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Off-canvas Menus in Drupal 7

One current trend in the world of web design is to limit the display of certain design elements unless specifically called for. This serves to clean up the page design and helps prevent over-cluttering. For certain types of designs this can be a great benefit, for instance, responsive sites or simple landing pages.

Publishing Drupal 7 Content to Social Media: Part 2

Today we're going to look at how to push your site content to social media services using contributed Drupal modules. If you want full control over how social media integrates with your site and allow extra features to be used on site, this is the way to go. The major tradeoff comes with increased time for configuration and testing, and possibly troubleshooting if something doesn't work correctly.

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Publishing Drupal 7 Content to Social Media: Part 1


 Streamlined workflows are important for sites of any size. Today it is very common to update your readers via multiple social sites, namely Twitter and Facebook. However, it can be tedious sometimes to update your site, then update Facebook and Twitter separately with the correct links (especially if you publish a lot of content). In this series we are going to explore different ways of pushing content to your social media platforms automatically.

Drupal 7 Login Methods and Module Roundup: Part 2


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

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


 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

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


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


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


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.

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