News, Updates & Thoughts

Using Core Base Themes in Drupal 8

One of the first questions I get asked when teaching a Drupal theming class is which base theme to use. The answer has always starts with the unsatisfying: "It depends". Now that I'm teaching Drupal 8 theming, we have a couple new base themes in core added to the mix: classy and stable.

You can learn the difference between the two and how to use them in this previous post.

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Drupal North Summit is Coming to Montreal - June 16-19

If you haven't heard, Drupal North, the regional summit for all things Drupal, is coming up June 16-19 in Montreal. As long-time Drupal community organizers, we're really excited to be sponsoring the 4-day summit at the diamond level.

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Custom Views Sort Plugin for Upcoming Events

This week, our client came up with a seemingly simple request that turned out not so simple: When listing events, they want to show upcoming events before past ones. Not only that, they also want events nearest the current day to show up first. But with a bit of thinking and a custom views sort plugin, this turned out quite easy!

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Drush Commands for Themers and Site Builders

You might think that using the drush command-line tool is only something hardcore developers do, but it turns out it's super-helpful for site builders and theme developers too! In my experience, using drush will speed up the usual Drupal Admin tasks 3 to 10 times, compared with visiting the Drupal admin pages in the browser. 

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Speed up Drupal 8 block rendering with Blackfire.io

We noticed Evolving Web's shiny new Drupal 8-powered blog was loading slower than in D7, and using the blackfire.io PHP profiler we were able to narrow down the bottleneck to Drupal 8's block visibility approach.

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Improving Drupal Speed with blackfire.io (Part 1)

Drupal core is pretty well optimized. But after you've finished building your Drupal 7 or 8 site, you might find some pages are loading slower than you'd like. That's not surprising—you've probably enabled scores of contrib modules, written custom code, and are running over 100 SQL queries per uncached request.

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Setting up SASS & Compass for your Drupal 8 Theme

What are SASS and Compass and why and how would I use them? Don't worry, we'll guide you through the process of using SASS with your Drupal 8 theme.

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Upgrading to Drupal 8: Benefits and Gotchas

Thinking of upgrading your website to Drupal 8, or using it for the first time on a new project? You've surely heard about the shiny new features that the community has been cooking up. But as with any major step forward, there's a lot of changes to how things work, and not everything is fully ready, so there are challenges to be aware of before you jump into a Drupal 8 project for the first time.

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