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

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THE CLIENT

The story begins with Gary, an avid cyclist who wants to learn more about cycling and to meet other cyclists in his community. He starts by buying some books on cycling and surfing the Web for how-to videos. He also talks with other cyclists whom he meets on various rides.

Gary finds a lot of resources in various places and thinks it would be nice if he had one place where he could organize the resources and share them with others. He decides that a website would be a good option but doesn't know where to start.

Even though Gary has some experience creating basic HTML web pages, he assumes that creating a website is an ambitious project and shares his vision with fellow cyclist and information architect, Claire. Claire indicates that building a site might not be too ambitious, given the open source systems that are available today. However, until they think through the idea, they won't know for sure what creating a site would take.

She explains that recently, most of her work is for sites being built in a system called Drupal. Her clients seem to think a lot of it. She has been meaning to learn more but hasn't taken the time. Maybe this project would be a good motivator.

They decide to make Gary's idea a learning opportunity for both of them. The following sections describe the requirements and design for the site they want to build.

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