Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Getting a Drupal site up fast - Drupal 7

Drupal 7 Essential Training—Getting a Drupal site up fast  - Tom Geller 

You've probably looked at the dozens of videos in this course and said:
"whoa! wait a second. I just want to get my site up".
This video gives you only the most bare instructions to get a Drupal site running, and then tells you which other videos to watch for more help.
There are basically three steps.
  1. 1st, we'll download and install the Aquia Drupal Stack Installer, also known as DAMP. [or "dev desktop"]
  2. 2nd we'll download and install Core Drupal - that's the Drupal you get from Drupal.org -  into that DAMP.
  3. 3rd, we'll run Drupal's browser-based installer. And that's it! Then we'll be ready to add content and administer our site.
Now, along the way, I'm going to do this very very quickly, and in fact I have already down-loaded some of these files and un-compressed them. If you have any problems with these steps, see the computer literacy course by Garrick Chow, also on Lynda.com.
1: Stack Installer
But - let's get started. Our first stop is at http://acquia.com/downloads Here we get started by looking over here for the platform we're on. Here we're on Windows so I just click "download now" and save it. That'll take a few moments. We then go to our download location which in my case is the desktop, and double click the file that's been downloaded there [which shows as a blue droplet]. Your computer may throw-up a message that warns you about installing a program from the internet. In this case, I know we want to do it so I click "yes".

That launches the Drupal Stack Installer. I'm just going to click through this. You really don't have to change any of the defaults.  I'll explain what they are in a later video about installing the Drupal stack installer.

Finally we get to the stage where we're finally going to name our site. We're actually going to replace the version of Drupal that's installed by the Acquia Stack installer, so it doesn't matter what we put here. Still, for consitancy, I'll say
  • User name is admin, and
  • Password, as it is throughout this course, is drupal. You of course will use whatever password you prefer. And an email address. And then click next.
You get a confirmation screen, click next again, and then one more time to install the Stack installer. This process will take a few minutes ... and we're done! Click Finish.
2: Core Drupal
That launches the control panel for aquia Drupal. So that's our first step completed. Now we want to grab core Drupal, and import it into this stack. To do that, we go back to our web browser, and go to https://drupal.org/project/drupal Scroll down on this page until you get down to the downloads area. Now: I'm making this video before the official release of [Drupal version]7.0 so I'm going to download this one. However, by the time you see it, you'll probably see a 7.0 or a 7.something version of it up here in the green area, and that's the one that you should download.

I click here to download. I've already done it, and the download is on the desktop. So I'll go there, and I'll start the import process.

So there's our Drupal folder after its been un-compressed. If you have any problems with that, watch Garick Chou's videos on computer literacy, also on Lynda.com . I'm going to rename that folder "Two Trees". That goes-along with the name of the site that we'll be building throughout the course, which is about a fictional olive oil company called Two Trees Olive Oil.

Once we've renamed the folder, I go back into my control panel. Go to Settings. And Sites. And Import. (The button opens a file listing of the hard disc). I find that folder (Drupal, renamed Two Trees) and click OK.

Create a new database. I'll call that "Two Trees" as well. And call the server "Two Trees". And click Import.
3: Drupal's Browser-based installer
Doing so launches our browser, and starts the third stage of our installation process, by opening Drupal's own installer. Click Save and continue, and continue-on. Again, I will go through all these steps individually in a later video. Finally we add a little bit of information about the site, including the primary - what's called the Super User. I'll call this Two Trees Olive Oil. Put in a little bit of other information. Finally click Save and continue. And that takes us to our completely installed Drupal site. Click on Visit your new site, and we are done!

Now you can start adding content to your new site, changing the design, managing users - basically doing everything it takes to make this site your own.

If you just need a quick and dirty way to get started, see the video Learning Drupal's Basic Workflow. Then, once your site is ready on your laptop or desktop computer, you can move that installation to a server, which you'll learn about from several videos entitled Installing Drupal on a Server.[note: you need to re-start the program from Windows > Start > Acquia Dev Desktop or such each time you re-start your computer.]

Importing Commerce Kickstarter into Aquia Drupal desktop.

There is a video by Tom Geller of Lynda.com about this, but I lost it and got a 1 week pass on Lynda.com fo
Installing Drupal Commerce using Commerce Kickstart

The free forever video is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rubREehi7qY
Install Aquia Drupal desktop, which no mysteriously works. I remember something about using the Zip version on the right and not the more compressed Tar version on the left of the download page because of a windows bug.

