Recent Blog Posts

HTML Validation: Free HTML Validator Tools

These are good HTML validation tools to ensure your HTML is clean... clean HTML means better SEO (search engine optimization) and typically faster page loads.

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New Drupal Featured Content Module

Thanks to NatureBridge for helping sponsor this module! If you like this module, please consider donating to the non-profit NatureBridge to help them continue connecting youth with the natural world.

What Drupal Tutorial Do You Need?

I will be proposing some sessions/talks for DrupalCon SF in April, 2010, and want to find out what Drupal users/developers want to learn about. It can be at the beginner, intermediate or advanced level. What Drupal tutorial would you like to see?

Drupal Galleries Using Dynamic Display Block (DDBlock)

I presented a talk on building Drupal image galleries using the Dynamic Display Block (DDBlock) module at the Stanford Design4Drupal camp (http://d4dstanford.prod.acquia-sites.com/schedule). I'm attaching my how-to doc and presentation docs here as well as a zip of the database and entire code tree.

Top Ten Drupal Modules Consolidated - 2009

Here's a grid of top ten Drupal modules recommended by the top websites (per Google - 2009 posts only) as of December 2009. The websites are numbered 1 to 10 and if the particular module was listed in that site's top 10 Drupal modules list, then it has an X in the column for that site. So far, I have gone through 6 websites.

BADCamp Drupal SEO Presentation 2009

I gave a Drupal SEO presentation at the recent BADCamp in Berkeley along with Jen Lampton of Chapter Three.

High Performance Drupal Steps

I went to an awesome talk on creating high performance Drupal sites by Josh Koenig of Chapter Three at the recent BAD Camp in Berkeley. You should check out the slides, but here's a recap:

Need a Drupal Expert?

I get a lot of calls and emails for Drupal work. Often many more than I can handle. It's common for these companies to complain about how hard it is to find a "Drupal expert". So what can these companies do to find the right Drupal programmer for their project?

Make Drupal SEO Friendly

Are you wondering how to make Drupal SEO friendly? You can start by taking a look at the list of Drupal SEO modules that are available for free.

Top 10 Drupal Modules

If I was only allowed to install my top 10 drupal modules (besides core and SEO-related modules), here's what they'd be. Also, check out the list of Drupal SEO modules.

Drupal Actions and Triggers

I get some comments on this site yet I was missing some since I don't check my comments "approval queue" regularly. I want to get an email when someone posts a comment. This is easy to using Drupal actions and triggers. This is built-in functionality for Drupal 6.

Drupal Revision Moderation and Workflow

You can get the Drupal Revision Moderation module working along side the Drupal Worklow module. I've just done it for Drupal 6.

Detect Drupal Broken Links

I was looking in my Google analytics reports and see that I have some broken links (404 pages) in my content. Although you can track these with Analytics or other web reporting tools, there are a number of modules that can be used to help minimize and detect Drupal broken links:

Add Drupal Digg, del.icio.us, Reddit Links and More

If you want people to find your content, it's good to get the word out with social marketing. Since I haven't done that yet, that's the plan right now.

Drupal SEO Modules

There are a number of Drupal SEO modules to choose from. Here is a summary of the most popular ones to help with your Drupal search engine optimization.

Drupal Nofollow Link Sculpting

"Link sculpting" (also know as "pagerank sculpting" or "link juice flow optimization") is one of the more recent and popular trends in search engine optimization. Although some people have been using this concept for years, it has entered the SEO mainstream over the past year or so.

How To Get a Drupal Theme Change to Show Up

If you are going to customize a drupal theme or create a drupal theme from scratch, you will inevitably find times where the change you have implemented does not show up. This is because the theme information is cached for better performance. This will happen *even* if you have caching turned off on your site.

Customize a Drupal Theme

For many personal sites and some small business sites, you may simply want to use one of the out-of-the-box Drupal themes available. There are several to choose from: bluemarine, chameleon, marvin, garland, minnelli, and pushbutton.

Drupal Has Multiple h1 Tags

Older versions of drupal used the h1 tag for the site logo and h2 tag for the page title. Since h1 is one of the most important tags for SEO, the drupal community lobbied to get rid of the h1 for the logo and to change the h2 tag in the tag to an h1 tag. But, I have just noticed that there is a situation where Drupal has multiple h1 tags!

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Free SEO Tools

There are lots of search engine optimization tools available, so let's highlight some free SEO tools as well as some inexpensive ones.

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