Internet Marketing Strategies and Drupal Tips

Mar 12 2011

Interview with Jen Simmons - Is HTML5 ready to use now?

Recently, I was in the IRC channel,  #drupal-html5, and I had a nice conversation with Jen Simmons about HTML 5. Jen is actively working to promote the use of HTML5 in Drupal.

jensimmons [] has joined #drupal-html5
<katy5289> Hi Jen, do you recommend we start using html5 in Drupal 7 themes?
<jensimmons> hello
 <jensimmons> katy5289: yeah!
<jensimmons> I'm going to....
<jensimmons> when it makes sense
<katy5289> when would that be?
<jensimmons> depends on the client and the budget of the project etc etc
<jensimmons> but also — why not!?!
Mar 5 2011

Drupal Training Conference in Chicago, March 7-11, 2011

Drupalcon Chicago March 7-11, 2011DrupalCon Chicago is starting next week with a day of training on Monday, March 7th. The Conference is March 8-10 with a code sprint day on the 11th. The SheratonTowers (renamed Drupal Towers) will be packed with Drupal enthusiasists for several days of interesting speakers sharing insights into using Drupal better.

I am excited to be starting several new client projects this month, so I am not able to attend. But we are proud to have many Drupallers from Vancouver attending and several will be giving presentations:

Angie Byron: Scaling the Drupal Community

Ariane K.: New Directions for Documentation

Vanessa Turke: Strategies for Client Management

Kat Bailey: Drupal 7 Javascript for Developers
Feb 27 2011

Feb 2011: 10 Tips on Using Social Media & Facebook Pages

Here are some helpful tips to promote your business online using social media and Facebook pages. Please Like our Facebook page.

Have you Planned your Social Media Strategy for 2011? Contact Katy for free 30 minute Skype consultation. Only 5 slots available.

1. Tweet regularly every day at least 6 tweets and space them throughout the day. I do this using a tool called Hootsuite. Then when I have time during the day, I can spend time listening to other’s tweets and answering questions and sending tweets to indivuals and having a conversation.

2. Put your Facebook page URL on your Email Signature. One of the best ways to drive traffic to your Facebook page is to add the URL to your email signature. Also add links to your Facebook page to your Newsletters, Twitter pages, Skype statuses, and your home page.

Read 10 Tips for Using Social Media and Facebook Pages
Feb 27 2011

Best Free Online Tool of the Month -

The best free online tool is You can drop your files into the dropbox folder on your desktop and they get uploaded to your online storage space at Then you can open your laptop at the cafe and get access to the latest versions of your files by accessing them at your account at

You can back up your database files using the Backup Migrate module and by adding a patch, you can also store them at for other team members to access. See

Feb 23 2011

Learn how to develop effective Social Media profiles with Sherri-Lee Pressman on Feb. 23/11

Social Media Minder is Sherri-Lee’s brain child business that now allows her to teach, train, and assist in supporting other women business owners learn how to develop effective Social Media profiles, establish consistent communication channels, all the while targeting and building long term client relationships through the use of Social Media marketing strategies.

Luncheon Details:
Date: Feb. 23, 2011
Time: 11:30am
 Where: Eaglequest Golf @ Coyote Creek
7778 – 152nd Street, Surrey, BC
Feb 21 2011

How to Build an Online Business Directory using Drupal

The Fort Langley BIA (Business Improvement Association) requested that we redesign their existing business directory website built with HTML. They wanted to be able to edit the site content and add new listings themselves.  They have 100 businesses in their BIA who needed User Accounts and Business Listings. Some non-BIA members also need Business Listings.
Feb 15 2011

HTML5 & Drupal 7 - Surrey Drupal Meetup on Mar. 10, 2011

On March 10, 2011, we are proud to present a video presentation by Scott Vandehey (@spaceninja) of Metal Toad Media, Portland, OR.

HTML5 is ready to use today, and Scott will show you how to use it in your Drupal themes. During this session, you will learn the answer to these questions:

  • What is HTML5?
  • What features does it offer me?
  • How do I set up my themes to use it?
  • How well supported is it?
Feb 13 2011

HTML5 - Hot topic in web design industry

HTML 5 is a hot topic in the web design world these days.
  • New semantic HTML tags like header, nav, footer, article, aside and section
  • new API that allows one to edit webpages in your browser
  • draw pictures in your browser using <canvas> tag.
  • a new video tag that plays video files in iPad and iPhone - Will it replace Flash?
Feb 13 2011

Git Going with Git was popular with both Surrey and Vancouver Drupallers on Feb. 10, 2011

I really enjoyed Shawn's presentation on Git Going with Git on Feb. 10th at the Surrey Drupal Users Group. We a record breaking turnout at 27 attendees with many coming all the way from downtown Vancouver.
Feb 12 2011

Wahoo! I won a FREE book - Drupal's Building Blocks

I was on Twitter on Dec. 31, 2010, and I noticed a tweet from @merlinofchaos that said:
I will send a signed copy to 2 random twitterers who 1) follow me and 2) mention btwn now and Jan 5.
11:43 PM Dec 31st, 2010