Drupal Gardens adds iPhone app, Wordpress import, Flags, and more!

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Submitted by Chris Brookins on November 24, 2012 - 4:55pm

Over the last few months, we have been busy adding features to Drupal Gardens. We are especially excited about the new Drupal Gardens iPhone app that lets you use your iPhone to contribute photos and just about any content type to your site. This free app communicates to Drupal Gardens sites via the MASt module. Because we contributed the module back to drupal.org, anyone with a Drupal 7 site can now add the MASt module to receive content from this iPhone app. In addition, we will soon be releasing the full Objective-C source code to the Drupal Gardens iPhone app on GitHub so anyone can brand it, extend it, or fork it to create their own custom iPhone app for their Drupal 7 site. Expect another blog post in the next few weeks when the source code becomes available on GitHub. Special thanks to Kyle Browning who built the Services module used by MASt and who also developed the iPhone app itself in collaboration with our design and engineering team.

It's time for a round up of all features added, so read on for the full scoop!

  • Post content and photos using the Drupal Gardens iPhone app!

    If you have a Professional subscription or higher, you can configure your website to work with the Drupal Gardens iPhone app.

    After you enable the Mobile App Services module, simply configure which of your site's content types should accept content posted from the iPhone app. Users who have installed the Drupal Gardens app for their iPhones or iPads can then create and post content wherever they are!

    The new iPhone app include the following features:

    • Post new site content, including blog posts, articles, photos, and other mobile-enabled content types configured on a Drupal Gardens site
    • Post content to one or more Drupal Gardens websites with ease
    • Tap to view content and share URLs directly within app
    • Delete content from site, subject to site permissions

    Learn more. (DG-5687)

    Gardens app example

  • Import your WordPress sites into Drupal Gardens

    If you have a WordPress website, you can now import all of its content (including blogs, pages, comments, and files) into your Drupal Gardens website! You can import from either an export file or directly from a WordPress site URL. Learn more. (DG-5872)

  • Flag content, comments and users as needed

    Using flags, you can provide any number of indicators for content, comments, users, or other entities. Example uses of flags include bookmarks, marking items important, indicating friends, or flagging content and comments as offensive. With views and flags, you can create custom lists of popular content or keep tabs on important content. Learn more.

  • Expand your pool of site builders
    Assign users to the new Content manager role so you can delegate website content creation and theming responsibilities. Note that this role cannot access other administrative functions (such as account management). Learn more. (DG-4050)
  • Added ThemeBuilder access control
    You can now control which ThemeBuilder tabs are displayed to specific user roles to provide only the theming functions needed for that role. Learn more. (DG-4050)

    ThemeBuilder subtab permissions

  • Greater control of who can publish themes

    To protect your website from unauthorized or accidental changes, only users with the new Publish a theme permission can publish a theme or save changes to the live theme. Learn more. (DG-5415)

  • Added support for the viewport meta tag

    Make your website more readable on mobile devices by enabling the viewport meta tag for your website. Learn more. (DG-4225)

  • Users can now delete their own comments

    You can choose to allow your users to delete their posted comments. For example, after a user posts a blog comment they realize they want to remove it. As long as no one has replied to their comment and their role has the Delete own comments permission, they can permanently delete the comment. Learn more

    Delete comment link

  • Comment dates can be displayed in a "time ago" format

    You can now configure comment posts to display posting dates and times in a more human-readable format. For example, a comment post that displays "10 minutes ago" means the comment was posted 10 minutes from the current viewing time. Learn more. (DG-5665)

  • Customize the session cookies expiration value

    Drupal Gardens websites use session cookies to help identify users when they connect to websites. You can now specify the expiration value for these session cookies. Learn more. (DG-5672)

  • Customized external link warning messages

    You can now configure the External Links module to display additional warnings when users follow external links, including HTML-configurable overlay messages and pages. Learn more. (DG-4828)

  • Comments

    PsychSIGN Admin... December 1, 2012 - 11:20am

    I've purchased a pro subscription, and there are a lot of us who use Android phones and tablets. When will an Android app be available? I'm strongly considering migrating towards Wordpress for this reason (as they have more mature mobile offerings).

    Thank you!

    Chris Brookins December 1, 2012 - 11:40am

    It is on the list, but no date yet - sometime in 2013.

    Chris Brookins
    VP Engineering, Acquia - blog - twitter -

    fixbrothers January 10, 2013 - 2:03am

    When will,the app be available in github?


    Chris Brookins April 6, 2013 - 1:13pm

    The app has now been open sourced on github at https://github.com/acquia/drupal-create


    Chris Brookins
    VP Engineering, Acquia - blog - twitter -

    inkovic April 11, 2013 - 3:10am

    Viewport meta-tag is a nice addition, very important in regards to responsive design.

    Peter Macinkovic can be found on Drupal Gardens here. Personal website proudly built in Drupal. Digital Strategy Consultant @ Apex Action

    smartjazz August 17, 2013 - 4:18am

    Hi Chris. Glad after reading your information. Nice job!!

    I appreciate it. Keep it up. :)

    I am working in an iPhone App Development Company as a content developer. And always research to write something new. Much happy to read it. Thanks a million.