Unzip Drupal Commerce Kickstarter, which is a full version of Drupal with an extra shop bit, and name it something nice like "Two Trees" for a fictional Olive Oil Company in California.
Next, open the control panel of Aquia Drupal desktop from the start menu, and click-about on it till you find an "import" button. It's under settings>Sites>Import.

An "Import Site" form pops-up with boxes to fill in:
"codebase": Two Trees
"database" Click the option to create a new database, and name it Two Trees. A spare box dissapears.
"domain server": change "localhost" to "two trees". Ignore the other boxes under "domain server".

On the video, a Drupal install starts at this point with options of plain drupal or this Kickstarter thing.
On my screen, an error message pops-up reading

"hosts file doesn't exist or is not writable/ 'C:\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\etc\hosts' "

Googling for answers I found one on the linked page:

"Windows only" go to:

Posted on July 19, 2010 - 7:48pm by Ouail E..
"Windows only"
go to: C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc
locate the hosts file, right click it, click properties, un-check Read only, create your new site via the Acquia CP.
when all done, go back to the hosts file and check red only.
should work fine.

 Clicking from the My Computer link, I found there really is a file called HOSTS in one called ETC, and right clicking allows a change to writable from read only.

Bizarrely, it works: a set of Drupally forms appears and a site is set-up. I chose not to install a mail server with the Aquia Drupal Desktop, which could be why there's an error message:
  • Warning: mail() [function.mail]: Failed to connect to mailserver at "localhost" port 25, verify your "SMTP" and "smtp_port" setting in php.ini or use ini_set() in DefaultMailSystem->mail() (line 76 of C:\temp\veganline\modules\system\system.mail.inc).
  • Unable to send e-mail. Contact the site administrator if the problem persists.

I will pretend I didn't see that because underneith it says Congratulations, you installed Drupal Commerce!  - and has a link to visit the new site on my hard disc.

The new site wants some updates, and knows where to get them. They download straight into the site which swallows them a lot more smoothly than my Drupal experiments crammed onto shared hosting. Those ones often run-out of memory during an update and need a few goes with the alt-backarrow keys and repeated tries before the update works. This manages all the updates at once without a hitch. Except for updating Drupal Core which is more manual. This is a warning transcribed from the video while I still have a free subscription.

Now for you experienced Drupal folks, I want to show you something very quickly about how Drupal Commerce sets things up. It's a little different from how standard Drupal does things, and that means you have to watch out when you update your site. To show you that I'll go back to my [hard disc] and open up my [kickstart] folder.



---- SITES Now normally in Drupal, all the information that's specific to your site is in this Sites folder here....

...it would be in Modules, and then "Modules" would contain the modules, but you don't see them here. This is because Kickstart is a profile: All of the information is stored in 

Now I'm talking about the things that are specific to Commerce Kickstart - the modules, and the way that it is set-up - and if we open this PROFILES/MODULES folder, we see all of this extra stuff. In fact the PROFILES/MODULES/COMMERCE folder contains all the stuff that is specific to Drupal Commerce.

I mention this because if you try to update the site the normal way, by just replacing everything except for the SITES folder, you will actually loose all of your commerce functionality, so be careful about that.

The video doesn't say which other folders to keep. Presumably the PROFILES/MODULES/COMMERCE one.

Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn't

Chernobyl control room No. 4 in 2000. From Wikipedia. Author?
Here's the system for installing installers.
  • Press control+alt+delete to reveal a list of what's running on your computer.

  • Right-click and turn off random things (do not do this if working in a nuclear power station or it might go funny like the one on the right)
Miraculously, both Aquia Drupal and Bitnami worked today, and this is the only explanation I can give.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

First steps in Drupal Commerce video

Jumping ahead from installation, this is an informal lecture on how to link display nodes to product nodes in a manual first-steps kind of way. There's a box for it somewhere on the screen when you set-up the product display node. My result looked a bit like the Commerce Kickstart example - not something you could earn a living from yet - JR Transcriber

Transcript of "First Steps in Drupal Commerce" at Colerado 2011 (making a Drupal Commerce site from scratch)

