Feature-February: What changed in Drop Guard?

Feature-February: we announce our new optimizations

Hello everybody! You might've experienced some changes of the project settings interface already - here’s the broad summary of what makes Drop Guard more efficient and more powerful now: composer package manager mode, speeding up the setup of update type behaviors (with a short mode option) and live site monitoring.


1.Why we made the Drop Guard module installation of the life module expendable #composer

First of all - no worries! You can still set up your Drop Guard projects with installing the Drop Guard live site module. Especially if you have a Drupal project, which doesn’t work with a composer package manager (such as nearly all Drupal 7 projects do), you will need to install the Drop Guard module on your Drupal live site, so it can check out your activated modules and update them.

But if your Drupal project DOES work based on a composer package manager, you will benefit from our new optimization.

No module installation needed.

You don’t need to touch your Drupal website to let Drop Guard work for you. You inserted your Git URL (as usual) in the first Basic setup step and then on the Site config you can decide how to proceed:

You can select between 3 options of your Git settings now.


Option 1: You can select the composer package manager setting to let Drop Guard check your composer files within 3 clicks. And of course it will respect your version constraints if you like.

Option 2: You can still install the Drop Guard module on the live site of your project.

Option 3: No composer package manager? No live site installation? But all your modules are inside your git? Well, just let Drop Guard check your Git repo directly.


2. Time reduced update behavior setup: 1 section for 4 update types

This is the regular view of the update behaviors setting page:

Regular view of the update behaviors page: You have to adjust the settings of every single update type.


Most of our users handle the updates from “Critical” to “Not Critical” Security updates in just the same way with no individual setting. So - why wasting time here? Enjoy the short mode!

Under “Update behaviors”, you’ll find the SHORT mode option:

You can elect the SHORT mode now to handle 4 update types as one single group.

Step 1: Set up one update type behavior of the middle section (f.e. you set up “Critical” update type just the way you want that all types from “Moderately Critical” to “Not Critical” work and don’t waste time on setting up these 3 types).

Step 2: Select SHORT mode at the bottom of the update type section.

Step 3: Choose “Critical” settings as the basic settings of the short mode.

Step 4: Done.

Quick update type handling with the new SHORT mode option.


3. Your Drupal site was down and you haven’t realized it immediately?

Let Drop Guard monitor your live site and inform you about down times. Just watch out for the “Extra settings” on the “Site config” tab and insert your live site URL.

Drop Guard checks your live site and recognizes if the site is unreachable. In that case, you’ll be informed via email. If the site is up and running again, you will get a second mail. No spam, just 2 mails for every incident.


That’s it for now! What comes next?

Stay tuned for our next improvements, which will include our highlight “time scheduling of Drop Guard actions" - predictable update handling.


Contact us for more information: info@drop-guard.net