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The DrupalCon San Francisco 2010 Survival Kit



This weekend marks the beginning of the highly-anticipated, semi-annual Drupal conference: DrupalCon San Francisco 2010. In years past, DrupalCon has made and broken Drupal developers, coders, techno-geeks, and Drupalistas alike with long break-out sessions, birds-of-a-feather throwdowns, after-parties, and mechanical bull rides. Anything can happen at a DrupalCon, and with the buzz building bigger than ever, I have a feeling that this year is going to be the best yet!

Whether you are a DrupalCon virgin or a seasoned veteran, it is always important to be prepared. As thousands of Drupalistas finish packing and prepare to descend upon the unsuspecting streets of San Francisco, the Cub Scout in me wants to ensure that you survive this year’s DrupalCon without any permanent scars.

Over the last month or so, I have gathered a list of essential items for this year’s installment of DrupalCon. I used social networks to ask for opinions, feedback, and other items I might have overlooked. One such facebook friend, Rebekah Farris, was even inspired enough to put together her own DrupalCon Survival Kit list. Her list is very thorough, funny, and covers some of the essential items, such as a laptop, duct tape, and swag.

Our lists may overlap with one or two items, but rest assured that a fresh and unique DrupalCon SF 2010 Survival Kit follows after the jump.

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How to Optimize Images, Video, and Other Media in Drupal



Images and video are everywhere on the Web. Flash and other media are not far behind. Great graphics, animations, or videos add a lot of value to an otherwise boring web site. The drawback is that search engine spiders cannot read the content of these files. Nothing kills your site's searchability faster than embedding all your best keywords into graphic or Flash files. Users see them just fine but search engines see nothing. It is extremely important to communicate as much information as you can to the search engines about each graphic or media piece that you use on your site.

Google Image Search uses the file name and the alt tag to determine what the image is all about. Other services, like YouTube, Viddler, and video search engines, need help to determine what your video is about so that they can show it to people that are interested in watching your masterpiece. Make sure that you can take advantage of these powerful streams of traffic by adhering to the following guidelines.

Read this article: How to Optimize Images, Video, and Other Media in Drupal

This Week in Drupal SEO News: Mollom with Webform Support, iPad Usage Tracking in Real-Time, and Foursquare Churns Rumor Mill



After a much anticipated wait, I finally got my iPad delivered to Volacci's offices in Austin on Monday. I can't begin to tell you how much I love gadgets and, this being the latest new release from Apple, I couldn't be more than thrilled! It's like my iPhone and my Macbook somehow came together to meld into one.

It's been an eventful week for Apple, Foursquare, and all you Drupalistas who are counting down the days to DrupalCon SF 2010. Drupal's Developer Summit kicks off the festivities in the Bay Area next week and the fun doesn't stop until nearly the end of April! For more details on iPad usage tracking, the Developer Summit, and Foursquare gossip, join me after the jump.

Read this article: This Week in Drupal SEO News: Mollom with Webform Support, iPad Usage Tracking in Real-Time, and Foursquare Churns Rumor Mill

This Week in Drupal SEO News: The Drupal Rap Video, Yahoo! Search Apps, and Google Orders “Take-Out”

Spring is finally in the air, March Madness is crazier than ever, and Volacci is on a segway tour of downtown Austin today! Have you seen the Chimpanzee Riding a Segway video by Parry Gripp? If you haven’t had your morning coffee yet, there may be no need. There is nothing like a chimpanzee in overalls and a red helmet riding a segway to get you excited that its Friday! But I digress. There was some really cool news this week: Drupal 7.0 Alpha 3 came out, Bing rolled out some new search features, and all that other stuff in the title of this post. Join me after the jump for a Drupal rap video, more conference news, and an international search controversy!

