Have you ever wanted to know what people are doing with Drupal in real-time and where they are? Well now you can with NowPublic.com.

I first stumbled across this on SocialMedia.biz. I was so impressed that I thought I'd share it with you.

NowPublic.com uses aggregation from several sites like Twitter and identi.ca, then allows you to scan them in real time.

What sets NowPublic apart from following most Twitter apps is the integration of a world map. So you can not only see what people are doing, but where as well.

Bookmark Drupal-scan to stay in the loop of what's going on in the Drupal world.

Everybody thinks they can design. If they really put their minds to it, maybe they could. Here is what sets a truly good designer apart from the crowd.

Although there are a handful of people that are naturally gifted at design, the rest of us have to really work at it. One would assume that good design means a lot of education, experience, and knowledge. But really those only add to a good design and are not required by it. What good design really comes down to is editing and refinement.

Simplicity
Some people I've worked for want everything on their site, Big Bold Colorful Titles, Bright Images, Text in ALL CAPS, and the list goes on. I try to convince them otherwise, but remember they know what is best, because of course that's why they hired a professional designer. I do what they ask, and every time they ask me why it looks bad, why it looks cluttered, and why the things that aren't supposed to stand out, stand out! ...Read more

Cutting your design for the web involves more than simply cutting, saving, and uploading. Follow along as I take you through steps to improving your workflow and loading time.

Before you start cutting your design, look for where you can use css instead of an image. After seeing how you can use css to replace some images, you can start to see how you can improve your site design from the ground up.

Below are some examples of how you can cut your design more effective and efficiently.

For Example:

Using an Image
File Size - 220 bytes
Using Css - 1 line w/compression
File Size - 76 bytes

Of course when you do need to use images make sure you are either using good compression or index the image to a specific number of colors. ...Read more

Two simple programs to get most of your data safe and accessible from anywhere. Living life in the clouds is something that I've been doing more and more. Its convenient, reliable, and safe. Here are two programs that I recommend for day to day use.

Dropbox

URL: http://www.getdropbox.com
Description:
Dropbox links your computer with your account online. Both in Windows and Mac Dropbox is a simple folder. You put content in the Dropbox folder it stores locally on your computer and syncs with its online counterpart.
Convenience:
Not only can you sync and store your own data, you can share folders with other people and/or make folders and files public. No need to e-mail massive files anymore. For collaboration and work purposes, just drop files back and forth with others. iPhone has some capability with Dropbox and other mobile solutions are in the works. ...Read more

Want more traffic to your Drupal blog? Here are some very useful modules to get your site moving up the ranks of search engines.

This blog assumes that you have already read Increasing Traffic to your Blog Site, which is helpful for any general blog. This gets specific to what Drupal can do for your blog if you have a Drupal site already.

  1. Path: This is a core module and only needs to be enabled. Path allows URL aliasing, this provides clean URLs for your content to be found easier.


  2. Pathauto: This module expands upon the Path Module and adds automatic URL aliasing. This can be based on node type in conjunction with Tokens.


  3. ...Read more

I have often been accused of being lazy for using Drupal for the basis of my sites. Or have been asked if Drupal hinders my ability to make websites. To both I would say, you have underestimated Drupal.

Drupal is a tool, a tool for simplifying, enhancing, and promoting new creative websites. By using Drupal as my core for my websites, it free's me up and allows me to concentrate on the design. I also allows me confidence to know that it is thoroughly tested and very secure. I don't have to worry about a developer not turning in his projects in on time and making my reputation suffer because of it.

Drupal is not only helpful, it is reliable. I know that when I start a Drupal site, I can say with confidence to my clients, that the project will be complete and done on time. Time and time again, Drupal has proven itself to me through the use of complex modules and slick integration. ...Read more

Want to increase traffic to your site or blog? Follow these few suggestions and steps and soon you will see your numbers start to rise. ...Read more

    Content Tips
  • Post good and often, nobody likes useless posts or posts that only come once in a while. If you want to be successful, you have to work hard at it.
  • Make your content unique, add your own style to your blog. Make readers want to comeback for more.
  • Link to the content you are talking about. This helps your readers by providing useful links and can factor into your SEO as see over at ProBlogger.net
    Your Blog Site

Want to add your social connections to your Drupal site with icons? Follow these simple steps and you can be on your way to social simplicity.

Make a new content type and name it whatever you want. Add a url field and an image field for your icon. ...Read more

Both Google Friend Connect and Facebook Connect have come out at the same time, offering similar capabilities. But what does this mean for Drupal? Will making Drupal social site be a mute point now?

In my humble opinion, this can only make Drupal stronger and here is why.

First and foremost, Drupal is not just for social communities. So there isn't a direct competition between Drupal and then new "Connects". However, tapping into Facebook's and Google's registration and marketing channel could be the best thing for Drupal. ...Read more

When starting a new Drupal site, I almost always install a handful of modules first thing. Here are my top 10 and why you should use them.

*Modules listed below are in no particular order

  1. Pathauto: Drupal Core ships with a URL aliasing function, however this module expands upon that and adds automatic URL aliasing. This can be based on node type in conjunction with Tokens.


  2. Adminmenu: This module does nothing for your site, it is strickly for navigation of admin menus. This module however has increased my work flow dramatically because I spend a less time waiting for pages to load to get to the page I want.


  3. ...Read more