So what we're going to do is we're just going to take a little bit of a look-around here on the Store menu and see what we find. The first thing that you think about when you think about a store is going to be the products that go in the store. So, if you come down here
to the second last option on the store menu then two columns across then you see that we have a list, of those products. Then we have the ability to have "product types" and we have an existing product type that we got installed for us by default, and then we have the ability to add products. And of course we have, just like we have with nodes, we have the ability to manage the display of those products, as we work with them.
Angie: So - these products are not nodes, like they were in Ubercart?
That is correct: they are not nodes.
Angie: And then the cart [inaudible] bundles?
I'm going to show you exactly: we're going to make one. We're going to make one and that's the very next thing we're going to do. Because that's like the very first hurdle of using Commerce, is like "What's a product?" and "What's a product display node?" So the very first thing we are going to do...
Well: first of all lets just take a look. Because we can take a product and manage the fields on it. Just like you would  do on a
Oh wow! etc...

What we would be going to - I bet that it does this again. I don't know what the deal would be going to something just like when you're managing fields on a node
- something like that:
seems to be part of the store menu labelled Product+ edit / manage fields (selcted) /Manage display
We can add new fields of the product, like size, like colour, and we'll do that in a miute (assuming that ... yeah we'll do that! I don't think we'll run out of time to do that)
You'll see it comes by default with  a title for the product, an image, a price, and a status. So we have all that by default.
And we're going to make a couple of products now. And so: we'll do that, and then, of course, on product we can manage the display as well. 
[click's the "Manage Display" tap on the top right after "Edit" and "Manage Fields"
So that's like pretty smart like [inaudible]
Angie - No idea
[inaudible and stuff until...]
This is actually Drupal 7.0 which I wouldn't normally do with a Drush make (pull that down) but next week... Next week it will be 7.1
So let's go ahead and add a product .
We'll just add a red T shirt.
So we will just do a red T shirt, and the
SKU is going to be RedTshirt, and the
Title is going to be Red T Shirt, and
I think I even have an image here that has a red T shirt in it, and
Hey! Look at that red shirt.
[Price box]
And: I think this one's going to be $9.99
And: if we add other fields here, which we will have in a little while, we would fill that out just as we would on a node - a  node-type bundle: the exact same thing.
Let's make a Blue Shirt
Angie: - Is the SKU something like a Node Title like a required field that's always there?
Um: I don't think that's required. I don't think so. I don't think it is because it's [inaudible].
This one's going to be $9.98. So.
We've saved that, and now we have: What we have are a list here [screen shows Products+ in white on dark and "list" "Product Types" as tabs. We are on "List"] and these two things. [two lllegible lines - probably about two T shirts]
Now: this is the administration screen for: Product. But look what we have here.
Thanks to some of our friends right here in this very room - this is a View!
So, not only can I change the administration screen in any way I want to...
....but it can display fields in any way that I have added, and I can have multiple administration screens.
This is NOT a private like "Oo yeah: Commerce presents this screen that you have to live with". This is a - you know: this can be a Views Cock Operations. Right now I could turn it into a VDO administration screen. So I won't go there because it's kind of distracting from it, but because this is Views, I can
[changes screen somehow]
go into the wonderfull new Views 3 screen which does some great things like popping up a nice little screen in front of us, instead of below the fold. Oh it is so, so sweet. Um: thank you very much. "Not just me". It really is just absolutely stupendous - it's a great User Interface improvement.
Views was always good But having this here: we can just configure it. So there we have the admin page and there we can just configure it.. Every list is presented. Remind me to stop-off and see you some time. Every list is presented, in the whole Commerce world, is a view. So that you can do that. Including the checkout pane, and everything else. So.
OK. So. Now Here we are [on the front page] and we should...
We don't have anything on our front page!
We had that list of products.
I'll go back to the ist of products.
Here it is and I can go and I can
-add new products and
-we can look at it.
But this is an admin interface, and the intent is not that your users would ever directly access product. That's not the intent here. I imagine that some people will figure-out a way to do that, but that is not the way that it is supposed to be done.
Person: So is there no equivelance to like the Node [inaudible]
So now we are going to make a node display.
Now we are going to make the Product Display Node, OK, to display these.
So what we are going to do is we are going to go in, and we're just going to go to Node Add
it beats me what he's doing in the blur here
and you see that we have a Product Display Node here. And we're going to say...
We're going to say Red Shirt, display node, something like that.
"Node? What would you name it, because you don't want the users to see 'node'?"
Yeah. No, I was doing this for you. OK,
And, you see here on the product list, we have to select the correct product.
We're going to select that product.
And now when I save this, my default presentation is here:
-I've got the picture,
-and I have the add-to-cart button.
And so the default presentation of the product using the product reference field is to have a - you know, a picture, with an add-to-cart button. There's many other ways that you can present it. You can present it as a SKU; you can do a lot of different things.
I'll just add it to a cart.
And let's go ahead and make the - er: [typing]
Let's go ahead and make the Blue Shirt reference node
"While you're doing that could you explain the philosophy there? Behind the separation of the setting-up a product entity template kind of thing and of the node that actually shows-up on the screen?"

