Drupal is a great platform, but it can’t do everything. As your site grows, you’ll likely encounter use cases that Drupal can’t or shouldn’t do. Some examples include interacting with third-party APIs while preserving good page loads, or performing repeated actions (polling, etc) that result in site updates. Fortunately, separating these kinds of problems from Drupal and moving them to specialized “sub-stacks” within or near your Drupal stack is easy to do.
We’re about to see Pinterest use among nonprofit organizations explode. Pinterest has a lot of potential, especially for organizations whose stories lend themselved to visual storytelling.
Likewise, this Mashable guide for small businesses works for nonprofits as well.
As with any other platform, there are pros and cons to consider. But with the popularity of Tumblr and the ease of setting up, customizing and maintaining your blog, we suggest you at least check it out — there’s a very engaged Tumblr audience waiting to see your content. Here are some tips to help you get started.
(via Class Acts Arts)
Mashable’s Pinterest tips for companies are useful for nonprofits as well.
“Here are some tips for navigating Pinterest, along with a rundown of how various companies are already using the visual social network.”
Step by step guide to your social media success
via Beth Kanter: “This is an insanely useful page for developing a social media strategy - links to really well curated blog posts.”
A free innovation guide and online community created by IDEO for social enterprises and NGOs worldwide.
The Human-Centered Design (HCD) Toolkit contains the elements to Human-Centered Design, a process used for decades to create new solutions for multi-national corporations. This process has been specially-adapted for NGOs and social enterprises that work with impoverished communities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and compiled into a Toolkit available for a free PDF download…[more]
Our nonprofit’s main Twitter account was just upgraded because Twitter was willing to release an inactive account that appeared to be simply squatting on our acronym — @cedc. In order to take advantage of that, we had to release the name we had been using back to public availability. Even though we’ve been trying to use custom subdomains to reference our Twitter account on printed materials, links from our site, and so on — so we can simply change where the subdomain points to without causing a major headache — we were a little apprehensive about just letting it go. We decided to pick that account name back up for our Tumblr stream’s Twitter account and dump the one we had been using for this purpose instead.
Whoa, that’s a mouthful, but very exciting.
For those of you who have embraced jekyll, Octopress (the WordPress alternative for hackers) or NestaCMS - Reverie may not be for you. But there are still tons MILLIONS of sites/blogs running on WordPress.
As of today’s date (02/10/2012) there are 71,176,074 WordPress sites in the world and WordPress.com hosts about half.
- ZURB’s Foundation (perfect for mobile to the desktop)
- HTML5 Boilerplate standards
- hNews microformat
- Optimized for SEO
- Basic CSS is included, or use it as a finished theme (please don’t)
- Foundation is separate, and can be updated without any problems
Zhen has licensed the Reverie Framework under an MIT License, the same as Foundation and encourages developers and designers to keep the footer information (“powered by Reverie Framework”) to help spread the word, though it’s optional.
Over at NTEN, Nam-ho Park describes four approaches to mobile sites (click through for descriptions of each):
- Update your existing platform to mobile
- Create a mobile website
- Employ responsive design
- Create a native mobile app
How to ‘Like’ links as yourself on your nonprofit’s Facebook page
If you’ve been trying to “Like” links or other posts from a nonprofit Facebook page that you are an administrator, you may have experienced the way that Facebook treats those “Likes” as though they come from the page instead of from your personal account. Fortunately the fix is quite simple.
Infographic: Joomla CMS Development Strategy
Tomorrow Joomla 2.5 will be released. This is a long term support release as noted in this infographic. Time to upgrade!
What if you found out that one-quarter of your subscribers were reading your emails on their mobile phones? There’s a good chance they already are. (And if they’re not, they will be soon!)
Click through above for some tips on making email mobile-friendly.
tablesorter is a jQuery plugin for turning a standard HTML table with THEAD and TBODY tags into a sortable table without page refreshes. tablesorter can successfully parse and sort many types of data including linked data in a cell. It has many useful features including:
- Multi-column sorting
- Parsers for sorting text, URIs, integers, currency, floats, IP addresses, dates (ISO, long and short formats), time. Add your own easily
- Support secondary “hidden” sorting (e.g., maintain alphabetical sort when sorting on other criteria)
- Extensibility via widget system
- Cross-browser: IE 6.0+, FF 2+, Safari 2.0+, Opera 9.0+
- Small code size
An exquisite jQuery plugin for magical layouts. Enables filtering, sorting, and dynamic layouts.
A dynamic layout plugin for jQuery The flip-side of CSS floats
The idea is to scale thumbnails when hovering over them and also scale their neighbouring thumbnails proportionally to their distance. We’ll also make a description appear.
Sweet succulent social media! It’s been a long time coming, but our team has finally put the finishing touches on our very own Wufoo Facebook App. Now, you can easily add a form to your Facebook page and easily collect information and leads from your fans…