Drupal 6.x

Unofficial Drupal Handbook

While I find the documentation and forums about Drupal very useful, I realize it can be a bit technical for a lot of users. Rather than just tell people how to do something, I figure it is best for them to try it themselves. Drupal is an awesome system, and I wanted to start giving back to the community that created this great tool! Using technology is an excellent way to learn about whatever it is that you are using, but there is undeniable value in reading about what you are using as well.

Adding content on a Drupal site

This article is aimed at novice level users who would like basic instruction on adding content to a Drupal site. The Drupal Cookbook (for beginners) has a page on adding content, which should be your first point of reference - this article takes a slightly different approach.

Drupal allows users with appropriate permissions the ability to create a variety of different content, which become pages or 'nodes' in the Drupal site.

Common content types and fields in Drupal 6

This list is a brief summary of the fields on the input pages for the default content types included in the Drupal core, as well some common content types added by modules.

Blog entry

Blog entries on Drupal have only two fields, both mentioned above, "Title" and "Body".

Book page

Book pages as well have only the two fields, "Title" and "Body", and the Title is required.

Physical locations for testing Ubercart shipping modules

In the process of setting up and testing your shipping configuration for Ubercart, it is useful to be able to quickly enter a state/province and corresponding postal code for testing purposes. Here are a couple combinations (geared towards the perspective of a U.S. retailer) to try out :

  • Hilo, Hawaii 96720
  • Koror, Palau 96939
  • Paris, France 75008
  • Col. Moderna, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico 44190
  • Col. Ricardo Flores Magón, Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico 68020

Common strings (words) stripped out of URL aliases generated with Pathauto

By default, Pathauto removes the following strings from the node title when automatically generating URL aliases:

  • a, an, as, at, before, but, by, for, from, is, in, into, like, of, off, on, onto, per, since, than, the, this, that, to, up, via, with

To maintain these words in the URLs, simply clear the field in Pathauto settings.

Configuring GoDaddy shared hosting for Drupal performance

Here are some basic tips on getting the most out of your GoDaddy shared hosting account for Drupal:

  • Ensure that RewriteBase is set in Drupal's root .htaccess file
  • Ensure that there is only one instance of php.ini in your hosting root
  • To get changes you make to php.ini picked up by PHP, change the the name of php.ini to php5.ini
  • Increase your PHP memory limit in php5.ini
  • Disable FastCGI
  • Use the Boost module

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