These are a few add-ons for Drupal 7 Variable module that just got out of my sandbox. A module to provide a 'File' variable type and a module to help developers keep track of variables and variable types. They are contained in the Variable Extra package, see links at the bottom.

Variable File

This one contains a few extra variable types to be used on other modules: File and Image (Both Managed and Unmanaged). Hopefully if this one works well, waiting for feedback atm, it will be moved into the main Variable package...

Variable Devel

This is a tool for developers that want to implement the Variable API in their own modules. You can find it in the 'Development' modules group after you download the package. It provides a few features...

There are tons of articles and discussions about advantages and disadvantages of responsive and adaptive web design but this article won't get into that. This is just about the mobile web site I want to get, and how to build it with Drupal. Keep in mind there are plenty of options about how to build a mobile version of your web site. Possibly most of the people will be just fine using one of the many responsive themes that there are available. They work just fine.

But the thing is I want a fully different version of my web site for mobile devices and I want the kind of consistency on which a URL matches exactly to a web site page. Also I've been checking a number of top web sites, mostly from content publishing companies and guess what... most of them have a specific mobile version of their web site (That's adaptive by the way), using a different domain for mobile. Well, I want more or less that, built with Drupal, of course.

First of all, before any kind of SEO, what you need in the first place is high quality content in every language. The kind of content users want to see and people may link to because it is useful and it adds something valuable to the World. In the second place, your site must be optimized for the people that use it, not for search engines. Search engines like Google do a nice job of listing first the best content for users to read.

That said, there are some tips that may help your multilingual Drupal site, that is plenty of high quality content and optimized for users in the first place, work better with search engines and help people find it -provided it is what they're looking for-. Most of this is valid for Drupal, Wordpress or whatever CMS you use, but the tools I am talking about are Drupal specific, which are the ones I've been building for some years...

I am the author and main maintainer of Internationalization module which is the one powering almost every multilingual Drupal site out there.

I know Drupal Gardens doesn't include Internationalization module nor other multilingual goodies or contributed modules, which makes sense to me since i18n is not really and end-user-friendly kind of animal. However I've heard that because of that you cannot build a multilingual site with Drupal Gardens and this may not be really true. Have you heard about the guys that didn't know it was impossible so they did it?

So, since Drupal is so powerful and flexible, that they say ;-), I was wondering how hard it could be to build some basic multilingual web site only with the modules and features they provide with Drupal Gardens. Let me see... you have all Drupal core -which includes Locale and Content translation-, you have Views, you have Pathauto, then you have Block visibility options which are more flexible than some people imagine... It seems there are some features missing but we'll try to substitute them by some.. imagination.. (that you may call ugly workarounds too).


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