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Administering in Drupal 7

Drupal’s administration is separated into five main sections: Content, Appearance, People, Structure, and Configuration. Additional modules you install will expand these sections with more settings. You can easily administer basic site configuration settings, such as changing your site slogan, modifying default language and date/time settings, creating site-wide and custom RSS feeds, and much more.

10 Basic Steps to set SEO in Drupal

1. Enable Clean URLs
2. Enable Path Module and install and enable Pathauto, Global Redirect and Token Modules.
3. Configure the Pathauto Module
4. Install and enable the Meta Tags Module.
5. Install enable the Page Title Module
6. Do NOT install the Drupal Sitemap Module.
7. Fix .htaccess to redirect to "www" or remove the "www" subdomain.
8. Fix your theme's HTML headers if they aren't right
9. Recommended: create a custom front page
10. Modify your robots.txt file.

How to Install A Drupal Module

You will find many sites online that tell you how to install a module on your Drupal site. The problem is most of them tell you wrong. This simple Drupal tutorial walks you step by step through installing a module the correct way. There are many different ways to install a downloaded Drupal module, but unless you do it this way you will find it much harder to keep track of installed modules and much harder to update as new versions of your module come out. Following this tutorial also makes it easier to upgrade to future versions of Drupal.

Why Content Management?

If you are building search-engine-friendly Web sites and want them to be scalable, you should be using a content management system rather than building sites with plain HTML pages or Dreamweaver templates.

A content management system:

* generally stores your content in a database
* keeps the design of the site separate from the content
* makes it so that to update something on every page of your CMS Web site you generally only have to update it in one place, not on every individual page of the Web site.

This makes content management systems highly scalable.

10 Reasons to Use Drupal

Here are 10 reasons why you should seriously be considering Drupal for your SEO-based Web development projects.

New Book: Drupal 6 Panels Cookbook

Drupal 6 Panels Cookbook, by Bhavin (Vin) Patel, a newly-published title from Packt Publishing, is a Collection of American Silvercoinsof simple useful recipes that gives a very clear understanding from the basics of Panels to complex implementations to generate Web 2.0 layouts.


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History of Drupal

Originally written by Dries Buytaert as a message board, Drupal became an open source project in 2001. Drupal is an English rendering of the Dutch word “druppel”, which means “drop” (as in “a water droplet”).The name was taken from the now-defunct Drop.org website, whose code slowly evolved into Drupal. Buytaert wanted to call the site “dorp” (Dutch for “village”) for its community aspects, but made a typo when checking the domain name and thought it sounded better.

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