I recently launched another site with my wife. She is a graphic designer and can you know make stuff actually look nice. Along with this she has done a ton of Do It Yourself (DIY) craft projects. Everything from quilts to simple fun things like homemade Play-do with our toddler. For a while now I've been trying to convince her to start a site where she would post all these craft tutorials and she has finally gotten around to doing it.
Today I launched my new theme for this site. It is a modified version of a the CrystalX design from open source web designs. I broke it up and made it fit for Drupal. Then I added a bunch of changes and tweaks that fit with my style and what I wanted for this site. I'm pretty pleased with how it all turned out.
Launching a Drupal e-commerce site using ubercart for my wives craft products turned out to be a ton of fun and much easier than I had anticipated. What prompted the launching of this was she already was selling items on Etsy: Burp Cloths Etsy. With all of Drupal's built in modules I was able to get a good looking site up with a fully functioning cart in about a week. This included taking credit cards utilizing Google checkout and paypal. The interesting thing was that after about a year of using it we scrapped the site and she has focused exclusively on using Etsy for her sales. This was primarily because she hated running two sites and the Etsy one being focused so heavily on handmade products was proving to be much more profitable.
You will find many sites online that tell you how to install a module on your Drupal site. The problem is most of them tell you wrong. This simple Drupal tutorial walks you step by step through installing a module the correct way. There are many different ways to install a downloaded Drupal module, but unless you do it this way you will find it much harder to keep track of installed modules and much harder to update as new versions of your module come out. Following this tutorial also makes it easier to upgrade to future versions of Drupal.
After installing a new Drupal site you may be wondering what to do next. I would advise reading tons of drupal tutorials, blog posts, and forum posts. However, I know this can be a little overwhelming at first. So here is a list of the top 10 things I think you should do after installing drupal.
Installing Drupal has gotten easier and easier throughout the years. It can be broken down into these steps.
1. Downloading and preparing the Drupal installation files
2. Setting up the mySQL database
3. Running the drupal install program
Today I added the search floater to run Drupal. A search floater is the search box you see up in the upper right corner of this website. By default if you enable the Search block in Drupal you can add it to a region. For example it could be added to the left content bar. However, I don't like this very much since it takes up a bunch of room. Instead I wanted the search box to float in the upper right of every page.
Adding this was pretty easy. here is the code I added to the page.tpl.php file
I love to know who's visiting my site, where from, and what they are looking at. Its interesting information in and of itself but it also helps greatly when adding advertisements to your site. Another thing I like to look at is how many people are using FireFox versus that other internet browser
Google has a great free service called Google Analytics. All you have to do is sign up for the service and then you can have a fairly high quality visitor tracking service. Here's how you get your Drupal site set up with Google Analytics.
Often I find myself working with my Drupal sites to install add-on modules in order to add some functionality I need or want. In the past the way I did this was by first downloading the module I wanted to my local computer, unzipping it, and then uploading it to my web server that hosts my Drupal site.
Anyone who has been doing Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for a very long knows that what you title your web pages is very important. To get a little technical, since there can be some confusion, when I refer to Page Titles I mean what is between the <title> and </title> tags in the heading portion of a web page. This is the title that shows at the top of your web browser when visiting a page.
Recently my site was lost. I have been able to re-create the content but unfortunately I will need to re-upload any pictures that are in my tutorials. Please feel free to still use the tutorials and I will upload the pictures soon. Sorry for any incoveniance.