Category Archives: PHP

Drupal: Importing commerce products with Feeds Import 3

My CMS of choice for non-bespoke projects is Drupal even though it’s written in PHP it seems a lot more secure, stable and extensible than most CMS’ out there. Recently I’ve been working on an ecommerce site using Drupal Commerce which is a bit tricky to learn but very flexible and well integrated with Drupal. Today I needed to import a product list into the new system from an existing platform. Fortunately with Drupal’s Feeds Import module this is pretty straight forward (after reading the documentation about how to process multiple taxonomies etc). However it seems like it recently had an upgrade and version 3 is incompatible with version 2 (there’s a Commerce adaptor for v2).

I couldn’t find any code about how to integrate this latest version of Feeds Import with Drupal Commerce to import the prices of the products (which are linked to standard nodes using a Product Reference field). So, I created an input filter of my own to do this, see the code below. Note the custom cover_type field which and also setting the extended data attribute of the pricing detail.

Getting WordPress posting to Twitter with hashtags

In trying to publicise some of my articles in this blog a bit wider afield I recently opened a twitter account. However, in order to reach a wider audience on twitter you need to use hashtags. Unfortunately WordPress’s excellent Jetpack extension, whilst allowing you to post to twitter and other social networks, doesn’t automatically include hashtags in your posts. There have been a few attempts to add this functionality as an extension in this thread however they are all not very well coded and don’t work properly. Here is what I am now using on this blog: