Drupal 8: How to write a simple custom “block module” alvin June 21, 2016 - 8:25pm
Table of Contents1 - Goals2 - Backup your database3 - Check my code out of Github, or create a module directory4 - Create a project info YAML file5 - Create the necessary subdirectories6 - Write the code to display your block7 - Clear the caches8 - Enable the module9 - Place the block module10 - See the custom block on your website11 - The biggest problem I encountered12 - The source code13 - Summary

In this tutorial I’ll demonstrate how to write a simple Drupal 8 “block module.” By this I mean that I’ll show you how to write a simple Drupal 8 module that will display output in a block. When you’re done you will have created a new block that you can place in one or more theme regions.

How to configure Share Buttons by AddToAny with Drupal 8 alvin May 13, 2017 - 6:17pm

As a quick “note to self,” to get the Share Buttons module by AddToAny working in Drupal 8, I followed these steps:

- install the AddToAny module
- configure permissions so i could work with it
    - admin/people/permissions
- configure AddToAny as desired
    - admin/config/services/addtoany
- create a block, add it to a region (such as Content)
    - i actually created a block, then modified
      my theme to show AddToAny between the Contents and
      the Comments

The key to getting AddToAny was knowing to go to admin/structure/block and then selecting “Place Block” to create an AddToAny block. Not knowing that I had to do that slowed me down for quite a while.

Help, my Drupal 8 database is huge alvin July 17, 2016 - 1:28pm

Earlier today I ran into a problem making a Drupal 8 database backup. I ran the usual mysqldump backup command, and when it kept running for a long time I decided to kill it, and then began investigating the problem. I knew that I had recently deleted all of the log records, and the Drupal cron task was running correctly, so something else was going on. In short, I found that my Drupal 8 database was huge.

Drupal 8: How to add custom styles to the CKEditor “Styles” drop-down menu alvin June 25, 2016 - 1:12pm

A nice thing about the CKEditor in Drupal 8 is that it’s easy to add your own custom styles to the CKEditor “Styles” drop-down menu. This is the menu in the CKEditor widget you see when you’re editing content at a URI such as node/add/blog, which I’m referring to in this image:

The Drupal 8 CKEditor Styles menu

New version of this website alvin June 18, 2016 - 12:47pm

If you’re reading this, that means the DNS change for alvinalexander.com has propagated to your location. I just moved this website to a new server and the latest version of Drupal on June 18, 2016. If anything is wrong with it, well, that’s gonna be my fault. I’ll fix broken things as fast as I can. :)

Drupal Performance Optimization Checklist alvin June 16, 2016 - 1:48pm

Tips on performance optimization for Drupal websites.

A Drupal 8 XML Sitemap generating PHP script alvin May 23, 2016 - 5:25pm

I’m not going to comment on the following code too much or provide support for it, but (a) if you need to create an XML Sitemap for a Drupal 8 website, and (b) you don’t like the Drupal 8 sitemap modules that are available, then (c) this PHP script can serve as a starting point for you.

A PHP script to migrate Drupal 6 Nodewords to Drupal 8 Metatag “meta descriptions” alvin May 22, 2016 - 8:25pm

If you’re trying to convert Drupal 6 Nodewords “meta description” fields to Drupal 8 Metatag meta description fields, the following PHP script may help you.