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(Originally posted for DrupalCampAustin – updated 12/3/11 from DrupalcampOhio)

Today’s keynote is with Angie Byron (@webchick) – “The Drupal Community – Where are we going and how to get involved?”

(Sidenote: they scheduled the keynotes for right after lunch – a great idea for getting the max number of people there…)

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yoastThis is a getting started guide for people who want to optimize their WordPress sites for search engines. WordPress SEO by Yoast is one of the most popular of all WordPress SEO plugins, having been downloaded over 670,000 times since it's launch early in 2011.

You can also click here to read our review of another highly popular SEO plugin called All-in-One SEO Pack.

In this tutorial we're going to introduce you to the WordPress SEO plugin and also show you how to choose settings that will work successfully.

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| Drupal

The SEO Checklist for Drupal is a very useful module to help with your SEO efforts.

The SEO Checklist module doesn't perform any SEO functions, but it will guide you through the process of optimizing your site and it will recommend best-of-breed modules. After installation the checklist will take you through a list of recommended changes made by the experts at Volacci.

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| WordPress

posttypes-homeThis custom post type tutorial is a follow-up to our earlier article showing how to create custom post types for WordPress.

Let's imagine that you're now empowered by knowledge and have gone wild, creating lots of new custom post types. They work wonderfully, but by default they don't show on your homepage. So, how do you get these custom post types to show on the front page of your blog with the normal post types?

There are a couple ways to do this, neither very difficult. Trying them both will give you practice editing functions.php and The Loop, both at a very beginning cut-and-paste-coder level.

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| Drupal

ccblocksampleDrupal allows you to do lots of things, but taking a simple content field and putting it in a block can be complex. When would you need to do this? One common example is that you might want to display an image from a content type. There are various ways to do this, but CCK Block is perhaps the easiest.

Don't be fooled by the use of the name "CCK". This module works on both Drupal 6 and 7.

CCK Blocks lets you put an image or a text block from an article, page or any content type into any block position on your theme. You can even create special content types if you need them. The only restriction is that you can only put one field in each block. We'll show you how it works, and you can use your creativity to apply it to your situation.

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| Drupal

tutuploadsmedia_1320192961346.pngDrupal Commerce is currently the leading solution for building Drupal e-commerce websites.

We're going to give you a first look over Drupal Commerce, showing you how to get up and running. This won't be a detailed tutorial but introduce you to the key features. We'll show you the main modules that Drupal Commerce relies upon and will give you important resources to learn more.

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Drupal intermediate

If you want to learn Drupal, be ambitious and aim high.  Try building the most famous Drupal website in the world, WhiteHouse.gov.

This is just what you'll be able to do in our Drupal Intermediate class, which launches today in online video form.

In our Drupal Intermediate class, you'll learn how Drupal sites get built using the Fields, Views and the Panels modules. We go in depth with all three, and once you've finished learning about these three, you'll be ready to tackle building the WhiteHouse.gov website.

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Today we're launching a redesigned version of the OSTraining newsletter.

Here are the three key changes and why we're making them.

  1. We're using RSS-to-email to send the newsletters weekly. Previously we'd been spending too long creating the newsletter, and many weeks we just ran out of time. Now we can spend that time creating more quality content.
  2. You'll now get Joomla, Drupal and WordPress news together rather than having to sign up for each one individually.
  3. There's a new design. Why? The previous design was two years old. That's practically geriatric in web years and it was a time for a refresh. Here's a preview of the new design:

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| WordPress

BlogDesk is software you run on your desktop and lets you post to your blog. You don't need to be on the internet to create a new post, but the next time you connect to the internet, your post and all it's pictures will be uploaded. You can even post to multiple blogs.

One of the best advantages to using desktop software is that it gives your users a simple interface for creating blog posts without giving them any direct access to a login on either the front end or back end of the site.

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| WordPress

The External Videos plugin allows you to automatically collect and dispay the videos from an external site such as your YouTube user channel. External Videos creates a post for each video automatically. For example, it finds all the videos of the user "Fred" on YouTube and adds them each as a new post type. The videos can be presented in a gallery using the shortcode [external-videos]. There is also a widget to add a list of the most recent videos in a sidebar.

This plugin can be very useful if you are following a channel that produces videos periodically. Once they are published to your video channel, they automatically show up on your site. Currently supported sites are: YouTube, Vimeo, and DotSub.

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| WordPress

The WordPress user profile comes with the ability to add social network IDs for AIM, Yahoo IM, and Jabber/Google Talk. However, most of those networks or either dead or dying. So what if you want to add Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin or other more popular social networks to your user profiles?

ThemeFuse Extend User Profile is the answer. This plugin comes with fields for social network links, but you can also add more and create custom profiles for your users.

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| Drupal

The Drupal Contact module is often replaced by the Webform module. However, it can be useful in some situations. For example, imagine that you have different departments and you want each of them to get a different contact form on your Drupal website. If you're willing to keep it simple, you can do everything you need with the core Contact module and won't have to install anything else.

It all depends on knowing how to create categories and blocks.

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| Drupal

This tutorial will show you how to create a photo gallery in Drupal 6.

It won't create the world's flashiest or most impressive gallery, but it will work. This tutorial is designed for beginners so that they can understand the key concepts behind creating a gallery in Drupal 6.

You will need to install and enable at least the five modules listed below. Several of these do depend on other modules so your final list of installed modules will be longer.

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| Drupal

The XML sitemap module creates a sitemap for your Drupal site. This sitemap is not for visitors but for search engines. It conforms to the sitemaps.org specification and helps search engines to more intelligently crawl your website and keep their results up to date. The sitemap created by the module can be automatically submitted to Ask, Google, Bing (formerly Windows Live Search), and Yahoo! search engines. The module also comes with several other modules that can add sitemap links for content, menu items, taxonomy terms, and user profiles.

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| Drupal

Are you a total Drupal beginner? Do you use a one-click installer like Fantastico or QuickInstall that came with your hosting account and need to reinstall into a directory that already has Drupal installed? Sometimes the /sites/ directory just won't allow itself to be deleted.

Don't worry, you're not the only person to have that difficulty. This an easy way to delete that directory so you can do a clean install with a one-click installer or just clean up your server. This is written for the absolute beginner. Don't worry, you don't need to download putty, get command line access or call anybody. Here's how to delete the /sites/ folder:

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