Spokane Drupal Group April 20

jhodgdon's picture
2017-04-20 10:00 - 12:00 America/Los_Angeles
Event type: 
User group meeting

We hope you can join us for the next meeting of the Spokane Drupal User Group!

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 10 AM to noon
We meet on the 2nd or 3rd Thursday of most months at this time/location. Log in and join the Spokane Drupal User Group (see sidebar on https://groups.drupal.org/spokane-wa ) to be notified of future meetings, events, and discussions (typically just a few email messages per month).
Spokane County Library - Argonne branch, 4322 N. Argonne Road, Millwood. We are currently meeting in the small conference room at the library. From the hallway, go into the library proper, past the checkout/information desk, take a right and you'll see the room on the right.
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We spend two hours in a question and answer format, with the participants around a table and a laptop on a projector. Come with questions about a project you're working on, something you've learned that you'd like to share with others, a desire to improve Drupal in some way (documentation, programming, design, marketing etc.), or a desire to help others with their projects and questions. Or just come and listen and observe.
Everyone is welcome -- the only prerequisite is having some interest in Drupal. This group is usually 5-10 friendly people, with experience levels ranging from novice to expert, so you'll fit right in. Because of the size of the group, you will have time to share something you've learned, or get your questions answered, or both!


Agenda for April

jhodgdon's picture

I had thought I would not be able to make it to the April meeting, but right now, I think I will be there.

If I'm not there, Jon has agreed to bring a projector, and Jon and Shawn will lead the meeting -- either way, it should be fine!

Jon also says he plans to do a presentation on web forms.

I will be there!

jhodgdon's picture

We made it back from our trip last night, so I plan to be at the meeting tomorrow -- see you all then!


dmsid's picture

I've been fighting the flu for 2 1/2 weeks now and will not be up to attending on Thursday I'm glad you made it back that way I won't have to drag myself there and infect everyone.

Feel better!

jhodgdon's picture

I hope you feel better soon!

Meeting notes

jhodgdon's picture

What we talked about today:

  • Drupal 8 security release -- for security announcements, always go to

    There was a security release for Drupal 8.2.x and 8.3.x yesterday.

    Subscribe to the Security newsletter to get announcements. Or, if you have an installed Drupal site with the Update Manager module installed/enabled, you can sign up to make sure you get email when a module or theme or Core on your site has a security update.

  • Distributions -- these are packages of Drupal core, plus modules, themes, and settings. Find them at:

    You cannot add a Distribution after already installing Drupal core.

    What you can do is download it, and look at the .info file in the top-level folder, to see what modules it depends on. Check for lines like:

    dependencies[] = addressfield

    and then you can go to drupal.org/project/addressfield to find this module.

    You can also try out distributions on https://simplytest.me by typing in the name of the distribution and clicking "launch sandbox".

  • Diane's library Events pages...
    - There are events pages for adults and kids
    - Each page is separated out into special events and by library
    - The site has a content type for an Event, with a bunch of fields
    - The events pages are made up of several views blocks, for the individual libraries etc.
  • How to find documentation for contributed modules downloaded from drupal.org:
    - Read the project page.
    - See if there are any documentation links on the project page.
    - Download the module and see if there is a README.txt or other .txt files (INSTALL.txt, etc.) or a documentation sub-directory
    - Install the module (can use https://simplytest.me) and install/enable the core Help module, and see if there is any help on admin/help
    - Do a web search for documentation, blogs, and/or videos
    - If you cannot find the answer:
    -- https://www.drupal.org/support for support options (forums, drupal answers, IRC chat)
    -- Create an issue in the module's issue queue with type "Support request"
  • Finding a module that does a specific thing: Do a Google search. Example:
    drupal module svg draw graphics in browser
  • JavaScript -- if you are using Drupal 7, you may need to update JQuery using the JQuery Update module
  • Uninstalling a module
    - Drupal 7: there is "enable" and "install", and so you can "disable" a module from the Modules page, and then afterwards, uninstall it from the "Uninstall" tab on the Modules page.
    - Drupal 8: There is just "install" and "uninstall", no "disable".
    - After uninstalling a module, you can also log in to your server or hosting control panel and remove the files completely, for optimal security.
    - You cannot uninstall or disable a module that another module depends on. You cannot install or enable a module that depends on a module that is missing.
  • General advice: check the Status Report (Admin > Reports > Status Report) to see how your site is doing. Fix any red errors!
  • Why is internationalization abbreviated i18n and accessibility a11y? See