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Drupal Gardens improves new site builder experience

Recently the Drupal Gardens team has been working on both some exciting new major features (coming soon!) as well as simplifying the overall new user experience for those not familiar with the power of Drupal 7.  Recently we updated the Drupal Gardens service with the following new user experierence enhancements: 

  • Publishing content, saving drafts, and promoting content is easier.
    • To add content, click the 'Publish' or 'Save draft' button at the bottom of the form.
    • To edit existing content, click the 'Save' or 'Unpublish' button.
    • To manage content promotion on your site, click 'Promotion settings' and select 'Promoted to front page' or 'Sticky at top of lists'.
  • New sites have helpful placeholder text that explains each piece of content and includes 'Learn more' links to related help topics. This replaces the previous use of 'lorem ipsum' placeholder text.
  • View free storage space by clicking Configuration > Reports > Status report and then scroll down to the 'Storage space used' row. 
  • Easily change your username the same way you change your password. Log in to and click the 'Hello {username}' link at the top of the page. Then click the Edit tab and enter a new username. 
  • Updated several Drupal modules including Views, Webform, Google analytics, HTMLPurifier, Media, and Rotating banner.
  • Added Help links to the Drupal Gardens 'gear' menus. Also, the Help link is more prominent in the administrative toolbar so you can access documentation, videos, and support.
  • Renamed the 'Site owner' role to 'Site maintainer' to clarify that this role is not related to the 'site owner', who is the only person who can manage billing and domains for a site. The site owner is also the initial creator of the site, unless the site owner has been transferred to another user
  • Resolved several customer reported problems. For a complete list of every change, see the Important Announcements post.

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