A review of interesting modules, articles and other Drupal news of the last week: April 8 - 15, 2015.
A list of hosting providers that provide free, quick spin-ups of new Drupal sites for new users. It sounds pretty good, but will there be any walk-though of what people should do once they get it running? Drupal 7 out of the box is pretty confusing for new users.
There are also a bunch of improvements to the default caching system, detailed in the post.
Hmm...interesting. You can basically use it as a replacement for Drush Make.
A lot of options in here.
Blog Posts and Podcasts
If you're running something older than 5.4, you could see 50% reduction in memory consumption. What other reason would you need? (It's faster too.)
Great post, summarized by this quote: "In my experience about 75% of website decisions are made because of one of two things (on all size projects mind you.) 1) What makes the stakeholder(s) look good (i.e. Quarterly goals, friends, buzz words). 2) What their competitors are doing. What websites SHOULD be based on: 1) What benefits users most. 2) What meets long-term goals"
Interesting New Modules
Oh man, this looks like it makes doing custom formatting of Views exposed forms so much easier. Will be definitely giving this a try on the new project that requires it.
Shows you a preview of what your panel will look like in the popup for selecting new panes.
Google Calendar Sync (sandbox)
Allows you to sync events on your Drupal site with a Google Calendar.
Gives your users color + letter default avatars, similiar to contacts without photos on iOS or OS X. That's handy for scanning through a thread of comments or something when users don't always add an avatar.
Allows a view to be sorted by a List type field's allowed values. You'd want this if your allowed values are stored in a non-alphabetical order, and you want to present your view results in the same order as your allowed values listed. Like, all the time.
Upcoming Drupal Events
Drupal Dev Day NYC - April 19, John Jay College, NYC
DrupalCon Los Angeles - May 11 - 15