by kvantomme / 11 March, 2015

If we want to prevent a global climate disaster we have to act now! That is what Robin Chase, the cofounder and the first CEO of Zipcar, told us last year at NYCcamp. But she didn’t just give a speech about our impending doom, after pressing the urgency she went on to give a really inspiring talk about the power that we, the Drupal community have to do something about it: we have the tools and the people. Collectively we have proven over and over again that we care about more than just our own profit and Drupal is technologically also a great framework to make the tools that can catalyse global change.

Before I had never believed I could make a significant impact, but now I kept thinking about what I could do to make a difference. A few months after NYCCamp I met Joachim Jacob... Read more

by andras.czovek / 5 March, 2015

Drupal is a great platform for commerce. For simple tasks it’s very easy to get started with the Commerce Kickstart distribution, but there’s no consensus on what to use for more complex features. This means you might need to perform a long research to be able to choose a solution for more complex e-commerce tasks.

In a recent project we needed a solution for recurring payments, so I thought I’d share the results of our research.

Recurring payments

When your customers pay for your service or product periodically, you need recurring payments. Subscriptions are a good example.

For recurring payments you need to handle the following:

Credit card data Subscription management (subscribing, cancelling, upgrading, downgrading) Refunds Dunning Discounts and... Read more
by diana / 5 December, 2014

Part 2 of our series about hosting and playing videos in Drupal explores hosted video solutions in detail, and offers some basic information about using video sharing sites. See part 1 for a short explanation of the most popular Drupal modules for video handling, and an introduction of CDNs and cloud storage services.

Cloud-hosted video solutions

Hosted video platforms are specialized for video storage, transcoding and playback. Unlike CDNs and cloud storage services, they already include the transcoding software, and also have additional features like players (for different devices), playlists, ads, live streaming or DRM (Digital Rights Management).

As they are highly optimized solutions for video hosting and playback, we’ll introduce one of the most popular solutions... Read more

by diana / 3 December, 2014

When you are first faced with the task of hosting and playing videos in Drupal, the number of different approaches and solutions might seem overwhelming. Where to store the videos? What is the difference between CDNs, cloud storage services and hosted video solutions? Which Drupal modules to use with which service? This blog post walks you through the basics of hosting and playing videos in Drupal:

Part 1 tells you about the most popular Drupal modules for video handling, and introduces CDNs and cloud storage services. Part 2 explores hosted video solutions in detail, and offers some basic information about using video sharing sites. Drupal modules

Let’s start with some of the most popular Drupal modules for video handling.

Media module: A widely used Drupal module... Read more
by hairqles / 29 August, 2014

If you ever had to configure custom field permissions in a project that had a ton of custom content types with a bunch of different fields, you probably ended up wishing for a tool that would make this process less boring and error-prone. This is why I wrote Field Permission Patterns, a module that takes the hassle out of configuring custom fields. In this post I tell you more about the usage and configuration options of Field Permission and Field Permission Patterns.

In a project not long ago, I had to update about 50 custom field permission settings. This monkey job was so boring, that I soon realized I would be better off writing a Drupal module for this task. I did, called it Field Permission Patterns and shared it on

What I built on: the Field Permissions... Read more
by kvantomme / 11 August, 2014

In open source, something magical happens when like-minded people meet. You find out somebody else is dealing with a similar problem, you combine ideas and before you know it an ad hoc working group has formed to fix the problem. It's a public secret that at Drupalcon the good stuff happens in the BOF sessions.

As the Drupal community has grown we've seen new community events spring up that catered to whole groups of people that before weren't able to meet and talk:

The Drupal Developer Days: a hack fest that has become more and more defined as one of the best opportunities to be part of an epic code sprint. The Drupal CXO days: a 2-day in depth peer-to-peer networking and knowledge exchange event where the owners and managers of Drupal consultancies share their experiences... Read more
by kvantomme / 2 July, 2014

There is a lot of excitement in the Drupal community about Behat, especially from more advanced teams that are investing in their Devops infrastructure. It now even looks like Behat might some day make it into Drupal core. I guess that is why several Web development teams that use BDD (Behavior-Driven Development) have asked me how WalkHub relates to Behat. I’ve written a longer post on the WalkHub blog that explains how it could be done, and what the benefits would be. In this post I will focus on how WalkHub could help the community complete the creation of Behat tests for all of Drupal core and contrib.

Already today some of the biggest Drupal projects get specified in Behat: analysts work with the customer to define a full set of acceptance criteria and those then become... Read more

by kvantomme / 27 June, 2014

If you’ve installed your own WalkHub you’ve been able to use the Walkthrough recorder for a few weeks now. But yesterday after adding a few UX improvements we’ve now also released the Walkthrough recorder on With it, it is now extremely easy to create Walkthrough tutorials:

Click a record button in your browser (either on our website, browser plugin or site plugin) Do the task you want to create a Walkthrough for (so no need to think about how you want to present it) Review the Walkthrough and optionally add a customised description in the in place editor And you are ready to share

If you want to try it out, just log in on and you’ll see a red record button in the top right corner. If you don’t yet have an account, sign up for our newsletter... Read more

by kvantomme / 24 June, 2014

In the Drupal community we excel at sharing code, but we are terrible at sharing documentation. I’ve been trying to rally the Drupal community around a standard for reusable documentation for a few years now. But to get people to collaborate we needed to invent a new tool that makes it easy to create, reuse and share documentation between sites and the Drupal project at large. We have built that tool, it’s called WalkHub.

WalkHub lets you host a new type of tutorials designed specifically for the Internet. It allows you to create Walkthroughs for web applications that record interactions and NOT the visuals of a process. So when your site changes they adapt: got a new picture on your frontpage? Your form has an extra field? The design of your site changed? No problem,... Read more

by diana / 6 June, 2014

We are very excited to announce that two of the websites we developed last year won an Acquia Partner Site of the Year Award. The winners are MySBS (intranet) and the public website of Saïd Business School, embedded in Oxford University.

We were looking forward to the award ceremony at DrupalCon Austin with high hopes, as all three of our sites got selected as finalists from more than 100 nominees. We were already very proud of our projects and team back then, but the award ceremony exceeded all our expectations: We didn’t only win, we won two awards in different categories! All our finalists and winners were sites for Saïd Business School (SBS), the business school of the University of Oxford. We’ll now introduce all three projects in more detail.

Saïd Business School... Read more