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  • Discouraged

    I’ve been attempting to work on my test Drupal 8 upgrade, and I just keep getting more discouraged.  I’m using a smaller site as my test subject, and even IT keeps getting more daunting to convert.  None of the blocks came over, so they all need to be redone.  And I’m having issues getting the SAME appearance theme from Drupal 7 to look right in Drupal 8.

    I know, all of this isn’t super insane, but I’m doing this a test run to see how bad TRC’s conversion will be.  And it is already a staggering amount of work 🙁

    I’m starting to think this whole idea might be a bad one.  I’m just afraid they’re going to stop supporting Drupal 7 eventually…. I don’t know what to do.  Sigh.


  • Drupal 8 Woes

    In looking at the scope of the project to upgrade TRC to Drupal 8, I realize I need a smaller project to wet my feet first.  The conversion is going to take a lot of time and work, so I want to get a bit familiar with what needs to get done.

    I decided to start by upgrading the Town of Bradford website.  It also runs on Drupal 7, as it was created using TRC as a template.  It is my only other active Drupal site, and it is quite small in comparison to TRC.  It should make for a good test run to get familiar with.

    I started working on it this afternoon, and it already is still more work than I was hoping for.  No custom blocks will migrate over, which means they all need to be redone manually.  This isn’t such a huge deal with Bradford, but there are over 100 blocks on TRC and I am NOT looking forward to rebuilding them all.

    The pages and “content” of the site (articles, documents, etc) all migrated nicely.  I just need to rebuild most of the pages and views.  This means that a large chunk of TRC might import properly, with a few hurdles to jump over.  The biggest challenge so far is going to be rebuilding all the blocks by hand.

    Sigh.


  • Sometimes I Amaze Myself

    For ages now, I’ve been having issues with WordPress and uploading pictures or any type of file.  You get these stupid annoying time-out errors, and have to try uploading the file numerous times, over and over.  Believe me, its been annoying.

    I finally fixed the problem!  I sat here last night updating a TON of Minecraft pages here on my site, and had very few upload errors!  I simply had to change the site over from running FastCGI to regular old CGI.  Apparently it has longer timeout periods, and voila! the issue is no more.

    It honestly makes me very happy!!


  • Virtual Private Hosting

    I’ve been having a lot of weird issues with my WordPress websites lately…  I decided it might be time to finally look into Virtual Private Hosting.  In the past, I’d avoided it as it was just too expensive. I looked today, and its only $45/yr more for the base plan over what I’m currently paying for Shared Hosting.  I think I really need to look into this, as it would give me a lot more control, and should fix most of the issues with WordPress.


  • Adventures in Calendering

    I spent the past week working on overhauling the TRC Community Calendar.  It was in some need of some updates some TLC.  I updated the submit pages to make them a bit more user-friendly to start out.  I spent two days trying to add a fancy pop-up calendar picker for the date entry, but had to give up in the end. The submit form is too complex to try and shoehorn in some javascript or the CSS to do the pop-up magic.  It has too many levels and built-in checks and madness for me to fully understand.

    I even got some help on updating a ton of events from Susie at the Milo Town Office. I got to overhaul a good portion of the calendar, which has needed to be done for some time. We had a lot of outdated stuff in there.  I’ve got a few events that still need to be checked, but the calendar is looking much better now.

    Lately I’ve been pretty focused on making the site mobile-friendly, and I was concerned about the calendar.  It actually gets pretty messed up on mobile viewing in Portrait mode, but it works perfect if you’re in landscape. This made me pretty happy, as overhauling that calendar would be like having a root canal.  The code is old, and pretty clunky in places, but it works GREAT.  Every time I go in to edit, I make sure I clean it up a bit and improve things.

    Thats all for now.  For my next trick, I’ll be overhauling the TRC Local Directory 🙂

    TRC Community Calendar