Yeah. It was actually one of the greatest limitations of Ubercart  -  was that you could only display something one way. Like you couldn't have a product that was displayed fifteen different ways on your site.

"Examples of ways, like, you know: bloc versus a node, or..?"

No. No, I mean that you might be selling a red T shirt
- in the T shirt category of your site, and also
-selling it in the red category of your site. Or you might be
-selling it in a boutique site that only sells red T shirts.
And you might have a different: - a whole different node presentation, with your nodes having different fields, and all kinds of things, so it gives you an enourmous amount of capability.
You might have a mole site, that used the same products as your regular site, but you want to have different node types, to present. So it give you an enourmous amount of power there. Does that make sense?
Um: this is actually, um...
This: - Gives People A Lot Of Trouble.
So there's no question about it: this gives people trouble, so it takes some time for people to get used to that.
"inaudible inaudible lots of different fields that are just not displayed, including references to other things, it could be like if you are representing a book you can have a field representing 'author' and - bla bla bla... and then let them get thrown up by your product?"

Yes. Yes that's exactly right.
And you can present it a whole bunch of different ways.
You know lots of speciality sites don't just... you know if you go to  [inaudible] or something like that ... there's lots of speciality shops that are actually presenting things in context. Like here's the cool product and
-here's why it's cool, and
-here's my big write-up about it, and
-here's my... "customer reviews?" And here's my customer review that goes with it, and this is the customer that...
And that can be it's own node.
And like, a block can have a product reference

So, it's a very very powerfull - um: a very very powerfull situation.

But it does mean that you have to plan for both the
-addition & maintenance of the products, and the
-addition & maintenance of the product display nodes.
And they, you know, take different plans.
And the import which we'll do that at the Colorado Importing School: I doubt if that
"...imports ... product display nodes ...  ?"
And we're going to do that in a minute. That's a great question! But we're going to do that in a minute.

Yes. So you can have the right stuff in the right place and not be duplicating products to do so.
[inaudible "three years later" inaudible]
I want to point out to you. Here we've got this shopping cart bloc over here. Look at that.
It's a view. OK? So I can do anything to that. I can add - I can put a little thumbnail of the item on there. I could do anything I want with that view. I could go in there. And, I don't know whether it ... it probably won't actually want to do this but . You know, I could just add anything I want, right there! I could just fiddle with the View, and change how it works, because it's Views. It's just a great thing.

[jumping back to 20.26 after other subjects]
So there we've just added two products and two - this is just the bottom, straight-line version of setting up some products:
-we added two products, and
-we added two product display nodes, 
to point at them.
Is that - make sense? OK? How are we doing on that? OK.
That's not very hard.
And of course now we want to do -some more things!
Let me see if I've left things out of my presentation here.
Yes. I did leave a little bit of something out, so:
Every product is an entity of its own, and it can have fields on it.
So I think that's clear, and we're going to go add: we're going to go add fields to our product in a minute, OK.
Now one of the consequences of this is that every - every unique product, every permutation, is a unique product. Which means that: it's not like you have one product with, you know, red green & blue, and large medium & small on it.  You have: that's nine products. Nine products: OK? Nine products with the characteristics of those nine products. And we'll do that in a second.

But that's very important, and that's one of the things that people ask right away, that is key to that.
-Only admins go-in and look directly at products.
-Users look at them via product display nodes. OK.
And of course we've seen our wonderfull Views 3 there...
"so there's no concept of attributes or options on products?"
Yeah we're going to do that [inaudible] that's exactly what we're going to do now. Um: so - I'll show you how that works. OK?

