Drupal: open_basedir errors when setting up Ubercart CC encryption keys

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Topics:  drupal development

[these are tailored to the Media Temple (dv) environment, but are pretty portable to other Linux/CentOS systems]

Basics of the issue are covered in this support article here:

Basically, you need to look in the root directory for your site (where the httpdocs folder is living)

First thing is to connect via SSH and move to that root directory. Usually:

Life at 'net' speed: heading to DrupalCon in San Francisco for

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When I woke up Wednesday morning I was looking forward to an always-fun and interesting meeting day on the project, for which I’m the platform architect. We’re working on a platform targeted at independent schools to maintain their own web sites, parent and alumni communities, and the whole project is really satisfying. Great challenge, great way to help bring innovation (and huge cost savings) to schools.

giving a lecture on web strategy to graphic design students [UPDATED]

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My good friend Mitch Goldstein (or @mgoldst as you may know him) has asked if I'd give a talk to his graphic design students in a class he's teaching at Rhode Island College. I sat in those very halls a few too many years ago than I care to remember - but since that's where I got my start (designing and developing the College's first web site), it seemed like a great opportunity.

between pixels and plumbing: why paul boag is right to call it web strategy

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I know, I know. If you listen to the Boagworld podcast or follow his incessant tweeting and audioboo-ing you'll doubtless be saying something like 'good heavens, don't give him any more reasons to inflate his overblown sense of self-worth' - but I think that he's struck upon a really important topic, and one that has an enormous impact on the future of our industry.

24hr sprint: Upgrade from Drupal 5 to 6, clean up and relaunch

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Well - had to be done. I needed to get my site updated from Drupal 5 to 6 in order to implement some better features and in general keep up with what I do for clients. It was also useful to go through the upgrade process on an existing site to get used to the pitfalls.

Overall it wasn't all that bad, but I did have to reimagine how I wanted to deal with some views, and recreate some of them from scratch. I haven't had time to really dig into the design, but this had to come first and setting a deadline helped move things forward faster.

a web professional's bookshelf (a top-10-plus list)

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I’ve traded a few tweets over the past day or two on the subject of good books for web professionals. I use that term to avoid ‘designer’ - as that seemed limiting or possibly a bit arbitrary. I think that information architecture, understanding business requirements and translating them into web site features and functionality, usability/user exerience, interaction design and visual design are all distinct enough that they can be a specialization unto themselves.


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