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Using Drupal, 2nd Edition by Bruno De Bondt, Addison Berry, Angela Byron

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Chapter 7. Managing Publishing Workflows

For large, content-driven web projects, building the initial site structure and getting the design “just so” is only the beginning of the work. If more than a handful of people are writing content for the site, the process of reviewing, editing, and publishing articles can be a Herculean task. Newspapers, online magazines, and even many large blogs with multiple contributors need tools to ensure that editors can effectively manage the review process. In this chapter, we’ll be using Workbench, a series of modules that improve content management in Drupal, to build an editorial workflow for a news site. We’ll also look at some other modules that can help us achieve this goal.

This chapter introduces the following modules:

Workbench

Improves the content management on a Drupal site. Workbench is the central part of the Workbench module suite.

Workbench Moderation

Part of the Workbench module suite. Allows administrators to define custom publishing states for content, like “In review” and “Ready for publication.”

Workbench Access

Part of the Workbench module suite. Makes it possible to give editors access to content based on the category or menu item that is assigned to the content.

Taxonomy (core)

Allows administrators to create and manage sets of categories or tags that can be used to organize content.

Pathauto

Automatically creates path aliases for content, categories, and user profile pages.

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