Drupal

Hello Washington! See you at Drupalcon DC 2009!

  • Posted on: 3 March 2009
  • By: shivanj

This semester, Drupalcon will be held in Washington DC. In case you don't know or you live under a rock, Drupalcon is THE event for Drupal developers. Right now, its sold out with 1400+ Drupal enthusiasts converging under one roof.

This is my first ever Drupalcon (and certainly will not be my last ever!). I am so anxious to meet fellow Drupal developers and finally put a name to their Drupal ID or IRC nick. It's so weird...you collaborate with these guys/girls all the time and yet I have never met them.

I am really looking forward to attending the keynote session by Dries Buytaert, the original creator and project lead of Drupal.

Trinidad & Tobago Linux Users Group - now using Drupal!

  • Posted on: 18 February 2009
  • By: shivanj

TTLUG
The Trinidad and Tobago Linux Users Group (TTLUG) is now using Drupal. Well seeing that I promised to have a website up and running after becoming President of the TTLUG, this was the least I could do on my own company's time.
It took me about 8 straight hours to set everything up from scratch. This 8 hours involved transferring nameservers, setting up hosting account, setting up Drupal, installing some modules, picking a theme, troubleshooting OpenID and creating some content to get things going....oh yeah somewhere in between I watched an episode of Scrubs, opps my bad.

The tech story behind the Trinidad Guardian - a newspaper website

  • Posted on: 4 February 2009
  • By: shivanj

Trinidad Guardian

The Trinidad Guardian, one of 3 popular newspapers in Trinidad, re-launched their website on New Years Day 2009 using Drupal. The site has a simplistic design done by their in-house graphics designer Ms. Maxie Navarro. The Drupal developer behind it, Shivan Jaikaran, would like to share his techniques as a tech case study.

The Homepage

The homepage has a different look from every other page on the website. This was done using a custom page-front.tpl.php and Panels. The main sections of the website (the same as their print edition) are the main menus (or the primary links). The colours corresponding to the menus correlate to the print editions as well. The colours (on hover and active) were done using simple CSS.

The Internet Editors needed to decide which articles go exactly where in the centre column of the homepage. For this, Nodequeues were used extensively.

Website upgraded - Now using Drupal 6 and a new theme!

  • Posted on: 3 February 2009
  • By: shivanj

ShivanJaikaran.com Snapshot
Well it has certainly been a while. My site has been neglected for far too long. It was running Drupal 5.9 (!!) for about a year now. So tonight I finally upgraded to Drupal 6 and installed some new spam fighting techniques and well as gave it a new theme.

The entire process took me about 2 hours. I made sure and took cautionary steps such as backuping up my site in case anything should go wrong.

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