Submitted by jenlampton on May 11, 2023 - 3:32pm
There are lots of different approaches to managing Backdrop CMS configuration files in Git, but this one is my favorite. It works great for projects with multiple developers, and it can also be easily adapted for multiple deployment environments, as on Pantheon.
This versioned staging directory strategy has been adapted from a recommendation from @populist and @davidstrauss based on how the
config directory is being managed for Drupal 8/9/10 on Pantheon.
Submitted by jenlampton on July 31, 2022 - 3:16pm
One of the benefits of hosting a website on Pantheon, is that the dashboard can notify you when there are available updates for the core code of your CMS (Backdrop CMS, Drupal, or WordPress).
Pantheon does this by comparing the code you are running on your own website, to the latest available code in the matching Pantheon "upstream". For Backdrop CMS websites, the Pantheon "upstream" is the
backdrop-pantheon repository on GitHub.
Submitted by jenlampton on February 14, 2022 - 10:29am
If you've been working with Backdrop for a while, you'll notice that sometimes, a particular module, theme, layout template (or sometimes even Backdrop core) doesn't quite work right - or - perhaps it just doesn't quite work the way you'd like it to for your particular project.
Submitted by jenlampton on November 23, 2021 - 12:15pm
Today I need to make some updates to one of my Backdrop CMS websites that hasn't been worked on for in a while. This site is hosted on Pantheon. Since I haven't written about how I update my local site before, I thought I'd take the time to document it today. I hope someone finds this helpful :)
Note, the instructions here assume the site is using my configuration management workflow for Pantheon hosted websites.
Submitted by jenlampton on July 12, 2021 - 4:50pm
I use MAMP for my local Backdrop development on MacOS.
If you would like to do the same, first download the most recent version of MAMP and install it locally. When you are done, you should have directories for both
MAMP PRO in your
To run the application, double click
MAMP.app inside the MAMP directory. Once it's up and running, you should see a MAMP widget with a cute elephant icon.
Submitted by jenlampton on July 20, 2020 - 9:50pm
When moving from traditional web hosting to managed platform-specific hosting providers like Pantheon, there are often a few tricks you'll need to work around. In this post I'll be documenting the steps necessary to move an existing website onto Pantheon.
Submitted by jenlampton on July 13, 2020 - 5:44pm
Part of my job as a developer is making website hosting recommendations to my clients. To create a list of recommendations, I determine the appropriate plan for the website (or websites) we're working with, and present the options to my client. In order for them to make a decision based on these recommendations, each option needs to include an associated cost.
Submitted by jenlampton on November 20, 2018 - 3:15pm
I've been meaning to write up a blog post about how to go from a HTML template (purchased from a place like https://themeforest.net) to a Backdrop theme. As a developer with only a smidge of design skill, I have found this to be a workable alternative to hiring a designer for custom work.
Below you'll find a very a rough outline of the steps I follow:
Submitted by jenlampton on May 23, 2018 - 2:57pm
This guide is intended to help people using Cloudflare to speed up and protect their Backdrop CMS sites.
Create three Cloudflare PageRules to exclude the Backdrop cron page and the link to run cron as an admin from Cloudflare’s caching and performance features:
Submitted by jenlampton on February 28, 2017 - 3:32pm
The breakpoint for a Smartmens menu to go from displaying only the hamburger to displaying the whole menu is 768px by default. I had a site where I needed the breakpoint to fall at 1120px instead, here's how I changed it:
I started by copying two CSS files from backdrop core into my theme. The two files were named
menu-toggle.theme.css and are located in the