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Do You Like It?

We've added a Like link to most of the items on the site. It's located just under the title near the author name, the Bookmark link, and the Comment link. You can like (and un-like) items. This information helps us keep the site responsive and relevant. Don't worry, we don't publish the information about who likes things: we're just interested in what works well.

In order to avoid mischief and bots, the Like feature is only available to logged-in users.

And, in a few days, there will be a new Drupal Extra that explains how we've done this.

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Exploring Modules: Nice Menus and Rotor Banner

Drupal ExtraThis is a case study of selecting two new modules for this site. It demonstrates the process involved as well as how Drupal's architecture takes a lot of the risk out of experimentation. 

First of all, as I described in the book, there really is no substitute for a test site. It doesn't take much work to set it up, and the work itself is good practice for site maintenance that you'll need to do from time to time. For my own testing, I find it's easiest in many cases to wipe out the old test site and do a new install. Over time, I do occasional quick tweaks and tests to the test site, so when it's time to do some serious testing, getting rid of all of those makes life a bit easier.

Category Links

Thanks for bearing with us in the last few days. As you may have noticed, the links to category archives (taxonomies in Drupal terms) were functioning in a non-deterministic manner (i.e., erratically wrong). We think they're back.

This was traced to a rogue group of URL redirects which have now been banished from the site.

Let us know if you experience any problems.

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