Upcoming 2017 Drupal Events where we can meet in North America

And it is finally 2017! New year, new projects, new challenges and, of course, a lot of Drupal events.

On this short post, I'll go through a few Drupal events in North America that we'll be either attending or be sponsoring on the first quarter of the year.

If you are planning to attend, feel free to get in touch with us in advance. We love hanging around and meeting with fellow community members, potential business partners, and people just interested in getting to know us.

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Things to know before moving from Drupal 6 or 7 to Drupal 8

Since the release of Drupal 8, Drupal 6 is no longer supported by the Drupal Community. Because of this, many sites need to be migrated to Drupal 7 or 8, and quickly!

That means that at Evolving Web we've been doing a lot of Drupal 8 migration projects lately, either D6 to D8 or D7 to D8. I would like to talk about the things we have to take into account when running these projects.

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5 Tips for Choosing the Right Company to Move Your Site to Drupal 8

As of December 4th, 2016, at least 82,000+ sites are running Drupal 6. Since Drupal 6 is no longer actively supported by the Drupal community, a lot of people urgently need to migrate to a newer version! So, what if you have of those sites and want to move to the most recent Drupal version?

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Planning Your Drupal 8 Theme: Choosing a Base Theme

Whenever we start a new Drupal project, we have to choose what kind of theme we're going to create. Are we going to use a framework like Bootstrap or Zurb Foundation? If so, do we start with a contrib base theme or do we implement the framework ourselves? Are we going to use a classic Drupal base theme like Zen or AdaptiveTheme? Or are we going to build the theme 'from scratch' starting with Drupal core or a core base theme? 

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Changing Docker hostnames—with namespaces!

At Evolving Web we love using Docker! So when I needed to do work on several different sites, I just spun up a few Docker containers, and now I've got this:

Bad docker hostnames

Three shells in three different containers, and it's super hard to tell which is which.The hostnames are just random hex strings—so confusing!

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Improve Drupal Usability with Context Active Trail

Drupal has a powerful menu system, but most of the content on a typical Drupal website doesn't end up in the menu navigation. Articles, blog posts, events, you name it. Most content is linked to from views, not directly from a menu. So how do we make it easy for users to know where they are in the hierarchy of the site if they are looking at content that isn't in a menu?

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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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