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Maintaining, Optimizing and Upgrading Your Site in Drupal 6: Part 2

by Mark Noble | August 2009 | Drupal Open Source

This is the second part of the two-part article by Mark Noble. In the previous part, we saw how to create website backups and optimize our website. In this part, we will discuss how to maintain the content and upgrade to new versions of Drupal.

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Develop PHP Web Applications with NetBeans, VirtualBox and Turnkey LAMP Appliance

by Alfonso V. Romero | August 2009 | Open Source PHP Web Development

In this article by Alfonso Romero, we will learn how to configure NetBeans, VirtualBox and the Turnkey LAMP Appliance to develop complex PHP applications in a virtual environment. This article explains the process of creating a virtual machine, configuring the NetBeans PHP IDE, and managing a WordPress project with NetBeans in a step wise manner.

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Customizing Plugins in Joomla! 1.5x (Part 1)

by Daniel Chapman | August 2009 | Joomla! Content Management Open Source PHP

Plugins are an essential, but rarely noticed part of a successful Joomla!-based business. Plugins are very flexible and can execute for various purposes at many different times. Part of this article by Daniel Chapman will be to look at these purposes and times, and understand how they can affect our web site by going through the following topics:

  • plugin composition and operation
  • plugin types
  • plugin events
  • plugin ordering
  • plugin customization

We will also make some changes to an existing plugin so that it better meets our needs.

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Modifying an Existing Theme in Drupal 6: Part 1

by Ric Shreves | August 2009 | Drupal Open Source

In this two-part article by Ric Shreves, we will put together the various techniques and demonstrate how to modify and heavily customize an existing theme.

The majority of people who set out to master Drupal theming start out by modifying existing themes and learning from the process; that's exactly what we're going to do in this article. We will take an existing theme, look at how it works, then copy it and modify it until we have a very different looking theme. In this case, we will be building a basic fixed width, CSS-based, personal blog theme.

For the purpose of illustrating the examples in this article, we start with the Zen theme, which you can download from the Drupal site.

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