Hi, on this post I'll go step by step into the process on how to configure Apache Solr for Drupal 10 so your sites can have a robust search engine based on indexes specially targeted for big sites that handle tons of data. Also, the Ubuntu version I'll be running is 22.04 since it's the release that has PHP 8 required by Drupal 10, you can see how to configure Drupal 10 under Ubuntu 22.04 on this link.

Apache Solr is a Java application that works as a search engine based on indexes, pieces of data that can by queried super fast providing search results in a very optimal, reliable and again fast way without overloading your Drupal database which will incur into slowing down your site response speed on any request. Great thing about Solr is that is fully compatible with…

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Hi, on this blog post I'll will try to show you how to set up a Drupal development environment under VirtualBox which is a virtualization tool that allows us to create Virtual Machines or in our case Virtual Private Servers (VPS).

I'm writing this post so developers can have a different alternative to the current dockerized solutions such as Lando, Docksal or DDEV since I have found, during the time these tools are out, developers struggling a lot with their configuration, performance and set up of Drupal projects. Even though I agree they can save us sometime with some processes once a project is set up or updated and they might be good to cover up for some Non-Linux users so they don't have to deal with Linux commands I think having a bit of knowledge of Linux is key when it comes to working with LAMP applications. Using a Virtualized component or a virtual machine to set…

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

On this post, I'll be explaining as granular as possible how to configure an Ubuntu Server so you can run Drupal 7 or Drupal 8 or Drupal 9 sites or any PHP application on your local environment for development. We'll be using Ubuntu 18.04 which is the latest release until the date of this post and the php/apache packages provided by the distro and it will provide PHP 7.2 packages that are recommended for Drupal development.

This post is targeted for Apache Server only, which i think is the most robust web server for Drupal but overall the best option to run PHP applications natively. You can read more on the following links how to configure Drupal for other web servers or configurations such as Nginx if you are interested.

Let's start by getting the required packages:

$ sudo…
Saturday, March 16, 2019

Update: I have updated this tutorial to a latest release of Varnish, read here.

By default, Varnish does not work and it will never work with HTTPS requests it only understands plain HTTP. This means, that on mixed content websites, sites serving HTTPS and HTTP pages, the secure pages won't be or cannot be cached on Varnish reducing the load time compared to the non-secure version of the page for example.
There are many sites that offer lots of static content through HTTPS that can definitely be cached using Varnish and in order to do so we need to implement an extra layer before any request goes to our Varnish Server. This layer is going to be handled by a Load Balancer/Proxy Server which will take care of routing the HTTP and the HTTPS requests, by interpreting SSL and converting the…

Friday, March 27, 2015

On this tutorial I will show you how to configure Varnish as a proxy server so you can re route you requests to any Apache or Nginx Server. 
Configuring Varnish on Ubuntu on distributed Servers is not a complex task, we just need to download some packages and then we will have to copy/paste the configurations below in order to start. Feel free to modify the provided configurations according to your needs. This post assumes there is another server Apache/Nginx listening on port 80 and running a Drupal site. 
Ok, Let's begin.

Install Varnish 3.0.5 from Ubuntu 14.04 repositories:

$sudo apt-get install varnish

Configure varnish deamon:

$sudo nano /etc/default/varnish

DAEMON_OPTS="-a :80,:…
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

You might have crossed through this error a lot when developing web apps sharing multiple domain names for the same app and it usually triggers when app with domain name A tries to grab images/fonts/audio and somo other files from the same app with domain name B. Cross-Origin Request defines a way for browsers to share content in a secure way preventing your site of Cross Site Scripting attacks. But sometimes you do have apps that require multiple domain names and the resources must be shared between these in the same network so you know that content sharing is secure.

Cross-Origin Request Blocked: The Same Origin Policy disallows reading the remote resource at http://mysite.com/sites/all/themes/mysite/js/slick/slick/fonts/slick.woff. This can be fixed by moving the resource to the same domain or enabling CORS.…
Sunday, November 2, 2014

Update: I have update this tutorial with a latest release of Apache Solr for Drupal 7 and 8. Read here.

On this quick tutorial, I’ll show you the steps to have a quick default Apache Solr installation using Jetty on an Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS, which is the latest Ubuntu release. These are the steps you need to set up an Apache Solr multicore on Ubuntu

Get default Java and Jetty, on a terminal window type: 

#apt-get install default-jdk jetty libjetty-extra libjetty-extra-java

dowload Apache Solr from archives: https://archive.apache.org/dist/lucene/solr/3.6.2/

#wget https://archive.apache.org/dist/…

Sunday, October 12, 2014

On this tutorial, I will explain how to configure a Drupal site so it can display a Map (Google Map) based on coordinates taken from a GPS file (*.GPX).

Modules needed:


Install these 3 modules and the Geofield Map submodule that comes bundled with Geofield as usual or using drush, once you are finished installing, create a sample…

Friday, June 13, 2014

Content managers have to deal always with metadata provided by imagery of your website, this can be a tedious task for them and obviously it takes time to fill out all the meta data for your images so they can be  properly displayed on the site, indexed by search providers, etc.

One of the easiest ways I found to get information from an image file on Drupal is by using a module called Exif, this module uses the exif specification format to get the information used by digital cameras for example. This…

Friday, February 14, 2014

On this tutorial we will learn how to easily install the necessary Ruby packages needed on Ubuntu 14.04 in order to run compass and let Drupal do the magic with SASS.

On a terminal window type:

$sudo apt-get install ruby ruby-dev

once ruby is installed, run:

$sudo gem install compass
$sudo gem install sass

and there you go!

run "compass watch" on the Drupal theme folder you chose for you site and that's all, Compass will start scanning all the *.scsc files and compile all the changes on your styles.

$cd /my-drupal-site/sites/all/themes/my-responsive-theme-with-sass-support/
$compass watch


Wednesday, February 12, 2014