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Drupal® 7 Bible by Brice Dunwoodie, Ric Shreves

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Chapter 14. Employing Advanced Content Management Techniques

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • Creating content versions

  • Implementing workflows

  • Controlling comment spam

  • Creating content hierarchies

  • Syndicating your content

As your use of the Drupal CMS matures, you are likely to take on more sophisticated content management challenges. Drupal's dual strengths of platform centricity and a dynamic community offer you many ways to meet these new challenges.

In this chapter, I review some advanced content management scenarios and discuss different ways you can work through them.

Creating Content Versions

Drupal has the ability to create new versions of content—think of these as sequential snapshots of content items—each time you or another author make changes to the content. Depending on your operational practices and business requirements, this may or may not be deemed useful, but it is a powerful capability that you should consider as your editorial operations evolve.

Understanding the business drivers for content versions

You might find content versions helpful in the following cases:

  • Managing editorial crises: There's nothing quite as stressful as realizing that your site has a gross factual or grammatical error published on the home page. Corrections are best done before the error is indexed by search engines or syndicated out to partners. In other words, in these scenarios time is often of the essence. When managing this kind of crisis, content versions might be your best friend, because they can provide you ...

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