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Drupal and Winona360
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Drupal and Winona360
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Drupal and Winona360

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Notes on the implementation of the Drupal-based online-journalism site, Winona360.org. Presentation for the Rochester (MN) "K" Linux User Group

Notes on the implementation of the Drupal-based online-journalism site, Winona360.org. Presentation for the Rochester (MN) "K" Linux User Group

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  • 1. Drupal and Winona360 Presenter: José de Leon (jose_de_leon@hotmail.com) Rochester 'K' Linux Users Group March 11, 2010
  • 2. What is Drupal? <ul><li>CMS - Content Management System (drupal.org) </li></ul><ul><li>Build a website with more structured organization than a wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Other CMSes - Joomla, ExpressionEngine, other products can function as a CMS: Wordpress (blogging) and MS Sharepoint (document management) </li></ul>
  • 3. Drupal Usage <ul><li>Obama campaign website, current White House website (whitehouse.gov) </li></ul><ul><li>Winona360 (http://edutech.tlt.winona.edu/winona360/) </li></ul>
  • 4. Strengths of Drupal <ul><li>Designed for multiple users from the ground up </li></ul><ul><li>Strong development community manifests itself in two ways </li></ul><ul><ul><li>get your questions answered by a vibrant development community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>large infrastructure of extensions (modules/themes) </li></ul></ul>
  • 5. Modules in Drupal <ul><li>Main unit of customization in Drupal -- functional component </li></ul><ul><li>Cover almost every functionality you can think of -- “there's a module for that” </li></ul><ul><li>Installation profile: collection of modules that form an &quot;application&quot; of Drupal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OpenPublish is one such profile: Winona360 built on this profile </li></ul></ul>
  • 6. Themes in Drupal <ul><li>Main unit of customization in Drupal -- presentational component </li></ul><ul><li>Themes consist templates that contain blocks (that themselves can contain template code) that correspond roughly to DIVs on a web page, which are then styled by CSS </li></ul><ul><li>Main tip here: you can build a theme as a &quot;subclass&quot; of another theme -- Winona360 theme is built this way upon OpenPublish default theme </li></ul><ul><li>Easily create themes with a WYSIWYG tool called Artisteer (Artisteer.com) -- good for quick and dirty themes </li></ul>
  • 7. Spotlight Modules in Drupal <ul><li>Enhanced Forum, Admin Menu - builds upon already existing functionality in Drupal </li></ul><ul><li>Other modules integrate with LDAP/Active Directory login, UI widgets, RSS feed integration, WYSIWYG editing </li></ul><ul><li>Most powerful modules for creating content: CCK, Views </li></ul>
  • 8. CCK+Views+Themes (Demo) <ul><li>CCK - Content Creation Kit: allows construction of complex content types (non-relational), structured form-based entry of content makes it easy for non-technical users to enter content </li></ul><ul><li>Views - complex module with hideous interface that lets you express structured displays of content types -- a &quot;query builder&quot; that lets you create lists of content types on a page, block or RSS feed </li></ul><ul><li>Views allow us to create Blocks that can be placed anywhere on a page </li></ul><ul><li>Drupal also has an extensive API that abstracts away a lot of the underlying database that holds the content (Authors block) </li></ul>
  • 9. OpenPublish, Winona360 and the Semantic Web <ul><li>OpenPublish installation profile includes many modules created by Phase2 Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Specialized application of Drupal for building News and Journalism sites </li></ul><ul><li>Modules interface with OpenCalais web service -- modules analyze content semantically and submit it to OpenCalais to generate tags for the stories and related suggested content </li></ul>
  • 10. Tips and Tricks <ul><li>OpenPublish profile VERY resource hungry -- site died at one point, spent some time making optimizations to MySQL configuration </li></ul><ul><li>Made heavy use of conditional blocks and changing the home page on Drupal </li></ul><ul><li>Extensively used Firebug as theming tool -- most of the Winona360 Drupal theme is built with CSS </li></ul>
  • 11. Tips and Tricks <ul><li>RSS feed integration thru Feed Object, which creates content from RSS feeds -- allows Winona360 to evolve as a &quot;blog network&quot; -- one of the principles of &quot;citizen journalism&quot; is to &quot;give everyone a blog&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Optimized site page-loading performance with YSlow extension -- principles based on O'Reilly book &quot;High Performance Web Sites&quot; </li></ul>

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