Ubercart

Is Ubercart still relevant now that Drupal 6 has reached EOL?

In this day and age where Drupal 8 is all the rage and while contemplating an end-of-life Drupal 6 Ubercart Store upgrade to Drupal 7 or 8, I wondered if Ubercart was still a relevant alternative? Because if it was, then Ubercart 6.x store owners wishing to upgrade would not have just one but two options to choose from, two chances to find the right fit.

Drupal Commerce logo Ubercart logo

My initial thought was, let's go with the flow and migrate to Drupal Commerce. The main reason behind my sheepish logic: Commerce is the de facto go-to e-commerce platform.

Then, another side of me argued that Commerce's dominance is somewhat artificial and really stems from the fact that commerce-talk dominates the techno buzz channels, grabbing most of the spotlight and in so doing is casting other potential solutions in the gloomy shadows of quasi-oblivion...

In this article, I will share my experience about a recent project for a small town hockey association which, for the past 5 years, has been relying on a Drupal 6 Ubercart 2.x website to automate seasonal registrations for its 350 hockey players. With Drupal 6 now defunct (EOL) and no security team* to provide the required assurance that credit card transactions would be safe, there was little choice but to upgrade at least to Drupal 7 before registration could start.

Uberdrupal: from distribution to profile - Part II

This is part 2 of Uberdrupal: from distribution to profile.

Druplicon with spiraly eyes In Part I of this post, I wrote about the context that led me investigate ways to speedup the installation of various Drupal websites.

Just as you might grab a napkin to sketch out an idea in your favorite joint or reach out for a pad of paper to test a concept with fellow developers at work, one often needs a fresh Drupal code-base (a Drupal napkin) to test and validate ideas. Practice makes perfect. If only installing a fresh Drupal code-base was as easy as grabbing a paper napkin under the glassy gaze of a disillusioned waitress... Actually, piece of cake! As we will soon see. Sort of.

Uberdrupal: from distribution to profile - Part I

Druplicon with funky shades I've been experimenting with installation profiles for some time now. It all started with a Drupalcon Chicago presentation by Dmitri Gaskin (dmitrig01): From Zero to Distribution using Features, Profiler, and Drush Make. A year ago, on a bad day, setting up a fresh Drupal installation in order to test a module or try some new tricks in Views could take me as much as two hours. The possibility of installing Drupal with a custom list of contrib modules in less than a minute seemed like science-fiction at the time.

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