Drupal Tips and Tricks

The installation, configuration and the work with Drupal obviously brings some challenges. Within this section you find some Tips and Tricks which shall help you to make your work easier.

Shrink PNG files for your Drupal website: Easy, quick and professional

TinyPNG uses smart lossy compression techniques to reduce the file size of your PNG files. By selectively decreasing the number of colors in the image, fewer bytes are required to store the data. The effect is nearly invisible but it makes a very large difference in file size!

https://tinypng.com/

TinyPNG: Shrink PNG files easy, quick and professional

Install "Module Filter" to simplify your module administration

The modules list page can become quite big when dealing with a fairly large site. To simplify the module administration you can install the module "Module Filter". The module provides you a filter textfield and a tab for each package.

Drupal module "Module Filter"

Google is your best friend

If you have a problems or questions related to Drupal it is usually very easy to find the required help online. Copy and paste the exact error message, and consider putting the search term inside double quotes so that Google does a literal search. Alternatively you can ask a question like "How to create a sub theme in Drupal".

Google example search for Drupal "How to create a sub theme in Drupal"

Meta Tags in Drupal 8: Special elements beyond nodes/taxonomies/views

Meta tags in Drupal 7 was super easy: With the modules Meta Tag and Meta Tags Quick you could do anything. In Drupal 8 the module meta tag covers the standard cases but meta tags quick is not available in a usable version. So what to do?

Drupal module context metadata

Ask questions

If you have a problems or questions get help from the Drupal community. Ask questions on drupal.org/forum or on famous howto sites such as http://drupal.stackexchange.com/.

Drupal Answers

Understand the elements of a theme

There are hundreds of themes available for free download on the Drupal website. Being able to modify a theme to suite your needs, it is essential to understand their basic elements:

A theme is made up of these major parts:

.info (required)

Elements of a Drupal theme

Use the Drupal CAPTCHA module to avoid spam on your website

A CAPTCHA is a challenge-response test most often placed within web forms to determine whether the user is human. The purpose of CAPTCHA is to block form submissions by spambots, which are automated scripts that post spam content everywhere they can. The CAPTCHA module provides this feature to virtually any user facing web form on a Drupal site.

Theming contact form:

#contact-site-form fieldset {
border: none;
}

Use the module "Media: TED" to easily publish videos from ted.com on your Drupal website

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.

Ted.com integration with Drupal

Use Google Analytics to increase traffic

Google Analytics gives you fresh insights into how visitors use your site, how they arrived on your site, and how you can keep them coming back. Understanding your visitor will help you to optimise your site and to increase the number of visitors. For an easy implementation you can use the Drupal module Google Analytics. The Tutorial below offers you step-by-step instructions to do so.

Use Google Analytics to increase traffic

Offsetting an html anchor to adjust for fixed header

You could just use CSS without any javascript.

Give your anchor a class:

<a class="anchor" id="top"></a>

You can then position the anchor an offset higher or lower than where it actually appears on the page, by making it a block element and relatively positioning it. -250px will position the anchor up 250px

a.anchor {
display: block;
position: relative;
top: -250px;
visibility: hidden;
}

Pages

Drupal themes to be compared