9 New Features in Drupal 8 Core

Posted at July 22, 2016 at 6:17 pm by Manoj Kumar

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Drupal is a powerful and flexible framework that allows users to create dynamic, scalable and secure websites. Drupal has a specific programming environment that tends to be a programmer’s platform rather than just a CMS.  Major corporations and several government agencies use Drupal which include: WhiteHouse.gov, The United Nations, The Discovery Channel, Forbes, MTV Europe, The Economist and The New York Observer. With the release of Drupal 8, users have enjoyed a more powerful and user-friendly environment. Listed below are some of the exciting new features that accompany Drupal 8.

1. New Fields

There are 5 new field types which include:

  • Date
  • Email
  • Link
  • Reference
  • Telephone

Along with the addition of new fields, you can add them to various places. The variety of places that you can add fields include: nodes, comments, taxonomy terms, blocks, and contact forms

2. CKEditor

Drupal 8 core comes with CKEditor module. Drupal 8 core provides the infrastructure that the CKEditor module requires. Previous versions were not providing a text editor, but in the new edition users will now not have to redo the integration work because text editors are now included.

3. Quick Edit

The Quick Edit module allows content to be edited rapidly on the spot. Once you have logged into your Drupal site, content text can be edited directly from the front-end instead of having to deal with the hassle on the back-end.

4. Responsive Images

With Drupal 8, you can choose different styles for a wide array of images. These various styles can be used for different device sizes. All devices have responsive layouts that require a variety of image sizes at different resolutions.

5. Tour

Drupal 8 core includes the new “Tour module”. Once enabled, it provides users a guided tours of the site’s interface via tooltips. The tour module is a great tool that introduces users to all of Drupal’s features. The Tour module can be used to draw user’s attention to important components of the interface and to guide users through a workflow.

6. Views

Views is available in the Drupal 8 core by default. This module must be queried and enabled by the user. Views are most often used by administrators because it allows for quick and easy customizations.

7. Multilingual

Drupal 8 requires you to install 4 core modules in order for the multilingual features to work. Once enabled, these modules give the website the ability to be translated to various languages.

8. Configuration Manager

The new configuration module allows for your build features to be easily imported and exported. Previously configuration settings were stored in a database, but now they can be stored in files making them more accessible. If the settings are stored in files, they can also be restored to a specific version.

9. Web Services

Drupal 7 required several contributed modules in order to create a web service. Now everything that you need in order to create a web service efficiently exist in Drupal 8. To create a REST export, just enable the 4 Web Services modules.

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DrupalCon 2016

Posted at July 12, 2016 at 2:17 pm by Stacey Talieres

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Early in May, InterServer was a proud sponsor of DrupalCon in New Orleans. It was a spectacular event comprised of a long list of amazing guest speakers a majority of whom traveled from afar in support of Drupal. Over 3000 Drupal enthusiasts and fanatics eagerly attended. DrupalCon gives the people who develop and use this system a chance to take part in activities that involve learning sessions, talks, code sprints, and of course social events. Here at InterServer we were delighted to take part in such an event that allowed us to meet individuals who have the same passion for Drupal as we do.

We always look forward to attending these events especially in the Big Easy because it allows us to gain awareness from fans of Drupal. Having a presence at these events is exciting because it enables people to learn more about InterServer and the hosting solutions that we provide. Not only is our main goal to provide the best hosting solution to our customers, but in addition, we strive to offer the most optimized Drupal hosting experience on the market. We would like to take the time to not only thank those that took part in this event, but also the fans who made InterServer’s visit to New Orleans exhilarating. Attending DrupalCon in New Orleans makes us eagerly look forward to the next year’s DrupalCon. Do not be shy to follow our blog as we will continue to offer support and advice for those who use Drupal.

Key highlights:

  1. Our swag was pretty off the chart with most all attendees sporting InterServer tote bags and enjoying our water bottles in an effort to remain hydrated.
  2. We enjoyed meeting tons of Drupal Developers all of whom presented tons of great questions and had great ideas and feedback.
  3. We had the opportunity to meet and develop partnerships with universities and other educational institutions.
  4. My favorite highlight from the Con  is that we were able to launch our special offer of one free year of hosting to anyone who holds an .edu email address. Since its launch at DrupalCon it has become a major hit amongst many! It’s our hope that this program benefits students all across the world looking develop projects that require web based services.

