Submitted by Chris Brookins on November 24, 2012 - 4:55pm
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. Because we contributed the module back to drupal.org, anyone with a Drupal 7 site can now add the MASt module to receive content from this iPhone app. In addition, we will soon be releasing the full Objective-C source code to the Drupal Gardens iPhone app on GitHub so anyone can brand it, extend it, or fork it to create their own custom iPhone app for their Drupal 7 site. Expect another blog post in the next few weeks when the source code becomes available on GitHub. Special thanks to Kyle Browning who built the Services module used by MASt and who also developed the iPhone app itself in collaboration with our design and engineering team.
It's time for a round up of all features added, so read on for the full scoop!
- Post content and photos using the Drupal Gardens iPhone app!
If you have a Professional subscription or higher, you can configure your website to work with the Drupal Gardens iPhone app.
After you enable the Mobile App Services module, simply configure which of your site's content types should accept content posted from the iPhone app. Users who have installed the Drupal Gardens app for their iPhones or iPads can then create and post content wherever they are!
The new iPhone app include the following features:
- Post new site content, including blog posts, articles, photos, and other mobile-enabled content types configured on a Drupal Gardens site
- Post content to one or more Drupal Gardens websites with ease
- Tap to view content and share URLs directly within app
- Delete content from site, subject to site permissions
Learn more. (DG-5687)
If you have a WordPress website, you can now import all of its content (including blogs, pages, comments, and files) into your Drupal Gardens website! You can import from either an export file or directly from a WordPress site URL. Learn more. (DG-5872)
Using flags, you can provide any number of indicators for content, comments, users, or other entities. Example uses of flags include bookmarks, marking items important, indicating friends, or flagging content and comments as offensive. With views and flags, you can create custom lists of popular content or keep tabs on important content. Learn more.
Assign users to the new Content manager role so you can delegate website content creation and theming responsibilities. Note that this role cannot access other administrative functions (such as account management). Learn more. (DG-4050)
You can now control which ThemeBuilder tabs are displayed to specific user roles to provide only the theming functions needed for that role. Learn more. (DG-4050)
To protect your website from unauthorized or accidental changes, only users with the new Publish a theme permission can publish a theme or save changes to the live theme. Learn more. (DG-5415)
Make your website more readable on mobile devices by enabling the viewport meta tag for your website. Learn more. (DG-4225)
You can choose to allow your users to delete their posted comments. For example, after a user posts a blog comment they realize they want to remove it. As long as no one has replied to their comment and their role has the Delete own comments permission, they can permanently delete the comment. Learn more
You can now configure comment posts to display posting dates and times in a more human-readable format. For example, a comment post that displays "10 minutes ago" means the comment was posted 10 minutes from the current viewing time. Learn more. (DG-5665)
Drupal Gardens websites use session cookies to help identify users when they connect to websites. You can now specify the expiration value for these session cookies. Learn more. (DG-5672)
You can now configure the External Links module to display additional warnings when users follow external links, including HTML-configurable overlay messages and pages. Learn more. (DG-4828)