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Allowing users to rate content

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As we get further into building our site, we're giving our users more and more freedom to affect what's on it. There is one interactive feature that's become really popular over the last few years, as is evident from the number of like and +1 buttons you see everywhere-- that is, the ability to rate content. In Drupal Gardens that's done through a system called Fivestar. You have to turn it on first, and you do that by going up to Modules and then down to Fivestar. You get there more quickly by closing the CORE group. And then scroll a little, and there it is. Enable it, go to the bottom of the page, and Save configuration.

Allowing users to rate content

As we get further into building our site, we're giving our users more and more freedom to affect what's on it. There is one interactive feature that's become really popular over the last few years, as is evident from the number of like and +1 buttons you see everywhere-- that is, the ability to rate content. In Drupal Gardens that's done through a system called Fivestar. You have to turn it on first, and you do that by going up to Modules and then down to Fivestar. You get there more quickly by closing the CORE group. And then scroll a little, and there it is. Enable it, go to the bottom of the page, and Save configuration.

I want to show you a little quirk about Fivestar by going back to that Module. Scroll down a little bit and click the Permissions. This is a big page, so I will search for Fivestar, and there it is. By default, only the Administrator is allowed to rate content. I am going to leave it like that for now, but if you're setting up a social site, you'll probably want to let everybody rate content, or at least authenticated users. Anyway, let's go back to our modules and take a look at Fivestar again. There is something peculiar about it.

There is no configuration setting here. And if you go up to Configuration, you'll see as you scroll through the page, there is also no configuration setting here. That's because turning on the Fivestar system is actually only evident when you add fields to content types, as you saw how to do in the video "Creating and managing content types. To show you that, I'll go up to Structure, and Content types, and Forum, and manage fields. I am going to add a new field which I will call Rating.

The field type will be Fivestar Rating-- this is where it shows up--and you see that there are a few options there. I will accept the defaults and save. On the next page, there are quite a few choices, for example, the Number of stars, whether you want to make this Public or Private or so forth. But I'll just say Save settings for now. Very good! Now let's see what that looks like when you actually go in to look at content. To do that, I will close the Overlay, then I will go to my Forums by clicking on Forum, and General discussion.

Now, earlier we had created this topic here, This is a sample forum topic. I'll click it to see what it looks like. And that's where our rating system is. Let's say that I really liked this post. I'm going to give it four stars. As you do this, it makes an average based on everybody who has voted. This is really nice. And by the way, using Views, you can sort by the five-star rating so the most popular things float to the top. Now, the way we have this set up, you can only rate the post itself; you can't rate comments.

However, you can actually change that. I am going to open up a new tab and show you, by Command+Clicking or Ctrl+Clicking on Structure, then to Content types, back to Forum again, and manage fields. Once there, I can look at Comment Fields. And as before, if we wanted, we could add a rating so that the comments actually have ratings as well. You know, I've decided I don't really want to have Fivestar Ratings on my site, so I can get rid of them very easily, simply by turning off the Fivestar Module.

I go up to Modules, go back to my Fivestar check box, uncheck it, and scroll down to the bottom, and save. Now if we go back to that original Forum topic where we had the rating, if we reload the page, you see that it simply disappears. Very easy, very clean. So you might be asking, what good do those Fivestar Ratings do for you besides showing someone how good a particular story or comment was? Well, as I mentioned earlier in the video, "Creating complex information collections with views," you can combine views with Fivestar to do some really interesting things.

That's a great way to get your users to curate your site for you, which in the end delivers better quality to everyone.

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Drupal Gardens Essential Training

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  1. 29m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 39s
    2. Previewing the finished project
      1m 29s
    3. What's new in the late 2011 update?
      5m 28s
    4. What is Drupal?
      5m 8s
    5. What is Drupal Gardens?
      5m 57s
    6. Getting started with Drupal Gardens
      5m 35s
    7. Getting help
      4m 1s
    8. Using the exercise files
      39s
  2. 17m 40s
    1. Using the administrative overlay
      2m 54s
    2. Using the dashboard, toolbar, and shortcut bar
      5m 36s
    3. Touring the newly created site
      3m 55s
    4. Configuring the site
      5m 15s
  3. 59m 47s
    1. Creating and managing content
      11m 11s
    2. Creating and managing content types
      10m 35s
    3. Embedding YouTube videos and other media
      4m 5s
    4. Subscribing to RSS feeds
      4m 49s
    5. Categorizing RSS feeds
      5m 1s
    6. Managing tags and taxonomies
      5m 50s
    7. Creating dynamic pages with simple views
      4m 29s
    8. Creating complex information collections with Views
      8m 59s
    9. Creating image galleries
      4m 48s
  4. 37m 50s
    1. Working with blocks
      10m 26s
    2. Setting up rotating banners
      7m 45s
    3. Understanding menus
      7m 27s
    4. Setting up contact forms
      7m 7s
    5. Adding and removing functionality
      5m 5s
  5. 54m 54s
    1. Managing users
      6m 28s
    2. Adjusting user permissions
      6m 35s
    3. Managing comments
      7m 7s
    4. Slowing spam
      5m 20s
    5. Starting discussion forums
      9m 3s
    6. Creating blogs
      4m 41s
    7. Setting up mailing lists
      4m 50s
    8. Allowing users to rate content
      4m 21s
    9. Using best practices for online clubs
      6m 29s
  6. 44m 35s
    1. Getting feedback with webforms
      6m 14s
    2. Publishing RSS feeds
      6m 40s
    3. Taking advantage of social media
      9m 33s
    4. Emphasizing external links
      2m 44s
    5. Improving search engine optimization (SEO)
      7m 30s
    6. Internationalizing sites
      8m 6s
    7. Tracking site usage with Google Analytics
      3m 48s
  7. 34m 40s
    1. Understanding Drupal themes
      5m 44s
    2. Understanding the Theme Builder
      5m 25s
    3. Switching, saving, and copying themes
      7m 13s
    4. Introducing custom CSS
      6m 51s
    5. Refining selections in the Theme Builder
      5m 48s
    6. Exporting themes
      3m 39s
  8. 48m 31s
    1. Changing the site's color palette
      2m 32s
    2. Changing the site's main logo and favicon
      5m 22s
    3. Changing the column number and arrangement
      5m 7s
    4. Adding background colors and images
      6m 29s
    5. Changing element spacing and borders
      6m 11s
    6. Adjusting typography
      4m 24s
    7. Using fonts from outside sources
      5m 7s
    8. Inserting raw CSS code into themes
      6m 57s
    9. Adding visual effects with JavaScript libraries
      6m 22s
  9. 14m 18s
    1. Finessing theme design
      7m 51s
    2. Eight ideas for modifying themes
      6m 27s
  10. 23m 38s
    1. Monitoring sites
      4m 11s
    2. Duplicating and deleting sites
      4m 23s
    3. Adding custom domains
      3m 48s
    4. Using exported sites outside of Drupal Gardens
      3m 46s
    5. Hosting exported Drupal Gardens sites
      7m 30s
  11. 51s
    1. Goodbye
      51s

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