Slideshow Efforts Compared

I have tried a few different slide show efforts for Drupal and now they are all running together in my mind. These are some notes on the different configurations to hopefully save some time later after the details become foggy.

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Captcha-free 7.x-1.2 Protects Forum Comments

I made this little addition today to the Captcha-free module allow protection for Forum Comments and Panels Comments. I started a new site, YakAction.com, and right away it started with the forum comments getting spam.

Speed Up Drupal 7 Performance

I read a motivational article entitled 5 Ways To Improve Drupal 7 Performance. I think it taught me something and resulted in some experimentation here at PcHousekeeping.

I have installed Boost and Memcached which are two of the tools mentioned in the article. A side effect of testing is the CDN module which came to my attention and is really nice.

Boost Module for Drupal Caching

Boost is recommended to help with caching in Drupal 7 for "anonymous" traffic. That's users that aren't logged in. I installed it here at PcHousekeeping a few days ago and it really seems to have picked up the speed.

Memcache Installed on VPS

The super support folks at KnownHost installed Memcached for me today on my VPS. I also asked for the PECL Memcache libraries and they got the latest stable version which is 2.2.6 at this time. Did I need it? No not for this little site with light traffic, but I had to see how it all worked so that when the time comes I will know.

Deployed CDN Here

One of the first things I have seen when looking at YSlow and Pingdom reports is the need to serve files that change little from a CDN (Content Delivery Network). Using the CDN module for Drupal 7 worked on one site, but here at PcHousekeeping it just wouldn't play right. I found a good tutorial by Wim Leers the developer of the CDN module and it encouraged me to use commercial CDN service.

Finally an Easy Slideshow

The new Flex Slider module for Drupal 7 offers a real easy slideshow. I'm testing it here with just the minimum options. The Views and Views Slideshow options are not enabled. My test is with some images sized to 300px wide and Flex Slider knows to resize itself to fit the available space. It even looks real good on my iPhone.

This has been updated to the 7.x-2.0-rc1 release of Flex Slider.

Google +1 Module Added

Since Google rules the web I've decided to fall in line and add the Google +1 Plus One  and Badge module here. It looks to be well done and supported and gives the option of having a button beside each item of content or put the +1 badge in a block. I'll be playing with both here just to see how it goes.

As Plus One grows in it's attempt to compete with Facebook this should be very interesting.

Disabled Google +1 03/15/2013.

CSS3pie Module Works Fine

Some people like the rounded corners that CSS3 can give to things like blocks and menu tabs. The problem has been that Internet Explorer doesn't support that while Firefox, and Google Chrome do.

Directories Outside Drupal

The last couple of days I have been converting my oldest site, whitelakeworld.com, to Drupal 7.12. I came across the problem of not being able to access a password protected directory in the web root outside of my Drupal install. I had the same problem when I converted this site to Drupal a while back and let it stump me.

On both sites I have a script that runs from cron to update a section of the site devoted to affiliate products. It simply takes a datafeed file and uses it to update the database.

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