So here we are. We have this red shirt and this blue shirt, but we want to display them in a different way. We want a drop-down menu to choose small, medium and large, of red and blue. So let's do that. We're going to go into the product: we're going to go into the product type, and we're going to manage the fields on that. And we're going to add a - a size. And that's going to be a list. And we're just going to make a select list where we're just going to make some options. We're working on the product itself now because we're talking about how the product works.
So this is going to be small, medium, and large.
We want just one value here. That's the allowed value. So that one's good.
[SAVE SETTINGS button at the bottom of the screen clicked]
And now lets add a colour field.
[inaudible / typing]
And this one will be: red, and green, and blue.
And [inaudible: clicks a button on the web page]
And here we go. We're not setting a default on it. Which of course we could.
And now our - and now: we're all set with that. So, let's go ahead and...
...go back to our products, and edit them!
Go to STORE and PRODUCTS, and: our blue shirt [screen headed Product BLUESHIRT].
We're going to make that one blue, and lets make the size small.
[choosing from drop down menus]
And, the red shirt... actually this works pretty slick! So I'm going to make this one red, and I'm going to make it medium. (And actually I hope the focus group finds it just as slick!).
And actually we only have these two products here so we should probably go back and add some more.
And now lets go over to our product reference node [where?].
And we need to change one thing on EDIT. Because, by default, the product reference was single-valued, and now we are going to make it multi-valued.  Because it can have... - it can point to more than one product now. So I am going to say that I can have an unlimited number in here.
So now, lets go-over and make yet another...
You know that I was saying that you can have more than one way to sell something. But it's the same thing.
...but we still have, um: we still have the blue node and the red node. They're still here. They still work. Everything is fine about them. But I want to make a new one! And this is going to me "small shirts".  [he's on a screen called CREATE PRODUCT DISPLAY]
And what we're going to do is we're going to select multiples that can be selected as options here.
I should have changed - I should have changed the SKU on these so that it said
So now we have a cool shirts display node.
And you see: now we can switch between the blue shirt, and the red shirt.
And add-to-cart: this way.
And you'll notice that because there's not more than one kind of blue or red shirt, there's not an option for us to change the size. So let's go ahead and make a ...
Well, I mean: let me stop there before I run-on.
 I'm going to make a couple of more products, so that we can add them to this.
Did what we just did make sense? We did one node, now, that points to two products.
And therefore that it can automatically can present the right picture, and a select [drop down select button] the right picture. With magic Ajax switching - which is cool!

Did that all make sense? Do you want me to - er - back up on that? Any questions?

"Can you switch between two products that have different information? And by information I mean all the inputs have to be the same accross all products, like..."
Like say you put in a different colour of thumbnail [sized picture] - accidentally. Something like that you mean?

"Yes. Maybe I'm misunderstanding the concept but I was just wondering if there was a - like:
Like if one of the products has size selection but the other one only comes in medium or whatever. Will all that data change as well?"

That's why we're going to do that right now.  So that's what we're going to do. Any questions before we do that? I think I've answered your question.

"Actually I've just got one more. It's really a follow-on [question] but...
Is there a way to require selection of the attributes?
I think so. [inaudible]
There should be a check-box. [inaudible]

"I understand that if I have a shirt that comes in three colours, and three sizes, I have to define it nine times?"

Correct. That is absolutely correct. There will be nine products. That is absolutely correct.

"And I have to define each one of those individually".
And you don't do it by hand the way I'm doing it right now. You do it with Commerce Pains, or you do it with Commerce Migrate, or one of the others. There's Commerce Bulk Product Creation (which is actually not in working order right now). But it - you know [that this is pre-release]. So you don't actually do it. You don't actually do it the way I'm doing it because that would take a long time.

"That's what I was saying!"

And there's actually another couple of projects out there that I'm aware of that are intended to make that easier for you. OK?

