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This introduction to Drupal 6 was presented to the Chicago Web Professionals meetup as the third in a series of CMS introductions (following WordPress and Joomla)

This introduction to Drupal 6 was presented to the Chicago Web Professionals meetup as the third in a series of CMS introductions (following WordPress and Joomla)

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Introduction to Drupal Presentation Transcript

  • 1. INTRODUCTION TO DRUPAL Steve Maxey • Maxey MediaWorks • steve@maxeymediaworks.com
  • 2. INTRODUCTION TO DRUPAL What Kind of Site Do You Want to Build Today? Steve Maxey • Maxey MediaWorks • steve@maxeymediaworks.com
  • 3. ABOUT ME: BUILDING WEB SITES SINCE 1997 • 1988–1997: Print production editor—from light tables and Xacto knives to fully digital Quark/Illustrator/Photoshop production. • 1997–2001: Took over a half-dozen related Microsoft FrontPage sites, migrated them to Dreamweaver/Fireworks, migrated from from tables and font tags to semantic markup and CSS. Started working with podcasting, video and other technologies. • 2001–2008: Acquired into a team with sites driven by custom php, where I repeated the front end migration from tables and font tags to semantic markup and CSS and managed the building of custom unctionalities. Also administered and modified WordPress and Mambo/Joomla sites. • 2009: Launched Maxey MediaWorks and made the leap into Drupal, which I had recommended for the Joomla sites. Active member of CDMUG (Chicago Drupal Meetup Group).
  • 4. CHOOSING THE RIGHT TOOL: Why a CMS?
  • 5. CHOOSING THE RIGHT TOOL: Why a CMS? • “Drupal, Joomla and Wordpress are the 3 most popular content management systems according to Alexa and most webmasters” —Slayerment: http:// www.slayerment.com/blog/drupal-vs-joomla-vs-wordpress • Customers pay a little more up front, but than can change and add page content themselves, rather than calling their web guru for every small text change. • A lot of the “behind-the-scenes” things that aren’t really part of design (RSS feeds, SEO-friendly page titles and URLs, minimizing CSS and javascript and placing them in external files, etc.) are built into the CMS or its core modules and don’t have to be manually copied from page to page, or baked into a template. • Helps you conceptualize your online content not as “web pages” but as structured web content—which it is when you move beyond the browser.
  • 6. WHAT IS DRUPAL? Drupal Is a Content Management System (CMS) Platform • Free and Open Source (PHP, MySQL/PostgresSQL) • Extensible (by design: a basic set of common features with a rich API) • With a Multi-Hierarchical Taxonomy System • and Granular User-Permissions Control Suitable for Community-based Sites
  • 7. CHOOSING THE RIGHT TOOL: WordPress vs. Joomla vs. Drupal
  • 8. CHOOSING THE RIGHT TOOL: WordPress vs. Joomla vs. Drupal WordPress Joomla Drupal
  • 9. CHOOSING THE RIGHT TOOL: WordPress vs. Joomla vs. Drupal WordPress Joomla Drupal • A great blogging tool with an intuitive interface • Many plug-ins with specific functionality and some pluggable CMS features • Many attractive free and inexpensive themes • Great for a single user. Extensible to a controlled group of users • Go from zero to an attractive working blog with your logo in hours; more complex sites will take longer to set up
  • 10. CHOOSING THE RIGHT TOOL: WordPress vs. Joomla vs. Drupal WordPress Joomla Drupal • A great blogging tool with an • A CMS based on a intuitive interface hierarchical tree-structure taxonomy • Many plug-ins with specific functionality and some • Many free and for-pay plug-ins pluggable CMS features extend functionality (some for- pay modules are compiled so • Many attractive free and you can’t see the code) inexpensive themes • Many attractive free and • Great for a single user. inexpensive themes Extensible to a controlled group of users • Great for a controlled group of users with publishing rights • Go from zero to an attractive working blog with your logo • Structured layouts mean you in hours; more complex sites can go from zero to a working will take longer to set up site in a few days
  • 11. CHOOSING THE RIGHT TOOL: WordPress vs. Joomla vs. Drupal WordPress Joomla Drupal • A great blogging tool with an • A CMS based on a • A multi-hierarchical CMS intuitive interface hierarchical tree-structure supporting multiple content taxonomy types and ways of organizing • Many plug-ins with specific your data. functionality and some • Many free and for-pay plug-ins pluggable CMS features extend functionality (some for- • Many modules to extend pay modules are compiled so functionality—all of them free • Many attractive free and you can’t see the code) as in beer, free as in speech inexpensive themes • Many attractive free and • Ugly default theme, few free • Great for a single user. inexpensive themes themes—but zen theme Extensible to a controlled encourages custom design group of users • Great for a controlled group of users with publishing rights • Great for multiple types of • Go from zero to an attractive users with various permissions working blog with your logo • Structured layouts mean you —up to community sites in hours; more complex sites can go from zero to a working will take longer to set up site in a few days • More flexibility = longer development time
  • 12. CHOOSING THE RIGHT TOOL: WordPress vs. Joomla vs. Drupal WordPress Joomla Drupal
  • 13. CHOOSING THE RIGHT TOOL: WordPress vs. Joomla vs. Drupal WordPress Joomla Drupal
  • 14. DRUPAL: A BRIEF HISTORY • Created by Dries Buytaert as a bulletin board for a College student and his friends. • “Drupal” is an English-language rendering of the Dutch word for word “drop” (as in water droplet). • Open sourced in 2001. • Maintained by about 800 developers worldwide. • Now powers 1% of the web • Soon to release version 7
  • 15. ANATOMY OF DRUPAL • Node/Content • Content Type • Taxonomy/ Vocabulary • Core • Menu • Contrib • Path • Module • Region • User • Block • Role • Theme • Permission Anatomy of a Drupal Page Theme
  • 16. MODULAR STRUCTURE • Don’t hack core. Ever. • Over 6500 “contrib” modules in Drupal CVS • Little concrete information on what they do • Most start as solutions to specific problems • Also 570 contrib themes • CCK/Fields • Views
  • 17. LET’S TAKE A LOOK: A Browser View of a Fresh Drupal Install
  • 18. LEARNING MORE Using Drupal Front End Drupal: Designing, Theming, Scripting Building Powerful and Pro Drupal Robust Websites with Development Drupal 6
  • 19. LEARNING MORE • Online • Drupal.org - http://drupal.org/ • Getting started - http://drupal.org/getting-started • Drupal handbooks - http://drupal.org/handbook • The APIs - http://api.drupal.org • Groups.drupal.org - http://groups.drupal.org • #drupal, #drupal-support and #CDMUG on IRC • Live • Chicago Drupal Meetup Group - http://cdmug.org/ • DrupalCon Chicago - March 2011 - http://chicago2011.drupal.org/
  • 20. LEARNING MORE • Video Tutorials: • Lullabot DVDs on Views, CCK, Theming and more • Learn by the Drop: http://learnbythedrop.com/video • Got Drupal: http://gotdrupal.com/ • Mustard Seed Media: http://mustardseedmedia.com/
  • 21. REFERENCES • Comparison Articles: • The Open Sourcery: “Best Open CMS: WordPress vs Joomla vs Drupal” http://www.theopensourcery.com/keepopen/?p=2211 (May 2010) • Slayerment: “Drupal VS Joomla VS Wordpress - Which Is The Best CMS?” http://www.slayerment.com/blog/drupal-vs-joomla- vs-wordpress (December 2007, updated March 2010)