Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Drupal Camp Distribution: First Beta Release

DrupalCamp is the distribution, for spinning up camp sites.  Lately, as always :), I was part of the site building team at a local camp in India and after working with the team, found that all the sites were/are having similar content architecture e.g. content types, listing pages etc., except their themes and designs.

While sprinting at DrupalCamp Pune, we decided to build a site for DrupalCamp Delhi. While sprinting we realised we need  a common code/feature base for camp sites. And there we started building distribution in D8. The time we started making this distribution profile Drupal 8 was in beta 16 and we are hoping to make first release candidate soon.

Drupalcamp comes up with the 2 contributed modules fb_likebox, twitter_block for the facebook and twitter share blocks in sidebar.

Configurations that this installation profile provides are:

  1. Content types
    1. Basic Page :  For creating basic pages like about us,etc. on the site.
    2. Session : This is used for creating/submitting sessions.
    3. Sponsor : This is used to keep information about the sponsors.
  2. Listings (Views):
    1. Accepted Sessions
    2. Proposed Sessions
    3. Sponsors
    4. Students.
  3. Social sharing buttons:
    1. facebook
    2. twitter
  4. Blocks:
    1. facebook
    2. twitter

We need to just use the drupalcamp profile and theme the site.

Challenges that came up while building this profile :

  1. Contributed modules : The contributed modules stable release was not out so ported the fb_likebox, twitter_block module to drupal 8 and created the stable release of fb_likebox. Special thanks to the maintainer baekelandt for quick promptness.
  2. There was no tool available which will provide the boilerplate code, so we started with forking the standard profile and used the config-export to export the configurations. Now with the drupalconsole 0.9.9 we have generate profile command available to  generate the boilerplate code. Used the phing to automate the testing as sam specified in its blog.

Thanks to the entire Drupalcamp Distribution Team!

What's Next ?

Please join hands to release the stable version for twitter_block and include this stable release in the drupalcamp distribution.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Verify your place/business at google maps

Google Maps is a service provided by google that shows the buildings/places in maps.

How to add your place on google maps :

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the Add New as shown in the screenshot below.
  3. Points the pointer to the exact place.
  4. Select the Category of the business and choose the name as you want to display in google maps.See in the screenshot in below for more information.
  5. Its done. Wait for approval for few days. :)

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Tips to become a git administer at

Previously we read how to be a webmaster at , Now I became the git administer at So I think to write a blog post so that others can benefit and also get to know how to become git administer.

In simple words: "Start Contributing". Git Administer privileges are granted to the users with proven record of contributions in the Project Applications issue queue. A solid history of consistent contributions on is a must to get consideration for an elevated role.

How to start contributing & where you can contribute :

  1. Join the code review group
  2. Read How to review full project applications
  3. Some helpful tools for reviewing :
  4. Learning Sources : 
  5. if you found any problem while contributing,just comment on the below post/ if you need immediate answer you can try and find one of the git administer on IRC - #drupal-codereview IRC channel on Freenode.

Benifits of becoming git administer :

  1. You will see a new challenging case in every new project application.
  2. Your drupal apis knowledge will become sharp.
  3. Many more....

I would encourage you to learn more about that process and join the group of reviewers.

Next article:  A guide to review project applications

Monday, 23 February 2015

Hack Proof your drupal site

Security of the Drupal website is a important stuff for the site owners, site developers.This blog post has my presentation at the Drupal Camp Mumbai that  intended for Drupalers who want to avoid security loop holes while writing code or architecting solutions. We delved into common security issues that ails custom code and has both vulnerable and secure code snippets.This is mostly about my encounters and experience after doing 50+ project application reviews and also a good guideline for new contributors.

Hack Proof Your Drupal Site from Naveen Valecha

Next article:  A guide to review Project Applications.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Tips to become a webmaster on

As recently I became the webmaster on the and few people started asking me about how to become a webmaster and where to start. So I write a blog post so that others can benefit.
In simple words: "Start Contributing". Webmaster privileges aren't granted lightly for obvious reasons. A solid history of consistent contributions on is a must to get consideration for an elevated role.

How to start contributing & where you can contribute :

  1. Help out in the content queue, especially reviewing Service Listing requests .Marketing guidelines for reviewing the service listing requests.
  2. Training Listing requests, Marketing guidelines to review training listing requests.
  3. Help out in the webmasters queue, Textual improvements requests.
  4. Depending on your skills, you can also contribute to drupal customizations as well.
  5. if you found any problem while contributing to above sections,just comment on the below post/ if you need immediate answer you can try and find one of the webmasters on IRC - #drupalorg IRC channel on Freenode.
If you need guidance, join the #drupalorg IRC channel and find dddave, lizzjoy, tvn or myselfA general overview about the various ways to contribute to can be found in the documentation.

If you have good coding skills, you are more than welcome to help reviewing project applications. I encourage you to learn more about that process and join the group of reviewers.

Next article:  We will look at how to be a git administrator on

Friday, 23 January 2015

Trust a major strategy in Security

Was looking out some good English Speaking training course website for my cousin to become a fluent English speaker.

On opening the homepage I found the section "Free trial".