"So you would, like,  upload a spreadsheet or something like that?"
Like: at the Denver - at the Drupal Camp in Colorado - I'm going to demonstrate how you would do that with
and actually I might succeed in showing you how you could to that after this session if you want to.  Bug there's actually a couple of bugs and weeds and actually it needs a couple of patches for it to work right. It's not all there for certain yet. So I decided to tweak the process to show you here.  But in that I can download a hundred products off of a feed and then download off the same feed and turn those into product reference nodes. And it all works. I won't say it isn't a little tweaky, but it will work. OK?
Yes. And there are / there is more than one way to approach that. This is the way it works in [Drupal ]Commerce. So.
So we're going to add some more permutations. And see how this works.
So we're going to do to >>PRODUCTS and we're going to ADD - more product.
By the way: you see we have product types here?
? being a product type of a product doesn't doesn't mean that it is the only one we can have. If we have things which should have other attributes than size and colour, we can have loads of  classes for these in here as well.

"So it's like when you ...
...product type for 'shirt', and then you have a different product type for 'book', and book would have  a SKU ISBN number..."
I think that would be a perfectly reasonable expectation, yes.
Now I can't remember what I had!
"I think you only had small"
I only had small? Yes: we can do it. If we fail, we just fail.
"But that's an interesting question. Is there any kind of validation if you have exactly the same product, and it has exactly the same attributes?"
"Or not?".
Although you could. I'm sure you could figure-out a way to validate that.

Actually these are not that hard to make, so we can make a blue medium, and use the same picture for it, and this one is going to be $21.99

So now lets make the red [types PRODUCT SKU, finds an image] we're getting to expensive shirts now. The red large

"Is it the title field ... displayed"

You can

"not by default?"

The way we're doing it, it's the node title that's being displayed. So.
"So this title field is only for the admins?"

You know what I could do with, I could do with help from that, just to see what I've got.
So I have blue medium and large, and then I have blue who-knows-what, and then I have red who knows what. And who knows what.

"You know: you already know you could have fields for that"
Yes. Oh yes. Lets do that.

I love this, this is so great, I can just type a little bit. Yes. Yes siree. yes.
And we'll add another field which is colour. Is that sweet? That's so sweet. OK: so now we can see what we've got.  So now we can see all the things we've added to the admin interface.

And we've done blue large and medium and small, and we've done red large and medium, and that's all OK. That should work fine.

So now lets go-see if we've had any sucess with our stuff here. Here's our shirts, but it has the other
I'm not sure I see
Hey Randy quit the
I've got the same problem. I don't have .... Let's go.
Lets go see if we can go and sort this out. Um.
We're going to go to the -er - the Product display and no we have to make the filed multi-value. That's part of the, um part of the magic here. Just make sure that the field is - that this field is multi-value.
And we should be able to have the choice of blue... You know: of colour, and size. And have it switch for us. And that's what we're not getting.
Oh! You have to have REQUIRED FIELDS! On the - er
Yuh, this is a piece of magic that shouldn't be that way.
There is an FAQ on Drupalcommerce.org that tells you exactly what to do with this.
But this is

So now we have SMALL and MEDIUM, and we have the proper things that are available there.
And it's in red. How do you get to blue? [answers by selecting from a drop-down menu] And blue has small and medium.

"Randy did you remember to add all those different products that you created to the display?
You remember there were..."

Oh I didn't do that! OK. I didn't get'em all in there. And now we're going to select all of these [using control+A to highlight every select option] and that could have been done with autocomplete or whatever. [someone is talking at the same time saying "can you have a VIEW instead of SELECT nodes?"]

"Randy: where you just were?" [a display of two shirts with the admin view and edit tabs visible], "Can you just like replace that with, certain: like - you know how certain node reference fields can reference like a VIEW of things? Instead of, like, manually selecting? Can you do that here?"

Lets's see what we can do. I don't know if we can do it here, but I'll bet you that you will be before long.

So lets go to the CONTENT TYPE.
So this is just an ordinary CONTENT TYPE, so you go to

...continues trying to answer the question and then finds it not yet solved...
Yup - that's the kind of thing that I am sure will be here in a little time.
So now we look here and we have all the things that we should have.
We have small medium and large.
In small we have blue and medium.
In medium we have blue and red.
And it switches for us. And we have all those things that we were asking for.

...we're out of blue mediums. And we can save this to the cart. And this cart is a view, of course. And I can say "checkout. And the checkout page is a view.
"That REMOVE [button on screen] by the way: that is so much better than it was in Ubercart".
Oh yes. And you can actually change that remove [button].  That remove is a Views too. So it we go-in to that, that's just one of the fields that we can have in there, and by default we have a remove button. And a delete button - so: there it is. So we can say [typing] there it is!

