Oh No, Not Again - It Might Be Time to Migrate to Drupal 8

Submitted by C B Wright on

Short version: after finally updating all my Linux machines to the latest version of Ubuntu/KDE, I can no longer run my Drupal 7 test environments. This means I can no longer test any changes to Eviscerati.org, which makes me uncomfortable.

Drupal 8 runs fine though. Which means... ugh, I don't even want to say it. I may have to migrate the site from D7 to D8.

Another Issue With RSS Feeds

Submitted by C B Wright on

OK, those of you who have experience managing RSS feeds, especially Drupal RSS feeds, I could use some advice.

I've had people suggest using a site like Feedburner to manage my RSS feeds. The advantages of using a site like that are compelling:

  • It would allow me to track total number of subscribers for each feed, which none of my site traffic/statistic tools currently do.
  • It would allow me to consider monetizing the feeds by inserting ads into them.

OK, it's only two reasons, but both are pretty compelling. Based on some quick-and-dirty research using one or two analytical plugins for Drupal, it's quite possible that the bulk of my audience actually comes from RSS subscribers rather than site visitors.

The Mystery of the (Apparently) Flawless Upgrade

Submitted by C B Wright on

This weekend I had two projects:

  1. Drupal needed to be updated, as well as some of its plugins.
  2. I wanted to upgrading my server, which was running Ubuntu Lucid (10.04) to Ubuntu Precise (12.04).

Of the two, upgrading the server was potentially the most problematic. In fact, if you do a Google search on the topic, you'll find a lot of posts about how difficult it is... but in order to support some of the features I use in Drupal, I had to add some official repositories to my Lucid install to give me access to newer versions of PHP and mySQL, and those repositories were apparently no longer around. Moving to Precise would solve that problem, and allow me to once again benefit from SECURITY PATCHES on these venerable applications. So... that was a compelling argument to try.

The Never-Ending Struggle to Drupal 7 (Update: Um... yeah. Nevermind)

Submitted by C B Wright on

Earlier this year I confidently spoke of the impending transition from Drupal 6 -- the CMS I'm currently using to host my site -- to Drupal 7, the latest version of Drupal that has been out for more than a year. It's something I need to do if I'm going to stay with Drupal, because when they release Drupal 8 they will stop supporting Drupal 6 and I no longer get patches, fixes, and updates to Drupal.