Read this article: This Week in Drupal SEO News: The Drupal Rap Video, Yahoo! Search Apps, and Google Orders “Take-Out”

This Week in Drupal SEO News: Dries at SXSWi, DrupalConSF2010 Schedule, Google Goes Mobile, and Facebook Comes to Austin



It’s been an exhilarating week in Austin, with tons of news, ideas, startups, and friendly competition fueling the vibe around town. It’s funny to watch people get a little crazy and let loose at SXSWi. They get to Austin, the infamously ‘weird’ city of the South, and boy do some people fly the freak flag! In all seriousness, it is the kind of enthusiasm I like to see, as we all do, in the tech culture and community. Weird is just another word for creative.

Read this article: This Week in Drupal SEO News: Dries at SXSWi, DrupalConSF2010 Schedule, Google Goes Mobile, and Facebook Comes to Austin

A Drupal Website Security Guide



Successful cyber criminals are very good at what they do. That’s why millions of people each year get their identity stolen online and thousands of businesses are swindled by fraudulent internet shoppers. It doesn’t matter what kind of website you run, you need the proper security.

Just last Tuesday, March 2nd, Spanish police busted a ring of computer hackers who were responsible for infecting 13 million PCs with a virus that steals sensitive data from people, e.g. credit card information and social security numbers. The three men responsible are suspected of running the Mariposa botnet, which has infected PCs via Internet Explorer in 190 countries and more than half of the world’s 1000 larges companies, including at least 40 significant financial institutions. Three men. 13 million computers. Very good indeed.

Q: How are you locking your website’s proverbial doors at night?

I know that you may think this analogy may a bit silly and cliché, since hackers can strike at any time of day, through any cracked window, unsecured page, and dripping link. But it is a very important question, especially when someone’s business and financial well-being is at stake.

Allow me to reiterate: Three men, using a Microsoft browser, infected 13 million computers with a virus that steals your life. And how many aspiring hackers are there now that were just inspired by the Danny Ocean of Spanish cyber crime?

When you are building a website in Drupal, or any open source content management system for that matter, “hack-proof” security is absolutely essential. Which is why I hope you are reading this post before having a security issue, rather than after. Either way, you can relax now – this is a safe place. Take your time, enjoy your coffee, and review the following Drupal website security guide.

Read this article: A Drupal Website Security Guide

This week in Drupal SEO News: Drupal Powers Video, Lullabot Forms Voltron, and Google’s SEO Report Card



This week I changed my focus with the Volacci SEO blog: fewer posts, deeper thoughts. While there will now be only three posts a week (M/W/F), the posts will be longer, more insightful, and, hopefully, more valuable to you.


With so much news occurring in and around both the Drupal and SEO communities every day, I want to bring both worlds together in a verbal Venn diagram of sorts each Friday for you to easily digest. And I will call this informational hybrid: This week in Drupal SEO News.

Read this article: This week in Drupal SEO News: Drupal Powers Video, Lullabot Forms Voltron, and Google’s SEO Report Card

Drupal Users Guide to Facebook Social Media Optimization

Facebook and Twitter are in the business of building social communities and interactive brands, and business is currently booming. Through these social media channels, brands and businesses engage with their target audience at nearly every click-through, profile search, and touchpoint. And potential consumers are letting them in to connect emotionally deeper than ever before.

The traditional lines of consumer-brand relationships have been blurred, erased, and redrawn with online communications. There was once a time when radio spots, television commercials, and magazine print ads were an advertising and marketing tri-force of reach, frequency, and exposure. Now, the internet is opening new communication channels and creating a new kind of society: an online society built around friendships, fan-hood, and fun.

For more information on how to better market your Fan Page, install Facebook Google Analytics, and recommended Drupal Facebook modules, join me after the jump.

Read this article: Drupal Users Guide to Facebook Social Media Optimization

Drupal 7 Alpha 2.0, The 2010 Open Source Survey, and Yahooter!**



It’s been a busy week at the Volacci news desk and I would be doing you a disservice if I didn’t tell you about the juiciest morsels. News about Drupal 7.0, the Open Source industry, and a big efforts-merger between a search and social media goliath are making a huge pile of fresh, “like-new” smells on my desk. But enough about my breakfast, check out today’s main attractions, after the jump...

Read this article: Drupal 7 Alpha 2.0, The 2010 Open Source Survey, and Yahooter!**

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