Google starts boosting the search rank of secure sites

Google has announced that they are beginning to give sites that use HTTPS a boost in their search engine ranking. According to Google Webmaster Central:

"...we’ve been running tests taking into account whether sites use secure, encrypted connections as a signal in our search ranking algorithms. We've seen positive results, so we're starting to use HTTPS as a ranking signal."

Drupal, ModSec, and the post that wouldn't save

"Are you sure it's not something on the server?"

"Can't see how it could be. Maybe it's some Drupal security thing that's being triggered."

Lara's blog post wouldn't save, and no error was being thrown. When she tried to save it, it just reloaded the edit page.

You know how this goes. After insisting it couldn't be the server, and that nothing had changed, I remembered that a few days ago I had enabled Apache's mod_security module.

7 ways to optimize your Drupal content with Metatag

If you use Drupal 7.x and care about SEO, there's a good chance you have the Metatag module installed. But do you use it to its full potential? Metatag has come a long way since its former incarnation as Nodewords and boasts an expansive toolset for content writers and editors who want to optimize their Drupal pages for search engines and social networks. 

Create an interactive community map in Drupal 7 with Leaflet

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to create a clickable community map where each community represents a Drupal node.

On simplicity and usability

"By cutting away things that people don’t need, you focus their attention on the smaller amount of information and the smaller number of features. Everything added to the interface is something else users could do wrong or that could get them in trouble. Shaving away stuff hones design."

- Dr. Jakob Nielsen, usability expert

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