Downtown Los Angeles Drupal Meetup at Droplabs on June 19, 2012

christefano's picture
2012-06-19 18:00 - 21:00 America/Los_Angeles
Event type: 
User group meeting
Video: RealName and RealName Registration: Nyms vs. Real Names with Drupal  

The next general Downtown Los Angeles Drupal meetup is on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 and will be at Droplabs, your FREE Drupal event and coworking space in Downtown Los Angeles. Similar to last month's meetup, we will also have breakout sessions and a Users Helping Users portion to the evening.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Exaltation of Larks - Expert Drupal strategy, consulting, development and training The projector and raffle prizes for this event are being provided by Exaltation of Larks, a Drupal strategy, consulting, development and training company with a team of Drupal experts in Los Angeles. We create fun websites, mobile apps, virtual worlds and e-commerce sites. Follow us at @LarksLA to learn more about our Drupal services and upcoming trainings.


Our meetups follow a basic format and start off with Drupal news and announcements, local job announcements, raffle prizes and full-length presentations. As always, we'll also have community Q&A, during which time anyone in attendance can ask questions, divine answers from the crowd and give brief, 5-10 minute-long presentations known as lightning talks.

We'll finish off the night with more networking and a Drupal After Dark at 9:00pm.

For any changes to our agenda for the evening, stay tuned to this meetup announcement or click the Sign up button below (or both!) to be notified when the agenda has been updated.

   Users Helping Users
   Projector and Tables / Chairs Setup

   News and Upcoming Events
   Breakout Sessions
   Users Helping Users (continued)

   Raffle Prizes!
   Featured Presentations

   Wrap-up, Clean-up and Close-up
   Drupal After Dark and more networking

Join Us on Twitter, Google+ and IRC!

During the meetup, several of us will be in the #drupal-la channel on IRC and the Downtown Drupal hangout on Google+ and all are welcome to join us. The event organizers will also be monitoring Twitter for feedback and questions that mention @DowntownDrupal or use the #DowntownDrupal hashtag.

Users Helping Users

The meetup begins earlier than usual at 6:00pm for Users Helping Users, which is a chance for members of the community to help and be helped by others with whatever questions and problems they're having with Drupal.

Please note that while Users Helping Users is not designed to be a replacement for bona fide consulting from a Drupal professional that there are plenty of Drupal experts and professionals who attend our meetups and sometimes they need help, too!

Breakout Sessions

We have several spaces available for breakout sessions at 7:00pm. This is an opportunity for a open, multi-track format where we break into groups and discuss a variety of topics. Each breakout session is led by a volunteer who picks the topic, picks the space and can optionally report back to the larger group in the form of an announcement or lightning talk.

Featured Presentations

Joseph Del Rivo is an entrepreneur leveraging the flexibility of Drupal and its diverse module portfolio to create websites and applications for both online and offline ventures. Prior to his recent focus on Drupal development, Joe spent a decade developing proprietary analytics and trading tools for securities and derivatives traders. He was also acquiring a portfolio of website domains which he is now developing along with a small team of collaborators.

Joe is going to show us how he utilized the Domain Access module along with Drupal's own statistics capabilities and a dash of Apache magic to create a domain parking system capable of hosting, analyzing traffic, and facilitating inquiries from the hundreds of individual domains via a single hub website and email account. If there is interest and time, Joe can also show us the affiliate marketing system he is developing to integrate this domain parking system with his domain sales venue.

Raffle prizes! Collect them all! Must be present to win!

Our raffle prizes often include discount codes, magazines, DVDs and books. We are always grateful to our sponsors for their continued support. If you have any items you'd like to donate to the raffle, please contact any of the organizers at the meetup.

Drupal After Dark

Even if you can't make it to the meetup, you're welcome to join us for a Drupal After Dark. After we wrap up the meeting and clean up, a group of us will go to a nearby restaurant or pub. One time we had beers and a bonfire and were serenaded by Skrillex. We've also gone to a variety of other locations, including Barbara's at The Brewery (at 620 Moulton Ave., just a 5 minute walk away) and Carnitas Michoacan (on 1901 N. Broadway, just a 5 minute drive away).

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Location and directions

   651 Clover St.
   Los Angeles, CA 90031

Droplabs is in the Mission Junction neighborhood of Los Angeles at Big Art Labs, just 1 mile down Main St. from Philippes (the first-ever venue for Los Angeles Drupal meetups!) and Union Station. We're one block west of The Brewery, the largest live-and-work artists' colony in the world.

Free parking in our large parking lot is first-come, first-served. After parking in the lot, follow the yellow signs that point to Droplabs. (If our lot is full, you can park for free on Clover St.)

Droplabs is a brief walk from the Main St. / Lamar St. stop on the the Metro Local 76 bus line. This is also the Lincoln Heights / Chinatown DASH stop.

To carpool or catch the Droplabs shuttle from Union Station, post below in the comments.

What to Bring

Just bring your laptop, your business cards or whatever else you need. You're also welcome to bring some light food, sodas or beers to share with others at the meetup.

Please note that our guest wireless network is limited to 1Mb per client, so bring your MiFi router or a phone you can tether with if for some reason you need a lot of bandwidth. Access to our high-speed network is included with a Droplabs membership.

About Droplabs

Droplabs Los Angeles Droplabs is a collaborative Drupal event and coworking space in Downtown Los Angeles. Created in 2011 by Los Angeles Drupal members for the Los Angeles Drupal community, we are focused on serving the greater Los Angeles Drupal community, enriching the Drupal skills and lives of its members, and bringing joy to our Drupal practice. Our founders represent several local area businesses that have deep roots in the Drupal and open source communities.

