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Drupal®: The Guide to Planning and Building Websites by Cindy McCourt

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5

Creating a Design Plan

If you are likely to say, “I am not very artistic and don't know the first thing about making graphics, so the design phase is not for me,” then stay tuned, because design is more than graphics and images. In Drupal terms, site design is more than the process of theming — the process o creating the HTML, PHP, and CSS code and assorted images that determine the look and feel o a site. Design also includes making decisions about:

  • How your content data should be presented
  • How you want your content organized in your site
  • How you want your audience to find your content
  • What should be displayed on each page
  • How you get the content on the page and then to your audience

The design plan provides guidance for the developers, a way to manage expectations, and a tool for testing. By the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Distinguish among different roles in the design process
  • Describe four strategies for organizing sites
  • Distinguish among different navigational strategies
  • Identify what makes up a site page (interface)
  • Organize page layouts with Drupal theming in mind
  • Recognize what gets themed
  • Describe how a site page gets assembled
  • Design a process for content developers to post content

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