Popular Content

October 29th, 2008 - 12:31pm by Slye Fox

Along with goobertech's new look, I've redone how the popular content section works. Previously, I filtered popular content by adding a popular tag to a node I deemed "popular".

Now -- it all runs by itself via the radioactivity module for Drupal. It's mighty clever. When a node (piece of content) is viewed, it adds "energy" or radioactivity to the entry. When an entry is commented on it gets two units of energy. The more energy a blog entry has, the higher in the list it goes. There's even a setting to adjust the half-life of the energy so old popular content decays and is pushed back in the list.

Gonna give it a try anyway and see how it ends up working out. Right now, the content listed has only a few clicks, so initially, the list should be fluctuating a lot. As the module grows older and learns more, the list should mellow out and be a better representation of the truly popular content.

October 29, 2008 - 6:02pm
bertine says:

Part of me wants to really start playing with drupal but I am not sure what for since I only make custom web apps now. Still, that is so very awesome that it figures out what is popular and then ages it.

October 29, 2008 - 6:06pm
Slye Fox says:

Drupal is one of the most open architecture CMS engines out there. The learning curve is steep, but once you see the matrix -- anything is possible. ;)

October 29, 2008 - 6:21pm
bertine says:

Well... my company might be doing some blogs and CMS stuff for some SEO stuff we need and so if we do end up doing that I am going to recommend Drupal. I am really impressed at what I have seen so far and it means I don't have to write it.