Drupal: Superb CMS Choice

Why did we choose Drupal and related themes for the StockUnlocks unlocking module design? Taken directly from https://www.drupal.org/about : “Drupal is open source software maintained and developed by a community of over 1,000,000 users and developers. It’s distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (or “GPL”), which means anyone is free to download it and share it with others. This open development model means that people are constantly working to make sure Drupal is a cutting-edge platform that supports the latest technologies that the Web has to offer. The Drupal project’s principles encourage modularity, standards, collaboration, ease-of-use, and more.”

10 replies on “Drupal: Superb CMS Choice

    • StockUnlocks

      Hi Anthony,
      What’s the issue? Hopefully we’ll be able to assist you. Feel free to reply right here.

      We’re in the process of transferring all of the stockunlocks module questions and answers from the previous website forum to this new site.

      Once that’s done, we’ll re-enable our website registration so that users may participate in the forums once again. Sorry about any delays that may have caused you.

    • Anthony

      does drupal module work with API (dhru website) only ?

      API from (dhru based) website works

      i tried to connect API from (gsm genie script) website and it doesn’t import services to the ubercart, but it does import imei service list (API works)

      i am testing my website and don’t understand how customer side works

      when customer place the order on my website – the order should place on my supplier website, correct ? or i am wrong ?

      1. can you help to edit drupal module for (gsm genie based) website ? fix import option for gsm genie based website
      2. how does module work with customer order on website ?

      thank you

    • StockUnlocks

      Ok, we’ll do our best to answer here …

      Q: does drupal module work with API (dhru website) only ?
      A: Yes. It’s designed using Dhru Fusion’s API, it will only work with their websites.

      Q: when customer place the order on my website – the order should place on my supplier website, correct ? or i am wrong ?
      A: Correct. Your website, when correctly configured, will automatically place the order with your supplier.

      Q: can you help to edit drupal module for (gsm genie based) website ? fix import option for gsm genie based website
      A: No, sorry. It took us over 9 months to develop and get the module approved to work only with the Dhru API – for free. At present, we just don’t have the resources to break it just to have it work with someone else’s API. X-)

      Q: how does module work with customer order on website ?
      A: Check out the details here: http://www.stockunlocks.com/forums/topic/installation-and-testing/

      Unfortunately, we no longer offer free testing on our Dhru Fusion server. However, most suppliers have a “test” service that you can use to verify that your installation is working properly.

  • Frank Tettey-Enyo

    Hey, thanks a lot for this and offering it for free. It gave me an option I have been desperately looking for. Just a few questions though:

    1.Why did you choose drupal of all CMS platforms? My guess is because of the cron runs?

    2.It there any other way to schedule the cron runs to be shorter than 1 hr?

    Reply
    • StockUnlocks

      Hi Frank,

      I chose Drupal, honestly, because it was the first CMS I was exposed to. I built my first generic website with it and started exploring creating a module for an automated mobile unlocking system with it. If I had started with WordPress, I would have done the same thing by developing a plugin.

      At present, I’ve moved StockUnlocks from Drupal to WordPress due to its new focus: more content than functionality. I’ll have to take a look at the cron options available for WordPress though.

      If you’re interested in full control of your cron settings, take a look at Elysia Cron: https://www.drupal.org/project/elysia_cron

      It’s what I use on the Drupal website and it’s fully customizable for your needs. Make sure to carefully read the instructions for configuration.

      All the best!

  • Frank

    Thanks as always.

    I think WordPress would make a much better CMS for our kind of business. I say this considering the diversity of plugins and support available. WordPress is also better with SEO. With my sites on WordPress hardly need any work to generate visitors. Drupal usually has zero visitors a lot. I am also struggling with Drupal because of lack of plugins for basic stuff. And I have no PHP experience so creating my own is quite a challenge.

    At the risk of sounding like Oliver Twist. Would you by any chance make the WordPress plugin available? I am willing to buy if the price is right.

    Also I am willing to work on your projects with you as I am deeply involved in the unlocking business and professionally I am into product development and product testing. Let me know if these skills are useful to you.

    Reply
    • StockUnlocks

      After switching over to WordPress, I immediately noticed the number of quality plugins and ease of implementation. The only reason my Drupal website ranked, I feel, was the fact that I developed a module directly linked & named after my domain, promoted on drupal.org and related websites.

      I have been heavily debating whether or not it would be worth my while going down that long road to develop a stockunlocks plugin for WordPress. This mobile unlocking thing is truly a niche, especially when it comes to building a website to do it. Since the Drupal module was released, according to the stats, there are about 48 sites reporting using it (which is probably 10-12 in reality). True, a little over 2,000 downloads, but I think those numbers reveal how much a “niche” this kind of business is.

      Yeah, thousands are looking to unlock devices, but if you’re not a true “direct source” and/or don’t have a great site design with outstanding SEO and customer support, you’re lost in a vast pool of “me too” unlocking websites.

      I inadvertently found this niche of “building an unlock website” (BTW, search that or similar phrase and see how many are actually doing it). I was thrilled that StockUnlocks “owned” that spot in the search results. However, I haven’t been able to turn it into anything that could pay the bills, if you know what I mean. I was pouring so much time and effort into something that I loved doing, but … everyone knows that story.

      If I were to develop a WordPress plugin, I’m sure that I could sell a few at a reasonable price. But how many? If the current Drupal stats mean anything, the numbers won’t be impressive. I could be wrong – maybe there’s a slew of WordPress website owners who would love a stockunlocks plugin. I have no reasonable way of knowing that, without taking financial hits trying to obtain that info.

      I’ve seen your work and it’s apparent what you mention about your skills. I appreciate the offer, but I don’t have any indication right now that this plugin route is the way to go right now.

      Thanks for your feedback, Henry

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