Western Montana

For Drupalers in Western Montana, here's your chance to come out of the woodwork, gather, share what you know, and have fun with other Big Sky Drupal fans.

This is your group! Please join, start discussions, make friends, and use this group to learn and share what you know.

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April First Tuesday Meetup

2011-04-05 18:30 - 21:00 America/Denver

April's informal Drupal meetup will be Tuesday, April 5, 6:30pm at Zootown Brew coffee on Broadway.

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trista13's picture

Google Analytics or something else?

I'm fairly new to Drupal, but have created some sites before. In the past, I typically used Google Analytics to monitor the site traffic and noticed that there is a Google Analytics module, but I was wondering what others thought of it and if there might be a better solution with a Drupal site.


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March Third Thursday Meeting

2011-03-17 16:00 - 18:30 America/Denver

Time to get back on the wagon. Due, in particular, to our recent Building a Powerful Custom Website with Drupal class, we've been way off schedule with our regular meetings. It's time to get started again.

We will start things back up with an informal Drupal meetup Thursday, March 17, 4:00pm at Zootown Brew coffee on Broadway.

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Drupal 8 Development Begins — 15 Bugs At a Time

darthcamaro writes
"It took nearly 3 years for the open source Drupal 7 content management system to hit general availability. The plan for pushing out Drupal 8 is to be faster. How are they going to do that? '"At no point in time will there be more than 15 critical bugs," Dries Buytaert, founder of Drupal said. "I will not pull in a big change if we know there are known bugs. This gives us the ability to do timely releases because we know at most the release is only 15 critical bugs away from being ready."'"

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trista13's picture

Changing the default search box

I'm working with the MAYO theme (http://drupal.org/project/mayo) and it has a nice feature where you can turn on and off a search box in the header through Administrator-Themes-Settings. I'd like to use this search box, but with a different search box (one that searches our library catalog). So, basically, I'm looking for a place to stick the HTML code in the MAYO theme so that that search box becomes my search box. I've looked through the CSS and other files in the theme, but all I see is the layout of the search box, not the actual information for the search box.

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I'm not crazy... Date and Views hate each other!

After having my site really messed up (WSOD messed up) twice, I started to look into calendar, dates and views more to see if anyone else is having an issue and I found this http://drupal.org/node/1066690. It looks like they're going to be rebuilding the date module to work better with views (sigh of relief!). Anyone else seeing problems with Date, Views and Calendar in Drupal 7?

trista13's picture

Filtering by taxonomy in views

I've been playing around in views for awhile, but I can't seem to filter a view by taxonomy term. Ideally, I'd like to create a view that displays an alphabetical list (it's of hyperlinks) and then let's users change the list by selecting the taxonomy term to narrow the list to just that category (for example: health resources). But, I've also been trying to just create a view using the taxonomy as a filter and then creating links to the different views. I feel like this should be easy to do (maybe if I could write SQL queries, it would be), but I'm not getting anywhere.

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Drupal as an Application Framework: Unofficially competing in the BostonPHP Framework Bakeoff

BostonPHP hosted a PHP Framework Bake-Off last night, a competition among four application frameworks: CakePHP, Symfony, Zend, and CodeIgniter. A developer coding in each framework was given 30 minutes to build a simple job-posting app (wireframes publicized the day before) in front of a live audience.

I asked the organizer if I could enter the competition representing Drupal. He replied that Drupal was a Content Management System, not a framework, so it should compete against Wordpress and Joomla, not the above four. My opinion on the matter was and remains as follows:



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Drupal 7 Field Type Definitions

opegasus noted that there wasn't a readily-available list of all the core (and contributed?) field types for Drupal 7. Let's make one.

What are they for? i.e. why chose one over the other? How come I have field types like term-reference that aren't listed here?

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Early look at Drupal 7's media incorporation in core.

Thanks to Roxane Rinard of Developing Wings for sending along this video link. It is an early peek at the media functions adopted in core Drupal 7.


laken's picture

Drupal 7 released!

For those of you who don't follow drupal.org homepage or the hundreds of drupal-releated Twitter accounts, Drupal 7 was officially released today: http://drupal.org/project/drupal

Congratulations to the hard-working developers, documentation team, beta testers, and everyone in the community who have made Drupal 7 such a leap forward. Can't wait to dig in and start building sites with this puppy.

