Best Modules of Drupal

July 15th, 2010 | Posted under Content Management Systems, The Internet | 1 Comment »

Best Modules of Drupal

Drupal provides some extremely functional modules in its core package. But often, the web designer needs to use more modules for providing the right content in his website. There are three kinds of modules in Drupal – core modules, community written modules (which are written by developers under open source license for public use), and custom modules. Some of the best Drupal modules are

Forum

This is a core module that comes with Drupal. A forum is most often needed in a website, and adds to its interactive nature. The forum module allows users to create threads and categories. Replies to the thread or other replies are shown in a graphically intuitive manner.

Web form

This module is very useful in taking flexible input from the user. The user can fill forms and submit them. This is very useful for contact sheets and registration. It features text area, radio buttons, combo box, etc.

Tiny MCE WYSIWIG Editor

The mistake web developers often commit is to think that the end-user is like them and can write html. But most users can’t insert images, links or format text using plain HTML. So this WYSIWIG editor comes in handy for the common layman user.

These tools make the work of both a user and a designer easier, and increase the website’s appeal!
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Creating modules with Drupal

June 24th, 2010 | Posted under Software, Web Hosting, Web Hosting Tips | 1 Comment »

Creating modules with Drupal

In Drupal – one of the most popular CMS, module can be of 3 types – core modules – that come with the Drupal installation, Community modules – developed by the Open Source community for use with Drupal, and custom modules that are written by the web-designer for custom tasks in his website. Here are the basic steps to creating a module in Drupal.

Create a folder

Create a folder with the short name for your module in sites/all/modules inside your Drupal directory. For example, if the name is examplemod, create the folder sites/all/modules/examplemod.

Create .module file

Create a PHP file named examplemod.module inside the above directory. The file should have the opening “<?php” tag. The closing php tag should be avoided according to the Drupal coding standards.

Create .info file

Create a examplemodule.info file for your module, and implement the hook_help () function to provide a brief description of your module in Drupal’s help system.

Implement hook_perm() and hook_block()

Implement the hook_perm () to specify access permissions for the module and declare and generate the block content using hook_block (). Use hook_block () to make Drupal recognise the module.

Create content and set configuration file

Create a configuration page and generate page content.

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What makes a good web hosting service?

June 9th, 2010 | Posted under Content Management Systems, Web Hosting, Web Hosting Tips | No Comments »

What makes a good web hosting service?

There are plenty of web hosting services available in the market in different packages. While some of them offer free service, others need you to pay fees for their web hosting service. However, one needs to zero-in on one of these service providers based on a few criteria. But, what criteria can decide a good hosting service from a bad one? Here are some of the points that a good host should fulfill

It should provide reliability and have maximum uptime

Uptime is the percentage of total hours the server is accessible in the Internet. It indicates the performance of the hosting server.

Compatibility with most web components

Scripting languages like PHP, Perl; databases like MySQL, mSQL and framework like Ruby-on-Rails must be supported by the hosting server.

Interface for managing the server and database

An easy-to-use interface that helps in accessing, modifying and viewing of server files and database, like cPanel should be provided.

Excellent customer-support

They should provide support to their customers 24 x 7, and be competent to handle all kinds of issues.

Support for content management systems (CMS)

Modern content management systems like Drupal and Joomla should be supported in order to facilitate users who are comfortable in using them.


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Top five scripts using Fantastico

June 1st, 2010 | Posted under Software, The Internet, Web Hosting | No Comments »

Top five scripts using Fantastico

Fantastico is one of the most popular web hosting commercial script libraries that automates the installation of web applications to a website. Whenever a new website is created or a new application is added to an already existing website The Fantastico web hosting scripts spring into action by the way of creating tables in a database, installing software, adjusting permissions and modifying web server configuration files. According to latest conducted researches the following 5 scripts are considered to be the best ones in the Fantastico script library:

1. b2evolution

b2evolution is a blog tool comprising all the features of traditional blog tools besides providing features like photo and file management, advanced skinning and multiple blog support.

2. WordPress

WordPress is a publishing script which provides a cross-blog tool, password-protected posts, importing, typographical eye candy, Multiple Authors and Bookmarklets.

3. Classifieds

Classifieds is an add tool which offers multiple categorised information in substantial depth and variety, personalised e-mail notifications, auto generated thumbnails, image uploading category slots and so on..

