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Top 10 Drupal 7 Books: An Early Look

With the Drupal 7 beta right around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at the new crop of Drupal 7 books coming to market. Surprisingly, more than ten Drupal 7 books have already been announced and some of them are already shipping. Here's a quick look at the top 10:

Pro Drupal 7 Development

Pro Drupal 7 Development book

What's in the book?: Deep knowledge of Drupal core, building modules from scratch, optimizing Drupal performance, security best practices, and more. Generally regarded as the best developer-focused Drupal book.

Who's the author?: Todd Tomlinson ("Beginning Drupal 7" author), and John K. VanDyk, 7 year member of and seasoned module developer (Workflow, Actions, etc).

When can I get it?: October 2010.

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Posted by John on 2010-09-21

Major SEO Mistake Affects Most Drupal Sites

Every day, millions of people use Google Image Search to find pictures, products, and people. If you're using Drupal, chances are you're not getting any of this traffic.

no results?

Here's why:

Drupal's robots.txt file contains a major mistake. Amazingly, the mistake has been there for years, and very few people seem to know about it.

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Posted by John on 2010-08-30

How I Survived a 2300% Traffic Increase With Drupal

Yesterday, my Orphaned Works article hit the front page of Reddit, a popular social news site. Traffic instantly increased by a factor of more than 20. At peak, the site was serving over 30 requests a second, enough to take down most poorly configured Drupal sites. In this article, I'll show you how I survived, and what steps you can take to make sure your site is ready for the Reddit Effect.

Traffic graph

These first 2 tips will give you the quickest bang-for-your-buck, and based on my research, more than half of new Drupal sites fail to take advantage of them!

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Posted by John on 2008-07-07

My Favorite New Drupal Book

Learning Drupal 6 Module Development is a new book from Packt Publishing, written by Matt Butcher. The book is aimed at Drupal users who know PHP and want to learn module development.

Learning Drupal 6 Module Development cover

I was one of the Technical Reviewers for this book, so I've had a digital copy for a while, but my final hard copy just arrived today, and I must say, it's quite cool to see my name in print! :)

Learning Drupal 6 Module Development inside

This book will take you through building several different modules, linking them together through hooks, and finally, creating an install profile to incorporate them all into a distributable package. Along the way, you'll find lots of useful tips, and links to relevant topics on

If you're looking to learn module development, and your focus is Drupal 6, I definitely recommend picking up a copy.

You can grab a sample chapter here (1.3M PDF).

Update: I'm giving away a free copy of this book to the person who writes the best review over at Drupal Modules.

Posted by John on 2008-05-26

How To Block Bots, Ban IP Addresses With .htaccess

htaccess book
The ultimate guide to writing advanced .htaccess files!

Got a spambot or scraper constantly showing up in your server logs? Or maybe there's another site that's leeching all your bandwidth? Perhaps you just want to ban a user from a certain IP address? In this article, I'll show you how to use .htaccess to do all of that and more!

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Posted by John on 2007-06-23

How Database Configuration Can Slow Down Drupal

Is your Drupal site slow? Are you losing traffic because of high load times? Your database could be the problem. Read on to find out why your site is lagging, and see how the right server configuration can speed it up.

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Posted by John on 2007-03-05
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