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How to use Slick Carousel in Drupal

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Need a simple yet a powerful carousel for Drupal with exhaustive sets of options and possibilities? Try the demo for the Slick Carousel here - http://kenwheeler.github.io/slick/

Download Slick Carousel and Related Modules, first is the primary module needed while the last 2 are optional but useful in getting you started, as these provide you built-in demos and sample blocks already:

Slick Carousel - https://www.drupal.org/project/slick
Slick Extras - https://www.drupal.org/project/slick_extras
Slick Views - https://www.drupal.org/project/slick_views

Download the dependent libraries needed for the above:

  • Slick Library plugin - https://github.com/kenwheeler/slick/
    - downloaded should be extracted and main folder renamed to slick so files will be as:
    ../sites/../libraries/slick/slick/slick.css
  • jQuery Easing plugin - http://gsgd.co.uk/sandbox/jquery/easing/
    - downloaded should be extracted and JS file renamed from jquery.easing.1.3.js to jquery.easing.min.js, and be available as: ../sites/../libraries/easing/jquery.easing.min.js

After installation of above, ensure you have these modules and needed permissions enabled, then you can check out the options and settings thru:

  1. Configuration > Media > Slick - ../admin/config/media/slick

    Drupal Slick Carousel module

  2. Structure > Blocks - .../admin/structure/block

    Drupal Slick Carousel module blocks

Try using the sample blocks provided by default making these viewable on certain page, and experiment on settings. From here-on, everything should be straightforward, enjoy!

NOTE: There is another similar module but lighter with minimal slideshow features only, Slick Slideshow - https://www.drupal.org/project/slick_slideshow

 

Drupal breadcrumbs navigation not working, not showing first level menus and basic page items

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For some reason, despite the menu heirarchy, certain basic pages enabled to appear as first level menu items do not seem to appear in the breadcrumbs navigation in one of my Drupal websites.

My settings and content structure:

  • Basic pages are set set and enabled to appear as menu items
  • Views pages also set to appear as Normal Menu entry items
  • Installed Pathauto module, and consistent URL aliases are in place
Issues:
  • Menu items especially the first level items are not displaying consistently as breadcrumb items; some do, some do not
  • Where missing, only the Home ul nav item appears
    Menu-Breadcrumb-Not-Showing

To fix and override issue:

  1. Downloaded and installed Menu Breadcrumb module - https://www.drupal.org/project/menu_breadcrumb 
    This way, you get to ensure the breadcrumb items will follow consistently the menu navigation and heirarchy of menu items of your website.  
  2. In breadcrumbs module (admin/config/user-interface/menu-breadcrumb), made some additional changes to the default settings as preferred
    Menu-Breadcrumb-Settings 

 See also other related breadrumbs modules and comparison list here - https://www.drupal.org/node/533448

 

Drupal 7: How to create and display year only format to used in Views

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By default, the Date module and Drupal's regional date and time settings provides different dates and time formats. However, some basic date formats like displaying the Year only or similar settings are not set by default.

You can create custom formats by following steps:

  1. Go to Configuration > Regional and language > Date and time (admin/config/regional/date-time)

  2. Click on "Formats" tab

  3. Add format, then create custom format as needed. Example below, would provide a Year only format which you can use in Views.

    You may click on the PHP manual reference for the acceptable PHP formats http://php.net/manual/en/function.date.php


  4. Go back to Regional and language > Date and time page (admin/config/regional/date-time), then add Date type and assign the created format

    You may need to flush all cache before format becomes available from the Views Date format settings.

  5. Go to your views page, Add the Date field, then choose the format created.

 

U.S. Embassy Club (USEC)

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A microsite deployed on Drupal showcasing an event registration page and management.

USEC is known as a charitable and volunteer organization composed of U.S. Embassy Manila employees and their family members, whose mission is to make a positive difference in the Philippines through volunteerism and financial assistance.

USEC began more than 48 years ago as the Embassy Women’s Club. What started as a social club for Embassy wives has evolved into a charity organization for all the men, women, and children of the U.S. Embassy, Filipino and American alike.

