Posts Tagged ‘drupal’

10 Tips for New Drupal Developers

April 18th, 2012 Leave a comment
10 Tips for New Drupal Developers

Drupal is a popular open-source content management system (CMS) that can be used for all sorts of Web sites. If you are just getting started with Drupal development, you have most likely have come across some situations that you didn’t know how to handle. In this article, I will discuss some of the things you should become acquainted with or know how to handle so that you can become more proficient with Drupal. If you are looking for a more comprehensive learning, consider enrolling in one of LearnComputer’s Drupal training courses! 1. Secure User #1 User #1, typically the admin… View full post »

Best Drupal Books: My Top 5 Choices

September 1st, 2011 Leave a comment
Best Drupal Books: My Top 5 Choices

Drupal is a very powerful CMS, but it can be extremely hard to master: the learning curve for creating a powerful, usable, and engaging website is quite steep. There are quite a few Drupal books out there that can teach you these basics, and sorting the good from the bad can be a daunting task at times. That said, here’s our top 5 choices for Drupal books – we’ll help you find the one that’s perfect for creating your first Drupal website (or sharpening your already-savvy Drupal skills!) Beginning Drupal 7 By Todd Tomlinson Our list opens with Todd Tomlinson’s book Beginning Drupal… View full post »

The Drupal Community

June 6th, 2011 (Guest Blogger)Leave a comment
The Drupal Community

This is my theory on open source development and the importance of collaborative efforts. I will outline some thoughts on the benefits of having a community of people that are actively supporting Drupal development. The first benefit that comes to mind is the willing cooperation of many individuals in making the best product possible. The diversity of needs and goals spawns many useful modules. The next would be having a wide range of possibilities when selecting a Drupal support team or partners. You can join the Forums or Groups related to your interest and learn much more swiftly than you would by… View full post »

Pro Drupal 7 Development Book Review

May 19th, 2011 Leave a comment
Pro Drupal 7 Development Book Review

I enjoy being on the cutting edge. As such, I picked up Pro Drupal 7 Development by Todd Tomlinson & John VanDyk expecting to be introduced to all the new features, frameworks, and goodies that Drupal 7 has that Drupal 6 does not. I was, sadly, disappointed: the book seemed very similar to the previous Pro Drupal Development book by the same company but with added Drupal 7 functionality thrown in. After reading it for a longer time, however, I realized I wasn’t their target audience: Tomlinson and VanDyk are writing for an audience that is approaching the development platform for… View full post »

Best Drupal Modules: The Top 5 List

May 13th, 2011 Leave a comment
Best Drupal Modules: The Top 5 List

Drupal’s power lies not only in it being a CMS, but in its customizability; you can do just about anything you need beyond Drupal’s core functionality. The downside of that, however, is that there are thousands of modules – how to even begin going about finding the ones you need? Check out this list of handy Drupal modules to help you on your way! 1. CKEditor http://drupal.org/project/ckeditor CKEditor is the successor to the very popular FCKEditor, and is a must-have for editing Drupal content quickly. It turns the textarea fields in Drupal into a WYSIWYG HTML editor, enabling a great deal of powerful… View full post »

Do you need a CMS like Drupal?

May 3rd, 2011 (Guest Blogger)Leave a comment 5 comments
Do you need a CMS like Drupal?

How do you know when to choose a content management system as a foundation for your Website, and how flexible should it be? There could be many different reasons to choose this path, but I believe the most important reason is that we are humans and we get ideas and change our minds – often. How do you best plan for future needs without being overwhelmed right now by features you do not need right away? If you think your Website is just going to be an online business card, and only that, you may wonder, why would you need a… View full post »

Top Ten Drupal Modules for Admins

March 11th, 2011 (Guest Blogger)Leave a comment
Top Ten Drupal Modules for Admins

Contributed modules make up a big part of the Drupal experience. There are modules available for just about any feature you could want in Drupal, but the first question is – what modules do you need to make administration easier to navigate and control? It is important to do some due diligence when choosing modules and do some research in advance. Also of great importance is determining whether to use a module, create a module or modify the theme… these questions should be answered during the due diligence phase, and will be covered in a future blog. The Drupal.org site was recently… View full post »

Why I Use Drupal as a CMS

March 1st, 2011 (Guest Blogger)Leave a comment 2 comments
Why I Use Drupal as a CMS

People often ask me why I choose Drupal as a publishing platform for my clients. The first and most important reason I can think of is the flexibility and ease of adding complex features to the site without programming. Just a few years ago it would have taken weeks of programming to add a feature like “User Relationships” or “Workflow” to a Website. Creating the specifications for such a feature would take hours, possibly days of time and energy, and in many cases a client may not know exactly what functions they want before the site is built. Drupal… View full post »

Optimize Drupal: 5 Simple Steps

March 1st, 2011 Leave a comment
Optimize Drupal: 5 Simple Steps

Drupal, along with Joomla, is one of the heavyweights in the CMS realm today. It is feature-filled, robust, and customizable with tons of user-created modules that enhance and add functionality to it. It is also, however, subject to that CMS problem that plagues every sysadmin: Speed. CMSs like Drupal suffer from being complex pieces of software; the number of functions and queries the system uses is far greater, naturally, than a straight HTML page or a simple PHP site. As a result, the performance may suffer, especially when running on a VPS or shared hosting and responding to many hits per… View full post »