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Section Themes

There are different methods for assigning themes and sub-themes to your different sections of your site. Below are three options.

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960 Grid for Theming

More and more theme structures are based on the 960Grid System created by Nathan Smith (http://960.gs/). The 960Grid System is a way to streamline interface design by providing commonly used dimensions, based on a width of 960 pixels.

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Advertisement

The are several modules that support advertising on your site.

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Feeback Options

There are numerous ways to collect feedback from your site. In addition to the default Contact form and the Poll content type that comes with Drupal, you can solicit feedback using other modules. Below are some options.

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Solr More Like This

Apache Solr Search Integration module provides a "More Like This" block that shows related content. Learn more about this feature at http://robshouse.net/blog-post/me-speaking-about-apache-solr-search-drup... - fast forward to minut 16:16 if you want to hear about MLT.

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Analytics and Statistics

Drupal comes with a couple tools that track site statistics but its the contributed modules that make the difference. One example is Drupal's Google Analytics module that connects your site with the Google Analytics service. The GetClicky module helps you connect your site with Get Clicky service.

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Search Engine Optimization

Just because you build it, doesn't mean they will come. Drupal has several modules that help you build a site that have a good chance of being found by a person using a search engine. You can start with the SEO Checklist module (http://drupal.org/project/seo_checklist). "It provides a checklist that helps you keep track of what needs to be done." Check out Drupal 6 SEO - Drupalcamp Colorado to learn more about SEO for your Drupal site.

 

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Drupal Cache

Drupal has several modules designed to help you improve your site's response time. Drupal's core performance settings include a cache mode, page compression, block cache, and CSS and javascript optimization.

Other modules such as Boost (http://drupal.org/project/boost) can be used to take Drupal's core performance features further.

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Image Resizing

When you have a situation where the people generating content on your site don't have the capacity to resize their images before they upload them to a page, then you can consider using a module that will resize the image for them. The Image Resize module (http://drupal.org/project/image_resize_filter) will create an smaller version of image versus simply using HTML to display the large image with a smaller height and width.

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Four Ways to Workflow Management

There are several ways to implement workflow in a Drupal site. Each has its pros and cons but a description of how you need the workflow feature to work in your site will help your developer choose the appropriate strategy for implement your workflow feature. Below are four strategies to choose from but this is not a complete list.

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