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How to Skirt the Common Drupal Slip-ups

Posted by jason on November 26 2013, 01:23am

Categories: #Drupal

Be it in a start-up or a multinational, the Drupal programmers may find themselves to be prone to making certain mistakes, regarding the elements they didn’t pay a lot attention to in the first place. The errors might crop up during the project analysis, or during the debugging process, but serious issues arise when slip-ups occur and go unnoticed. Hence, it is only imperative that you understand how and when such mistakes are most likely to be made, and how not to give them room to creep into your projects during the run-time:

Choosing wrong directories to install themes

You might have started on a wrong foot, but you do get a sense of relief from the fact that the initial performance is not marred by the wrong choice of directory. It is when you go for update in themes when you realize your felony. There is not a better reason than this to choose the right directory, as it also facilitates easy debugging.

Not Following the Guidelines Before Choosing Beta/Alpha State for Installation

A novice programmer feels all too tempted by some extravagant features certain modules offer. And then they commit the mistake of installing those modules on their Drupal website. It is only a matter of days before errors start knocking the doors and developers have no idea how to point them out. Installing in Beta state is not an altogether wrong practice, but ignoring the guidelines definitely is.

Inappropriate Module Configuration

While adding dynamism to your website by installing state of the art modules can add some unrivaled functionality to your site, installing them without knowing how they affect your configuration settings can put you in a fix. If and when certain issues arise, being familiar with the configuration will facilitate easy debugging. It does consume a fair bit of time, but it surely has its set of incentives as well.

Not Taking Back Up of the Site

You are indisputably putting your website at risk if you chose not to take any backups. This holds especially true when you are going in for updating your Drupal theme. There is a slight chance that during the upgrade process, you might lose the original settings on the site. If you have already created a backup, you are insured against basic discrepancies. Updates are also needed to bolster the security of your site. So, as recommended as it is to keep updating your website, equally critical is to back it up.

SEO Goof-Ups

Your website may have the best quality content around, but it hardly is of a great value if it isn’t performing well on search engines. And it has nothing to do with the content quality. It probably has everything to do with the wrong SEO practices followed. It is recommended to seek advice of an SEO expert, or if you have the budget, hire someone who can perk up the SEO features of your site. It will go a long way in elevating your search engine rankings by indexing the content in those search engines.

As mentioned earlier, falling prey to Drupal mistakes isn’t uncommon. Hire a proficient Drupal developer to steer clear of such blunders.

Jason Roiz is a veteran open source developer and writing on various topics like ways to find Drupal CMS Development Company . He provides his suggestions to newbie business organizations in adopting Drupal for their websites and Joomla Development Services

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