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Configure the AddToAny module

April 30, 2010 by Steve

The AddToAny service lets you link your website content to Digg, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and any number of other services for sharing and promoting your stuff. The AddToAny module embeds a link to the service into each of your nodes, so that you don't have to do it by hand. (See also the Service Links module, which provides the same sort of function. I tried them both and went with AddToAny mostly because of how it looked.

Going Further (even more modules)

April 30, 2010 by Steve

As I start to add content to the site, I also want to adjust how it looks and performs a little more. These are the rest of the modules I used to put the site together. As before, all are activated from the Site Building > Modules page.

  • AddToAny
  • Advanced Help
  • Ping
  • Twitter

Configuration notes are listed below.

Configure the Taxonomy Breadcrumb module

April 30, 2010 by Steve

This module sets the breadcrumb links to be your taxonomy structure rather than some other menu structure. You can also change a few other breadcrumb defaults here.

You can find the settings on the Site Configuration > Taxonomy Breadcrumb page. I changed my "Home breadcrumb text" from "Home" to "Et Melius". I also added the setting "Show current node title in breadcrumb trail" because I like how that looks.

Save your changes, if any, when you are done here.

There are no permissions related to the Taxonomy Breadcrumb module.

Configure the Page Title module

April 29, 2010 by Steve

The Page Title module allows you more control over the title the browser sees, the title that shows up in the header bar of your browser window.

The configuration is hiding under Content Management > Page Titles. Here you can set the defaults for how the custom title for each page will be created. Like the Pathauto module, it lets you put tokens in place to automatically create meaningful page titles. Unlike the Pathauto module, it shows you the available tokens at the bottom of the page.

Configure the Poormanscron module

April 29, 2010 by Steve

There are a lot of housekeeping tasks that Drupal does in the background to keep the site running nicely. Modules can hook into a cron system so that things get run regularly. But running the cron job requires the proper level of access at your webhost. Poormanscron lets you trigger the cron job from people using your website; the next page load after the timer runs out triggers the cron job in the background.

Configure the Statistics module

April 29, 2010 by Steve

The Statistics module keeps your access logs and will display all sorts of different reports. I also want to have the "Popular content" block as part of the layout, which needs to know how many times each story was viewed.

Go to the Reports > Access Log settings page and set the Access log and Viewing Counter both to be enabled. I also told it to hang on to the access logs for two weeks, rather than three days. Save those changes.

The Popular Content block uses data from the Statistics module, but is itself configured from the Views module.

Configure the Search module

April 29, 2010 by Steve

After enabling the Search module, you can go to Site Configuration > Search Settings just to check it out, but so far I haven't made any changes to the default settings.

I do want a search box to show up on my theme, though, so I had to head back in to Site Building > Themes > Configure > Newswire and check the "Search Box" checkbox. It wasn't enabled when we were in here before, because the Search module wasn't active the first time. Save the configuration, and you should now see the search box up in the corner.

Configure the Token module

April 29, 2010 by Steve

The Token module does not need any configuration, nor does it have any permissions to set. If you already know what you are doing, it doesn't need any modification at all.

Configure the Path and Pathauto modules

April 29, 2010 by Steve

Path and Pathauto work hand in hand to make your site easier to navigate. Path is the module that allows you to set up URL Aliases for your content. This page would normally have the url sitename/node/24, but with Path I can rename it to whatever I want. And Pathauto is the module that automates that process so that it happens when I save the content, rather than having to go edit it later.

Go to the Site Building > URL Aliases page. As you add content, this list view will show the aliases applied to your different pages. Right now it is empty, since we haven't posted any content.

Set Permissions

April 29, 2010 by Steve

This site has two types of users: me and everybody else. Since I'm not having other people log in and the administrative account automatically has all the permissions, I'm taking the shortcut of not setting up Authenticated user permissions. That means that everyone using the site will be anonymous. Here's where I set permissions for the Anonymous user for modules we've added so far.

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