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Monitoring sites

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Video: Monitoring sites

When you host a Drupal site yourself, you find yourself constantly checking on it. You need to make sure all the modules are up to date, the changes on the server haven't created new problems, and on and on and on. With Drupal Gardens though, nearly all of these worries are taken from you. You still have to check for spam and abuse, and that people aren't signing up that you don't want to sign up, but those are people problems. Solving machine problems isn't your responsibility. Nonetheless Drupal Gardens does give you a few tools, so you can keep an eye on things, if you decide you want to.

Monitoring sites

When you host a Drupal site yourself, you find yourself constantly checking on it. You need to make sure all the modules are up to date, the changes on the server haven't created new problems, and on and on and on. With Drupal Gardens though, nearly all of these worries are taken from you. You still have to check for spam and abuse, and that people aren't signing up that you don't want to sign up, but those are people problems. Solving machine problems isn't your responsibility. Nonetheless Drupal Gardens does give you a few tools, so you can keep an eye on things, if you decide you want to.

Here are some of those tools. You'll find all of them up underneath this Reports link. The first one is Status report. When you host your own Drupal site, you find yourself checking this constantly, but the truth is, in Drupal Gardens there is not much you can do if you find a problem here. And you almost never do find a problem here because they run the system very well on the Acquia side. So we'll just go on to the next one. Recent log messages tells you all of the unusual activity that's been happening on your site. It doesn't tell you, for example, when somebody accessed a certain page; that's a little bit more detail than you need. But it does tell you if, for example, somebody was trying to get into a page they shouldn't have, such as here, someone was trying to change the permissions, some anonymous user.

You can cut down on the number of messages that you see here by clicking this Filter Log Messages, and let's just take a look at the alerts, for example. Filter, Ah! Good, there were no alerts that we had to worry about. But we could also see, for example, what the Aggregator has being doing. Go ahead and click Aggregator. I removed the alert by Ctrl+ Clicking on it. Filter. Good! It tells us that our Aggregator is picking up information regularly as it should. To reset that filter, just click the Reset button right there.

The next report is the Field list. This is sort of an unusual one. You might remember that when we are creating content types you could add various fields to content types, and then you could share those fields among content types. The body, for example, is found in every content type. Whereas the one we created for Tour, field_length, is only found there. This Field list is useful, especially if you go in and try to create a field, and are warned that you can't do that because the field name already exists.

Sometimes if you've been working on a big site, you've created dozens and dozens of fields, and you won't remember where you put them. Well, this screen will tell you. Continuing on, we have Mollom statistics. Now you've learned about Mollom in the video about slowing spam. Our site, however, isn't a live site. We are not actually interacting with the public, so there is not much to see here. But if you are interacting with the public and people are trying to post spam to your site, you'll see this graph that shows you exactly how many people tried to post and weren't able to, as well as the ones who were successful.

That way you get a sense of what percentage of attempts are true and which are spam. The next two, access denied and page not found errors, tells you if people who are trying to get to pages that either they shouldn't get to, or that they should be able to get to but they just aren't there. If, for example, you created a page called Big Sur Tour, but you accidentally link to it from somewhere else under a different URL, well, they will get a page not found error, and you can find that out by just clicking on this link here, taking a look and saying, I see, there should be a page there or there's an incorrect link or something like that.

The last of the reports is the Top search phrases. This gives you an idea of what people are looking for on your site when they type something into that Search box. It's a good marketing tool because let's say you find that hundreds of people are searching for restaurants, but you don't have any information on your site about restaurants. Well, that tells you that you should, and that's the end of the reports on Drupal Gardens. As I said, there is really not that much to monitor on a Drupal Gardens' site. But really that's good. Because you don't have to worry about these technical details, you're free to create content and attend to users and do all of the other things that make a good site great.

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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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