Robert Carr's blog

Why I've Not bothered With Drupal 8

I'll write some notes up at some point, but this is a link to the slides.

"I thought this was quite a dry subject title, but it was actually a really interesting presentation." (Attendee at DrupalCamp Scotland 2019)

I did quite a wide trawl for information to reinforce my own thoughts, but you can read much more on and

Building a Website

A simple checklist for starting out on building your new website. Not an exhaustive list, but gives you some idea of what goes in to building even a small website:

  • What's the point?
  • Who's it for?
  • What functionality do we need?
  • What constraints to we have?

Questions, Questions...

  1. Site content

How much should a website cost?

Well, how long is a piece of string? It just depends...

The major influence is how much you are prepared to invest in your own enterprise - do you want to look cheap and cheerful, or do you want to be seen as reliable and prestigious? It's your call really.

New Website for European Mathematical Society

Almost 10 months since being first approached by the European Mathematical Society to update their Drupal (version 5) website, the new Drupal 7 version was quietly launched this weekend.
This was a massive undertaking, as the Drupal 5 site had little structure and multiple security vulnerabilities, and essentially required a complete redesign.

Twig in Drupal Core

Last week it was announced that Twig will be incorporated into the next release of Drupal, version 8, due for release later in 2013. Drupal has previously used the PHPTemplate system in order to separate business logic from the presentation layer.

Migration to Twig makes Drupal theming far more secure, and potentially will make sites faster and accessible to a wider community of designers and developers.

Rhetoric - Flexible Content

The internet is full of junk. A staggering amount of junk: 1 million websites launched each day; billions of packets of content also tweeted, bookmarked, shared or otherwise thrown into the bubbling cauldron of human endeavour. Apparently, there are even 2 million ways to unlock a sink. OK, there are 2 million websites that claim to show you how to unblock a sink. Some do. Most don't.