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Using Real Content: CCK and Taxonomy

Building a comprehensive information architecture for a content-heavy website can be a challenge. Luckily, Drupal is great for rapid devleopment and by building content types early on, it's easier to discover issues with either the content, design, or architectural decisions.

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Using Real Content: The Design Phase

Every project we do at Evolving Web has a content import component. Whether the content consists of legacy data sources or a single CSV file with freshly written text, we usually have enough content to consider writing one or several import scripts to import it into Drupal.

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Usability of the Header Search Form

When designing the search interface for the McGill Univesrity Health Centre website, there was a lot of discussion around the interface for the header search form.

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Translating CCK Field Options

When building a multilingual site, it's important to ensure that the entire interface can be translated. All knids of site elements are thrown into the mix including taxonomy terms, block titles, views labels, and dates.

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Form Alter for Node Locations

The location module is a key component to many Drupal projects, but it can be tricky to work with. It's very common to want to alter the way the location form appears, but the location module doesn't make this easy.

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Drupal Performance Settings in Code

After launching a Drupal site, one of the first things on the checklist is to turn on CSS and JS caching. This really helps speed up loading times, you just have to remember to clear the cache if you update the theme on the live site.

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Building a Glossary-Style View with Drupal

Drupal's powerful Views 2 module comes with a handful of fantastic built-in views that show off just how much views can do out-of-the-box.

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Drupal Multilingual Features Session at Drupal Camp Montreal

Back in October, I gave a talk at Drupal Camp Montreal called Tips & Tricks for Building a Multilingual Site with Drupal. It was a great opportunity to review the multilingual features that we use on a day-to-day basis.

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