The Week in Drupal: April 8, 2015

Wayne Eaker

A review of interesting modules, articles and other Drupal news of the last week: April 1 - 8, 2015.

Drupal News

Drupal 7.36 released

Drupal 8

Drupal 8 core updates for April 2nd, 2015

renderviz: tool visualizing Drupal 8's render tree by Wim Leers a community service that tells you when to upgrade your site to Drupal 8


Drupal on Mothballs - Convert Drupal 6 or 7 sites to static HTML

Create a Frequently Asked Questions Page Using FAQ Field in Drupal 7

Customizing field markup with Display Suite

Be sure to check the comments on this one for some alternative approaches.

An alternative method for accordions

Blog Posts and Podcasts

Should We Do Something With Core Field SQL Storage?

Ten things you need to know about the Drupal Console Project

Five Command Line Tools to Help You Work Faster

Why We Chose Drupal Organic Groups for Department Subsites: A Comparative Study

This topic is similar to what I'll be presenting at DrupalCon Los Angeles

Mediacurrent Dropcast: Episode 3

Discusses the new Configuration Management system in Drupal 8 and dives into RESTFUL Drupal.

Interesting New Modules

Update Rules

This module provides rules events, actions, and conditions related to Drupal project update statuses. Imagine being able to send an email to your task management app with the server name, project name, and release info every time a security update is needed.


HTML Diff is an extension of the Diff module. While the Diff module itself only compares the source code of two revisions, HTML Diff lets you compare the rendered HTML code visually - like WYSIWYG. This should enable non-technical editors to review diffs without dealing with HTML tags.

Organic group cardinality (sandbox)

Limit the number of group content nodes a group can have, either per group member, node type or per user.

Menu Lockdown

Menu Lockdown provides a friendly utility for blocking access to specified paths on specific environments. This helps ensure certain pages, like site-building admin pages, will not be casually accessible when they shouldn't be.

CKEditor Entity Embed (sandbox)

Embed entities in text fields that use CKEditor. This module contains a CKEditor plugin that adds a button to the toolbar. That button opens a dialog, which allows you to search for content to embed (the types of content available to render is configurable).

Upcoming Drupal Events

DrupalCamp Florida - April 11 - 12, Orlando, Florida

DrupalCamp Stanford - April 10 - 11

Drupal Dev Days - April 13 - 19, Montpellier, France

Drupal Dev Day NYC - April 19, John Jay College, NYC