Tips, Hints, Best Practices

"Can I create a link to a file I've uploaded?"

September 19, 2018
While we wait for the Drupal community's Media Library Initiative to become available and stable for our use—new functionality that will let everyone upload and reuse files and other media more easily—we have a few steps for you if you want to link to the files you upload, whether it's a PDF, Office document, or other eligible file types.

"I don't see my site when I create or duplicate it in Site Factory"

September 14, 2018
Where and how you start your journey matters Where and how you start your journey in Site Factory as you create new sites or duplicating existing ones will have a major impact on whether or not you can see your site in your group list when the process is completed.

The impact of file size caps

August 30, 2018
"All I did was edit my page—I didn't touch the original image" While we've always advocated for properly optimizing images for the web, it's only since we instated a consistent limit of 3MB file sizes for every attachment region in SiteFarm that the impact of that change in our 5.0.0 release has brought to light how that truly affects our users and their sites. Maybe this has impacted you or maybe you haven't come across it yet, but let's take a look at how you can review your site's files to identify and replace culprits before they become a real problem.

Adding Disqus commenting to your Articles

June 18, 2018
Interested in promoting a dialogue with your readers? We have a method for you to try that incorporates the Disqus service into a block you can add to your Article content types. Kickstart those discussions and make deeper connections with your visitors.

What the new CAS Service Registry means to you

June 04, 2018
The campus is increasing its security profile by implementing the CAS Service Registry to list any site that needs CAS to log in using the CAS Service Registry. This will add a site to an approved, official white-list, require a site to use https://, and improve overall security performance by only including sites that truly need it. That's great news. Let's go over what this means to you as a SiteFarm user.

"Help! My page titles are missing!"

March 15, 2018
You've been working away on your site, specifically a ton of Basic pages, and when you try to add a primary image to one, you suddenly realize it's not showing up. In fact, it's not just the image, it the page title, too. What happened?

What Makes a Great 404 Error Page?

February 27, 2018
No one wants to think website visitors are spending time on error pages, but it happens. The 404 error page is one place that these interactions happen rather frequently. Design it in a way that speaks to users rather than encouraging them to leave your site.

"Help! My homepage disappeared!"

February 22, 2018
It's not common by any means, but in certain circumstances, it is possible to seemingly--or actually--delete your homepage. Even though the few seconds after discovering this occurrence might give you a sense of panic and cause you to break out in a cold sweat, a simple solution is available to help you fix the situation.

Should you be a Site Builder?

February 13, 2018
Let's look at a scenario. You've been working on your site for a month or two now, and you feel like you've mastered the basics—all the topics in the Training > For everyone and > For managers sections are familiar to you. Now, you find yourself looking critically at your site and thinking, "I feel like I should be able to do more with this." How you define more is the beginning of the discussion of whether or not you should consider becoming a Site Builder.

Introducing the Development Workflow for Subtheming

February 07, 2018
You've decided to subtheme your site. Huzzah! But, it's quite possible you're never done this before and you're not even sure what that means or where to begin. Making the decision to be a Site Builder and create custom elements for your site is a significant undertaking, but we want to give you a brief overview of what's involved in the workflow process to help you get started.

"Why isn't my main content block the full width of the page?"

January 25, 2018
There you are, building your site, and you come across a page where there's a noticeable space either before or after your main content in the First or Second Sidebar region.  What's going on here? And, more importantly; how do you fix it?

New Test Group for Site Builders

January 22, 2018
The SiteFarm Test Group will be comprised of Site Builders who want the chance, during a Test Period, to review the impact of fixes, security patches, and new offerings on custom subthemes added to their sites to verify nothing has broken due to code conflicts before the new release goes live.

Redirects: Telling the digital world you've moved

January 03, 2018
Clients with an existing site they're moving to SiteFarm are understandably concerned with preserving visitor traffic analytics and providing a seamless transfer to avoid confusing people using established URLs and personal bookmarks. Having a deeper understanding of the layers involved with your Redirects will assist you in take the necessary steps to configure all options appropriately.

Wireframe Your Next SiteFarm Project with LucidChart

November 27, 2017
Wireframes are a design deliverable that allows content architects and designers to work together to plan and organize a website's content and page elements. With the release of the SiteFarm Design Kit, and the demand for custom design work, there is a growing need to quickly wireframe content based on the visual elements available in SiteFarm's web pages.