In light of the recent events involving Acquia who will no longer be hosting Drupal Garden customers’, we believe here, at InterServer, attending these events is crucial to the people who use and support Drupal. As we have mentioned in our previous blog entry, InterServer is offering a promotion of 1 penny for the first month of service followed with a per monthly rate of $5 in an effort to help all these customers find a new home. We are offer fully managed and free migrations. All of this will be handled by our team of migration experts carrying no contractual obligations.

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How to Write Perfect Comments that can Drive traffic!

Posted at July 1, 2016 at 6:47 pm by Stacey Talieres

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Any one who runs a website understands the struggles associated with generating traffic to their site.  In order to capture your targeted audience, you should try to captivate bloggers who come across your website. There are various ways to boost traffic to your new blog. Of course, not all comments will generate the traffic that you may desire.

1 . Comment on Popular Blogs

In order to generate traffic from your comments, I would suggest commenting on a variety of popular blogs.  Blogs of this nature can receive many comments within a short span of time upon being published. Constantly keep tabs on targeted blogs for any updates. Additionally, when popular blogs post new articles, it’s crucial to comment as quickly as possible.

2. Write Detailed Comments

Posting generic comments that are similar to others won’t necessarily direct traffic to your blog. Try to captivate your targeted audience by writing comments that are specific and detailed to the article. If you create a comment that does not relate to the article, then consider this to a missed opportunity to establish your credibility. Readers will not waste their time with comments that are not applicable.

3. Write Comments Like an Expert

This is your opportunity to demonstrate sufficient knowledge about the topic being discussed in the article.  When bloggers believe that you are an expert on any given topic, this can directly result in traffic to your blog. If executed correctly, a single comment can drive hundreds of readers to your blog based upon the perception of your expertise.

 

If you have any additional questions related to this topic, we would appreciate it if you commented down below.

InterServer Is Now Migrating Drupal Gardens Customers

Posted at June 9, 2016 at 11:37 am by Stacey Talieres

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As of 8/1/2016 Acquia will no longer be offering hosting for Drupal Gardens customers. With that in mind InterServer is offering a promotion of 1 penny for the first month of service followed with a per monthly rate of $5 in an effort to help all these customers find a new home. We are offer fully managed and free migrations which are then handled by our team of migration experts. Our service comes with 24/7 on site support and with no contractual obligation.

When you export or migrate over to InterServer it will not disrupt your website’s layout or functionality in anyway. Below we have outlined the key steps that are required for a successful migration.

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Exporting:

In order to export your website to a backup:

    1. Login in as an admin to your website with the System: Administer site configuration website permission.
    2. Go to Configuration > Site export.
    3. Then Select a reason for exporting the list, and provide us with your reason for exporting the site. You will be required to provide further explanation in a text box.
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    4. Select Export.
    5. Shortly after Drupal Gardens creates a backup file, it will send the file to your browser.  Then save the .tar.gz file to your computer.Quick Tip: Varying upon the size of your site, it typically takes a short period of time for Drupal Gardens to create a backup and send it over to your browser.
    6. Evaluate the .tar.gz file to ensure that it carries the files relating to your Drupal Gardens site.

Quick Tip: File sizes may vary, therefore archived files for large Drupal Gardens sites may not have files in the /sites/default/files folder.

If your archive file has no files in the docroot/sites/default/files folder, we advise taking the following steps and downloading them from Drupal Gardens:

  1. You should install or have access to the wget utility.
  2. Remove the archive file to a different location on your computer.
  3. Use the command window to find the new docroot folder using the cd command.
  4. Use the following command depending upon your OS:
    • Mac OS X

./get_files.sh

      • Windows

get_files.sh

Drupal Gardens will direct your site’s remaining files to the docroot/sites/default/files folder.

Quick Tip: The site archive file does not include the /sites/default/files/styles folder or its sub-folders. When you import the site archive file into another Drupal environment, Drupal recreates the /styles folder and its sub-folders.

