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Drupal™ 7 Explained: Your Step-by-Step Guide

Book Description

At last: Drupal made truly easy! Master Drupal 7 hands-on, step-by-step, through easy examples from a leading Drupal trainer!

Drupal 7 is an amazingly powerful web content management system. But many newcomers find it confusing, and most Drupal books are just too complicated to help. If you want to spend less time struggling with complex instructions, and more time building sites that make you proud, this is the book for you!

Top Drupal trainer Stephen Burge teaches everything you need to know–and nothing you don’t need to know! You’ll master Drupal one easy step at a time, through a complete, real-world sample project. You’ll find crystal-clear visuals, simple explanations, perfect analogies–all extensively tested with real Drupal beginners.

This Guide’s quick, easy coverage includes

  • Planning a site that will be easy to build and manage

  • Installing Drupal and setting it up to work reliably and securely

  • Quickly finding the Drupal tools and features you’re looking for

  • Mastering an easy 3-step workflow for creating new content

  • Delivering more interesting content with fields and new content types

  • Creating intuitive site structures and user navigation

  • Adding powerful site features with just a few clicks

  • Completely redesigning your site in minutes with Themes

  • Adding site search, registration, and more

  • Presenting content in tables, lists, grids, or photo galleries

  • Creating advanced layouts and 2- or 3-column designs

  • Controlling what users on your site can see and do

  • Preparing your site for launch

  • Administering and updating a live site efficiently and safely

Drupal 7 Explained requires absolutely no experience with Drupal, content management, website construction, programming, scripting, or even HTML. Stephen Burge has taught thousands of beginners–and thousands more who’ve experimented with Drupal but haven’t mastered it yet. Nobody knows more about guiding Drupal users up the learning curve–from confusion to results!

Table of Contents

  1. About This eBook
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication Page
  5. Contents
  6. Preface
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. About the Authors
  9. 1. Drupal Explained
    1. The What, When, Where, Who of Drupal
    2. Why Drupal?
    3. How Much Is Drupal?
    4. What Does Drupal Mean?
    5. How Many Versions of Drupal Are There?
    6. Who Uses Drupal?
    7. This Book Explained
    8. What’s Next?
  10. 2. Drupal Planning Explained
    1. Drupal Site Planning Explained
    2. Our Drupalville Website Plan
    3. Our Drupalville Project Management Plan
    4. Our Drupalville Development Plan
    5. Our Drupalville Maintenance Plan
    6. What’s Next?
  11. 3. Drupal Installations Explained
    1. Hosting Your Drupal Site Explained
    2. Installation Recommendations Explained
    3. Automatic Drupal Installations Explained
    4. Manual Drupal Installations Explained
    5. Getting Help with Installations
    6. What’s Next?
  12. 4. Drupal Administration Explained
    1. The Administration Menu Explained
    2. The Administration and Visitor Areas Explained
    3. What’s Next?
  13. 5. Drupal Content Explained
    1. Content Types
    2. Default Content Types Explained
    3. Extra Content Types Explained
    4. Custom Content Types Explained
    5. What’s Next?
  14. 6. Drupal Fields Explained
    1. Planning Your Fields
    2. Sites Fields Explained
    3. Companies Fields Explained
    4. Events Fields Explained
    5. User Groups Fields Explained
    6. Taxonomy Explained
    7. What’s Next?
  15. 7. Drupal Modules Explained
    1. Adding Modules Explained
    2. Finding Modules Explained
    3. What’s Next?
  16. 8. Drupal Menus Explained
    1. The Four Default Drupal Menus
    2. Adding a New Menu Link: Site Map
    3. Adding a New Menu Link: Blogs
    4. Adding a New Menu Link: Forums
    5. Finding the URL for a New Menu Link
    6. Reorganizing Menu Links
    7. Reorganizing Menu Links Using Weight
    8. What’s Next?
  17. 9. Drupal Themes Explained
    1. Bartik Explained
    2. Enabling Themes Explained
    3. Installing Themes Explained
    4. Subthemes Explained
    5. Finding Themes Explained
    6. Installing the Final Theme for Your Site
    7. What’s Next?
  18. 10. Drupal Blocks Explained
    1. Theme Regions Explained
    2. Placing Blocks in Regions Explained
    3. Showing Blocks Under Certain Conditions Explained
    4. Editing Blocks Explained
    5. Creating Blocks Explained
    6. What’s Next?
  19. 11. Drupal Views Explained
    1. Plan
    2. Installing the Views Modules
    3. Generating Sample Content Explained
    4. Creating Blocks with Views Explained
    5. Creating Pages with Views Explained
    6. Creating a Calendar of Events Explained
    7. Cloning Views Explained
    8. Creating a Slideshow Explained
    9. What’s Next?
  20. 12. Drupal Layout Modules Explained
    1. Display Suite Explained
    2. Panels Explained
    3. The Drupal Workflow Explained
    4. What’s Next?
  21. 13. Drupal Users Explained
    1. Drupal Permissions Explained
    2. Drupal User Profiles Explained
    3. What’s Next?
  22. 14. Drupal Site Management Explained
    1. Updating Your Site Explained
    2. Updating Your Modules and Themes Explained
    3. Uninstalling Modules or Themes Explained
    4. Backing Up Your Site Explained
    5. Additional Measures to Protect Your Site
    6. What’s Next?
  23. Index