This is a handy thing to have, particularly for security updates. As I understand it, the Update Status module periodically checks against the Drupal website (on each cron run) and will notify you if updates are available. I think it only checks activated modules though, so if there are updates to inactive modules, it won’t notify you.Continue reading
Month: March 2009
If you were reading a couple of weeks back, I was musing about the effectiveness of minimalist blog designs and their impact on search engine optimisation.
The basic notion was that by eradicating all the extra stuff on the page and just displaying the page and the bare minimum of navigational links, you could improve search engine relevance and as a result, rank higher for any given search term. Why? Because, providing that the content is well written and follows the principles of good titling and semantic markup, there will be less irrelevant garbage on the page to confuse a search engine.
Something that bugs me in Ubuntu is the default text size for window titles and desktop icons – it’s far too big. How do you change it?
Well, in Ubuntu 8.10, you browse to the System -> Preferences -> Appearance programme, and on the Fonts tab, you should be able to set the font size to your liking. I shrunk the font down to 8. I think this is pretty readable and saves a bit of space on screen.
Of course, while you’re in the Appearance programme, you can modify the actual display fonts for your screen and whether they’re bold or italic.
There you go, another quick tip. Hope this helps some of you out.
I’ve read a few interesting blog posts recently about minimalist blog designs. Specifically this Tutorial9 post showcasing streamlined designs, and more recently this Devlounge article by Dustin Boston.
I love the idea of thoroughly streamlined designs, where the content is virtually the only thing on the page.
- I want to build in an invitation to become a member. If someone is already logged in, they don’t ned to see this message. If they’re not a user (or not logged in), I want them to see a message saying “Join our community” and providing a sign-up link.
- Certain pages have a wiki functionality. I want non-users to see an invitation to join up and edit, while existing members will see a message encouraging them to get involved. Slightly different messages, but both hopefully effective.
Newcomers to Drupal will be aware of the hours of research needed to choose an Image management strategy. And for WYSIWYG editors, you have a fairly broad choice: TinyMCE, FCKEditor and many more.Continue reading
Let me explain why I needed to search across all subdomains: on Unreality TV, we have a handful of subdomains, each containing its own installation of WordPress. Now, when I’m writing about a topic for the music blog, I might want to see what else we’ve written with regard to that person or band or celebrity.
Now, I could simply do a Google search and include “Unreality” as a keyword, which works fairly well. Lately though, I’ve taken to using an advanced search feature – the site: operator.