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Configure the Twitter module

April 30, 2010 by Steve

The Twitter module gives you a few different ways to connect with Twitter. Individual users can tweet when they add content to the site and you can set up a site-wide Twitter account if you want.

The module adds a tab to the individual user profiles. This is where you need to go to enter your personal Twitter information.

Configure the External Links module

April 30, 2010 by Steve

Good software doesn't surprise people. (At least, not the basic functionality. Games are different.) I want it to be as obvious as possible what will happen when someone clicks on a link, before they click it. The External Links module puts the "you're leaving the site" icon next to each of the external links. It also sets the URLs to open in a new window, rather than navigate away from this site. I used to hate that, but I have Firefox configured to open those links in a new tab instead.

Configure the Skinr module

April 30, 2010 by Steve

The Skinr is a helper module for themes. Not all themes use Skinr, but Newswire (the theme I'm using) does. See the overview and full documentation on Drupal.org. Skinr allows you to add custom CSS to panels, views, modules, and blocks.

Configure the Advanced Help module

April 30, 2010 by Steve

The Advanced Help module extends the regular help system and many modules use it to provide better documentation. If nothing else, you should install it for the help you get on the Views module.

If you want all your users to have access, you can provide that from the User Management > Permissions page, but I didn't bother. All that help is just for me!

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.

First Post! (Adding content)

April 30, 2010 by Steve

Now we're ready to add some content to our website. For my first post, I wrote a brief introduction to the website and why I was bothering. I decided that not only was this a good start to the site, but that it would make a fine About page. So I changed the URL Alias from the default to the path "about" and saved my post. Then I went to Site Configuration > Site Information and made a link from the footer to my new about page. Done!

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.

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