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Drupal Under the Hood
 

Drupal Under the Hood

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Presentation slides and resources handout delivered by Bryan Mayjor at the NETC 2010 Conference in Auburn, AL

Presentation slides and resources handout delivered by Bryan Mayjor at the NETC 2010 Conference in Auburn, AL

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    Drupal Under the Hood Drupal Under the Hood Presentation Transcript

    • Photo Credit: Two men working under car hood; young woman leaning on fender watching, 1964 William Gedney Photographs and Writings Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/gedney/
    • Bryan Mayjor Technology-assisted Education Developer Extension & Experiment Station Communications Oregon State University http://extension.oregonstate.edu/eesc/ bryan.mayjor@oregonstate.edu 2
    • Session Agenda • What is Drupal? • Drupal Overview • Drupal Pros and Cons • Demonstration of Drupal Capabilities •Q & A 3
    • What is Drupal? Drupal is an open-source Content Management System (CMS) used to create dynamic websites 4
    • Requirements Drupal requires a – Web Server – Database Server – PHP 5
    • How Drupal Works Credit: http://engineeredweb.com/blog/10/4/architect-using-diagrams 6
    • How Drupal Works Credit: http://engineeredweb.com/blog/10/4/architect-using-diagrams 7
    • How Drupal Works Primary Components – Drupal Core – Modules – Themes – Blocks and Regions – Menus 8
    • How Drupal Works Drupal Core – What you get when you download Drupal • Contains basic features such as user management, content creation, blogs, polls, RSS feeds and site administration tools 9
    • How Drupal Works Modules – Modules are “plugins” that extend the core functionality • Thousands user-contributed modules are available to download 10
    • How Drupal Works Themes – Themes are the templates that determine the look and feel of the website • Hundreds of themes are available to download 11
    • How Drupal Works Blocks and Regions – A block is snippet of content that is displays in a pre-defined area (region) on a webpage – Common “regions” are headers, footers content area and sidebars 12
    • Regions 13
    • Regions Header Sidebar Content Area Sidebar 14
    • How Drupal Works Menus – Menus display navigational links to pages and resources • Menus are “blocks” that are placed in “regions” 15
    • Drupal Pros and Cons Pros – Easy to create basic websites – Modular – Supported – Open Source – Taxonomy system 16
    • Drupal Pros and Cons Pros – Standards compliant – SEO friendly – Built-in search – Fine grained roles and permissions – Scaleable 17
    • Drupal Pros and Cons Cons – Considerable learning curve for creating custom themes and modules – Code base needs frequent updating – Deployment on non-Linux platforms is complicated 18
    • Drupal Pros and Cons Cons – Open Source – Too many modules to choose from – Upgrading to new releases can be painful 19
    • Online Demos 20
    • Q&A 21