordPress Plugin - Multilanguage Customisation - Upwork

WordPress Work From UpWork - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 10:43
Create multilanguage extension for MailPoet WordPress Premium version for the site www.hiig.de in order to allow:
1. the creation of two seperate newsletter sign up forms (EN / DE)
2. Have two seperate "Edit your subscription" pages showing form fields from EN and DE form respectively
3. Have the ability to directly edit the content of the "Edit your subscription" page in order to show only specific fields from the forms and not automatically all.
4. Send registration Emails in EN or DE depending on language this was filled out in.
5. Display a confirmation page for sign up on basis of language email was sent to user in

1-3 are must haves. 4&5 are nice to have elements.

The site currently uses WPML in order to show english and german language pages but the MailPoet plugin does not currently support multilanguage setups.


Posted On: April 05, 2017 18:11 UTC
Category: Web, Mobile & Software Dev > Web Development
Skills: WordPress
Country: Germany
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Agiledrop.com Blog: AGILEDROP: Drupal Blogs from March

News from Planet Drupal - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 10:27
Our blog activities were very frequent in March. We have written many blog posts for you and now it's time to look at them, in case you have missed any. We started last month with Drupal Logos as Fruits and Vegetables. It was the second part of our »Druplicon marathon«, where we have analysed how Druplicons can be designed as fruits and vegetables. We have immediately received the missing ones in the field of Humans and Superhumans and a Buckeye tree fruit, which was mixed with a hedgehog. Without a hedgehog, our Drupal Logos in the shapes of Animals, were impoverished. Nevertheless, we… READ MORE
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agoradesign: Why running \Drupal::entityDefinitionUpdateManager()->applyUpdates() in update hooks is bad

News from Planet Drupal - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 09:45
In this blog post I explain why running \Drupal::entityDefinitionUpdateManager()->applyUpdates() in update hooks is very bad. I've already seen this a few times now, and today it was one of times it caused a problem during updating a site.
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KatteKrab: Making Views in Drupal 7 and Drupal 8

News from Planet Drupal - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 01:45
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 11:45

This talk was written for DrupalGov Canberra 2017.

Download a PDF of the slides.

Or view below on slideshare.

 

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Need help in setting up a new wordpress site - Upwork

WordPress Work From UpWork - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 00:59
I need someone to set up all the layout / site structure and custom requirements for a WP site. This may involve some design work but that is not the focus. I will add all the main content. The theme to be used is Decibel

Ideally the majority of this will job will happen over a Skype session.


Posted On: April 05, 2017 07:41 UTC
Category: Web, Mobile & Software Dev > Web Development
Skills: English, Web Design, Website Development, WordPress
Country: Australia
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Search engine optimisation - Upwork

WordPress Work From UpWork - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 23:55
I have created a new small business website.

I need help with the following:
- on page SEO
- SEO transition from old to new website
- guide with future

The website is more complicated than simple wordpress site. It has a complicated application backend. It has dynamic front end content pages.

I would prefer someone with understanding of HTML and ruby programming languages. The application is built using ruby on rails.


Posted On: April 05, 2017 07:41 UTC
Category: Sales & Marketing > SEO - Search Engine Optimization
Skills: Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Country: Australia
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Thrive Themes Expert Needed - Upwork

WordPress Work From UpWork - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 22:04
Looking build new site with membership component on the RISE theme by Thrive Themes.
Heavy focus on blog content with membership integration with ActiveCampaign and ActiveMember 360. Also possibly Learn Dash.

***You must provide previous examples of work done on the Thrive Theme platform suite for consideration in this project.


Posted On: April 05, 2017 07:41 UTC
Category: Web, Mobile & Software Dev > Web & Mobile Design
Skills: Adobe Photoshop, Web Design, WordPress, Wordpress Thrive Themes
Country: United States
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OSTraining: The Bigger Picture Surrounding the Drupal Controversy

News from Planet Drupal - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 21:18

This has not been a fun couple of weeks in the Drupal community.

If you've missed the events, you can catch up with this list of links. There's dozens of articles in that list, plus hundreds more articles, tweets and Reddit posts.

You don't need any more opinion on what happened.

Instead, I'd like to try and put this controversy into the broader flow of events.

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Short HTML/CSS Developer Task - Full Complete Detailed Specs Provided. - Upwork

WordPress Work From UpWork - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 21:16
We have the need for a landing page created (html/css) on a site where we have a sample site (attempting to re-create the same page/layout from another CMS/website).

The site is a wordpress website, where we need custom html/css for a specific 'page' to be built, and that page is to copy the same look/feel responsiveness of a page on www.hyundaicanada.com, no design required, simply the required HTML/CSS coding to be placed on the Wordpress website to copy an existing page from www.hyundaicanada.com.

The page to copy is :   https://www.hyundaicanada.com/en/special-offers      The menus and selectors are not required, only content of the page (the offer information).

This will be placed on a Wordpress "page" and display as it does from Hyundai Canada.


Posted On: April 05, 2017 07:41 UTC
Category: Web, Mobile & Software Dev > Web Development
Skills: CSS3, HTML, WordPress
Country: Canada
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Categories: WordPress Maintenance