Tag Archives: drupal

Interview with Marci Koski: Fish Biologist

Marci.Marci is an extraordinary women who I had the pleasure of meeting when I began doing a web project for her in Drupal last quarter. Her main site is marcilicious.com.

Marci has an interesting background from cartoonist, belly dancer, roller derby to her current job as a fish biologist. She is also madly in love with cats. Her fascination with Drupal was prominent in our discussions, so it came to my surprise that she was a WordPress user. Coming from the Drupal field I found cat fandom a common trait among WordPress users.

Marci is new to WordPress, giving us a great opportunity to talk about it from the perspective of someone familiar with blogging and web publishing on other platforms who is new to WordPress, specifically WordPress.com. Continue reading Interview with Marci Koski: Fish Biologist

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How To Move From Drupal To WordPress

Why?

The first thing you should do when considering changing the platform is ask yourself, “Why?” What is wrong with the platform you are on? Figure out why you cannot improve on what is bugging you. Be a Donald Norman and keep asking yourself what is wrong with that; and, when you answer that, ask it again. You might be surprised that the root problem is not the platform itself but a feature of it.

For instance, if you’re running Drupal and you just do not like the way it loads images, well, why not? I have to create content types; hardcode it in; it is just not easy. What is not easy? Why? Because it takes several clicks and a long process to achieve? Okay, so that is the root of the problem. A simple solution could be a module known as “Image Block,” a click and load feature.

If you have considered all your options and you just wanna switch publishing platforms, here are some precautionary things to keep in mind.

Back Up Your Site

Before you make any updates to your site, download a copy of your SQL database from PHPmyAdmin. If you have know idea what I am talking about, it would benefit you to download a Drupal module called “Back Up And Migrate.” Copy the files off the web host server and save them with your SQL database.

Next, in your administration panel, you should set your Drupal site to maintenance mode and turn “Clean URLs” on.

Now, for a bit of redundancy. Copy your SQL database and hosted files again. If you want to be a bit clever, create a file named something like “Drupal” and move all your hosted files to that folder.

Then, go to your DNS (Domain Naming System) manager and repoint it to “www.’yoursite’.com/Drupal.” This will help you avoid down time while you make the switch.

Delete And Upload

Once you have a backup of everything, you may at this time delete the files associated with your Drupal site on your hosting service.

Then, upload the latest version of WordPress where you had Drupal or another server or web host.

If you are code savvy, explore the WordPress PHP files for your template, erase them and Copy>Paste your Drupal code into it to the correct sections.

Make sure you study WordPress code format correctly and make changes as is necesary or it will not display.

Because this:

<?php get_header(); ?>

is not the same as:

<!--?php print render($page['header']); ?-->

Then, moving your style sheet over would be pretty.

Repoint your domain back to its root file from the Drupal folder you made earlier. Your viewers won’t know the difference.

Interview with Scott Gere of Gere Donovan Creative

The following is an interview with Scott Gere, partner and account director at Gere Donovan Creative, with offices locations in Anchorage and Portland.

I chose to interview Scott because I know him and his family personally and I admire their work ethic and quality of work. I also admire their business and the way they have chosen to build and run it – keeping it small and more personable and treating their employees well. Scott and his wife Monica are admirable people who, in my opinion, excel in the marketing industry.

Jessica: Who are you and what is it that do you do?

SCOTT: I’m partner and account director at Gere Donovan Creative, an agency that specializes in integrated marketing and particularly websites, email, e-commerce, etc. Among other things, we’ve been building websites since 1994.

Jessica: In what instances do you use WordPress and when do you choose not to?
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Interview with Robert Hughes, Computer Technology (CTEC) Department Chair

Recently I visited with Robert Hughes, the Clark College Chair for Computer Technology (CTEC) to ask about how it is he came to sponsor the first WordPress degree programs to be offered in the country and what he sees for the Information Technology future.

Bob Hughes, Dept Chair CTEC, Clark College Vancouver, WA

Robert Hughes has a long tradition at Clark where he currently serves as Chair for Computer Technology, CTEC Department at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. Mr Hughes has been faculty at Clark for over 20 years, where he also attended as a student, earning degrees and certifications in Scientific-Technical Communications and Electronic Publishing. Mr Hughes came to Clark to explore a range of educational programs with a prior degree in the mid 1980s. His mission at CTEC (Computer Technology) is threefold:
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