Want to learn Drupal 7 in Montana? Sign up for the class Scott and I are teaching starting Jan 25th.

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opegasus's picture

Montana Drupal release party?

Anybody see the D7 release party page?

Is there a party planned here in Western Montana?


opegasus's picture

Site migration/move and overcoming issues changing databases.

Greetings MT Drupaliers!

I found that I had to move my site. I went from a MySqli to a MySql database set up.

Everything (I believe) is the same.

The site will not connect (thelightscriber.com ) and shows it offline and that I am facing DB issues.

I did change the settings file in the DB line but that was it. Still a no-go.

I have searched but most threads say to just change the one line in Settings. Did that but still epic fail.

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laken's picture

Come chat with group members in our local IRC channel

Hi Montana Drupalistas!

IRC is a venerable Internet protocol for real-time text-based communications. Essentially, chatrooms. Ages before Skype, AIM, etc people were using IRC to chat about thousands of topics, and IRC remains very popular today, especially among geeks.

I have created an IRC channel for the use of our local Montana Programmers group, and I think we should use it for Drupal Montana as well. We can help each other with questions/answers, say hi, and alleviate the isolation of working alone for us home-office folks. It's like a virtual water cooler.

If you already know how to use IRC, just join the #mtprogrammers channel on the Freenode network (irc.freenode.net).

If you need help getting started with IRC, I've provided complete instructions here:

If you need any help, just let me know! Hope to see you in the channel…

P.S. The global Drupal community makes heavy use of IRC to stay connected. The Drupal IRC channels are a great way to ask/answer questions, coordinate with Drupal friends in far-flung locales, etc: http://drupal.org/irc

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Drupal's double HTML meta print trashes Nodewords.

It's a crying shame that Drupal's core code causes double meta printing in the HTML.

I really wanted to use Nodewords to enhance each node's meta keywords and descriptions for SEO. The validity of being able to specify the exact meta info for each specific node would greatly enhance targeted SEO. due to this error I have to hard code a set of tags for each template. Lost is the ability to SEO a node on the fly.

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Free Acquia Drupal Webinar: Scaling Microsites for the Enterprise

Organizations no longer manage one or two websites. Every department has multiple sites, however this proliferation of microsites raises challenges. 

Drupal Gardens offers a scalable Drupal-as-a-Service platform tailored to the needs of enterprise customers who need to deploy and manage their library of microsites while complimenting their primary web properties. Join Acquia for this one-hour webinar where attendees will learn:

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Web Developer | No Name Outdoors

Employment type: 
Not allowed

The owners of http://www.nonameoutdoors.com are looking for some Western Montana Drupal help with one off changes as well as some guidance to improve the user experience and layout of their site. There are interested in finding someone that has an interest in hunting and fishing.

For more information, contact Devon at devon.cox at nonameoutdoors.com. If you'd like a phone number to contact them, please contact me directly, and I'll give it to you. You should be someone I know in the Western MT Drupal Group for me to give you his phone number (for privacy reasons).

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December First Tuesday Missoula Drupal Meeting

2010-12-07 18:30 - 20:30 America/Denver

We will hold our monthly informal Drupal meetup Tuesday, December 7, 6:30pm at Zootown Brew coffee on Broadway.

This will be a casual, open meetup. Many of us enjoy time for informal learning and networking so that's what we'll have tonight. Got a Drupal problem you're stumped with? Looking for just the right module for your new site? Want to show off something cool? This is the right forum for that!

Hope to see you there!

Meetup Details
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
6:30 to 8:30 pm (or whenever)
Zootown Brew
121 West Broadway
Missoula MT
(406) 543-2549

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niels's picture

UM Web Standards

I am fishing for thoughts on how to create a consistent header on every page of a Drupal 6 site in order to be compliant with the UM Web Standards - similar to what is at the top of the FireCenter page. Would this best be accomplished with a php snipit or 3rd party module? Any advice would be much appreciated.
Thanks so much,

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Drupal 7 RC1!

At long last the critical bug count went to zero today - and they shipped Release Candidate 1. It might be a few more weeks until they ship though - but we're getting there.

Release notes for RC1

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