I Used to Think Carousels Were a Good Idea

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Confession time: I used to think carousels were a good idea and I was wrong.

If you haven't seen it yet: http://shouldiuseacarousel.com/ demonstrates through annoying use of a carousel, exactly why you should never use a carousel on a website. Read more about I Used to Think Carousels Were a Good Idea

Google Fonts for Drupal... The Hard Way

Manual typesetting

Image credit: Willi Heidelbach

I may have turned into a Drupal curmudgeon. The signs were already there... I don't install WYSIWYG editors unless I have to. More and more I choose to write code rather than install a module.

I had been using the Google Fonts module and I wanted to switch fonts. There was a problem with the new font for some reason—I spent about 30 minutes troubleshooting before I gave up and decided to just do it manually. Read more about Google Fonts for Drupal... The Hard Way

Ubuntu Server for Drupal - SSH Lockdown

Update (2011-12-10): I updated this article to make it a bit more clear and confirmed it works exactly the same on Linode.
Update (2014-09-21): Just a note that I've used this successfully on several times on Digital Ocean.

This is a step by step I used to set up SSH and lock down access on my Rackspace Cloud VPS running Ubuntu Server 10.04. There's a good chance this will work for other server providers and possibly other versions of Ubuntu. (But no guarantees.) Read more about Ubuntu Server for Drupal - SSH Lockdown

Lazy Man's Guide to Drupal DB Performance

Or... How I got my server to run OK without wasting too much time.

Database performance, whether in Drupal or any other platform is serious business. There's a lot of benchmarking, analyzing queries, forming hypotheses, making changes, benchmarking again... I've done it and it can take a team weeks to hit performance targets on a major enterprise application. Everyone wants a shortcut. There really are no shortcuts, but sometimes a few tweaks can get you to "good enough". Read more about Lazy Man's Guide to Drupal DB Performance

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