Drupal 8: Configure block or Place Block do nothing

In short, clicking on “Place Block” results in a brief loading icon and then nothing, and Configure Block results in a “This website encountered an unexpected error” message. The fix was found here:  
https://www.drupal.org/node/2597506
  Edit the following file – the “core” directory should be in your Drupal 8 root directory:  
[drupal root]/core/lib/Drupal/Core/Annotation/Translation.php
  Before the final }, add the following text:  
public function __toString() { return $this->translation->__toString(); }
  Now try placing a block again and it should work. Please note that until this change is added to the Drupal code this is probably going to revert when you upgrade Drupal.

Drupal 8 – How to enable multi image upload

One of the great things about Drupal 8 is that it has multi-image uploading capabilities built-in, unlike Drupal 7. By default, however, it’s a single image at a time.   To enable multiple image upload for articles, for example, navigate to:   siteurl/admin/structure/types/manage/article/fields   Drupal 8 - Enabling Multiple Image Uploads Click “edit” next to the Image field type, and you’re taken to:   Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 3.27.02 PM Click on “Field Settings” and scroll down until you see:   Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 3.27.54 PM Set to “unlimited” as in the above image, save, and you should be good to go!

Installing Aegir 3 on Debian 8 Jessie/Ubuntu with Nginx

So, after a few failed attempts at installing the Aegir 3 Drupal control system we hit upon this “recipe” as what works for us currently on a fresh install of Debian 8 Jessie or Ubuntu 14.04.

This assumes you are logged in as root. First, update and upgrade your system.
apt-get update && apt-get upgrade -y
For the version of OS that currently gets installed with a fresh Binary Lane VPS we also need to update the base system. We like to use aptitude for that; while we’re installing aptitude, we might as well install the other thing that Aegir needs to install properly:
apt-get install curl sendmail aptitude -y
Upgrade:
aptitude safe-upgrade -y
Now, we need to install the database server. We use MariaDB.
apt-get install mariadb-server -y
One that’s done – you will be prompted to enter a root password for the database – we run the following command:
mysql_secure_installation
Don’t worry about changing the root password now that you have already set one, but delete the test database when prompted, disable anonymous access and flush privileges. Now we can install Aegir, nginx, php5-fpm etc.:
echo “deb http://debian.aegirproject.org stable main” | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/aegir-stable.list
curl http://debian.aegirproject.org/key.asc | sudo apt-key add –
apt-get update
apt-get install aegir3 aegir3-provision aegir3-hostmaster nginx php5-fpm
Enter the hostmaster URL – usually the fully qualified domain name. Enter the database root password once for provision and once for hostmaster. Assuming all of the above has gone well, you should be given a one-time-login link in your terminal at the end of the install process, e.g.:
http://aegir.example.com.au/user/reset/1/1446598196/Nw4T4yd25IWEngCP2d2A_Ck3XslBiobnhbuNzXU4/login
Now, before using that run the following:
visudo
Add this to the end of the file:
Defaults:aegir !requiretty
aegir ALL=NOPASSWD: /etc/init.d/nginx
This gives Aegir – the aegir user – permission to restart nginx without requiring a sudo password. Test this works by doing the following: su – aegir
sudo /etc/init.d/nginx restart
What you want to see then is this:
* Restarting nginx nginx
[ OK ]
Then:
vim /etc/nginx/nginx.conf
Comment out by putting a # in front of:
# tcp_nopush on;
# types_hash_max_size 2048;
# error_log /var/log/nginx/error.log;
Reboot, and use the one-time-link. You should be logged in fine and now can use Aegir!

Drupal 7 – Two administrative menus after module installed

In Drupal 7 when trying to use the module “Administration Menu” (quite a handy module) after enabling it we ended up with two menus or toolbars: Drupal 7 - Two menus or toolbars The fix for this is to disable the existing “Toolbar” module – this should remove the original toolbar and leave you with just the new Administration Menu menu/toolbar.