New CERN Drupal theme available for limited testing

We've just got the first version of the new CERN default theme. It's not stable yet, but I'd welcome some help in testing it from a limited number of people. If you are interested in testing it in order to do a first bug sweep I'd appreciate the help - drop me a note.


New CERN Drupal theme meeting

If you are interested in hearing about the new CERN Drupal theme, join me and Mark and Alex (both from Mark Boulton Design – the team leading the new CERN website redesign): 10am Wednesday 14 December, room 60-3-22

Please drop me a note if you are planning to come along as space is limited and we may need to find a bigger room (if that's possible - I've not found one yet!).

The theme is not ready, but we can present the design rationale and show you some prototypes, and of course it will be an opportunity for you to give your feedback. We can also talk about the CERN core website redesign and show you ideas for the new users' page dashboard.


Send a Drupal greeting

Every year CERN creates a print Christmas card and an online, paperless version to send by email. To date the electronic card was a static image - although last years' had a bit of animation:

This year Silvia and Seb (in the graphic design section) created a Drupal version that allows you to create one with a personalised message. Please test it out - we'd like to iron out any wrinkles before announcing this on the users' page:

Comments directly to Silvia or via the comment form below please!


CERN Training

The CERN Drupal Infrastructure is now in place and training sessions on “Drupal” backed up by the CERN-Drupal Community will take place after the summer as organised by the CERN Training team.

These trainings will become part of the regular courses of the Technical Training software catalogue.

The “Drupal” trainings have been customized to the CERN environment (CERN themes and user management). There are different types of Drupal trainings depending on the level of expertise and objectives of the participants:

1)      Beginners: For everyone that would like an introduction to Drupal (no technical background required)

“Drupal in a Day” (1 day).

English or French. Mid September  2011.

Designed for: Web users who would like to learn about content management with Drupal.

Pre-requisites: basic knowledge on how to build web sites. Use and knowledge of Content Management system a plus. No previous knowledge of Drupal required.

Objectives: After the training the participant will be capable of starting to work with Drupal.,X_STATUS:4373,D


2)      Intermediates: Creating/editing sites, experimenting with modules.

This training will happen in January/February 2012.


3)      Advanced Webmasters: building department and service sites

“Drupal Site Building” (2 days).

English. Mid September 2011.

Designed for: Users who have been introduced to Drupal as well as those who want to deepen their Drupal knowledge and skills.

Pre-requisites: Experience with web development. Drupal in a day course attendance or equivalent knowledge of Drupal.,X_STATUS:4374,D


dev-status module in production

The dev-status module is now available in the production service. This module helps keep your Drupal website under the radar until you are ready to reveal it to the world in all its glory:

  • Adds "noindex" meta tag to all pages so that your site is not indexed by crawlers
  • Adds styling to your site to make it clear it is under development
  • Restricts access to IP ranges

All these elements can be toggled on / off. Nice one, Silvia!

Talking of change

I am involved in a project to rebuild CERN's core website on Drupal. There are all sorts of interesting issues to be negotiated, such as: who makes decisions, what the website should look like, what it should include (and not), and so on.

Now that the Drupal infrastructure at CERN is nearly in place, I hope to have designer/developers working on this project very soon. It is important during the work on the new website that changes to old websites - and the processes behind these changes - are clearly communicated, and that at certain times specific input from stakeholders is sought on the direction of the new site. To this end I have launched a blog:

For now it is just me, but when our designers are on board they will also use this space.

Go and have a look at the Change blog, and please do chip in if you have something to say. You can subscribe to the blog feed here:


CERN Profiles Displayname enabled on all Drupal 7 sites

Dear drupal site owners.

We have enabled the 'CERN Profiles Displayname' module implemented by Silvia on all Drupal 7 sites. As immediate effect you will now see the user Firstname and Lastname instead of login id of given CERN user.

To manage the module please go to /admin/modules page on your site and look for 'CERN Profiles - Display Real Name' module.

Thanks to Silvia for the work !

Jarek for Drupal Admins

News about Drupal 7 service

Hello all drupal site admins !

To keep you updated , here is some information about current status of upcoming drupal 7 service:

  • new infrastructure hardware: setup complete now.
  • new infrastructure software: setup almost complete (monitoring to be implemented).
  • new infrastructure site management scripts: 50% complete.
  • drupal 7 shib_auth (single sign-on shibboleth drupal authentication): functional (drupal roles assignments to e-groups works now!)
  • drupal 7 modules: most of the modules which were provided by us for drupal 6 sites are now available for dupal 7 (however many are still development versions)

Giving all the above, we will be able to start moving existing drupal 7 sites to new infrastructure soon: within a week probably (we will contact site admins proposing exact date and time). On the next ENTICE meeting we will present in detail news about the drupal 7 service, outlining new setup and feature.

Theme issues for D6 and D7 sites

A security vulnerability was reported yesterday for the CERNdefault (Drupal 6) and cern_default (Drupal 7) themes. In fixing the issue I created a few more (such as disappearing main menus on D7). Apologies if you experienced problems with one of your sites. Theme change management is perhaps something that we can discuss during a future ENTICE meeting?


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