Drupal 7 Release Party Delhi/NCR

By abhishek | Thu, 12/30/2010 - 10:29
Drupal 7 Get Started

The Drupal 7 Release Party is a worldwide event to celebrate the imminent release of Drupal 7. Jan 7, 2011 is not the exact release date. The idea is to have a two day event - a celebration of drupal - technology and community.

Drupal 7 Release Party by Delhi Drupal Community
on Jan 8-9, 2011 - 10AM - 6PM
at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

This is a community event and is open for all. Anyone can participate. Drupal Love is a good to have for the meet. There are no participation fees.

Want to contribute to organising the event - check out the event planning wiki

Venue : IIT Delhi

For details contact either: @kinshuksunil, @1sud, @abhisheknagar on Twitter
Use hashtag #d7rp and spread the word.

Contribute to organising the event at the event planning wiki.


Day 1
10.00-10.30 : Welcome
10.30-13.00 : Hands On Introduction to Drupal 7 byAnkur Saxena (flyankur) & Pratul Kalia (lut4rp)
13.00-14.00 : Lunch
14.00-17.00 : Hackathon - Building a Blog, Brochure Website, Community Website with Drupal 7 by Yash Sharma (yashsharma01)
17.00-18.00 : Cutting the Drupal 7 Cake and networking

Day 2
10.00-13.00 : Developing Drupal Modules Workshop by Sudhir Porwal (sudhirporwal)
13.00-14.00 : Lunch
14.00-17.00 : Theming Drupal Workshop by Gaurav Mishra (gaurav_m)
17.00-18.00 : Drupal Quiz

Parallelly, Day 2 will also have an ongoing hackathons

Check out the event planning wiki
Bring your laptops, powerstrips, datacards and wifi routers with you to the event.

Sign up here and invite friends as well.

Integrating SMS Solution to Drupal Websites

By abhishek | Mon, 08/30/2010 - 15:43
SMS List Block

Reaching out to the targeted audience, is one of the goal for any business. here is a list of modules which will allow your website to interact with your audience

  • SMS Framework : Provides a extensible API that facilitates communication between Drupal and various SMS gateways.
    • SMS Actions : Provides an action for sending outgoing messages and the ability to define custom triggers for incoming messages.
    • SMS Blast : Allows bulk text messages to be sent to registered users.
  • SMS List : Manages Subscriptions, and send text messages when needed

SMS Gateways

Other then the module mentioned above you will need an active subscription to a SMS Gateway to send or recieve SMS and a module which can integrate these gateways, Drupal modules for the following SMS Gateways are available

  • Clickatell (International Support over 200 Networks) (Included in Core)
  • MySMSMantra (Only for Indian Numbers)

To Test the service you can even use Email Gateways or Log Only Mode availaable in SMS Framework. A complete list of Supported Gateways is available here.


My SMS Mantra Gateway for SMS Framework

By abhishek | Tue, 07/20/2010 - 17:39

Its been a long time since i added something new here, so this post comes with a New Drupal Module i recently did.

My SMS Mantra SMS Gateway is a small addon Module to SMS Framework which will allow you to add My SMS Mantra as a SMS Gateway to your drupal website. The module would be released  very soon.


Current Status:

Tested for Integrity with sms_bulk, sms_user, actions and the same is currently functional on Kashipur.in

Currently SMS could be delivered only on Indian Numbers, this limitation is forced from the Gateway and not from the module itself, the module however can be extended to other countries if needed.

The Release is coming soon...






Drush & Dreamhost

By abhishek | Wed, 04/14/2010 - 10:19

Its been more than a year since i am using Dreamhost, The basic package is not too great but is cheap and the support is responsive.

Drush or the Drupal Shell is one of the most powerful tools to use when you are working with Drupal. DreamHost provides php5 but uses php4 as the default for the php command line and in that case drush wont work, so here is a 3 step guide to setup drush on your dreamhost account.

