It’s been awhile since we’ve blogged, but that’s not to say we haven’t been hard at work improving Drupal Gardens for our thousands of site builders. We’ve added a host of new features since the last update including entity relationships and field collections for managing site content more easily, support for 301 domain redirects for search engine optimization and new Open Graph meta tag options for effectively managing interactions between Drupal Gardens websites and social networks.
Over the last few months, we have been busy adding features to Drupal Gardens. We are especially excited about the new Drupal Gardens iPhone app that lets you use your iPhone to contribute photos and just about any content type to your site. This free app communicates to Drupal Gardens sites via the MASt module.
This sprint the Drupal Gardens team added several enhancements for both Drupal Gardens site builders and content creators. Site builders can now restrict sensitive or valuable forum topics to privileged users, like can already be done for most other content. In addition, content creators now have the ability to create dynamic and personalized content using tokens, and also have a simpler user interface for cropping, rotating and resizing images.
In this release the Drupal Gardens team continued enhancing our support for restricted content by adding visual indicators to help visitors see that certain users are privileged and certain content is restricted. By showing these indicators, site builders can help inform users that there are advantages to being more privileged members of a site. We also added support for the powerful Modernizr library to make it easier to crafting CSS that supports older browsers. Happy theming!
The Drupal Gardens service was updated with the following new features and enhancements:
This is the 21st in our series of Drupal Gardens 'What's New' posts, and we think this one is especially worth celebrating. Need to restrict valuable content on your site to only privileged users? Want to crop, rotate or resize uploaded images in your posts? Wish you could click to perform bulk delete or other operations on lists of users, content or media? Long for better control over how comments are displayed on your site? With this release, we've got you covered.
Among the 75,000 sites created to date, Drupal Gardens has attracted many enterprise customers who have sites with significant traffic and demanding requirements. They must ensure that their site's content is properly categorized by the major search engines.
It's the details that matter. This Drupal Gardens release includes two important refinements that will benefit every website. First, any of your site listings or mashups created with Views can now take advantage of a new smooth-loading pager that can show more items without a page load. Use it on any View including blog rolls, lists of images or users, and custom content, such as record albums. Using this feature will help keep your visitors engaged longer, and give your site a modern feel.
Have you ever needed to quickly add audio, videos or images from the major web services like SoundCloud, Flickr, Vimeo, and BrightCove? Or wished you could control who can see certain parts of your site's content or user profiles? Now you can.
To make your site stand out from the crowd, we know that designers and site builders like you need to craft unique web site experiences. To make this goal easier, the Drupal Gardens team recently made two powerful new modules available to all 60,000+ Drupal Gardens sites. First, you can now extend the look and feel of your site using powerful 3rd-party libraries, and second, you can collect important required or optional information from your site's members.
This release of Drupal Gardens has something for every site builder. In particular, support for custom date/time fields has been one of the most requested features. As is the Drupal Gardens norm, we kept the bar high and only added these modules after putting in enough design, engineering and testing to deliver a UX that was easier, but not watered down.