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Configure the Print module

April 30, 2010 by Steve

The Print module makes printer-friendly versions of your pages, as well as making nice versions for email, and allowing access to a few different third-party PDF generation packages. I'm just using it for the printer-friendly link you see on each node.

Configure the Links module

April 30, 2010 by Steve

From the Links project page, the "Links Package is a multi-module set for managing URL links in a master directory, and attaching them in various ways to your content pages." First, this allows you to attach "related links" to your nodes. There are other ways to do this, but Links allows you to attach an arbitrary number of links, from zero to many, and have the layout work nicely. (This was important to me.) Links stores all those URLs in a database, and if there is ever a duplicate, it manages that gracefully.

Configure the Views module

April 30, 2010 by Steve

It is not an overstatement to say that the Views module seriously changed Drupal development when it was released. Before Views, if you wanted to change the layout of a page or make a block that showed your data in some custom way, you had to write a module to do it. Depending on your needs, you may still have to, but a great many display solutions can be done through the Views interface.

Configure the Nodewords module

April 30, 2010 by Steve

Nodewords enables meta data for your pages. This is used to give search engines hints about what is in the page, things that might be good related search terms. It is not just one module, but a package of related modules. One is the API, one is the UI, one enables appropriate tokens, and so on. Though all the files are named with "nodewords", the package is labeled "Meta Tags". In my setup, I turned all of them on except the "Meta tags for custom pages", since I don't need that yet.

Configure the Ping module

April 30, 2010 by Steve

Ping is a module that notifies the Pingomatic service that your content has changed, which then can push out that notification to other web sites that want to know.

The title of this post is a bit misleading. There are no configuration settings for Ping. Turn it on and it works.

There are no permissions to configure for Ping.

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 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.


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