Questions About how you've setup your Drupal Site

I've been lurking here for quite some time. I really appreciate the site and all the information and resources you provide here. I didn't know it was a Drupal site until just recently when I've tried to create one for the school district i'm working for. If this question is inappropriate, I completely understand. But I just wanted to know a couple of things about how you set your site up. I pretty much have mine pretty functional and am ready to start using it with my teachers. However there are two things I just can't seem to figure out:

(1) I can't seem to get the RSS feeds to work. When I clicked on the little orange button on the homepage, the only thing that came up was the homepage itself. It was so frustrating I went into the code and removed the RSS feed button so people wouldn't use it. The way my site will be used is as a lesson plan repository. Teachers will be able to upload and download the lesson plans. So consequently, unlike a site like yours, the front page will remain static and never change. Do you have any tips for getting all my stuff to show up on one RSS feed?

(2) I notice you're not using Tiny MCE in your "create content" pages. But I DO notice you have a "file upload" button. I am having one heck of a time making it seemless so that i can upload a file directly into my post. I guess I'm spoiled by Wordpress. But this has got to be the most frustrating thing I've experienced. My concern is that if its too hard, my non-techno savvy teachers will not be able to do it. I haven't actually uploaded a file on your site to see how it works. But was wondering if your setup allows you to seemlessly upload an image directly into your post. With Tiny MCE, It will allow me to resize and align it etc., but I have to know the URL of the file in advance.

Again, I apologize if these questions are inappropriate to have asked. i have searched and browsed Drupal's site ad nauseum and can't find any real information that I can nail down. Many answers seem so vague or not appropriate to the version I'm using - 5.x

Thank you in advance for any information or help you can provide.


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Drupal setup

I'm afraid I'm not exactly a Drupal expert, but I'll take a stab at your questions.

1. Drupal has a "tracker" page that shows latest content added. (Append /tracker to your URL.) Could that be what you're looking for? If so, perhaps you can set up an RSS "view" or ask the forums how to set it up. (I don't know, myself, right now.)

2. We don't use Tiny MCE here. I think I enabled it in an early draft somewhere but decided against it because most of us content-writers are tech-savvy enough to write and leverage HTML code. That said, I know what it means to be spoiled by WordPress. The average non-techie would have a far easier time using it than Drupal, at least in their stock installs.

Sorry I couldn't be more helpful. I tend to seek out Drupal experts, like those in the forums or my comrade-in-arms eric, when I need to come up with such answers in a hurry.

all my best,

I appreciate you answering...

I'm not an expert either. Its a little daunting when you're doing it for an entire school district. I like Drupal...but I wish certain things "just worked" instead of having to piece-meal them together. That being was surprisingly easy to setup what I did. I just can't seem to figure out these two things. I'll keep looking!

You have a great site BTW. Good work to whoever pulled it all together.

Thanks again

Check out DrupalEd

Since you're creating a Drupal site for a school, you might want to take a look at DrupalEd, which is a distribution of Drupal that has some third party modules and libraries already installed.

I've not experienced the RSS problem that you describe. I believe it's the default now that the feed is aliased at http://<drupal site>/rss.xml, but <drupal site>/node/feed is the actual URL.

As far as image uploads without TinyMCE, take a look at the inline module, which makes this easy.