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Drupal Introduction

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Drupal introduction, with brief information about the Drupal CMS and Drupal Framework, comparison with other CMS

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Drupal Introduction

  1. 1. Drupal The first date (going on since 2001…)
  2. 2. What is Drupal??? <ul><li>CMS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>C ontent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>M anagement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>S ystem </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Framework </li></ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul><ul><li>Open Source </li></ul>
  3. 3. What can it do for me? <ul><li>Create a website for you </li></ul><ul><li>With a forum </li></ul><ul><li>And have registered users </li></ul><ul><li>And an email list </li></ul><ul><li>And reports </li></ul><ul><li>And an e-shop </li></ul><ul><li>And a digg-clone </li></ul><ul><li>or just a simple humble blog </li></ul><ul><li>And manage all of the above very well !! </li></ul>
  4. 7. What qualifications should I have? <ul><li>Before installing drupal: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be familiar with databases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have a web server and a database server </li></ul></ul><ul><li>After installing drupal: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nothing really, just common sense </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And a bit of server administration skills </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Installation is only needed once, backups and maintenance can be automated so this is not an issue </li></ul>
  5. 8. So… how do I start? <ul><li>First of all you prepare your website </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Find the idea </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a basic sitemap </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Then you go shopping for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Modules </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Themes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other settings (user accounts,menus, translations) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And the King: Content </li></ul></ul>
  6. 11. Benefits <ul><li>REALLY powerful tool (if you are a developer or skilled power user) </li></ul><ul><li>Small choice of modules </li></ul><ul><li>Well integrated modules </li></ul><ul><li>Fast </li></ul><ul><li>Browser Compatibility </li></ul><ul><li>The greatest feature: one installation many websites </li></ul>
  7. 12. Difficulties <ul><li>Not easy to administer </li></ul><ul><li>Not very friendly interface </li></ul><ul><li>Updates </li></ul><ul><li>Frequent version changes (4  5  6  7) </li></ul>
  8. 13. My experience <ul><li>5 websites averaging 20.000 visitors a month each </li></ul><ul><li>2 joomla websites (one is getting 30.000 visitors a month) </li></ul><ul><li>MANY wordpress blogs (I don’t know) </li></ul><ul><li>My job: hundrends of netvolution (proprietary CMS) websites (millions of visitors) </li></ul>
  9. 14. Is drupal THE CMS for me? <ul><li>Probably but to be honest, it depends. Just like cars. </li></ul><ul><li>If you can afford a Ferrari you better get the Ferrari. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are on a budget or you want to go off-road (and have the skills) then go for the Lada Niva. </li></ul><ul><li>If Ford Focus is THE car for you then Drupal might be THE CMS for you. </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion: Choosing a CMS depends on your current situation: needs, wants and can afford (not only in money) </li></ul>
  10. 15. How can I learn more? <ul><li>First of all: LEARN MORE!! Try, experiment, compare, discuss </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.Drupal.org </li></ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>Other websites </li></ul><ul><li>Stay in this room, listen and talk to other people in this room !! </li></ul>
  11. 16. Thank you! Panos Ladas http://twitter.com/ladas

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