4. Drupal

Drupal is a dynamic Web content management tool that provides features like news aggregation, user administration , publishing workflow, and content sharing facilities.

5. Help-centre live

Help-centre live facilitates customer support including live help, support tickets, FAQs, ability to monitor visits, chats and messages.

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b2evolution

Five things you can do with cPanel

May 22nd, 2010 | Posted under Content Management Systems, Software, The Internet | 1 Comment »

Five things you can do with cPanel

Cpanel or the control panel is an integral part of the web hosting service as it offers a lot of features that makes it easy for admins and owners to handle the technical aspects of web hosting without getting into the details. There are several reasons why cPanel is indispensable for fast and efficient maintenance of a website, and some of these are discussed below:

It gives you more flexibility in handling web files

There are provisions for uploading, editing, deleting, renaming web files instantly, and changes are updated on the website in a real-time basis. Moreover, features like uploading a zip file and unzipping it in the server makes website building an easier process.

Cpanel lets you use Content Management Systems (CMS)

The popular CMS like Drupal, Joomla, WordPress are generally available in cPanel, and anybody willing to use them to create their website can use it without much hassle.

It employs efficient methods for handling mailboxes

Managing email addresses and mailboxes become extremely easy on cPanel due to the large number of applications that help in setting up and maintaining mailboxes.

Cpanel maintains your website statistics

There are features and application, which help in monitoring the performance of a website.

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Tips and Tricks to make Drupal Hosting even better!

May 18th, 2010 | Posted under Content Management Systems, Software, Web Hosting, Web Hosting Tips | No Comments »

Tips and Tricks to make Drupal Hosting even better!

Drupal, the powerful and easy-to-use content management system, written in PHP is extremely popular among web designers. The reason why they go for Drupal hosting is its modular approach – every thing, including the core system files are in the form of modules. Barring the core ones, web admins can install, uninstall any module from the vast list of modules available in the Drupal website.

However, certain small tweaks and modifications can do wonder over and above the existing benefits you get. Here are some of the tips and tricks which can optimize your website:

Maintain the structure of the code

Organizing the program code by maintaining the structure and adding comments can help in further modifications and updates as the program gets larger.

Cron tasks should be done on off-peak hours

If your site needs you to do cron jobs, the preferred time would be when the traffic on the website is minimum.

Use English-readable URLs

Instead of using the default URLs provided by Drupal, one should enable Clean URLs, and install which enable English-readable URLs

Enable the used modules only

More the modules more would be the time to load a page. Thus, modules that are currently in use should be disabled from the administration section.

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Five great applications based on PHP

May 17th, 2010 | Posted under Content Management Systems, Internet Trends, The Internet | No Comments »

Five great applications based on PHP

People often talk about how PHP is being slowly eclipsed by other upcoming APIs that are not only about programming, but provide a complete environment for application development. However, the fact is, most of the popular applications and software are developed on PHP itself. Here, we discuss the top applications that have been made using PHP

Drupal

One of the most popular Content Management Systems (CMS) is completely based on PHP, which gives users and developers the flexibility and the ability to manipulate the system according to their requirements

Joomla

Another CMS that uses PHP for its core libraries as well as the modules developed by thousands of developers worldwide. The simplicity and efficiency of PHP gives Jooma a great advantage.

FFmpeg

The video-sharing module owes most of its development to PHP, and thus faces no compatibility issues with most systems it is implemented on.

Wikipedia

The user-interactive section of the famous knowledge-sharing website has been written in PHP, and has facilitated millions of user entry, apart from filtering the unwanted ones.

Facebook

The most popular social networking website makes use of PHP for user interaction, and thus most applications developed on the Facebook API are also written in PHP


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Drupal Hosting: How good is it?

June 4th, 2009 | Posted under Content Management Systems, Web Hosting, Web Hosting Tips | Comments Off on Drupal Hosting: How good is it?

Hi all,

If you are looking to create a web site of your own in a jiffy, loaded with cool features and lots of functionalities, a content management system is the thing for you! And, just going by the popularity scale, Drupal comes first into the mind.

So, what exactly is a content management system or CMS? A content management system is basically an application that helps normal users with no or very little knowledge of programming, to create, store, control and manipulate web content and create web applications easily. You would probably find hundreds of such content management systems in the Internet providing such services. However, Drupal seems to be the best of the lot, as most people generally prefer to use it.