You should also export your site from the My sites page by selecting Export site in the site’s Actions menu.

Getting Ready to Import:

  1. Download a new site archive file from your personal Drupal Gardens site.
  2. Take the files from the site archive file to the folder from which your web service hosts your site’s files. That new folder will be the docroot of your website.Quick Tip: When you take the contents of the site archive file, you should not make a folder called docroot. However, take the site archive file contents of the docroot directly into the folder that hosts your website’s files. This will include the files in sub-folders (such as /sites) with a maintained folder structure.
  3. Locate the new docroot folder for your site where you will then open credentials-[sitename]-user1_[random].txt, where [sitename] is your Drupal Gardens site-name, and [random] is a vast array of numbers and letters.
  4. Acquire the User1 user name and password from that file.User1 is a Drupal superuser account. In the past this was not readily accessible when your site had been hosted by Drupal Gardens. When the site archive file creation process occurs, Drupal Gardens creates a new user name (user_1 plus a random text string) and generates a new password.

For further information about the user accounts in the credentials file, see Exporting your site.

  1. In the new environment, form a new database with no tables.
  2. Configure the new database and double check that your database user account has the required permissions to import database information.

Press Release on Bread Basket 6/7/2016

Posted at June 7, 2016 at 3:24 pm by Stacey Talieres

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Secaucus, New Jersey, 6/7/2016:  InterServer, a leading provider of web hosting solutions, recently announced that it will provide Bread Basket to its VPS clients. With Bread Basket, InterServer aims to accelerate the installation processes while enabling a higher level of operational efficiency for its clients. This includes an assortment of software while keeping simplicity at its core. With this enhanced solution, the users are equipped with total control over their resources which includes 24/7 technical support.

Customers who select Bread Basket can then order a VPS with a Webuzo panel pre-installed. Webuzo is a control panel released by Softaculous, the same company that offers one-click installation scripts for over 300 software applications.  InterServer has partnered with Softaculous to provide its VPS customers, a Webuzo panel for free.  This is a great opportunity for people who would like to run their websites and or applications on a VPS but would still prefer a control panel to manage installations.

“Understanding the needs of our customers’ and being able to deliver with an enhanced value is our key goal. Hence resulting in unique solutions by providing a bundle of goodies – all in one basket, “  Mike Lavrik, CEO,  InterServer

According to Mike, “With the Bread Basket solution, the users get to enjoy full functionality and efficiency without the added worry of additional costs. By providing a  flat rate pricing model the user can easily manage their websites and or applications. In addition users can enjoy our blazing fast VPS in a secure, stable environment.”

Benefits of Bread Basket include cost effectiveness as there is no need to pay a monthly license fee for a control panel. It is easy to use as there is no learning curve involved. Unlike other control panels, our customers receive one-click installations under one basket. Compared to other heavy weights, Webuzo does not hog system resources. Users have a diverse and wide range of apps to select from, starting from a web-Server to a shopping cart app.

Other features include:

-Creating your own Webuzo templates that run in your own virtualized environment.

– Single user control panel. (Even though it is not a shared hosting control panel, user can still add unlimited number of domains and subdomains within a single account.)

-Webuzo works best on a Centos Platform. There is no manual installation required because when the Bread Basket option is selected during purchase, user gets their cloud VPS with Webuzo pre-installed. The login credentials for the control panel are sent to the registered email address of the user.

About InterServer

Established in 1999 as a premier webhosting provider, located in Secaucus, New Jersey, InterServer provides unparalleled webhosting services at an affordable cost. Known for their quality, reliability, along with a safe and secure facility, which includes 24/7 on site support. InterServer offers its customers a 30 day money back guarantee on shared hosting, along with 99.9% uptime and a 100% power guarantee.

As an industry leader, InterServer is able to provide its customers with innovative products and services designed to complement their existing businesses. InterServer serves customers ranging from individual freelancers to Fortune 500 companies in many countries. Over the years, InterServer has built a solid reputation for their commitment to security, dependability, technical expertise and solid customer support. They aim to treat their clients well, and strive to provide uninterrupted service, comprehensive resources, and all the tools needed to run a business. Check out their twitter handle https://twitter.com/InterServer for latest news and updates.