Installing XAMPP: Experiences of a new user

I report here what happened when I installed XAMPP on my computer in April 2015, running under Windows 7. There is nothing here that is specific to Drupal, although this was done for the purpose of having a local development environment for Drupal.

A Strategy For Updating to Drupal 7.39 With Drush On Linux


- Backup your database: search internet for tips about backing up your database, probably, mysqldump is a good strategy.
- Backup you drupal files.


Classes and Containers


A container is an instance of a service. It is a place to store files. Configuration is service-specific, e.g. a filesystem container needs to know the directory where the files should go; an S3 container needs account credentials along with the bucket name.

"PHP extensions Disabled" error on Drupal 8


Screenshot of error

You are trying to install Drupal 8, but during the installation at "Verify requirements" step, Drupal returns the following error message

PHP extensions

Drupal requires you to enable the PHP extensions in the following list (see the system requirements page for more information):

Google Analytics Counter: get "Client ID" and "Client Secret"

Here's a 3 minute video tutorial about how to get Goolge "Client ID" and "Client Secret" required by the Google Analytics Counter module.

If you cannot watch a video, use this step-by-step text-image guide:

Flag lists 7.x-3.x

The flag lists module 7.x-3.x is compatible with the Flag module 7.x-3.x version


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