  1. Download & Extract Drush some where on your home folder
  2. Add the following lines to .bash_profile using your favorite editor.

    export PATH=/usr/local/php5/bin/:$PATH
    alias drush='/home/username/drush/drush'

    replace the path of drush as per your preferences :)
  3. Their is no Step 3, Login again and use Drush


For Using Drush Command Line tool you will need to enable SSH on your DreamHost Account.

Connecting via SSH

$ ssh username@domain.com

Editing .bash_profile

$ vi .bash_profile

path to ,bash_profile would be /home/username/.bash_profile

Happy Drush :)

Year 2009 Memories

By abhishek | Thu, 12/31/2009 - 13:46

Year 2009 was a great experience for me as i started my Professional Career in February 2009 and Completed Post Graduation in June 2009, I had been working for various organizations till 2008 as a freelancer/consultant, but in the beginning of 2009 i started my Professional Life by joining Maybole Technologies Pvt Ltd as a System Engineer.

I am tring to list down a few of my memories of each month of Year 2009

Speaking @ Drupal Camp 2009January 2009

After completing the Semester III of my Masters i was in search of Internship/Job which would would lead to completion of my MSc (CA) Programme, Markets were on a all time low and this search was taking just too long but fortunately on 27th January i appeared for Maybole Technologies and was recruited. In January i was also a part of the Organizing Team on 2nd Drupal Camp India we successfully organized the Event on The 31st January, the event received appreciations from all and was attended by more then 250 people which we never expected.

In January 2009 i also migrated my major Websites to a new Hosting Service


February 2009

It was Feb 2nd when i joined Maybole Technologies, I was introduced to the staff and was assigned a temp desk and books to read and my first day ended reading several Redhat Books. I started working only on the Third Day, and witnessed many things/operations which i was just unaware about in the past.

GNUnify 2009 was scheduled in Mid February, i used to come to SICSR after my office hours and at sometimes in lunch hours as i was given the responsibility for maintaining GNUnify 2009 website, but unfortunately i was not able to be present for GNUnify on both the days. On Second Day of GNUnify i took a Workshop on Drupal which was a great experience for me as it was the first time i took a workshop, in GNUnify 2008 i had only presented a topic.

My Drupal CVS was approved.

March 2009

First Salary, i was excited, the month went in writing a few scripts and configuring Application Servers, I would remember March 2009 as i released Gamabhana on Drupal.org Gamabhana was developed by Mr Omkar Joshi but was not available on drupal.org for various reasons and i contacted Mr Joshi and were able to release the module with permission. Also went for the Annual Maybole Trip

April 2009

Third month on the job worked on various configuration to select the most appropriate version of it, tries various new and old systems. Drupal Hindi Translations for Drupal were in full swing with a few contributors coming on board, planned to release a hi package. Submitted my final report for MSc (CA) appeared in the viva.

May 2009

Huuh Busy in office not much additional activities seen server crashes......... Released hi Package on Drupal.org

June & July 2009

Freelancing yet again reltok......... project came in tries various modules and customized a few on worked on theming for the first time. reltoked for 2 months to gave it a shape excited over the project.

August 2009

This was a important month, recieved an offer from Symbiosis to join in as Web Administrator, resigned from Maybole and was loaded wil some additional work of documenting my work and train my  colleague regarding my responsibilities.... Applied for creating a hi project on localize.drupal.org on 24th August and Gabor created it for for on 26th Aug exported all translation collected using drupall10n.com to the new Drupal Translation Server.

