Talking Drupal
Talking Drupal is a weekly chat about web design and development by a group a guys with one thing in common, we love Drupal. With hosts Stephen Cross, Jason Pamental, John Picozzi and Nic Laflin. Recorded weekly in a Google Hangout at

In this episode we share our first impressions of Drupal 8.5 experimental module Layout Builder.


  • Experimental module

  • Lacking good documentation and examples to get you started

  • Installation

    • Requires Layout Discovery
  • All or nothing

  • Layout scope - Content type or Node

  • Observations and issues

  • Replacement of Panels?






Direct download: TalkingDrupal163.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:37pm EDT

In episode #162 we talk about Project Management tools we use.


  • News
    • Drupal 8.5 released
    • Drush sanitize issue
  • Types of PM tools
  • Basecamp
  • Jira
  • Redmine
  • Rally
  • Trello
  • Asana
  • HipChat
  • Slack
  • Notebook (yes)
  • OmniFocus
  • Email
  • Timetracking



Direct download: TalkingDrupal162.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:35pm EDT

In episode #161 we talk about HTTPS!


Upcoming Events

Patching Core


  • What is https and why does it exist
  • Recent histry with HTTPS
  • Securing your webste with HTTPS
  • Forcing HTTPS
  • HSTS 


Secure Pages



Nerd Summit

DrupalCon Nashville

Composer Patches

Blog - A Secure web is here to stay

Google Starts Giving A Ranking Boost to Secure HTTPS/SSL Sites

Let's Encrypt

Cert Signing Request

HSTS Preload Request Form 


Direct download: TalkingDrupal161.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:40pm EDT

In episode #160 we discuss the Config Split module.



Direct download: TalkingDrupal160.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:03pm EDT

In episode #159 we discuss a baker's dozen of helpful modules.


Flippy - Version: 7. Created pager to move Next/Prev through nodes

Simplify Menu Version: 8. Allows for easier manipulation of menus in twig templates.

Coffee Version: 7/8. Helps navigate the admin faster

Content LockVersion: 7/8. Prevent two users from editing same content, prevent user from navigating away from content edit by mistake

Shield Version: 7/8. Places an easily configurable htaccess password on your site

Admin ToolbarVersion: 8 or (admin menu for 7). Provides drop downs for the admin toolbar

Environment IndicatorVersion: 7/8. Allows you to change color of admin bar based on environment.   Prevent confusion of which environment someone is working in, ie. green for DEV, yellow for TEST and RED for live.

Video Embed Field Version: 7/8. Easier to embed videos by copying url?

Responsive Menu Version: 7/8. Build an easy mobile nav

Block Class Version: 7/8. Add a class to the block through the UI

Configuration Split Version: 8. Allows for separate environments for deployment

Role Assign Version: 7/8. Allows better role/user management

ReCaptcha Version: 7/8. Implements ReCaptcha



Stephen Cross - @stephencross

John Picozzi - @johnpicozzi

Nic Laflin - @nicxvan

Direct download: TalkingDrupal159.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:22pm EDT

In episode #158 we discuss using Docker for local Drupal Development.


  • Call for DrupalCon Sessions Extended

  • Drupal 8.5 out March 7th
  • What is Docker
  • Contaniers
  • Docker and Vagrant
  • Getting Started with Docker
  • Use Cases


Drupal Con Sessions

Drupal 8.5

What is Docker

What is a Container

Nic's NEDCamp Docker Presentation "Docker and Drupal"

The docker Book


Stephen Cross - @stephencross

John Picozzi - @johnpicozzi

Nic Laflin - @nicxvan

Direct download: TalkingDrupal158.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Stephen, John and Nic are back in 2018. In episode #157, we reflect on 2017 and look forward to 2018

Show Topics


Stephen Cross - @stephencross

Nic Laflin - @nicxvan

John Picozzi - @johnpicozzi

Direct download: TalkingDrupal157.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:56pm EDT