Oh and it didn't work either! Oh and that's the title - the title on top. But you can change the menu button.

Anyway, so on this page, which is the checkout page, you can just confugure any menus a zillion ways. Do I want this to be a five-page thing? Do I want my modules to add some extra information to the checkout? There's just so much. You can do a whole bunch of things. Like you might want to charge sales tax, which would mean that you would want to get their address before you get to the sales tax calculation. That's all wired-in there. That you can do that, already.
"So how would you - how would you an eye on sales of stock [inaudible] T shirts, if you've got less than one of them?"

For a start there is a contributed module called Commerce Stock, and it's actually got an alpha release, and it will prevent you... You can actually display the stock that you're getting: it will let you display the amount of stock that you are gettiong. The customer will see that. It will prevent them from adding-to-cart when [stock] is zero, or below. Not perfect! I doubt that any stock module is perfect. Because, like: when do you decrement [reduce stock by one] it? Do you decrement it at the checkout; do you decrement it at the shipping stage? Those are questions that you know, like the airlines don't know how to solve that problem. They just sell some [plane tickets] and hope it works out!


"Is the checkout page a view?" Sorry? "Is the checkout page a view?"
Is the checkout page a view. A view. Yes.  Here it is. We can just go and fiddle with it right there.
"inaudible ? so the footer is views flexible ?"
Yes. Actually what it has, is you have a footer.
And in VIEWS 3 you have these - um: what are they called? Like the footer is something provided by the module. The module can provide other footers. So the total calculation is something provided by the ...
"So the shopping cart is provided by the

So the billing information is provided by the module: just that. [shows]
I was talking about the footere here ... [shows]


Well the way I do it is: actually I have a video on Vimeo and Drupalcommerce.org. I can show you where to find it after the show or you can find it without too much trouble. I have a video showing you how to do an import of the whole product nodes and the product reference nodes. Using the same input fields. Using the same .csv [comma separated values]. Like in my case it's coming from Amazon.com. So you can do it with the same data set. Like in a  one-to-one situation, you can do it with the same dataset. [inaudible] Yes, that's exactly what I do to.


[inaudible question about payment gateways] That's a good question. The Paypal one is in good shape; the authorise.net one is in good shape. There are like a dozen others from various countries of the world. None of them is wholly mature. But the authorize.net one I believe.... I haven't actually tested it. But I my understanding is .... and I don't think they're in bad shape. And a couple of the other ones. I mean, if you look-out on the DrupalCommerce.org page, we have a showcase page where we show some of the sites that are live. It's at Drupalcommerce.org/showcase. It's not fully filled-out yet but there's a list of some of them. And there are some cool ones! And there actually are a couple of write-ups of people building their stores on Drupalcommerce.


"Is there support yet for recurring billing?"
The recurring billing is not yet implemented. There is a service called Recurring that does recurring billing, and we expect that to be implemented within the next few weeks. No promised. Because there is a lot of paperwork!

"...roles...access to content....editing content?"
You know, because it's all wired-in - I didn't even show you RULES [module] and how this integrates with rules, but when we checked-out [in our demonstration], we could have granted a role to somebody, which is one of the ways of solving all those things that you're talking about. That's: if a role is the appropriate way to do it you could do it with a role and private files for example. I actually haven't explored that whole terretory.
But I have explored RULES in some depth, and you can do a lot of crazy stuff when you get on good terms with rules - you can really do a lot of crazy stuff! If you're writing code. You know people say: Oh - Rules. You know. You're writing code and they don't know how to write code. Well that's balloney! You're writing code. You happen to be writing it in a web browser. And you do have to understand the language of rules. But it is crazy good stuff, and if you keep it simple and you keep within the range where you understand what's going-on, then it works pretty well.

I guess that's how the whole commerce stock module works. Commerce stock provides the default  rules, so that when the inventory level goes below something: something hits. It watches the bottom. That's a rule, that you can actually change-up.


"...bundles?..." Bundles is a work in progress.

Can you complete the checkout? I'll try.

"what about donation - so I can put an open field so I can put whatever I want in, for a donation?"
[concentrates on the screen and finishing the checkout]
[then the https://www.ioby.org website from the list of completed websites on drupalcommece.org and looks to see how they do donations]
1hour - example donation
I don't actually know how they're doing it but they're doing it.
Then shows the usual background points on a chart - bigger, better, different etc etc
One point says an "Entity driven architecture based on Views and Rules"

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Acquia Drupal installer: does it ever work?


