David Herron is a blogger, software engineer, electric vehicle enthusiast, and energy healer.

Using Views 2 in Drupal 6 to replace the Tracker module

The core Tracker module is a convenient way to look at recent traffic on a Drupal site. It shows a list of recently posted (or modified) nodes along with useful data items for each node. However with Views 2 there is a more flexible way to implement the same functionality, without enabling another module.

The task is really pretty simple. Just download and enable the Views module, then in the Views configuration interface enable the Tracker view. Yup, coming bundled with the Views module is a predefined view which does every task the Tracker module does.

Using CCK's nodereference field for a kind of footnote

In two prior blog posts (see the references section below) I've discussed using a website content type to create resources lists. In this post I want to discuss another use, for a kind of footnoting system. You can see it in action below.

Creating a resources page in Drupal using a CCK content type

An earlier blog post (see references below) discussed a website node type that I frequently use. One purpose for the website node type is to build "resources" web pages. The "resources" page is an old practice on the Web where a site might host a resources page listing useful sites. These resources pages can be a gold mine of information for users, but I suppose it can be a pain to maintain if the page is a static page you have to remember to edit to add a new resource link.

Website nodes for Drupal as a key to building reference lists and footnoting

For several years I've used a CCK content type named 'Website'. The purpose has been to simply list links to websites for my reference and others benefit. The traffic on my sites shows that the website links (specifically the taxonomy pages listing the website nodes) are popular and in some cases the most popular part of the sites. In general "resources" pages are an old practice on the web, you'd see a "Resources" page on most sites that's a simple list of links to useful sites.

Advanced drupal 6.x hierarchical taxonomy list pages

A good quality taxonomy listing page can act as a really good sitemap. Good sitemap pages are great for internal linking effects that helps visitors browse your site, and coincidentally aids in SEO. Most (?all?) nodes will have taxonomy terms attached to them. Hence it's a pretty good start to aid someone to browse your site. The problem is the core taxonomy module doesn't make good quality listing of taxonomy terms. For instance it ignores the term hierarchy, it doesn't display links to child term pages, etc.

Review: The Two Doctors (Doctor Who)

"When you travel around as much as I do, it's almost inevitable that you'll run into yourself at some point." This is yet another of the stories where the Doctor meets various instances of himself.

Feedback modules for Drupal

inspiration.jpgLooking at a colleague's website (organicJar.com) and was jealous over the Feedback button on the side of the page of that website. It's an AJAX'y button at the side, themed so it stands out well over any background content, and plops up a nice form letting visitors give feedback. See the image to the right. It's of course important to get feedback from your visitors, to engage visitors, and perhaps if they have a good experience on your site they'll return again in the future.

Review: Doctor Who - The War Games

The War Games (wikipedia,

Transition Silicon Valley

A couple months ago a article in the local free rag (Silicon Valley Metro) Life or Death Decision: While peak-oil activists foment panic, the 'Transition' movement sees a graceful evolution back to the Stone Age discussed the Transition Towns initiative and the local group forming in Silicon Valley. We've defined Silicon Valley as being more-or-less Santa Clara county.

Review: Drupal 5 Views Recipes

It's curious that Drupal 5 Views Recipes is a brand new book, right?

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