Tip for friendlier content creation

3 Aug 2010
Drupal Ace

So you're editing a Story node in Drupal, and... Wait, was it a Story? Or was it a Page node? Or is the node you're editing actually a Blog Entry?

When you create a node, Drupal gives you a big-letter reminder of what you're making: "Create Story" (or whatever the node type is) appears at the top of the creation form. Yet when you later edit the node, there's no easy reminder of what the node type. Clues in the path, the visible fields, or elsewhere may give it away to the experienced site builder, but not to a newcomer admin to the site. And to be sure, you won't often care what the node type is when making some small edits, but then again you might find yourself scratching your head as you stare at the edit form for a node someone else made, thinking that you'd like to make this change if it's a Story but that change if it's a Page...

There's a nice and very simple tip at the Josiah Ritchie blog to aid future editors (including yourself) on this small point. Read more about Tip for friendlier content creation

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How's that Ubercart review coming along?

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I'm working through Packt Publishing's Ubercart 2x book to create a spiffy Drupal e-commerce site. So far, I'm finding the book itself worthwhile; it's been quite a help in installing and setting up Ubercart, and creating some basic products. All fine and good, and I look forward to showing off a sample site and writing up the book review. Read more about How's that Ubercart review coming along?