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Drupal 7 Login Methods and Module Roundup: Part 2

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Last time we explored some different options that determined how the login form was displayed on your site. Today we're going to expand on that and look at different ways of wrangling or changing the actual login experience for your users. The default settings aren't exactly very refined and so it can take some configuration to get a better user experience out of the whole process.

Drupal 7 Login Methods and Module Roundup: Part 1

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If your site relies on user engagement, chances are you are using Drupal's powerful built in user modules. Sometimes, however, it can be difficult to understand what tweaks you can make to the default login process to make it a better experience all around. Should you present the login form on every page? Where should you put it? What methods can you use to display the login form in unobtrusive ways? What action does your site take after someone logs in? We're going to be presenting an array of options to hopefully point you in the right direction.

Engage Your Visitors Using Splash Pages in Drupal 7

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 Chances are when you launch your site you are not feature complete. Often times it is best to get a site launched as quickly as possible and then work on adding additional features down the line. However, this creates a problem: how do you engage your visitors and let them know about new features?

 

Create a tiled Views layout in Drupal 7

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Content management systems are not always known for their ease of layout. Drupal has such a vast array of modules to extend your site, but often times we forget that you can do some really creative things with layouts. Today we're going to look at a javascript plugin called Masonry and how we can use it to build amazing fluid tile layouts. Let's look at what we'll be building:


Let's Get Active: Speed Up Your Drupal Themeing Process

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I remember back when Macromedia Dreamweaver made active web development accessible to the average designer. It allowed for live, active updating of site code in a preview window that eliminated the time-eating process of manually refreshing the browser after making code changes. Fortunately, we now have the power to do the same thing and use our own preferred coding tools. Today, I'm going to go over some options for front end developers that will allow you to see styling changes in the browser without manually refreshing.

User friendly site backups with the Backup and Migrate suite

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As a designer I often feel out of my element whenever I have to crank open an FTP client (or even command line) into my site to perform file backups on a regular basis. It gets worse when you have to perform database backups, you usually have to use a third party tool like phpMyAdmin which leaves the uniformed user open to making tragic mistakes. No one ever wants to have the sinking feeling of attempting to restore from a faulty backup.

Do you know what all of this means? If not, it's time to find an easier solution.

Building Mobile-friendly Menus in Drupal 7

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When was the last time you looked at your site analytics? Over the last 5 years, mobile web browsing has taken off and many businesses and organizations have been brushing their mobile users under the carpet. You don't need to do this! You can convert a basic Drupal site to be more mobile-friendly in short amount of time, and using modules or plugins can save you a ton of time. Today we're going to look at some different techniques or plugins you can use to convert your site menu to a mobile-friendly format.

Comparison of pagination techniques for Drupal 7

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Pagination is one of those elements we take for granted. Most of the time it works fine out of the box and requires no customization or configuration. However, you do indeed have options in this department and changing the pagination can greatly benefit a site that has hundreds or thousands of pieces of content. Today we're going to examine a few different modules and techniques you can use to improve the speed and efficiency of content browsing.

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Tutorial - Designing a search experience in Drupal

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It's always there, just sitting taking up space. Much of the time it goes unused, but you want to keep it there just in case. I'm talking about the search box, and it has become a ubiquitous but often overlooked element of a site. Designers like me were often very limited in terms of what could be done in terms of customization of the search feature in Drupal. Nowadays, modules developers have given us some powerful and simple to use tools to tone the search experience. Today we're going to look at one solution to the search problem.

Tutorial - Better advertisement integration with Drupal 7 & Views

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It's a trap that a lot of sites fall into: you get the site designed and developed, you're finishing up implementation and then it hits you. Where are we going to put the ads? Maybe we'll just throw them in the sidebar or above the header...

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