Drupal

How to Host Drupal Sites using SiteGround

SiteGround is a popular hosting provider for Drupal, WordPress or any PHP powered website.

They offer a wide variety of hosting packages, from shared, managed, and cloud hosting.

However, in this video we focus on their shared hosting product.

They offer three plans; StartUp, GrowBig and GoGeek. The StartUp plan only allows for a single website so we recommend that you go for the GrowBig or GoGeek as they offer more functionality and allow you to host unlimited websites.

All plans offer free SSL (using Let’s Encrypt) and “Out-of-the-box Caching”, where they use NGINX to cache static assets such as images and files. They also offer Memcached, which can help with speeding up your Drupal site.

The GoGeek plan allows you to host and deploy your Drupal site using Git, which could be helpful if you use Git to manage your Drupal site.

In this video, you’ll learn how to install Drupal using the GoGeek plan on SiteGround.

Add Theme Suggestion to Menus using Menu Block in Drupal

Menu Block gives you additional functionality around managing the display of menus in block regions. Drupal core allows you to add any menu such as main navigation, footer, etc… into any region and you can control how many menu levels should be displayed. Menu Block gives you additional options such as setting a fixed parent item, changing the block title, and more.

But the one feature of Menu Block I want to show you in this tutorial is the ability to add a custom theme hook suggestion to menus.

Host and Build a Blog using Drupal and Cloudways

In this video, you’ll learn how to build a Drupal site from start to finish. We start by setting up hosting for the site on Cloudways and pointing to a custom domain name.

Once hosting has been set up, we start building out the site. We create a custom content type, configure layout builder, add media functionality, create a bunch of custom view pages and much more.

I’ve broken out the video into sections below with timecodes and extra resources. For the content below to make any sense, you should follow along by watching the video.

How to Add Noindex to Pages using Metatag in Drupal

Often on a website, you want to control what pages are displayed in search results. You can do this by adding the noindex meta tag to pages. I’m not going to cover why you would want some pages not to appear in the search results; however, I want to show you how to implement it in Drupal.

This tutorial will teach you how to use the Metatag module to control the noindex meta tag.

If you want to learn more about Metatag, read our tutorial “Getting Started with Metatag in Drupal”.

How to Fix “This entity cannot be referenced” Error on Paragraphs in Drupal

Recently working on a Drupal site, creating new paragraph types as you do… While creating pages and testing the paragraphs, I got the following error: This entity (paragraph: ID) cannot be referenced. This was the first time I ever saw this error.

What I discovered was I accidentally unselected the paragraph type from the “Reference type” section on the entity reference revision field.

This can happen on any entity reference field not just a paragraph field.

If you create a page and reference an entity or create a paragraph. If the content or paragraph type is unselected from the reference type section. The next time you save the form you’ll get the error.

Manage Terms in Bulk using Taxonomy Manager in Drupal

The Taxonomy Manager module provides a different user interface for the management of taxonomy terms, particularly in batch operation. Terms can be added or deleted in bulk, instead of one by one. In addition, it provides features to export all taxonomy terms and search. This terms-export feature is beneficial for transferring the terms in bulk from one site to another.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to install and use the Taxonomy Manager module.

Add Widgets to Sidebar using Field Group in Drupal

The Field Group module allows you to organize field widgets and formatters. You can group them into tabs, fieldsets and so on. It’s a great way to organize your content form, especially if you have a lot of widgets.

Want to learn more about Field Group: How to Customize Content Forms and Pages Using Field Group in Drupal

This tutorial will teach you how to add field widgets to the right sidebar on the content edit form.

If you create an article, you’ll notice that custom field widgets appear on the left. But on the right-hand side, you can control things such as menus, comments, URL alias and more.

We’ll use Field Group to add Tags and Image field on the Article content type into its own section on the right-hand side.

Customize Entity Reference Autocomplete Results using Views in Drupal

An entity reference field allows you to create relationships between other entities such as pages and articles. The field comes with an autocomplete widget that will enable you to search and select other entities.

When you search for items to reference, just the titles are returned and in most cases, this is enough. But when you have lots of content with similar titles using the autocomplete widget becomes problematic because it’ll return similar results.

We can customize what is returned in the autocomplete widget using the Views module. No extra modules are required.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to use Views to change the autocomplete results.

Add Preview Page to Forms using Webform in Drupal

When you create a form using the Webform module, you may need a “preview” step. This is a page or step which allows the user who’s submitting the form to preview what’s being submitted.

If they see a mistake, they can go back to the form and fix the error. Once the form has been filled out and previewed then, it can be submitted.

Webform allows you to quickly create a preview step in any form, and in this tutorial, you’ll learn how to implement it.

How to Manage Comments in Drupal

Drupal ships with flexible commenting functionality out of the box. Although there is a bit of a learning curve (as with many things in Drupal), once you understand the core concepts and how to manipulate the different features, you will be exposed to the power of managing comments within Drupal.

This tutorial will teach you how to manage comments in Drupal. We’ll cover the following:

  • Add comments within Drupal
  • Allow anonymous users to comment in Drupal
  • Moderate comments in Drupal
  • Create your custom comment type in Drupal