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Search Engine Traffic and Optimization for Drupal

  • Posted on: 17 July 2013
  • By: Michael

Drupal out of the box, properly configured, is very SEO friendly. But don't expect your 10 to 20 page site to get any significant search engine traffic. And by search engine, we're talking Google. Google routinely accounts for about two thirds of all US search engine traffic, and other than China, a significant portion of the worlds search engine traffic.

But I want Search Engine Traffic!

Absolutely nothing beats a properly configured Drupal site with significant amounts of unique, relevant, similarly topic'ed content.

If you don't want to bother with creating content, you supposedly can "hire an 'SEO guru' who will rocket your site to the first page of Google results and/or sell lots of your product through PPC." I have several problems with these statements.

Theming Drupal

  • Posted on: 16 July 2013
  • By: Michael

A site's 'look and feel' in geek speak is called a Template, a Front End Overlay, a User Interface (UI) and the User Experience (UX), or in Drupal, the "Theme." You probably already know that ...

This document offers some guidelines on when you should start theming a Drupal project, just how varied Drupal themes can be, where to find 'free' themes, and steps you can take to reduce your theming costs.

Drush snippets for Drupal

  • Posted on: 27 June 2013
  • By: Michael

Use, abuse as desired. “alias =” are entries I’ve placed in .bashrc.

drush pml | grep -v Core | grep Enabled -c
 
alias drush="/home/michael/common/bin/drush/drush"
alias di='drush pmi'
alias dl='drush dl'
alias ds='drush status'
alias dv='drush vget > /home/michael/data/trash/drush-vget`pd`.txt'

Simple Last Access:

One Safe Method for Updating a Drupal Site

  • Posted on: 28 December 2012
  • By: Michael

If I've just sent you a link to this page, it's because I realized I didn't explain how I usually do Drupal updates. Apologies for that and hopefully all of this is old hat to you. For anyone else who's stumbled across this page, here's a relatively high level overview on how to safely update your Drupal site within a major release (e.g. 6.18 to 6.19).

Step 01: Make a Backup of Production

Everything you ever do with a Drupal site should start here.

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