content  management with Drupal<br />Nathan Gasser | Rock River Star<br />internet consulting & development | rockriversta...
What is Drupal?<br />Web Content Management System<br />Open Source<br />Browser Based<br />Well Supported<br />Active dev...
Node<br />A single piece of content.<br />Sorry, it’s not a very friendly word and it’s sort of confusing, but we can’t ch...
Content Type<br />Rather than treating every page (or node) on the website the same, content types allow you to specify di...
View<br />A view is a listing of  nodes.  It’s usually presented as a list of titles of other pages, each linked to that f...
Block<br />Blocks are bits of content that usually appear in left and right sidebars.<br />They usually contain the same i...
Panel<br />A complex layout that combines several different types of content.<br />Often used for home pages; main section...
Taxonomy<br /><ul><li>Taxonomy is a fancy word for categorizing information.  It’s often called tagging.
Drupal lets you create multiple vocabularies, each consisting of many terms.
Please don’t use the word folksonomy.</li></ul>Example taxonomy to classify cars:<br />Color	Make<br />	red		Ford<br />	bl...
Theme<br />The design for the site is called the theme.<br />You can download a general-purpose theme, or you can create o...
Modules<br /><ul><li>Add-on software that gives Drupal additional functionality
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Content Management with Drupal

  1. 1. content management with Drupal<br />Nathan Gasser | Rock River Star<br />internet consulting & development | rockriverstar.com<br />
  2. 2. What is Drupal?<br />Web Content Management System<br />Open Source<br />Browser Based<br />Well Supported<br />Active development community<br />Non-profit foundation charged with promotion and market growth<br />For-profit company formed by principal authors to address enterprise needs, including certification, support, and training<br />Worldwide community of professional services firms<br />
  3. 3. Node<br />A single piece of content.<br />Sorry, it’s not a very friendly word and it’s sort of confusing, but we can’t change it now.<br />You can think of a node as a single page.<br />Even though it’s not.<br />Well, not always.<br />
  4. 4. Content Type<br />Rather than treating every page (or node) on the website the same, content types allow you to specify different fields to hold different types of information.<br />Every node has a content type.<br />Press Release:<br />Title <br />Publication Date<br />Body <br />Contact Name <br />Contact Email Address <br />Contact Phone Number <br />Lost & Found Pets Board:<br />Species<br />Breed<br />Color<br />Lost or Found?<br />Last Seen<br />etc.<br />
  5. 5. View<br />A view is a listing of nodes. It’s usually presented as a list of titles of other pages, each linked to that full page.<br />Examples:<br />Index of news items<br />Staff Listing<br />Listings of publications<br />NASA News<br />Despite protest from Mickey, Pluto no longer considered a planet<br />-- Orlando; Aug 25, 2006<br />Rovers land on Mars; Martians hold parade in their honor<br />-- Meridiani Planum; Jan 25, 2004<br />Neil Armstrong walks on Moon; no green cheese found<br />-- Houston; July 21, 1969<br />See more…<br />
  6. 6. Block<br />Blocks are bits of content that usually appear in left and right sidebars.<br />They usually contain the same information throughout the site or section, but can show information customized to a specific page as well.<br />
  7. 7. Panel<br />A complex layout that combines several different types of content.<br />Often used for home pages; main sections<br />Each region can contain content according to different rules<br />
  8. 8. Taxonomy<br /><ul><li>Taxonomy is a fancy word for categorizing information. It’s often called tagging.
  9. 9. Drupal lets you create multiple vocabularies, each consisting of many terms.
  10. 10. Please don’t use the word folksonomy.</li></ul>Example taxonomy to classify cars:<br />Color Make<br /> red Ford<br /> blue Honda<br /> green Toyota<br /> etc. etc.<br />Color and Make are vocabularies.<br />The remaining words are terms.<br />
  11. 11. Theme<br />The design for the site is called the theme.<br />You can download a general-purpose theme, or you can create one yourself.<br />Creating a stunning, original theme that carries throughout the site consistently, and doesn’t make the site look templatey, takes work.<br />Boring Theme:<br />Not a boring theme:<br />
  12. 12. Modules<br /><ul><li>Add-on software that gives Drupal additional functionality
  13. 13. There are over 4000 modules available
  14. 14. There are over 20 good modules available</li></ul>A few of our favorite modules:<br />webform<br />workflow<br />pathauto<br />simplenews<br />emfield<br />gmap<br />organic groups<br />
  15. 15. Roles and Permissions<br /><ul><li>You can define as many different roles as you need
  16. 16. Users are added into one or more roles
  17. 17. Roles are also used to remove menu choices and streamline a user’s interface.
  18. 18. A worthwhile goal is not to give individuals any more permissions than they need</li></ul>We typically start with these roles:<br />anonymous user<br />authenticated user<br />contributor<br />editor<br />administrator<br />developer<br />
  19. 19. Thanks for listening!<br />Questions? Ask me.<br />Nathan Gasser<br />ngasser@rockriverstar.com<br />215-592-7673<br />

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