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General discussion on WordPress and Drupal for ICM 505

General discussion on WordPress and Drupal for ICM 505

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  • 1. Week 6 Office Hours notes Drupal and WordPress October 4, 9pm
  • 2. HTMLjQuery PHPCSS SQL
  • 3. Shared Characteristics:Shared Characteristics:• Built with PHP Built with PHP• Use a MySql database• Deliver jQuery, HTML, CSS to the client  li jQ CSS h li browser• Pluggable architectures• Open Source p
  • 4. Shared Characteristics:Shared Characteristics:• Have commercial “partners” started by their  Have commercial  partners started by their founders – – Aquia (Drupal) Dries Buytaert – Drupal Gardens (Drupal) Dries Buytaert Drupal Gardens – Automattic (WordPress) Matt Mullenweg – WordPress.com, Wordpress.tv WordPress com Wordpress tv• Very active user communities – W dC WordCamp.org, shared plug‐ins h d l i – Drupal camp, shared modules
  • 5. To get started you need:To get started you need:• web server that runs PHP 5+ web server that runs PHP 5+• MySQL database• User name for the database f h d b• The program files – http://wordpress.org/download – http://drupal.org/download• Run the install process as per the instructions
  • 6. Typical process:Typical process:• Download the program file from the website as a  o oad t e p og a e o t e ebs te as a zip file archive• Unpack it locally – upload the files to your web  p y p y server – either root or in its own folder• As alternate can use TAR version and unTar it on  the web server itself• Create a database file• Know the user name and password• Run the installer
  • 7. Many Webhosts offer installersMany Webhosts offer installers
  • 8. Fantastico installer is commonly used with web hosting companies
  • 9. Create a blank database – create a user – run the installer 
  • 10. Once InstalledOnce Installed• LOOK ‐ Install and customize Themes LOOK  Install and customize Themes• FUNCTION ‐ Plugins (WordPress) or Modules  (Drupal)• Get the look and function you want: – Hack an existing theme or make your own – Hack an existing plugin/module or make you own
  • 11. Create a blank database – create a user – run the installer 
  • 12. UPDATE!!!  no set n forget!UPDATE!!! – no set‐n‐forget!
  • 13. UPDATE!!!  no set n forget!UPDATE!!! – no set‐n‐forget!Attention to a regular update policy is EXTREMELY important to avoid web site hacks endangering your site content AND your site visitors!