To learn more about Droplabs, visit, follow @Droplabs on Twitter, sign up at or like DroplabsLA on Facebook!

About Downtown Los Angeles Drupal

Downtown Los Angeles is one of the most active areas for Drupal in Los Angeles and LA County. We've been meeting regularly on the 3rd Tuesday of every month since early 2010 and now schedule up to 4 regular meetups a month and occasional trainings and social gatherings. Downtown Drupal members also produce special events, code sprints, and the annual Drupal Design Camp LA conference

Attending Drupal events in and around Downtown Los Angeles is one of the best ways to meet and talk with other Drupaleros and we encourage you to attend as many meetings and special events as you'd like. Whether it's to find solutions to problems you've been having, sharing something you've learned or just meeting interesting like-minded people, the Downtown Los Angeles Drupal events are an essential resource for Drupal professionals and hobbyists alike.

If you aren't already a member of Downtown Los Angeles Drupal, it's easy to join our community. Our community calendar is on our "Events" tab on our home page at


Please note that this meetup

christefano's picture

Please note that this meetup has been moved up by a half hour and begins at 7pm. Users Helping Users will also be a half hour earlier and is from 6-7pm.

There was a lot of interest

christefano's picture

There was a lot of interest in keeping the AWS presentation going at last night's High Performance Drupal meetup and after taking a vote we bumped the breakout sessions in order to give Steve and Craig more time. We can easily make room for those topics at the Downtown Drupal meetup on June 19th, though.

What say you, Drupaleros? Are you interested in presentations or breakout sessions about Drush and making performance changes to improve SEO?

There was also the SSI

vmi's picture

There was also the SSI breakout and the main presentation was definitely interesting.

As always, both the main

Techivist's picture

As always, both the main presentation for this month, & the potential breakout sessions sound REALLY good! Personally, I'd like to see both but since I haven't perfected the bending of the time/space continuum, maybe a compromise.

What about having Steve & Craig's presentation (if they can, of course) be the 2nd presentation on the docket? Sort of like an extended lightning talk? We could also have the presentation be the featured presentation at next month's DTLA meetup if more time is needed. What does everyone else think?

Miguel Hernandez -
Founder & CEO - The OpenMindz Group
Writer- Linux Journal & TechZulu

For everyone coming to the

Techivist's picture

For everyone coming to the meetup on Tuesday, just wanted to share the good news that there won't be any local sports teams in action so traffic should be better than usual coming into Downtown.
LA Kings won the Stanley Cup so NHL season is over.
Sadly, both the Lakers & Clippers' seasons are over (so that's 3 teams that occupy Staples Center which = no events there that night).
LA Dodgers are on the road so coming into Downtown from the 101 North, 110 North & 5 North won't be affected as there's no event in Chavez Ravine.

Cy'all on Tuesday!

Miguel Hernandez -
Founder & CEO - The OpenMindz Group
Writer- Linux Journal & TechZulu

Thanks for the report,

nodiac's picture

Thanks for the report, Miguel! It would be fun to go to Barbara's tonight for the Drupal After Dark. Would you like to be our Drupal After Dark coordinator this time around?

Kraken Digital Media & Technology
Robot Coordinator  
Greater Los Angeles Drupal
Organizer, Dragonslayer &n

Surely, Lee! I recall

Techivist's picture

Surely, Lee!

I recall Stew-bee always doing a really good job so I'll try my best. :)

Miguel Hernandez -
Founder & CEO - The OpenMindz Group
Writer- Linux Journal & TechZulu

As a lightning talk, I can

christefano's picture

As a lightning talk, I can chat briefly about the barn raising that we had at Droplabs on Friday and Saturday. There are photos and minutes over at for anyone who's interested.

We installed and configured several modules that are making it massively easier for community members to find each other by first and last name. That's something I'd be happy to go into detail about.

I think this kind of feature will be more and more common as social networks (like Facebook and Google+) do away with nyms as usernames and enforce realname policies.

D7 git log

oseldman's picture

I can do a quick lightning talk about viewing the D7 git commit log (with SourceTree).

joe_pixelrow's picture

Domain Access
Create multiple websites from a single Drupal installation
Domain Alias - to route traffic from multiple domains to a single domain such as .net variations
Domain Blocks - to place blocks on selective domains

Contact Tracker
Provide hooks to add more information into contact email.
Put HTTP referrer info into contact email.
Put session info into contact email.

Search Engine Referrers
Report summarizing search referrals

Elastic Email
Does not restrict email to domain of hub as with GoDaddy email

Bad Behavior
Stop comment spam before it starts by trapping and blocking spambots before they have a chance to post comments or register as a user.

can prevent email address harvesters and comment spammers from visiting your site by using a centralized DNS blacklist. It requires a free Project Honey Pot membership. This module provides efficient blacklist lookups and blocks malicious visitors effectively.

prevent automated contact form submissions

During yesterday's meetup, we

christefano's picture

During yesterday's meetup, we put Oliver's request to become an organizer at up on the projection screen and briefly discussed his contributions, some of the group administration features and related roles and responsibilities.

With unanimous support from Downtown organizers and members in that forum discussion and in person at the meetup, we officially promoted Oliver to the position of group organizer.

Welcome, Oliver!

Here's the video of one of

christefano's picture

Here's the video of one of the presentations at this meetup:

   RealName and RealName Registration - Nyms vs. Real Names with Drupal

Unfortunately, there was no sound during the other recorded presentation. We'll be inviting Joe back again to present again on his domain parking / metrics package and will try to capture the entire presentation next time.

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