My morning’s reading started with a brief discussion on Reddit about the relative capabilities of two website content management systems, WordPress and Drupal.
There is no definite conclusion to that battle, but the prevailing sentiment is that Wordpress is easier to learn and cheaper to build, and Drupal is more powerful. Excuse this oversimplification, since my topic today is a bit higher-level.
A recurring theme for 2010 is the increasing availability of web tools that make effective online marketing more accessible. Hot categories include a/b testing, mobile website maintenance, content management systems, and the interoperability of social media tools.
Yesterday I found another modest, but elegant, service that fits right in.
iPhone integration is coming fitfully to the Drupal world. We are happy to report that two tools, one recently released, are making it easier to create content and maintain your sites. BlogPress is a fairly well-established app that permits you to write simple posts and upload pictures. Exempli Gratia:
Not long ago I built an extranet for a client, which was a secure repository of documents. The client wanted to know which files were being downloaded by which users, but Drupal didn't offer that out-of-the-box. So, I had this very modest module written by a nice fellow in the UK.
Untar, upload and install as usual. Then you'll be able to see something like this:
A short post, illustrating a gotcha I encountered while importing Content Profile user data in Drupal.
Scenario: You're building an intranet or extranet, and want to load their users into the system. First use the User Import module. To load their Profile data (e.g. company, mobile#), go for the Node Import module. You are aiming to import user data as a node of type "Profile", associated with the user.
Movable Type was my content management system (CMS) of choice in 2004. Installation and configuration was easy enough for a non-developer like me to handle, and I had a couple of reliable business partners for coding and design projects.
However, the open-source movement captured interest and attention of the development community, and Movable Type began an inexorable slide into comparative irrelevance. (Evidence at Google Trends.)