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Flexible WYSIWYG editing for Drupal

16 Nov 2009

A shocking discovery for many a newcomer to Drupal is that a fresh installation offers no controls for styling text in node bodies, comments, or wherever else you might like to drop a boldface or a header.

Most of those stunned beginners eventually realize that this makes sense: Some users want no such text styling, or prefer the complete control of manual HTML tags. And for those who do want word processor-style editing controls, there is no universally-loved solution; there are many editor solutions floating about, each with its own strengths and fans. Drupal lets the administrator choose and install any of many favorites, including FCKeditor and Tiny Tiny MCE. That still irks some who want a built-in solution, but it's a good state of affairs for anyone not afraid of a little hands-on work installing a module and setting up WYSIWYG editing. Read more about Flexible WYSIWYG editing for Drupal

Checking out Amazon on Drupal 6, Part 2

7 Oct 2009

Here's the second installment of my Amazon and Drupal experiments.

First, a note on a topic I mentioned, the recent requirement that Amazon affiliates go to aws.amazon.com to acquire a new Access Key ID and Secret Access Key: The Amazon module kindly warns you right on your main admin page if your Keys are incomplete or outdated. Here's the message I didn't spot when I was troubleshooting things on my own:

The Amazon API must be configured with an Access Key ID and an Amazon AWS Secret Access Key to function. Go to Amazon API Setttings.

Helpful! All right then, on to a new feature, Amazon Stores: Read more about Checking out Amazon on Drupal 6, Part 2

Checking out Amazon on Drupal 6, Part 1

29 Sep 2009

How can you easily add Amazon product links to a Drupal site? If you've been working with Drupal at all, you can guess the answer: There's a module for that!

That would be the Amazon module. Yet... How do you use that module? As noted in this forum thread, the module contains nearly no documentation, and I failed to find anything among the Drupal.org handbooks. 

There's a little documentation on Drupal.org for the Amazon Store module but not for the Amazon module itself. This finding is repeated inside a comment at comment at Drupal Modules.com: "It doesn't have any documentation on how to use it but I found a lot out by visiting the issue queue and reading the user posts."

I'm trying to get Amazon working on another site, just a simple way to display some Amazon offerings alongside a node, or even an in-site "store". One solution, of course, is to paste Amazon code directly into nodes or blocks, but that's somewhat static; I'm interested in seeing what a module can do to improve upon that. Some problems and in-progress solutions: Read more about Checking out Amazon on Drupal 6, Part 1

Free Acquia hosting for Drupal non-profit sites

25 Sep 2009

Drupal creator Dries Buytaert announced a generous offer from his company, Acquia:

Today, we are happy to announce that we'll start to provide free Acquia Hosting accounts to not for profit sites dedicated to promoting the adoption and usage of Drupal. For example, DrupalCamp websites and local Drupal user group websites would qualify for free Acquia Hosting. The program starts in October or November, but you can sign-up now if you have a site that qualifies. Read more about Free Acquia hosting for Drupal non-profit sites