…please excuse the dust. Welcome to your new Content Management System installation. It may not look like much at first, but in reality, there is great potential here already. Our initial installation and configuration includes: • Installation and configuration of core Drupal files and folders• Installation of an Administrative Toolbar that will help save you time navigating to key screens• Installation of the ‘Pathauto’ module that will automatically save your new content with a meaningful URL, like “/products/product_name_here”, rather than the default of ‘node/1’.• Installation of the ‘Poormanscron’ module that helps ensure that every hour, a cron job is run. Cron is a utility that kicks off maintenance tasks like email notifications, status updates, etc. Not every hosting server is configured to allow an automatic cron job, so we install this module and never have to worry about it.• Installation of the ‘External Links’ module which automatically forces every external link on your site to open in a new window. This helps ensure that your site visitors don’t accidentally leave your site completely.• Installation of the ‘Nodewords’ module which gives us the ability to set both site-wide Meta Tags, as well as node-specific Meta Tags (e.g. keywords).• Installation of a WYSIWYG editor (What You See Is What You Get) and file management module, so that editing a page of content and inserting images is as easy as using Microsoft Word.• Installation of the Content Construction Kit module so that we can create custom content types as needed to meet specific needs and requirements (e.g. Testimonials).• Installation of the Views module so that can create custom views of content for unique blocks and pages (e.g. a page listing recent Testimonials, or a block highlighting a random Testimonial). In the days and weeks ahead, we will be implementing pages, content types and views in order to mold this site into one that reflects and enhances your business. At an appropriate time, you will receive an administrative logon to this site, as well as a document that outlines how to do basic tasks throughout the site. We will follow that up with documentation specific to any customizations as needed. Once we have determined and implemented all of the required pages and functions for this site, we will draft an overall design and layout. Once approved, that design will be applied to the Content Management System so that your new site will look outstanding. If you’re not sure what you should be doing right now, please ask! Generally speaking, we ask most clients to provide the following: • Basic Site Outline of pages / functions – this can change as the project progresses, but it’s very helpful to us to know in advance what you think you’re going to need in terms of specific pages.• Content for specific pages – essentially whatever text and specific images you want for a particular page. You don’t want me trying to draft your About Us page for you. ;)• Keywords – we’ll provide more information on this, but basically, come up with a list of words and phrases that you think someone would type into Google and might expect to find you. The list should be within 200 total characters, and should try to avoid vague, single words that will generate millions of responses in a Google search (e.g. “business”). As always, if you have any questions, please email us and we’ll provide a detailed explanation. Thanks again! ~ Stadia Studio LLC P.S. This page will be removed as soon as you provide text for your Home page.
Originally posted 2011-05-12 14:17:38.