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Forms are everywhere, whether they're asking users to register, comment on a post or submit an enquiry we ask users for a variety of information. Such actions should be as easy for the user as possible. Drupal core does the job but it's not as friendly or easy as it could be, below are a few modules you can use to greatly improve the experience.

For those Drupal devs new to submitting your own custom module to Drupal.org (as I am) you'll find a very well structured review process you have to pass first. The review process ensures your code is up to scratch and complies with Drupals coding standards.

Webform Email Reply

Published: 16th Jul '13

So, I've created a module! It's my first one so it's stuck in sandbox at the moment but can be seen over on Drupal. As the title suggests the module enables you to send an email reply to a a webform submission from within the CMS.

Spam is everywhere, in our emails, in websites, in social media, but how can you stop it appearing on your site? There are a few ways, some easy, some hard and it depends on your situation which method is best for you (I strongly believe a one method fixes all doesn't exist). Here are three methods, with modules, you can use to help fight the mass of spam that exists.

Drupal is famous for its community, the collaborative effect of thousands of people working together to build a better product is amazing. Due to this it's no surprise that there are a fair few modules out there to help create a site with your own community. I recently had to do just that; tasked with creating a site centred around two groups of people interacting with various permission settings. Here are a few good modules I used.

I recently worked on a project (I won't name names) where the clients systems were locked down rather severely, this coupled with an *insert appropriate word here* slow connection meant that I was presented with more than the usual challenges of a Drupal build. The biggest problem presented was that my go to WYSIWYG editor (CKeditor) was not usable.

A decent issue tracker, allowing you and your clients to report issues and track the progress, is key to any successful project. Issue trackers can range from a simple spreadsheet to systems like mantis or JIRA, some free and some paid. So when it comes to selecting a system to use how do you choose?

New Theme

Published: 15th May '13

Just a quick note to say I decided to switch the theme I was using. You're now viewing a theme created by devsaran, I personally love it and think it's an improvement over the rather dark theme I used before. Give their site a quick look, there's some great work on there. Any comments/feedback on how I've implemented it would be welcomed.

Twitter cards are a great way to give tweets a media experience, enabling you to add images, summaries, videos or even detailed product information to a tweet. You can add Twitter cards to your Drupal site easily with the Meta Tags module.

Migrating changes without Features

Published: 17th Apr '13

Features is a widely used module and can be very useful, but I am personally not fond of it. I find it somewhat bulky, cumbersome and on a small to medium build it seems overkill. I also dislike the thought of having more modules/code than I need in a build and being unable to disable and remove a features module without removing the functionality bugs me. There are those that swear by it and wouldn’t dream of developing or maintaining a site without it but I am not one of them.

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