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You’ve likely heard the advice to add visual content to your blogposts whenever possible. Visual content is more than 40 times more likely to get shared on social media. So I added images to blogposts. And I learned there’s quite a bit more to it than that. Adding images to blogposts is a great start. You’re likely to see increases in social sharing and time on page. Images just make everything more readable and shareable. Adding images also brings with it another checklist of things to look for as you’re optimizing and adding – a checklist I’m afraid to say...

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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.

The Drupal Contact module is often replaced by the Webform module. However, it can be useful in some situations. For example, image 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.

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.

We get asked this question quite often. Usually someone is trying to change something in their admin section, they go to the site to preview the changes and – NOTHING’S CHANGED!

That usually leads to varying amounts of hair pulling and frustrated searching around for answers. However, the solution is pretty simple once you know how to manage cache.

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.

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.

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

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

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.
You’ll now get Joomla, Drupal and WordPress news together rather than having to sign up for each one individually.
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:

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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