View the microsite here - http://www.usec.arcmanila.org/


 

Drush: How to view and see only available and pending Drupal core and module updates

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Most times you are alerted of available Drupal updates (both modules and core), I do this by enabling the noitification setting in my Drupal websites.

However, to quickly check thru Drush any available updates, below command will allow you to display only modules or core updates with updates pending:

drush pm-updatestatus

This will exclude from display all modules that are already updated.

 

[Resolved] FileZilla FTP error: 421 Too many connections

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While uploading thru FileZilla FTP client, I sometimes get this error:

421 To many connections (xx number of connections) from this IP

Fixes:

1. You need to flush all connections first to start from new slate. If using CPanel, go to Files > FTP Connections > delete all listed connections / current transactions.

cPanel - FTP Connections Too many connections error

2. Go to FileZilla Site Manager, and set a limit of connections to 1 (the issue arises with too many instances of many files being uploaded thru FTP and creates an overlapping, simultaneous number of FTP connection instances, thus the number of connections detected)

You can do this by FileZilla > File Menu > Site manager > Select Site entry (left side of the popup dialog box) > Transfer Settings tab (right side) > Check "Limit number of simulataneous connections" and set "Macimum number of connections" to "1" or as preferred (lower number than 10 for example)

3. Try closing FileZilla again, and retry connecting and uploading!

FileZilla-Site-Manager-Too-many-connections-error

   

Error 1001 DNS resolution error: CloudFlare is currently unable to resolve domain

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After transferring to another webhosting while retaining the same domain with the same domain registrar (and updating the domain DNS to the new webshost), the error below is still persistent despite the 24 to 48 hour propagation.

Error 1001 DNS resolution error: You've requested a page on a website that is on the CloudFlare network. CloudFlare is currently unable to resolve your requested domain
DNS resolution error CloudFlare

Fix:

Forgot that I have registered the domain to CloudFlare and have to correct the settings configured in my CloudFlare account for this website, which points domain DNS settings to the previous provider. You need to update these as well to reflect domain pointing to new provider (see https://support.cloudflare.com/hc/en-us/articles/200171976-Error-1000-DNS-points-to-prohibited-IP?flash_digest=dfca0925c3a926d335ba6b720265bd58c1e8fc8c)

Reference from CloudFlare knowledgebase resource:

 

To resolve this problem, do one of the following:

Method 1: Change the A record value

  1. Log into CloudFlare.
  2. Next to the website you are seeing this error, click the gear icon and then click DNS settings.
  3. Click the gear icon next to the A record and then click Edit record.
  4. Enter the correct IP address and then click Save.

Method 2: Remove the proxy

  1. Log into CloudFlare.
  2. Next to the website you are seeing this error, click the gear icon and then click DNS settings.
  3. Click the orange cloud icon next to the CNAME (www) record. This will change the icon to a gray cloud.

If above is not available for editing in your CloudFlare account, you may see something like below, which states configurations are done from your domain provider's console. For this you merely have to disconnect for the meantime CloudFlare from your domain provider.

DNS Settings CloudFlare The web performance  security company

   

AddThis Not Displaying in Drupal 7; How to Insert AddThis Module and Field to a Content Type

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You have installed and enabled the social media and networking module AddThis https://www.drupal.org/project/addthis, yet it does not appear in any of your pages or you do not have a clue what to do next or how to use the module.

Simply follow the steps to get it working:

  1. Download, install and enable the AddThis module in the usual Drupal module manner
  2. IMPORTANT, you may miss it the first time, but besides enabling the AddThis module, there is another related module you need to enable, the "AddThis Displays" module.

    Enabling the first main module "AddThis" would simply make your website supportive of the AddThis external services, among other settings and configurations. But to make the AddThis display more flexible by inserting this as fields in different content types and managing its displays, you need to enable the secondary addthis_displays module.