I did the same thing as all guys do.Click on the Free trial link,created my account.I personally feeling happy to get the 5 free audio English lessons.
I clicked on one of my lessons link and come to the page, found the download link of the audio file.

Copied and pasted the url in the browser and the downloaded the file.
Just change the fid in the url and tried to download some random file with file id.
I thought what the Shit!  
I then look around which drupal module has provided this route.After checking I got to know that this is the download file module which provides this route.After checking I assume that it might be permission stuff problem.

I found the similar permission problem on the as well

Trust is the Major Strategy in Security of any web application.We should be sure which user role we should assign which permissions.

Note: Published the post after suggesting the fix to the site owner Jane

Monday, 10 November 2014

Awesome weekend by porting a drupal 7 module to drupal 8

I have recently joined QE42 pune, As the drupal 8 module port code sprint will happen in
QED42 on 8 November,2014 and It was postponed later and I was unaware of that.
So I decided to port a module, so I picked a random project from the code reviews done by me from project applications.
So I picked Anonymous suggestion box and ported the module code to drupal 8 and created its meta in the module issue queue

After that I have the time left for code writing so I decided to pick another one jquery carousel and ported half of its code to drupal 8
If anyone wants to join hands while porting this module then tweet me over twitter lets finish this before this week end and will take another one for next week end.

Waiting for the postponed sprint to meet #pune drupalers over there.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Facebook integeration with your website using jquery

To integerate your website with facebook follow these steps :
  1. First Register your application on facebook by going to this url
  2. After registering you got an application id like this XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX and configure the domain in app settings.
  3. Then run the html file after appending your domain like this :
  4. Then copy and paste the source code into the fblogin.html file.
  5. Also replace the appId with your application id.
  6. Enjoy.
Here is the link of source code :

    Tuesday, 29 October 2013

    Drupal site Performance tips

    Here are some of the Performance tips for the Drupal site.

    1. APC : APC (Alternative PHP Cache) is a PHP OP code cache. It is a very quick win when working with PHP and can offer a great performance boost when using Drupal. It is very much a “set it and forget it” type of application which can just be installed, enabled and left to do it’s thing.
    2. Memcache : Drupal's support for memcache is really good and easy to implement.There is a memcache drupal module( to integerate the memcache on the site.
    3. Varnish : When you have a lot of anonymous users reverse proxy cache can save you a lot of server load. Varnish is one of the more popular solutions within the Drupal world. Varnish sits in front of your web server application, for example Apache, Nginx or lighttpd, and can run on the same server or a remote server.Use the varnish module to integrate the varnish on your site
    4. Boost : Boost provides static page caching for Drupal enabling a very significant performance and scalability boost for sites that receive mostly anonymous traffic. For shared hosting this is your best option in terms of improving performance. On dedicated servers, you may want to consider Varnish instead. When the page is then requested it is loaded quickly, because it is coming straight from the disk and no PHP or MySQL processing is needed.See the Boost module here
    5. CDN : A CDN is used to distribute static assets such as images, documents, CSS and JavaScript across many locations.The goal of a CDN is to serve content to end-users with high availability and high performance.There is a CDN drupal module( to use the Content delivery Network.
    6. Disable Database logging module : This module logs the action performed on the site to the database.Use syslog module which is also in drupal core.Using syslog you can also write the more technical log entires to the server's standard log on the file system and save the database queries.
    7. Enable Page & Block Cache : Enable Drupal caching (Administer > Configuration > Performance). When enabled, Drupal will render the page and associated blocks once, and then save that result in the database. This can drastically reduce the number of database calls run on a page since the results are pre-rendered. Drupal’s caching engine is most effective for anonymous visitors – if your site is mostly “read only” and doesn’t have visitors logging in, caching can make a dramatic improvement in site load speed.
    8. Increase Cache Lifetime : An option for some sites may be to increase the cache lifetime. This determines how long Drupal will hold onto a cached result before it will re-generate the page. If you have frequently changing content, you may want to set the cache lifetime to only 5 minutes, but if your content doesn’t change often, an acceptable value may be several hours.The cache lifetime depends on your site usage.
    9. Optimize JavaScript and CSS Files : Enable the option of optimize javascript and CSS files in the performance settings. When enabled, Drupal will consolidate all CSS and JS files included on each page into a minimum files, and compress the code by removing whitespace. This will reduce the overall file size and improve page load speeds.if you need more aggeration of css and js files then use Advanced CSS/JS Aggregation module
    10. Disable Un-used Modules from the site .

    if you have done all the performance tips written above and you are still getting the performance problems then either get the suggestions from the High performance drupal group

    There are also some of the related performance related articles.See there links below


    Drupal Service Providers

    There are many service providers in the world that provide drupal related services.As per the drupal marketplace some of the providers are Featured(those which have an exceptional community contributions and show continued support of the Drupal project) and others are not Featured.See the Top 10 Featured service providers here can filter them according to the Services,location and sectors.

    When hiring a Drupal site developer it's important to understand what you need and where you can find the service provider with that set of can find the detail here

    if you are getting some problem while hiring a Drupal Developer then feel free to contact me using my contact form.