Archive for January, 2007

Installing TinyMCE with Drupal

DrupallogoI have installed TinyMCE for Drupal several times now, and every time I do it, I get messed up! Although the instructions are complete, somehow they are not really clear. So if you have tried installing TinyMCE in your Drupal installation and you are having problems, read on. You may be making the same mistakes that I have been making, in which case this article will help you.

The first thing to understand is that you must download two separate zip files.

First, there is the TinyMCE Drupal module. In your Drupal installation, place the zip file at [root]/sites/all/modules/. Extract the zip file, which will add the tinymce sub-directory, in which you will find the includes and themes sub-directories.

Second, there is the TinyMCE package itself. Download it, and place it in the newly created [root]/sites/all/modules/includes directory. Extract the zip file, which will create a new tinymce sub-directory, with three sub-directories under that: docs, examples, and jscripts. These three directories must be moved up one level, so that you now have the following three paths:
[root]/sites/all/modules/includes/docs
[root]/sites/all/modules/includes/examples
[root]/sites/all/modules/includes/jscripts

You can now delete the [root]/sites/all/modules/includes/tinymce directory.

The files for TinyMCE are now installed. Enable the module on the Administer>>Modules page (Administer>>Site Building>>Modules for Drupal 5 installations). To control some finer points of what fields can use the editor, go to Administer>>TinyMCE page (Administer>>Site Configuration>>TinyMCE for Drupal 5 installations).

This should give you a fully functional WYSIWIG editor for your Drupal installation. Remember to configure access based on roles, as required, so that the editor appears (or not) for anonymous and authenticated users.

Instructions for adjusting the IMCE module are included with the Drupal TinyMCE module pack. IMCE is a separate plugin.

Life Directions, Another Great Personal Growth Course by Peak Potentials

Self-DiscoveryI wish I’d done this 20 years ago instead of two days ago. Wouldn’t it be great if we all did what we wanted to do in life, what we were meant to do? The key is knowing what you were meant to do! So often we end up doing what we think we should do, then convince ourselves that this is is the right course in life. Or we just go through life feeling miserable and unfulfilled.

I just finished a course that really helps find out what is inside you, what you are meant to do and what is right for you. The great thing about this course is it all comes from inside you, the seminar just assists in drawing it out. This article is about that course, and as a special bonus, there is a link to the Peak Potentials website that will give you access to a free seminar on wealth and financial freedom (which is, once again, about what is inside you, rather than circumstance and luck).

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Review: Macally PHR 250A USB enclosure for 2.5 inch hard drive (field test)

In an earlier article on this site, I discussed ways to store your digital photographs while travelling. One of my suggestions was to bring a mini hard drive, and transfer the photographs at an internet cafe.

On my recent trip to Mexico, I did just that. It was an experiment. In this article, I will tell you how this experiment worked, and also review the Macally PHR 250A USB enclosure for 2.5 inch hard drives.

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Getting Started with Blogging and WordPress

A friend of mine sent me a question about how to get started with blogging. I am sharing my reply to him with all of you, I hope you find it useful!

Just got back from Mexico a few days ago, and am cleaning things up and transitioning back to being here! By the way, you can read about my traveling in Mexico at journal.dougs-travels.com … I’ll be adding to that site for quite a while.

Anyhow, of all my websites, the ones that I have put effort into promoting have all achieved a PR of 4, which I am really happy about! Traffic is increasing, I would not say it is a lot yet, not enough yet to generate significant income, but that will come. I’m on the right trajectory, so if I keep doing what I’ve been doing, and learn to do it better, I will get there alright!

WordPress is easy to use. That does not make it easy to set up in just the way you want. If you like it “out of the box” it is easy, and if you can find a template you like, it is easy to switch the template. Modifying a template or customizing WordPress is more of a challenge, depending on your background. So if use an existing template, you really don’t need to know HTML or programming.

WordPress is very flexible when it comes to changing the layout. Again, if you can’t find a template that does it for you, then you need to roll up your sleeves and get into HTML, CSS and programming (or pay someone to do this for you). Probably this is not necessary when you start out, the first thing to do is generate traffic. I did lots of work on my website, but that’s because doing this sort of work fits in to my big picture plan.

WordPress is open-source, so the software itself is free. The cost is for your server, and your personal time to learn how to use it. There are additional costs to customizing it, either your time, or paying for someone else’s time. I would say on a comparative basis though, it is about the cheapest option for a blog.

In terms of how long it would take to get a blog up and running? Depends on your experience. I could register a domain, and likely have it working with WordPress within an hour, and it might take me a few hours or days to customize a template with which I am already familiar. But it took me years and decades to gain general computer experience, and weeks and months to learn the inner workings of servers and WordPress.

I don’t know how savvy you are with computers. It could take you days or weeks to get started, depending on what you know. Don’t worry if it takes you weeks, that in a way is a good thing, it means you are learning a lot!

Hope all this helps!