    Drupal AddThis module displays to content types

  3. Navigate to your (selected) Content Type/s (Administration » Structure » Content types » Basic page » Manage Fields) where you wish to have AddThis widget displayed. For example in your Basic Page.

  4. Then, create/add an AddThis field for the Basic Page content type (you may wish to do the same in other content types for example in Artices, etc.)

    How to insert AddThis social media module to a Drupal content type

  5. Next, under Manage Display, you may now select how you want AddThis to be used and displayed on your contents. There will be a few general options (format, icon/button sizes, services, vertical or horizontal positions, custom CSS styling, etc.)

    On selecting which services to appear, use the link provided which lists aliases of different services which you can enter and display. http://www.addthis.com/services/listAddThis manage field displays in your content type

    I hope this helps!
   

How to reset, recover or change Magento administrator password

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If for some reason you have completely forgotten your Magento administrator password and would like to recover, or change, your password, you may do this easily via your database manager like PHPMyadmin.

In your PHPMyAdmin, navigate to your database, then go to admin_user table

Click on admin_user to edit or browse, then edit the admin user

Under password, select MD5 from the Function list, then delete existing encrypted value, then your new preferred and secured password

Scroll down, click Go to Save. Go back to your login page, refresh, then retry logging in which should now work.

Magento login still not working despite resetting admin password?

If you notice, the login does not seem to work, after clicking login, nothing seems to happen (action seems to go back to the same login page without any errors), perhaps you are working on a non-live domain or production site that is NOT mapped to an actual domain. In short, perhaps you are working on a Magento site on any of the following state:

  • localhost or 127.0.0.1 (using e.g. WampServer, XAMPP, etc)
  • live server but using IP addresses, and similar
  • or other non-domain configured setup

Only real domains store cookies, therefore, you need to comment out (inserting double slashes at beginning of line code) some cookie variables in ../app/code/core/Mage/Core/Model/Session/Abstract/Varien.php, specifically the following lines:

  • domain
  • secure
  • httponly
$cookieParams = array(
            'lifetime' => $cookie->getLifetime(),
            'path'     => $cookie->getPath() //,
            // 'domain'   => $cookie->getConfigDomain(),
            // 'secure'   => $cookie->isSecure(),
            // 'httponly' => $cookie->getHttponly()
        );

Go back to your login page, refresh, then retry logging in which should now work.

   

Joomla language default overrides, default language is already set to English (GB-EN) in the language manager, backend

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I have a Joomla 2.5 website that keeps getting prompted by browsers to be translated from Polish (pl) to English (en). Despite having the default language set to English already in the language manager, it seems pl still overrides it in the source code.

In Joomla backend: Extensions > Language Manager

In Joomla frontend source code

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"
      xmlns:og="http://ogp.me/ns#"
      xmlns:fb="http://www.facebook.com/2008/fbml"
      xml:lang="pl" lang="pl">
<head>

Checking further by global search, I found a language override in the templates folder. Go to your default template folder (/templates/yourdefaulttemplatefolder) and search within that folder any xml:lang references.

In my case, using a commercial template, I found it under multiple php template files for different devices - /templates/mydefaulttemplatefolder/... default.php, android.php, handheld.php, etc. (different browsing support for mobile devices)

Change it now to English

Find and replace all (or whatever non-EN value) from:

xml:lang="pl" lang="pl"

to (this code will default language to whatever has been set in Joomla backend):

xml:lang="" lang=""

or simply directly to English (this one with a provision to a left-to-right sourcecode):

xml:lang="en-gb" lang="en-gb" dir="ltr"

Save and refresh (purge, clear and delete cache if necessary)

   

Media Specialists Association of the Philippines (MSAP)

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Media Specialists Association of the Philippines (MSAP)Assisted in enhancing and finalizing an initially developed website, in improving its Drupal 7 features in Views, layout, sub-theming, content type creation, upgrading and securing, among others.

Media Specialists Association of The Philippines (MSAP) has members that hail from various media agencies and individual practitioners.

Visit the MSAP website here - http://www.msap.com.ph/

   

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