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Avoid the Cache with Cache Exclude Module

Sometimes page caching can get in the way of your site's functionality - even for anonymous users. In those rare cases where you don't want page caching used, there's a module that allows you to exclude certain pages from being cached.

The Cache Exclude module has a simple configuration page where you can enter paths and pages on your site where you don't want caching to occur.

It's a great and simple solution to a sometime annoying problem.

Manual Control of ImageCache Cropping with Imagecache Javascript Crop Module

While Imagecache is a stellar tool to automatically create and display resized and cropped images on your site, sometimes a bit more control is necessary.

Imagecache cropping is an automatic process that crops from the center of your image. So, if the most interesting part of your image is in the upper-left, it will most likely be cut off at least partially in the resulting image.

Taking over an un-maintained or abaondoned Project on Drupal.org

Ever downloaded a module and noticed several obvious bugs? Often, you can look in the issue queue for a module and find fixes, code patches, and help with these problems. For certain modules, the maintainer of the code may not respond - he or she may no longer be developing with Drupal, may have changed his or her email address, or any number of other factors.

HTML Filter Side Effects

The HTML Filter that comes with Drupal core is extremely useful - it allows you to restrict the HTML elements that you allow your content creators to use in their posts. If you don't want them including images or JavaScript, no problem. The filter settings allow you to specify exactly what HTML elements they are allowed to use.

Views Bulk Operations Main Admin Content Screen

One of the most actively used administration pages on any drupal site is the main content administration page (admin/content/node). From this page, the site administrator can quickly get a list of all the nodes on their site as well as filter and sort the list in a variety of ways.

However useful you may find this, you may not be aware that the Views Bulk Operations module provides an even more useful main content administration page with the often requested "search by title" filter.

Exposed Filters on Block Views

Exposed filters in Views are a wonderful thing. They allow your site visitors the ability to dynamically alter a view to suit their needs best. But what happens when you display your view in a block?

Exposed filters on View pages use URL querystring variables to pass the filter variables back to the server, but when your view is displayed in a block, this isn't possible.

Setting Default Year in CCK Field

If you use CCK often, then you've probably at least once had to implement a select box where the user can select a year value. Sometimes they're used for birthdays, magazine issues, events, or even historical reasons.

You can easily populate the "Allowed values" textarea of the field's "edit" page, but how can you quickly set the default value to the current year (and not have to worry about changing it every year)?