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.

Drupal Managed Hosting (Details)

We offer managed hosting for the Drupal Content Management System (CMS).

Starting at US $400 per quarter includes hosting and quarterly non-bug fix updates.

A few reasons this might be for you

  • When your hosting firm asks, “Do you want a bash, corn or seashell?” You're wondering what a beach has to do with your hosting account. And, hey wait!, did they just ask to hit you?
  • You've already had one hosting's junior support 'specialist' take out a production site because they repaired a table without doing a backup first.
  • You don't know why "repairing a table without doing a backup first" is bad.

Clients

Current, Past, and Inactive Clients

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.

Where do you start in building a Drupal website?

So you want to build a website? But where do you start?

We've found that it helps the site owner end up with a significantly better product to first take a step back and conduct a business assessment before doing any website requirements analysis.

Included below are a sample Business Assessment and a Website Design Documentation Questionnaire. Most likely these documents will take you several hours each to fill out. Several Hours. Each.

The Importance of Drupal Independent Module Rankings and Review

  • Posted on: 22 August 2011
  • By: Staff

While Drupal.org serves an important function as an Assistance Community forum, Problem Line, and global code repository, it is not the place to go for ratings and reviews of Drupal modules. Having any entity judge itself is never the right thing to do. Drupal.org focuses on its main factors, community announcements, improving expenses for the organization, offering more services, and providing the repository for all Drupal contributed code (modules).

About Us

Hello There,

I'm Michael, the owner, and you want to know a bit about me and my firm?

My prior employers include Dell and Exxon, with prior clients including MasterCard International. In the '80 I was in the US Army, where I had a Top Secret (Special Background Investigation) security clearance.

I have an MBA from UT Austin ('99), started Internet Design Alliance in 1996, and started working Drupal in 2005 (Drupal v 4.7).

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