August 31st my last day at Maybole,was excited to join Symbiosis yet again this time not as a student :) met all the fellow maybole staff complied a few memories from Maybole. Would never forget Mr Mahendra for all support and favor he provided me at Maybole

September 2009

I am back in Symbiosis, With meetings lined-up from Day 1, met the staff understanding how this organization works took me an entire month and even long i am still unaware of many things here. Took Drupal Association Membership, Planning and working for Drupal Sprint India Adison Berry is expected in the event, this has to be a big event for Indian Drupal Community

October 2009

Working on a few new activities for Symbiosis its fun working here, i am bit relaxed here as compared to the last organization and people are adaptable. Work for Drupal Sprint India is on fast pace, the event is in end of the month, i am looking over the website and managing other activities and promoting the event as much as i can. Drupal Sprint India a 2 day non stop went on quite well Few Documentation were comitted in Drupal.org. With Karunakar helping in Hindi Localization we added upto 1000 new translations in 2 days. the event was exciting and a learning experience.

October was a big month for me as Kashipur.in completed its 3 years.


November 2009

Symbiosis is now a bit active on Social Media, Convocation is next month Papa & Mummy coming for the Event, they would be in Pune for the first time.

December 2009

Convocation on the First Weekend Papa & Mummy coming on 5th December, i am eagerly waiting for them as have not gone to home since 6 months, And finally its day of Convocation left early with parents to SIU met friends all are excited for the Convocation Dr Shashi Tharoor is the chief guest for the Event, This Convocation is also important in the history of SIU as it was its first Convocation in its Lavala Campus. The Convocation Ceremony Started and after a series of motivating speeches the ceremony ended around 3 PM, Now I am officially a Post Graduate.

Took a 2 day leave from office and will be with parents, went to Bheema Shankar and then for a movie with Parents, it was fun to be with them after a long time. And i am back to work.

Released a new hi package once again with the new translation received in Drupal Sprint India2009, Montu Bhai (Mayank Nagar) is in Pune for a 2 days so met him over a lunch. In December went for a number of movies, i dont think that i would have seen these many movies in the last 11 months.

The Year was fun filled hoping a great year ahead.

Wising You all a Very Happy New Year.

Drupal for Education & E-Learning Review

By abhishek | Wed, 11/25/2009 - 11:28

Drupal for Education & E LearningTechnology is changing the way in which we do the normal day to day things, Libraries are changed to Digital Libraries, Educational institutions and corporate are moving to no paper offices. Building up a corporate Intranet System is the need of hour. 


Drupal for Education & E-Learning is a great work by Bill Fitzgerals which can be used to build your own intranet system.



The book gives a step by step guide to build up a complete intranet for your college/school and how to effectively use it for better communication


Use this book to build up an intranet systen which will provide your services like

  • Teachers & Students Blogs
  • Enrolling Students
  • Bookmarking Content
  • Podasting over the Intranet
  • Video Hosting
  • Forums
  • Social Networks
  • Student Progress Tracker


The book provides an excellent step by step guide to setup the entire System, Special Thanks to PACKT Publishing for providing the book for review. I highly recommend this book for Educational Institutions for building their own systems


Sample Chapter : Creating Student Blog

Drupal Sprint India 2009

By abhishek | Tue, 11/03/2009 - 22:46

Dexter introducing PLUG @ dsi2009

Drupal Sprint India was a 2 day event held on 30 & 31st October 2009 in Pune and was one of the biggest Drupal Sprints ever held in India, Sprinters from Kashmir, Karnataka, Delhi, Gujrat and almost all regions of India took part in making this event a huge success, this event was divided in mainly 3 parts Sprints, Talks & Workshops, Sprint was sub classified as Code Sprint, Documentation Sprint & The Translation Sprint.

Day 1)

Sprint @ dsi2009The event started half hour delayed with a welcome message from PLUG, which continued with a talk by Aradhana Sharma on "Customizing your Drupal website using RULES", and while she was delivering her talk few of us were getting ready the Sprinters Hall, in a hour time the Sprints started with Adisson Berry heading the Document Sprint. With Sprinters coming in the Sprints were running houseful and talks went on well.

Abhishek Nagar @ dsi2009The first day talks included talks on


People were busy in listening to talks and beginners were busy with the workshop while Sprinters were# Customizing your Drupal website using RULES by Aradhana Sharma contributing the first Contribution came from Mr Prasad Shirgaonkar in the form of a Documentation for Localization which was highly appreciated, Sprinters worked on porting different Modules from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7.

