Tuesday, September 23, 2008

CCK and me!

I uploaded and enabled the CCK module and messed around with it per Drupal 6's instructions. I created two new content types on my test site, vfranklyn.com, Book Reviews and Movie Reviews.

I also enabled FiveStar module so authenticated users can vote on the books and movies I highlighted.

This was a good exercise for me to wrap my head around CCK.

Friday, September 12, 2008


Hell. Looking at Taxonomies in Drupal made me realize I'll need to create a taxonomy structure for ppld.org. I think with an already existing Site Map and a card sorting exercise in progress, that this should be okay. It's a similar concept, isn't it?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Staff Card Sort

Well, we've released the card sorting exercise to staff. We'll see how it goes. I'm looking forward to their feedback... as long as it's all positive, harhar.

Monday, September 8, 2008

LiveStats vs. Google Analytics

When comparing Visits for our current web statistics software, LiveStats, and our possible new web statistics solution, Google Analytics, I noticed quite a discrepancy:

  • Google Analytics reported 9,692 visits on September 4, 2008

  • LiveStats reported 13,376 visits on September 4, 2008

I learned this is the case because Google Analytics user sessions expire in 30 minutes and LiveStats expire in 15 minutes. I suspect I'll run into a lot of differences like this.

I've started documenting my findings on our staff Intranet for posterity's sake.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Card Sorting Redux

We've decided on OptimalSort for our card sorting project. Staff testing begins the week of September 9. Patron testing begins on October 1. Good times.

I also submitted a proposal to speak at 2009 Computers in Libraries conference. If accepted, my topic will be a portrait of this redesign. Why? Because I wasn't stressed out enough.

Drupal 6.4

After much hubbub I have upgraded to Drupal 6.4. I know for the future that I will need to do upgrades through Simple Scripts. Because of my inexperience, I pretty much had to re-setup vfranklyn.com from scratch. Ugh.

Now that I've hopefully been able to put a halt to work projects, I should be able to do more work on this project.