Its been a while

•July 5, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Ive taken a little time off but plan on getting back into this blog in the next couple of days.  So stay tuned.

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Changing the titles of pages in drupal

•June 12, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Want to change your titles of individual pages to something other than the nodes title.  Download the page title module form drupal.  This gives you the ability to break away from the same title and node  headers.  Just plug and play.  Its pretty self explanatory but very important for your drupal seo needs.

Drupal meta tags with nodewords

•June 11, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Ok Now you have a site you need to keep it ready for the search engines.  Lets download the nodewords module.  This module allows you to enter meta tags and keyword information.  Search engines don’t use them as much anymore for ranking but every little bit helps.  What it is great for is allowing you to give the meta description for each indexed page.  This is great for telling the search engines what to put down in the description.

Choose a good Drupal theme for SEO

•June 10, 2009 • Leave a Comment

When choosing a theme you should make if fit the site you are building but you should also consider a certain style for search engine optimization.  Your theme should contain h1 h2 tags,  and consider a menu across the top with links into your site instead of a left navigation column.  Another thing to consider is columns on the right instead of left.  The reasoning behind this is that search engines give more value to content near the top of your pages.  Your links to other pages within your site and your main content should be as high as possible.  Right nav columns and a top menu help create this effect.   This is slowly changing and may not be the case at some point but as of today it still helps.

So take a look at all the free drupal theme sites out there and pick carefully.  Or venture out and make your own theme of course.

Your config file for drupal

•June 9, 2009 • Leave a Comment

You need to  copy a file and rename it for your settings in drupal.  Go to your public html/sites/default folder on your server (this is ftp).  There you will see a default.settings.php  file.  You will need to copy it and give it permissions so drupal can configure site.   Save your copied file as settings.php and thats it.  Make sure you keep the default.settings.php as a backup though.  Now just type in your domain name in the web browser and drupal will walk you through the setup process.

What are drupal modules

•June 8, 2009 • Leave a Comment

The simple answer is this a small program that is added to your drupal install that can help you achieve a specific funtion or task.

Modules allow you to easily add functionality to your drupal site.  Maybe you need to add the ability to schedule posts well then you could add the scheduler module to your site.  Maybe you want to add embedded youtube videos. Then grab the module you need and add it to your site.

There are very small modules that only do something minor to huge modules that can add the ability to process online orders and add a shopping cart system for ecommerce.  Thats the beaty of drupal.  You only have to add what you need.

You can theme more than just the overall look and feel

•May 29, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Drupal allows site owners to create a total look and feel for their site through theming.  But it isn’t just the basic theme of the site you can change.  Drupal allows you to make templates for just about everything that is output.  These templates are again just basic html files with a little php inside.  Changing these templates or adding more templates will allow you to have finer control over you site.  You could make a separate template file for each content type you create.  You can even create a file for every block if you wanted to.

As this blog progresses Ill get into more detail but for now just know that there is more to the look and feel of your site than just the basic theme.