Top 10 Tutorials for your Drupal Website


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Drupal is one of the most popular and powerful content management systems. Creating your website with Drupal will allow you endless options for design and function. Use these 10 Drupal tutorials to easily give your website features and options you may have never thought possible.

1. Tutorial For Site Setup

Every Drupal website owner should begin with a basic site-building tutorial. The first thing to do, after getting Drupal-compatible web hosting, is to review such a tutorial to create your site’s key elements. This site-setup tutorial will walk you through building your website’s administration menu, site editor, pages, menus, and slideshows.

2. Update Drupal Using Minor Updates and Patches

There are a few types of updates you will come across as a Drupal website owner including, minor, major and patch updates. This tutorial will show you how to keep your installation current to avoid bugs and errors, and maintain the latest module compatibility. Patch updates are often aimed at fixing bugs or security issues and may be released at any time. Minor updates fix site functions errors, and are released less often.

3. Autoloading Awesomeness

This tutorial will show you how to take advantage of autoloading in your visitors web browsers. This is helpful when you want to display video or other media without the user having to click ‘Play.’ Use the Auto-loading Awesomeness tutorial to follow in the steps of major media and social companies who know rely on the feature, such as Facebook and Instagram.

4. Preparing Your Site for Drupal 8

The latest release of Drupal, as of 2017, is Drupal 8. This tutorial will help you get prepared for a major update to any outdated Drupal sites. IT discusses manual site audits, security updates and audit modules. While your updated your Drupal and installing Drupal 8, you should check that you have Drupal optimized web hosting, so that you can make the most of your Drupal installation.

5. Installing and Editing Drupal Themes

This tutorial is perhaps among the most important for any Drupal user. It shows you how to install and modify themes for your Drupal site by giving you the basics on how themes work. After reviewing this tutorial, even a beginner will be able to choose and install a Drupal theme that’s right for their site. Those with just a few minutes on their hands can learn how to change colors, module positions and add or remove elements.

6. Drupal SEO Tutorial

If you’re focused on marketing and Search Engine Optimization, then this is the Drupal tutorial for you. It will teach you how to create SEO-friendly posts, tags, and headers. Beginning with a focus on mobile Drupal templates and themes, this handy guide will ensure your site doesn’t get buried in the search results.

7. Drupal Modules Tutorial

This tutorial is invaluable for those who want to begin developing Drupal modules and backend coding. It will show you how to use Object-Oriented PHP to create Drupal modules with function in the backend of your site and interactive features for your website’s frontend. Some PHP knowledge is required for this tutorial. Object-Oriented PHP will keep your Drupal site coding from being redundant, and save you time behind the keyboard.

8. Use Node.js with Drupal

Many web developers are used to node.js and want full javascript integration on their Drupal based website. This tutorial will teach you to seamlessly integrate the popular node.js package with Drupal to use them inherently together. Using Node.js on your Drupal site will allow you to build web applications that are as scalable as you need them to be. This would work great for any new social media site or mobile application.

9. Create a Custom Slideshow

Slideshows have many purposes on websites, including rotating content to keep the site fresh, and ensuring certain content has a front-page standing. This tutorial will show you how to easily create a slideshow on your Drupal site using theme libraries and the Slick module. It involves some simple HTML markup and Java which you can copy and paste or make modifications to. Your finished product will look great on any business website, and will rotate three or more images or embedded media modules at your desired speed.

10. Loop Over Objects

This tutorial is among the more advanced on the list, but should appeal to anyone with even a little coding background. It will show you how to loop over objects using the built-in tag IteratorAggregate. If you’re looking to get started practicing your PHP skills on a live site, this tutorial is a great choice and will provide convenient, functional results.

Drupal can be used for personal websites, business and corporate sites, and even blogs. It’s a diverse CMS that allows countless customizations. By following these tutorials you will gain a better understanding of your Drupal interfaces, and be able to add creative elements to your website.

The Internet of Things


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In the modern era, the era of the Internet of Things, what tech best suits you can be difficult to ascertain. It may seem at times that there are just too many smartphones, too many TVs, too many computers, and then some. Shopping for gadgets can sometimes be a bit complicated for the layperson. Specifications for computers, for example, can seem like a calculus problem or a foreign language.

With so many options to choose from, it’s helpful to be able to narrow down your options and focus your search. An example of this is the current transition from High Definition television to the burgeoning 4k Ultra High Definition. It’s safe to say most consumers don’t necessarily know the difference between these labels and, even if you told them, might not know much beyond the difference in numbers. Knowing that 4K UHD TVs, being the hot new tech, are more expensive than HD TVs, and that HD is already more than enough for the average Joe, one can safely restrict their search to HD and save a little money on their purchase.

Beyond the question of what specs matter to what consumer, there is the question of brands. So, you now know you want HD TV, instead of 4K, but which HD TV is the best? There a great many brands competing for your money, and now you need to know which brand has the best balance of price and quality. To get the most bang for your buck without doing a ton of research, it’s often a great idea to do price comparisons first. Budget is more often than not the biggest deciding factor when making purchases.

Supposing you’re in the market for a smartphone, the two big names in the spotlight are the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy. Apple’s claim to fame is ubiquitous in its popularity, but Samsung’s rival Galaxy series of phones is the quality, cost-effective alternative.