10 ways to improve your Drupal website
Free time over the holiday period? Why not try these tips to improve your Drupal website:
- Ensure your Caching is turned on. Drupal comes with some basic tools to help your sites load faster. Find them in the Administration Menu under Configuration > Development.
- Make sure you deactivate the user accounts of anyone who leaves the organisation. Every ignored user account is another potential vulnerability.
- Check your Analytics every few months. Find out what pages people are visiting and more importantly, what pages people AREN’T visiting.
- If your website has a publicly available contact form, make sure you backup and clear the submissions every few months to keep your database size down.
- Check your Watchdog log often, it’s a great way of seeing if your site is being targeted by malicious activity. Check for repeat requests to certain URL’s such as wp-login.php or install.php.
- Give your content editors a hand by configuring your content type form display. Display fields in a logical order, and use the Field Group module to group fields together.
- While you are at it, make sure that your WYSIWYG editor is as trimmed down as it can be. A simple editor interface makes everything easier.
- If you need to audit some content, don’t be afraid to create a View just for you. It’s an easy way of listing, filtering and exporting page content. Views aren’t just for listing the most recent blog posts.
- Check in every few months and make sure your backups are working. Don’t just make sure the files are there, try restoring it to a local instance just to make sure everything works if something goes wrong.
- Make sure you site is always patched and up to date. It’s not fun work, but it’s better than getting hacked.
20 November 2019