So why mention the first two if there is a perfect answer? I suspect a trap. There are three pages on these lines according to links at the bottom of https://drupal.org/node/263. Which traps worst?

I've had this problem before but didn't write it down. Use the installer that the free Lynda.com video says is easiest:
Click on "Dev Desktop" and "RUN", agreeing to everything but their XMail server
Folder .... not found ... please select an existing folder; do so
Error reading file C:/Program Files/acquia-drupal/AcqiaDevDesktopControlPanel/Static.ini
I've had this before and forgotten the cause. Google it:
Your search - C:/Program Files/acquia-drupal/AcqiaDevDesktopControlPanel/Static.ini - did not match any documents. 

Try saving the file before running it.
Error reading file C:/Program Files/acquia-drupal/AcqiaDevDesktopControlPanel/Static.ini
Try googling Aquia Drupal install Windows XP and find that there is a forum on it with 400 posts, many of them unanswered. Obscure references to trying to tidy-up your registry after a messy uninstall of this program in order to trick it into thinking it is starting again for the fist time when you have another try. Is this worth persuiing? No.
[afterthought: try Revo uninstaller to do a thorough removal of anything related to previous installs. Double click the blue drip icon of the downloaded installer again. Same problem.]


How to go about this a different way?
Last time I googled for different installers and found LAMP looked likely.
What's puzzling is that some people - including writers of textbooks and help videos - have no problem at all and do not see how there could be one. Others post over 400 times on a help forum without result.

...suggests LAMP as an installer for windowsXP, and one of the people in the apache friends who wrote it wears a dog collar which makes this look like my kind of program.

Windows-Specific Guidelines - Install Drupal On Home Computer (Local). (https://drupal.org/node/263)
...suggests two server installers that already have Drupal on them

  • BitNami Drupal Stack

  • Camel shrinks wheelbarrow

  • SpikeWAMP

  • If you are bewildered by all these options, just want some nice easy instructions to follow, go and have a look at Simple install of Drupal on XAMPP. Trying out Drupal on your Windows machine couldn't be easier.
    My strategy is to attempt the simplest most standard and basic package holiday install of Ubercart on Drupal 7, hack-around the problems of posting to three different postage zones, and see what happens. So I should try BitNami Drupal Stack and then SpikeWAMP, whatever they are. Do you picture them as camels or is it just me? Something about the spikey names.

    is a spiky name. The thing installed with one option about whether I wanted Drupal. Yes. There was a brief error message with no explanation at all saying that port80 was being used. Everyone at Bitnami knows the numbers of ports and their significance and assumes that Bitnami users do too. I typed in "81", thinking that ports seemed to go in numerical order.

    "https://John:81 Windows cannot find http://john:81 . Make sure that you have typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the start button and then click search"

    Well balls to Bitnami. Now time to try SikeWamp. Which was a free open source project of a company now taken over by black duck I find from the link. Finding the installer will he harder than persuading a camel to darn my socks with a needle, although to be fair camels are dumb and lack fingers.

    Bitnami: will you forget I said anything rude?

    SpikeWAMP proves impossible to track down.

    Also, I have discovered likely looking files to start in your directory, which look related to the Drupal Bitnami I downloaded and installed. Click some likely files and a screen appears with "Access Bitnami Drupal Stack as the first option on the page. Click on that and something like a Drupal site hosted on my hard disc appears.

    I have tried to turn off as many things on my control+alt+delete list as I can in case one of them was using the same port, or birth, or bus or whatever it is. Something worked. I have also googled Port80 and discovered that typing netstat -o 1 into the run box of the start menu is meant to tell me what software uses what port. It doesn't tell me anything I understand, but there's satisfaction to be had in getting that far - particularly the final 1 which repeats the process each second instead of dissapearing after one second.

    I have made the decision: Drupal Commerce does not yet work for me. After months of patience with phrases like "straight out of the box" and demonstrations on equipment different from what a shopkeeper would use, I am going back to Ubercart. Drupal 7 is so big that it needs a database upload rather than a one-click install from a server gizmo. So I install Aquia Drupal stack installer and the first thing it does, even before properly installed, is come-up with a puzzling error message. Vaguely familiar. This is where a diary helps.