Drupal Deployment using deb packages and Jenkins 17 Feb 2013

I couldn’t sleep last night due to a stupid amount of coffee while my brother came round so I go to thinking how I could sort out the mess that is currently my production server. I first thought about using codebasehq/deployhq but decided I don’t need any more money going out of my account when I have the skills and knowledge (also hardware) to do this myself. After seeing how we deploy stuff at work I figured I’d try and port it across to Debian based servers and make quite a few changes based on my requirements. Here is an...

Must have Chrome tools for Drupal Admin 13 Feb 2013

Here are some really handy tools for when you have to deal with Drupals admin interface Autofill - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/nlmmgnhgdeffjkdckmikfpnddkbbfkkk Automatically fill out forms, great for testing node/add forms with specific sets of data, can store profiles for use on multiple sites. Edit This Cookie - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/fngmhnnpilhplaeedifhccceomclgfbg Excellent tool for checking out cookies on a site, useful when testing SSOs. Link Clump - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/lfpjkncokllnfokkgpkobnkbkmelfefj Right click and highlight a bunch of links then open them up in new tabs, more helpful than you’d think when having to test n number of pages during a migration. HTTP Headers - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hplfkkmefamockhligfdcfgfnbcdddbg Handy for...

New domain! 04 Feb 2013

I’ve gone all hipster! Say hello to mikebell.io

DrupalCamp NW Wrapup 27 Nov 2012

After taking a whole 24 hours away from anything DrupalCamp NW related I now feel relaxed and chilled enough to write this. Over the past few months a team of 4 people have spent every waking second organising DrupalCamp NW - Steph Hosny, Philip Norton and Paul Johnson. Our aim was to create an event that the Drupal community would enjoy and learn from. I feel we’ve succeeded 110% in this. I’d like to thank everyone that volunteered and helped organise the weekend, without these people it would not have been possible, your hard work and dedication to the Drupal...

Drupalcamp Retrospective Part 2 28 Oct 2012

I never really finished my first Drupalcamp Retrospective post, I missed out a vital point as to why I do what I do now. One of the speakers for the day was Robert Douglass, I think he’d just joined Acquia for the first time and was giving a talk on his Apache Solr module. When the talk started he gave a brief intro to Acquia and left it at that (something Acquia could learn from all these years later, I’m looking at you webinar team), he then proceeded to spend well over an hour and twenty minutes talking very passionately...

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