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Drupal is a free modular web application framework originally written by Dries Buytaert. Drupal is written in PHP and can be used with various relational database management systems.

CSS Galleries: More Free CSS Templates

About 6 weeks ago I published an article introducing some valuable online resources for free Web designs. In the meantime I came across more sites that offer free templates, themes, skins, or however you want to call them, for download.

Free CSS Templates

All of the resources listed below offer free downloads, browsing and live previews of templates. Some sites feature CSS templates from various designers and offer designers to upload their own templates. Each site is briefly described.

Parsing Yahoo Pipes JSON Feeds with jQuery

In this article I describe how you can parse and display Yahoo Pipes data returned as a JSON feed. Yahoo Pipes can be used as a data aggregator that lets you mashup online data sources, such as RSS feeds. To learn more about Yahoo Pipes and how to create them you can watch this video on how Yahoo Pipes work.

Highlighting Hard Coded Active Links with jQuery

When using Drupal's menu system for linking pages on your site the corresponding menu link gets the CSS class active when the referred page is being displayed. To make use of this to improve a site's usability you can highlight this link by assigning a different color, background color, etc. Drupal's l() function also takes care to add the active class to currently displayed links.

On this site I have to blocks in the sidebar (Recommended Articles, Drupal Modules) with hard-coded links to internal pages using plain HTML. My main reason not to use menu items is because I am too lazy and I don't use the l() function to not increase the number of database queries more than necessary.


pMetrics (performancing Metrics) is a feature rich advanced Web statistics and visitor tracking solution offered by Performancing, Inc. The pMetrics module for Drupal lets you integrate this service easily in your Drupal site, provided you have signed up for pMetrics.

What Titles and URLs may Reveal about your Site

According to 37 organic search engine optimization experts the Keyword Use in Title Tag is the number one of the positive factors that influence the search engine ranking of a page.

When I search for something and see the result page the first thing I do is take a look at the titles of the linked pages, than I look at the URLs before I actually click on one of the links. Titles and URLs often reveal more than just whether the result may be good or not.

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