Solr, Lando, and Backdrop

I recently began trying to learn more about Solr search.  I found old instructions on getting Solr to work with Drupal 8 locally using Lando.  After getting that working I wanted to see if I could do the same thing with Backdrop.  It turns out that it isn't that different.  Come learn how to setup Solr search to begin experimenting and learning more.

CiviCRM and Backdrop

Given interest in Backdrop and CiviCRM (based on CiviCRM usage stats of recent months) I thought it might be worth opening a room up for conversation on that topic. I don't plan to have a big presentation but I do still have the demo site that I built for the session I did at Backdrop Live in September 2020, so I'll dust that off. The video below was recorded during that session so we don't have to redo it completely but folks can bring questions and things to share about things that were covered in that session or about the topic in general.

Organic Groups (Past, Present, Future)

There is currently an effort being made to port the Organic Groups module from Drupal 7. This is a large and complex module, but important to many sites. In this session, we'll talk about:

  • What the Organic Groups module does and why it's important to the community
  • The progress of the port 
  • If the work is ongoing, how we can work together to expedite completion
  • If the work is complete, what we learned from the experience

Using ProboCI For Backdrop Developer and User Testing

ProboCI is an open source platform for the testing, debugging, and collaborating on web based projects for Backdrop CMS, Drupal, Wordpress and any PHP based project. It operates on pull requests and generates specific build environments that can be scripted and standardized to provide a uniform way to do both automated and manual testing of modules and interfaces.

Customize Your Site with Existing Themes and Modules

In this mornings session there were questions about how to customize the appearance of your site without creating a new theme.

Let's talk about things like:

  • When do you need a custom theme and when can you avoid it?
  • When to create a sub-theme of an existing theme.
  • Ways to modify an existing theme without a subtheme.
    • CSS Injector 
    • CSS Editor
  • Modules that do things that might also be done in a theme
    • Fancy Blocks
    • Configurable Block Styles
    • Sticky Menus

Share your favorite Module

We are looking for 4-8 folks to give a 5 minute demonstrations of their favorite Backdrop module OR a module that they think is underappreciated. We'll get through as many modules as we can in our allocated time. 

You don't need a prepared presentation. Feel free to improvise. But, only 5 minutes per module. We'll save time at the end for discussion and questions.

Modules that we have scheduled so far: