Salsa Scoop How This Blog Is Built
How This Blog Is BuiltSubmitted Mon May 07 2007 11:09:03 GMT-0400 (EDT)
Everyone wonders how we maintain a commanding presence among Technorati's top half-million blogs. When you've got it, you've got it. But you can at least feel like you're dope like us by cribbing from our blog toolkit. I. Drupal, of course, is the content management system for the entire DIA site, and our blogging tool as well -- yes, even though we have a blog tool of our own. Drupal is the base; everything else is superstructure. II. Drupal itself provides its own stats package, enabling us to see reads on blog pages (and other pages) at a glance, but we use three others in addition to that.
Google Analytics, the ubiquitous free tool that's become an NGO default, which we use across the entire DIA site, blog and otherwise.
SiteMeter -- a more venerable basic-free service that I mostly check in on every few weeks for the thumbnail traffic graphs.
My favorite of the bunch, Clicky, which costs $15 a year but gives very user-friendly numbers and (still, my heart!) RSS feeds of visitor data. Brand new and not yet played with: FeedBurner integration.