The day came to an end for the Talks around 5:30 PM, but the sprints continued whole night, with sprinters working on various Modules. Documentation and Translations

Prasad Shirgaonkar @ dsi2009

Ankur Saxena @ dsi2009

Mir @ dsi2009

Gaurav @ dsi2009

Day 2)

Sprinters were on work for the whole night the first tweet for the ay 2 came around 3:00 AM :), Day 2 witnessed a drop in the audiance in talks but the Sprints continued housefull.

The second day talks included

  • Drupal 7, Anatomy of a killer release by Dipen Chaudhary
  • Do it with Drupal - The M3 Serve Platform by Gaurav Kumar
  • A Case Study of www.openthemagazine.com: How to make beautiful and featureful news and magazine websites in Drupal  by Sidharth Kshatriya
  • Building Indian Language based Social Networking Site with Drupal! by Prasad Shirgaonkar
  • Brightcove Integration with Drupal by Ravi Gupta
  • Workshop by Prasad Shirgaonkar on Quick & Easy Drupal Theme Creation!
  • The event schedule was reshuffled as one of the Speakers coming from a different location was unable to reach the venue due to some reasons.

The Sprinters were working hard with the sprints lot many bugs were fixed and reported, more than 500 Translations were done and uploaded to http://localize.drupal.org/languages/hi

Bhaskaracharya PratishtanFxing up the internetdsi Tshirt

Pre Event (Last minute arrangements)

Upgrading of the available bandwidth from 256Kbps to 8Mbs was a huge task and fortunately this was completed just one day before the event, Arrangement of event T-shirts just finished in time, setting up of Wifi at the Venue was the final task for 29th October 2009

For more images visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/dsi2009/

What to expect from Drupal Sprint India 2009

By abhishek | Sun, 10/04/2009 - 22:43

A formal announcement for Drupal Sprint India 2009 was already done last month and is available here!!

I am very sure that now you would be very curious to know what is it all about so this post might clear some of your confusion.

Whats in Drupal Sprint India 2009

Hey, this event is for YOUUUUUUUUU !!!

Why should i attend ??

a) If you are a newbie

  • You will get a chance to learn something very dynamic.
  • You will get a chance to know Drupal which is one of the best opensource Content Management System ever created.
  • You will get an opportunity to build up network with Drupal Geeks from India and abroad.
  • You will get an opportunity to be contribute to Drupal in various forms.

b) If you are a Drupaler

  • You can showcase your skills via talks/workshops.
  • You can help in Bug Fixing
  • You can help in Documenting Drupal
  • You can help in Localizing Drupal
  • You will meet Drupal enthusiasts from all over India and across

 IFFFFFFFFFF you are unable to make it to pune this time.

so what are you waiting for register under various categories in Drupal Sprint India by visiting http://drupalindia2009.plug.org.in/


Drupal Modules you cant live without

By abhishek | Sun, 08/09/2009 - 13:18

Drupal is one of the most flexible Content Management System available and Its been more than 18 months since i am using it and have tried and tested lot many  modules, in this post i try to categorize non core drupal 6 modules on the basis of my experience in must have and enhance your site categories. i am sure this list would change with time

Modules you cant live without

Enhance your site using the below

हिन्दी लोकीकरण योजना

By abhishek | Sun, 04/26/2009 - 10:07

हिन्दी लोकीकरण योजना का पहला अनुवाद पैकेज अब डाउनलोड के
लिये http://drupal.org/project/hi पर उप्लब्ध है !

हिन्दी लोकीकरण योजना
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# ४ योगदानकर्ता
# ४८१५ अनुवाद करने के लिए शेष
# ४२३ अनुवाद दर्ज

अब आप भी सुझाव जमा कर स़कते है नीचे दिये लिन्क पर जाकर

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