Jan. 06, 2014

Don’t Let Your Drupal Website Freeze

7 Incremental Updates to Make To Your Drupal Website to keep it From Freezing

As Chicagoans, we’re familiar with harsh winters and bitter chills. We watch the Bears through rain, sleet or snow and think nothing of it. We wait for buses in the teens without batting an eyelash. We throw on shorts the moment the thermometer reads 40.
That was before Chiberia. Earlier today Chicago was colder than the South Pole and faced the coldest recorded temperature in decades. Right now, the Windy City is coming in at -12 degrees Fahrenheit with a wind chill of -38. Today, we’re all trying not to freeze.

While you cozy up by the fire you should double check to make sure your Drupal website isn’t freezing either.

The truth is your website is never done, it needs to keep moving to stay warm, relevant and on trend. Here are 7 incremental updates you can make to your Drupal website to keep it from freezing.

1. Enable Page Caching

Have you a noticed a lot of anonymous user activity on your website? Make sure you have some type of page caching enabled (boost, varnish, APC, etc.) to keep the Internet pipes from freezing and to keep your site running smoothly.

2. Update Patches

Make sure your website is up to date with the latest patches. Many patches include performance boosters that let data flow to your users faster. Increase speed and prevent your site from stiffening? Double win.

3. Raise the RAM

A little more RAM can go a long way to ensure better site performance. Consult with your hosting provider to confirm that your website has enough RAM so it can wiggle its toes and stay toasty warm while serving up your content.

4. Make it Multilingual

An easy and effective way to expand your audience reach is to add multilingual capabilities to your site. Implementing these capabilities doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing proposition to be effective. Start with a few pages or sections and translate those that remain over time.

5. Conduct an Audit

Conducting an audit of your Drupal site and modules to make sure you are using the most up to date and supported versions is vital. Under the ADMINISTRATION tab on your dashboard, scroll to REPORTS, then click on AVAILABLE UPDATES.
Here you can find a list of the modules you need to update. Head over to your SETTINGS and have our site automatically e-mail you when new updates are available.  

6. Say Yes to Security Updates

Drupal Core is updated once a month (more frequently if security issues are discovered) so set aside a little time to make sure that Core is up to date and working properly.

7. Refresh Your Content

Your site visitors crave new content. If your site looks and feels the same every time they visit, it’s unlikely they will come back in the future. Satiate them with regular updates including blog posts, whitepapers, and videos. What are some other small ways to refresh your website’s content? Change the order of images in your case studies, add new CTAs (calls-to-action), and personalize content whenever possible.

Stay warm today!


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