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Drupal Primer

By Brian Egan on July 7, 2009 6:19 PM | Permalink

After my post Thursday, I realized: Do people even know what Drupal is? I thought today I'd take a step back to explain what Drupal is and how it can help the library.

Why do we need Drupal?

To understand why we need Drupal (pronounced /ˈdruːpəl/), let us first examine our current website. We have a ton of material scattered throughout the site. Some of it is well organized, some not, and organizational structures differ from section to section. Some of it conforms to the Web Style Guide, some doesn't. Some content is duplicated in multiple locations. Some information is uselessly out of date. The site is probably not easily accessible for users with disabilities. The navigational structure is inconsistent and often confusing. Search engine positioning is only mildly addressed, and naming conventions for our pages differ drastically from section to section. We don't have any sort of versioning to keep track of changes to our website, nor do we really offer any social tools.

Drupal Inspiration

By Brian Egan on July 2, 2009 12:14 PM | Permalink

Today's post will be a short one. Judith has me workin hard (or hardly workin, eh Mac?) on an article for the UNLV Discovery issue of ITAL. The article should be a real thriller, easily as exciting as any episode of 24 or Lost.

It's always good to have sources of inspiration. Be it the discovery of a potential new type of cloud, or something simpler, like a list of 70 great sites built with Drupal.

Some of my Favorites on the list: