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Sometimes you find just the right resources that fulfill certain need and nothing much should be added to them, in those cases I will just collect them on this page and add short comment why is this so.

How to combine Git and Drush to have perfect workflow for site maintenance, information and examples are here

Setting upt perfect Git + Drush workflow, read here

MAMP - Drush, can't connect to Database

Using drush on local machine is great. If you have problems where drush can't connect to DB of your drupal, It is probably because of the problem with PHP path so either try something like this


and/or use this export DRUSH_PHP=/Applications/MAMP/bin/php/php5.3.14/bin/php to add variable to make your drush run.

Some clever functions to check current users, subscribe to organic group etc

I have been building a custom module that has Inviting users to a group feature in it. So there are this helper functions that are very useful.


will check if there is a user with specific mail, returning false if it is not, returning user object if there is one user with that email

global $user;
$account = clone($user);
og_is_member('node', $current_group->nid, 'user', $account)

will check if there is a user(user object) in a organic group, probably currently logged in user.

Inviting Friends/Sending messages over Facebook, Drupal module/snippet

There is a cool Facebook feature that you can easily implement, inviting or sending messages to Facebook friends with Facebook SDK

Just build a module, a block or whatever you want and put this code in

What is important is to have a FB app and FB APP ID that you have set in some variable, I am using it here with
variable_get('fb_app_id', NULL)
We are using here SEND https://developers.facebook.com/docs/sharing/reference/send-dialog but you can also use other types like invite, request etc https://developers.facebook.com/docs/games/requests/v2.1

Drupal 301 redirect to another domain

This is not so much drupal but sometimes you will move your drupal site to other domain, so then to have your home and all other pages properly redirected add this code to your .htaccess file

Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine on
RewriteRule (.*) http://www.some-domain.co/$1 [R=301,L]

Advanced modal forms - modal windows with CTools (singe and multistep)

So I client of mine wanted to use popups :) but not just ordinary popups, he wanted to put there, login, registration, node adding, notificiations, user invites for OG, simple menus and even FB login and registration. We also needed to save some user choices before the login/registration and act upon them after the user logs in. So spoiler alert now "if you want to save budget and time" dont't use modal windows or any popups for complex workflows.

Fixing some fatal errors

Recently I got to fix some older Drupal 6 site. It had WSOD so I needed to add this to index http://drupaldump.com/wsod-or-white-screen-death-and-error-reporting and then I saw sort of this error "Fatal error: Unsupported operand types in common.inc" so I used this post https://www.drupal.org/node/362799 and added this code to the "l" function, and solved this bugger.

if (!is_array($options)) {
echo " "; $backtrace = debug_backtrace(); var_export($backtrace[0]); die(); }

Cool login/register screens, without overlays - no regions, just content

As subject tries do describe, to build cool login screens that are popular now and you can find them on sites such as
https://www.icloud.com/ and https://app.buzzsumo.com/login you need to remove all the data from a page and just have content.

Other way you could do this is also with an overlay kind of module, like modal window from CTools or just use modal forms module or some other pop up module. But as I prefer not to use them and have a page that looks like overlay but basically is a content only page we are going to do that now.

Load another node after CTools modal window is submited

Continuing from http://drupaldump.com/ctools-modal-window-return-message-same-modal-window we can also do some more stuff after one modal is submited, we can load another content in it. For example a whole node, we just need to load it and then render it properly. Problem you can encounter is that you will need to change the modal size

if ( $form_state['submitted']){

$output = array();
$node = node_load(7);

// Content for modal window:
$contents = render(node_view($node, 'full', NULL));

CTools modal window, return message in the same modal window

I wanted to have a confirmation message in modal window, instead of closing the modal and having it on normal page. All that is needed is to check form_state after submit and add this part of code in form function

function my_module($form, &$form_state)
$form = array();

if ( $form_state['submitted']){
$output[] = ctools_modal_command_display('Success', '

print ajax_render($output);
return $form;

and you will have this message in modal window.