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What I've been telling clients about Drupa(l)geddon

Since Drupal is a community project, the code is always being fixed, updated, and changed. In the past few months there have been a number of major security holes that have been fixed -- but part of the process of fixing vulnerabilities in open-source code is communicating what the holes are, how they might be exploited, and how to prevent writing code that contains those holes in the future. So it becomes a double-edged sword -- the issue is fixed, but hackers can take the information and exploit sites that haven't been updated yet.

Using Taxonomy Menu and Entity Reference Prepopulate to create an easy & awesome content admin UX in Drupal

Backstory: Part of a site I'm currently building is set up so that approved users (aka content submitters) can submit resources. Another category of users, content administrators, will need to be able to define the different types of resources (ie. download, YouTube link, PDF file). Neither user group needs to know or care that we're using a single Resource content type to manage these items; the goal is for content submitters to "Post a YouTube link", instead of going to "Create Resource" and selecting the taxonomy term for a YouTube link.

Why Should I Keep My Drupal Site Updated?

Inspired by a recent conversation with a client, along with inheriting developer ownership of a few sites that were not kept up-to-date, here is a detailed explanation on why the code that runs your Drupal site should be updated and maintained.
 
Note that I'm talking about updating your site's contributed modules or core, which involves minor code changes (for example, updating Drupal core from 7.25 to 7.26), and not upgrading your site to the next major version (going from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7).

Why is Drupal so hard?

"But that's easy!" I say. "Make a view and have it be a page. Wait, no, that can be a bit confusing -- make it a block display instead." After installing Views and CTools, setting up a view, and giving a quick tutorial on block visibility, I'm reminded that it's really not so easy for someone unfamiliar with this system. So, why is Drupal so hard?

What is Web Development?

Web development is the more technical side of website building. Its tools run the gamut from the flashy user interfaces of Web 2.0 to command-line scripts reminiscent of DOS from yesteryear. Here's a quick overview of the core concerns of web development, along with some tools, products, and services involved in building and maintaining awesome sites.

What is Web Design?

The question "What is Design?" — Design with a capital D — is a question for philosophers and big-picture thinkers. My more practical worldview is that the design aspect of a project includes the whats of a website and the details of how the site should be presented to end-users.