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Things They Don't Tell You About Installing Drupal

I started off with Drupal close to two years ago, consequently about the time Taylor was born. There are quite a few things I wish people would have mentioned when I was starting, and for those of you who wish to start with a new Drupal install, here goes:

Hosting
You need a place to host it. If you don't have a host, I recommend Bluehost. It'll run you about $7/month with a domain name. If you are hosting it yourself, then you already know what it takes to get a webserver up and going.

FTP
This one I knew about, but for those newbies out there, that drupal-6.17.tar.gz you downloaded needs to be extracted (use 7zip) and uploaded through FTP to your host. I recommend using FileZilla to do the upload. If you're on BlueHost, your username will be the first eight letters of your domain name, and the password is whatever password you use for cPanel.

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Delicious Error 900

I was playing with the Aggregator module in Drupal the other day when I noticed my Del.ico.us Feed wasn't updating. The error it was returning stated:

The feed from Delicious seems to be broken, because of error "900 Unable to process request at this time -- error 999".

This posting confirmed what I already suspected: Yahoo! is blocking requests from my hosting site to limit the ability for DDoS attacks. So they are basically denying HTTP requests from my hosting site because there is a high number of automated requests coming from those IP addresses.

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ImageCache Overlays for Jpeg Images

In creating thumbnails for this (and other) site(s), I use the ImageCache module to scale/crop/etc. the images. Together with the ImageCache Actions, you have the ability to create watermarks, overlays, underlays, and a whole host of other mass actions for CCK images. I generally like to create overlays with a transparent PNG displaying a drop shadow or something similar, like the image to the right.
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The Bleeding Edge

I attempted to upgrade my Drupal 7 installation a day or two ago. It broke. I pulled it back to working order with some MySQL hacks, but it was still throwing PHP errors looking for code that wasn't there. So reluctantly, I'm pulling back to Drupal 6 in order to have more stabilization and features (like the tag cloud on the right-hand side). It's sad, but that's the circle of the web. One site ends, another begins.
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