Taking a look at Drupal’s People management

I set up Drupal 8 earlier this week to kick the tires and get a better understanding of how it differs from WordPress. For starters it provides granular user controls. I imagine this could be a killer feature for anyone setting up an elaborate subscription site where various levels of users are granted additional access.

Drupal 8 People
Hmm, I think we’re gonna need more options.

Custom Roles

As a WordPress user I’m a little jealous of how easy it is to create, edit and modify user roles. I could see myself wanting to allow certain users the ability to edit their own menus in WordPress. Drupal allows that function without additional modules.

Drupal 8 Custom Roles
Easy User management for the win!

Hmm. I’m going to have to keep digging and see what other surprises I find.

Software I frequently use in web design

I use various Linux distributions while working on personal web design projects. Below is a list of my favorite software packages.

Desktop and Terminal

  • LAMP
  • WordPress
  • ssh
  • sshfs – (creates a mounted file of an ssh connection)
  • tar & gzip2 – (Manual backups via the terminal of my databasae and files.)

Graphic Design

  • GIMP
  • Inkscape

Audio and Video production

  • kdenlive – video production for cuts and transtitions etc.
  • audacity – audio editing, usually to clean up noise

Text Editors

This varies a little from distribution to distribution, I frequently favor what’s preinstalled with that system.

  • gedit – (never fails me when I need a good text editor, Gedit isn’t pretty but it’s reliable)
  • xed
  • Scratch – Elementary OS
  • Mousepad – XFCE Desktop’s
  • nano – Terminal

Note-taking

Besides a pocket notebook to contain frequently used commands I use the either of the following

  • Tomboy Notes
  • Notes for XFCE