Thoughts on Design

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  • Drupal
  • Entities

Drupal 7 offers several default entity types. Node (content) types, Taxonomies, and Users by default, File and Custom Entities with add-on modules.  When you are first confronted by Drupal, these can be confusing. Sure Users seems straight-forward, but Taxonomies and Content Types can turn you in circles if you aren't careful.

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Too many projects start off with big plans, without even a glance at the big picture. Not the "Big Picture" in the global sense, but an evaluation of how the website as a complete entity will function. What types of content will there be? How will the content types interact with one another. What sort of URL structure will there be? Not Earth shattering questions, but ones that should be answered before significant development occurs.

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  • About this Site
  • Drupal

This is the first post in a series dedicated to documenting the process of building a Drupal 7 blog. The topics will range from CSS and theme choices to module selection and configuration. Fair warning: I'm more than a bit of a geek and these topics tend to bring out the worst in me. I may use obscure CSS references and humor only socially challenged web developers understand. Feel free to ignore anything irrelevant and ask me to clarify anything important. I hope you find this interesting.

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  • Drupal

I've decided to dedicate some time every day to working on fun projects. Some of that time will be spent on this website.

I recently updated this site from Drupal 6 to 7 and I'm going to be rebuilding it from the ground up. I enjoy discussing Drupal, so I will be documenting this redesign process as I go. Please comment and ask questions as I write about this project, I would appreciate it.

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  • About this Site
  • Blogging

I've been on back to back development projects for over a year year. I'm afraid I've been neglecting this site to an embarrassing degree. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and hopefully I'll be writing here again soon. I've been knee deep in Drupal 7 development for most of this time, and I have some things I'd like to write about. Hopefully you'll be as interested reading about it as I was learning it.

Looking back at this blog post from several years after I wrote it, I now see that the light I saw was in fact a train.

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  • Blogging
  • RSS
  • Validation and Testing
  • WordPress
  • Web Design

It sounds like a silly question, but it's really not. Does your blog have a name? In the admin section of most blogging platforms, there's a field for the blog's name. It often defaults to something general like "new site" or its URL. If you remove this default name, but don't replace it with anything, then your blog doesn't have a name.

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  • Blogging
  • Social Media
  • RSS

Do you subscribe to your own RSS feeds? You should. It may sound like a strange form of vanity but it's not. It's a defense mechanism. If you don't subscribe, how do you know what your readers are getting? I subscribe to my personal site and social media feeds, as well as those of sites I work on. Several times I've caught and fixed problems with feeds before clients or readers have noticed anything.

It's hard to believe it's been four years. These images are free to use anywhere you'd like for personal reasons. Other formats could be made available. Let me know where you use them if it's convenient. The images have transparent backgrounds except for the one specifically noted.