Drupal and New Relic, pure winning.

I use my personal server as a guinnea pig to push my server administrative skills to the edge and help bleed as much performance out of Drupal. So not even an hour and a half ago I signed up for New Relic and installed their monitoring daemon on my server. And I'm in love. The installation was ridiculously easy that even a novice who is scared of the terminal could pull it off.

New Website!

I have just migrated my website from WordPress to Drupal, so if you run across any bugs I apologize while I get the kinks figured out. I discovered the hard way Disqus comments do not migrate well, even if its just across platforms and no URL changes.

Drupal Commerce and Reporting

Drupal Commerce is an amazing open source ecommerce solution; with its foundation in Drupal it can easily contend with the big cookie-cutter ecommerce solution companies. Except for one area - reporting. Drupal Commerce and reporting seem to have missed each other while its growth skyrocketed. I mean, there are ways to build reports and show your store's revenue...just nothing "perfect," in my mind.

Drupal Commerce Free Shipping Rule

Free shipping offers are a huge request in Drupal Commerce. Here is how you can use one shipping calculation rule to provide free shipping without making new shipping services or modifying existing ones. Typically tutorials have you create a new "Free shipping" flat rate service that checks if the order is greater than XX and have your other services check if the order is less than XX. That's neat, but sucks if you or your client is just trying to offer a sweet deal for a month.

Responsive Facebook Like Box

We've all been there - create this awesome responsive design for a client's website and then you have to try and slap a Facebook Like Box in there..somehow..without breaking your responsive work. Sucks, doesn't it? But it doesn't have to. Using a little jQuery you can cause the Facebook Like Box to re-render on window load or resize allowing it to become responsive versus hardcoded.

Drupal Commerce and Google AdWords Conversion Tracking

Google AdWords provides a tracking code that allows you to keep track of how well your ads are performing - if someone clicks an ad and ends up at the conversion code, the ad was technically a success. Typically you would use this in e-commerce and track order completions. There is a module to allow full Drupal integration...but that seems like a lot of overhead for merely wanting to monitor customer order completion (note: I did not attempt to use the Google AdWords module.) It seemed much simpler to just create a small module which will add a pane to the checkout form, specifically the "Checkout Complete" page. This pane drops in our Google AdWords conversion code and that's it.

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