Opening up your Drupal 7 website to commenting, group creation and all those other interactive goodies is the quickest and surest long term way of building customers online. However, with all of the "ham" (good content), comes along the "spam".
Spam is an ever increasing problem on the internet, especially with content management systems such as Drupal 7. Spam on websites drives away customers. It is that simple. Not only that, it steals away your time to deal with it.
This course will show you best practices, settings and modules to not only fight spam on your drupal site, but also reduce spam users from even signing up.
We use techniques learned from managing and developing educational community sites and online stores in drupal 7 with over 500,000 registered users. This combined with a decade of experience in the field, gives us a real world understanding of how to fight spam and manage sites.
In order to reduce spam we need to:
By using best practices, settings and modules in Drupal 7 we make stopping and managing spam a breeze, so you can focus on what is really important, your customers and content creation.
This lectures covers some of the basic information you need to know about this course, as well as provides an outline and introduction to the topic of spam control.
I love to use three modules specifically when managing any drupal 7 website (and this course is no exception). Of these three, one is the Backup and Migrate module. Don't forget to use it first!
In this lecture we learn about installing and using the Captcha module. Not only that, we look at what google has next for re-inventing the captcha module.
Lets talk about the honeypot, a relatively newer method for tripping up spambots. While it this shouldn't be the only method you use to stop spam, it is easy to use, can protect every form and has very little negative impact on site performance.
In this lecture we discuss how to manually blacklist users (accounts) in drupal 7. This is an absolutely fundamental skill in reducing spammers. Luckily drupal has some good built in tools that we can use.
In this lecture we look at a method for automatically "blacklisting" suspected spam users for even seeing our websites. This option is akin to full out war! Use it with caution because these are the big guns and can have consequences.
Lets look at simple change the can reduce spam. Naming, the email confirmation opt-in during account sign up. This method has its pros (reducing spam) and cons (reducing customers/visitor involvement).
In this text lecture, we simply review the lessons in this section. Please take the time to read summaries as they can help to reinforce your learning with minimal effort.
Smart filters content can be key in dealing with large traffic sites. However, while this module can be extra helpful, the paid option can get expensive fast. This is the only module we cover that has a "nessesary" paid option for high traffic sites.
Made it this far? Still reading course descriptions? Good job! In this text lecture, we review the lessons in this section.
In this lecture we discuss manually deleting users and their spammy content. However more importantly, we also look at what kind of information we can learn from them and how that can help us!
When dealing with large sites with many existing users, sometimes it is necessary to hunt down those hiding spammers. Even if they are not spamming now, they remain a risk to your site in the future. Lets look at a few methods of finding and getting rid of them.
We are at the last section summary for this course. Again, don't skip past this text lecture because it can help reinforce your understanding of the topic and long term memory. In this text lecture, we review the lessons in this section.
In this final lesson we discuss a few best practices for both drupal itself and getting rid of spam on your site. Sometimes it is the small changes that make the big difference.
Eric Vander Wal is the co-founder of beTCM Productions, an online education company focused on the place where technology and chinese medicine and culture intersect.
He has been involved in online education professionally for more than a decade and Traditional East Asian Medicine (TEAM) for even longer. Eric remains passionate about online education and the opportunities it affords virtually anyone in the world to better themselves through self-determination.
Chinese Medicine and Language
Eric Vander Wal is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine graduate of ICTCMV in Vancouver Canada, Shiatsu Practitioner from Langara College and spent more than 5 years studying internal medicine at the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Nanjing, China. He has pursed multiple medical internships and residencies throughout asia.
He continues to reside is east asia to study and practice chinese medicine while spending free time to work on pre-modern Chinese language translations into English.
Online Education and Technology
Eric Vander Wal has worked in the online education field for more than a decade primarily leveraging the Drupal CMS to achieve his goals of using dynamic and responsive technology to support interactive education.
He has developed dozens of large scale community and interactive websites and worked as an editor and consultant on hundreds of online courses to date.