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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.

Under Content Management > Meta Tags you can change the default settings. Under General Settings, I enabled the keywords and copyright fields. Under "Default meta tags" I put in a default copyright message. (If you look at the page source for this page, somewhere near the top you should see that copyright meta tag.) Save this out. There are plenty of other options that I will enable for SEO as the site develops.

Now when you go to create or edit content, one of your options will be to add meta tags for the page. They will only show in the page source, not to regular readers of the site.

If your site has more than one administrator, you may need to pay attention to the User Management > Permissions settings for nodewords, which has the "administer meta tags" permission. I didn't bother.

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 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.

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 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 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.

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