So, the question remains: How good is it actually? Or rather, what makes Drupal such a successful project? Well, read on and we will soon discover.

Drupal’s main strength lies in its vast and widespread community that includes developers, testers and general users. Being an Open Source product written in PHP scripting language, anyone can download, use, distribute, modify and redistribute the modified version without any fear of getting into any copyright issues. It is licensed to the GNU General Public License v2 (GPL) and is therefore available for free with extensive customization features.

The other big reason behind its popularity is certainly its support for multiple platforms. Be it the free Apache servers or Microsoft’s IIS; Drupal runs on them perfectly. If you are apprehensive whether your Drupal would be compatible with your operating system, then you can be rest assured that it supports most operating systems including Unix, Linux, BSD, Sun Solaris, MS Windows and Apple’s Macintosh OS. Drupal also provides quite a few options for storing your web content, and presently supports the mostly used MySQL and PostgreSQL.

That’s not it! For people who are looking forward to adding cool stuffs to their websites, Drupal has a huge list of such feature-rich applications to choose from. With its modular approach, you can select your desired application module and add it to the main Drupal core (the main Drupal package). You can create polls on your site, simply by installing a poll module in your system, and then probably you can allow users to create polls in your site.

If designing means a lot to you, then Drupal gives you enough reasons to fall in love with it! Drupal segregates the content from the design, so you can probably manipulate the look of your site and also, you get to choose from a massive list of themes, already available on the Drupal site, courtesy the community contributions.

If you are still hungry for more, then Drupal has it for you! Drupal provides an application interface for creating weblogs with the help of a rich editing environment. If your site encourages discussion through comments, Drupal suits your needs perfectly, as its threaded comments model enables presentation of comments in a hierarchical manner. Drupal also has a powerful news aggregator that helps you publish news and articles from external sites. On the other hand, your content can be available to others in RSS format with the help of its Content syndication feature.

Well, Drupal has lots more than what can be discussed here. With so many features, and so much freedom to customize, its immense popularity over the Internet is completely justified.

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What is a Drupal Web hosting? And 10 tips that you have to know about Drupal Web Hosting

April 26th, 2009 | Posted under Content Management Systems, Web Hosting, Web Hosting Tips | 5 Comments »

What is a Drupal Web hosting? And 10 tips that you have to know about Drupal Web Hosting

 

Drupal is a powerful blogging engine and easy to use CMS application. Most of the times, this is used for the creation and management of various contents such as FAQ’s, news portals and knowledge bases. It can be used f or both corporate and personal Websites.

 

10 tips to know about Drupal Web Hosting

 

-Drupal Web Hosting is developed by PHP and you can even choose PostgreSQL and window hosting. The best platform to run the Drupal Web Hosting is MySQL and Linux.

 

-As this Drupal Web Hosting is new, not all of the larger companies can provide the support for the Drupal Websites

 

-When a company is providing you the free Drupal installation service and themes etc, it does not mean that they will provide you along with the great Drupal Hosting Service. These types of free services come from “Fantastico”, each and every company will get this tool installed and will be able to give this free service. This “Fantastico” is very much popular in the Web Hosting companies. 

 

-Cleaners URLs support is one of the most important needs from the Drupal Hosting as it will make your URL much easier and comfortable to use with the search engine.

 

-If you want to get multi site features from Drupal Work, in most of the case, you need to have the access to the UnixShell in order to create the Symlink. Due to the security reasons, this will not be allowed from most of the Web hosting companies. Do not worry if you create the site with the php script. 

 

-A Drupal hosting solution which is optimized will have to need the database that runs pretty fast. Several companies fail in this regard and make their solution blow to Drupal.

 

-Some of the hosting companies will set the limitations for the use of CPU resource or else the memory resource. Do check up with the hosting providers to know the entire data. So for this you have to check your blog whether the blog is slowed down frequently or not. If so you have to start up with upgrading the hosting plan.

  

-Select the hosting company that will allow you to maintain the Cron work easily. 

 

-In the market of Shared Web Hosting, overselling is very much common and you will be getting more disk space and also unlimited bandwidth from your service providers. If you choose too many resources, your site will be completely down. Also remember, you get what you pay for.

 

-Do backup your Website on a regular basis.  

 

These are the tips which will help you have enough knowledge as to what is Drupal Web hosting. It is always better to prepare yourself well before you actually get down and invest into this service.

 

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