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Trellon is looking to hire some new developers and project managers in the very near future, and we wanted you to be the first to know.

7 Suggestions for New Drupal Users in Higher Education

We've been talking to a lot of universities about using Drupal to power some of their websites, and we've learned a lot of about the kinds of challenges and specific needs that Universities and Colleges have on the web. As we've been developing specific strategies for these clients, we've also noticed several overarching themes. So rather than keep this to ourselves, we thought we'd share some of these observations in the forum of suggestions for universities that are considering Drupal.

Get local : Decentralizing Online Advocacy with Drupal

Online advocacy techniques have evolved in sophistication over the years, but not in structure. From using geographic data to locate groups and events in your area to signing petitions and making pledges using Twitter, we have seen a great evolution. Nonetheless, we continue to operate in a very top-down manner: messages are generated at the organizational level and then pushed down to grassroots activists, who are asked to take action.

Theming the User Registration Form in Drupal 6

When you are building an online community, one of your important jobs is to remove obstacles for users to sign up to create accounts. Drupal's user registration form, out of the box, is one of the simplest forms out there, and maybe that is why it is also one of the easiest things to overlook when building a site. By the time profile fields are added in, captchas are placed on the page, and other components have had their way with the fields that become part of it, the form can get rather messy and detract from the user experience.

Dependency Browser Module - Enabling your Drupal Fix

Whenever I need to implement a custom feature for a Drupal site, I always check the Drupal.org module repository to see if someone has already written a module that does the same thing. This can be difficult, since the number of modules has exploded in recent years and the infrastructure for browsing them has not caught up (though the redesign project has noticed this and is discussing some great improvements).

Drupal as a Community Blogging Platform

Shai Sachs over at MyDD posted a interesting article on the use of Drupal as an alternative community blogging platform to Soapblox. Soapblox, a community blogging platform popular among progressive bloggers, has had some issues recently, there have been ongoing financial concerns, and the platform was recently hacked. This has raised a red flag for many progressive bloggers about the prolonged sustainability of the platform.

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