Learning to use Wordpress & Drupal Angela Pashia
My Paper <ul><li>Narrative description of learning to use Wordpress & Drupal, installed on a hosted server account </li></...
Welcome to Wordpress! <ul><li>“ Dashboard ” </li></ul><ul><li>Add posts </li></ul><ul><li>Add pages </li></ul><ul><li>Mana...
Select your theme: Themes define general layout, with lots of customization possible Limited options for free wordpress.co...
Select & position your widgets: <ul><li>Select widgets to use </li></ul><ul><li>Select “widget area” each should go into <...
Add & enable plugins: <ul><li>Easily manage plugins here </li></ul><ul><li>Click “Add New” button to search and easily ins...
Editor:  <ul><li>More customization for your appearance! </li></ul><ul><li>Edit .css & .php files from the WP Dashboard </...
Manage users: <ul><li>The administrator can add authorized users </li></ul><ul><li>5 pre-set roles available </li></ul><ul...
Add new content: <ul><li>And it’s as simple as that! </li></ul><ul><li>Edit in visual or html view </li></ul><ul><li>Selec...
Welcome to Drupal! <ul><li>Different vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>More options </li></ul><ul><li>Different navigation layo...
Manage appearances: <ul><li>Add themes </li></ul><ul><li>Manage global & theme-specific settings </li></ul><ul><li>No easy...
Define structure: <ul><li>“Blocks” instead of “Widget Areas” </li></ul><ul><li>Manage your content types </li></ul><ul><ul...
Blocks: Along with different vocabulary, Drupal has a very different interface for managing what content goes in which are...
Modules instead of plugins: Enable “Core” modules & install other modules for added functionality Download & install proce...
Manage users: Add authorized users & assign different roles, just like in WP In Drupal, you can also add & set permissions...
Permissions: There is a long list of available permissions settings – about 6 screens worth on my monitor. This is just on...
More configurations: More settings to configure!
Add new content: As with WP, this can be your first step. Unlike WP, you have more options here. Instead of visual or html...
Add new content, cont. <ul><li>More settings! </li></ul><ul><li>The check box to “provide a menu link” is not checked by d...
Overall Comparisons <ul><li>Wordpress seems easier to jump right in </li></ul><ul><ul><li>With Drupal, I had to go back an...
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Learning Wordpress & Drupal

  1. 1. Learning to use Wordpress & Drupal Angela Pashia
  2. 2. My Paper <ul><li>Narrative description of learning to use Wordpress & Drupal, installed on a hosted server account </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Selected these two because they are pre-loaded on the hosting server used. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Overall: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wordpress is easier to get started with </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drupal seems more powerful </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Both have problems with compatibility when plugins/modules are not updated </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Welcome to Wordpress! <ul><li>“ Dashboard ” </li></ul><ul><li>Add posts </li></ul><ul><li>Add pages </li></ul><ul><li>Manage appearance </li></ul><ul><li>Manage plugins </li></ul><ul><li>Manage users </li></ul><ul><li>Quickly see updates & new comments </li></ul>
  4. 4. Select your theme: Themes define general layout, with lots of customization possible Limited options for free wordpress.com accounts, over 1000 available for download for hosted sites.
  5. 5. Select & position your widgets: <ul><li>Select widgets to use </li></ul><ul><li>Select “widget area” each should go into </li></ul><ul><li>Add more widgets by installing plugins </li></ul>
  6. 6. Add & enable plugins: <ul><li>Easily manage plugins here </li></ul><ul><li>Click “Add New” button to search and easily install new plugins </li></ul><ul><li>Be careful about compatibility! </li></ul><ul><li>I tried Scriblio, since it was discussed during Week 13 </li></ul><ul><li>It was last updated in June 2010 & is only compatible up to WP version 2.9.2. </li></ul><ul><li> Got an infinite redirect cycle error on WP 3.1.1! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Editor: <ul><li>More customization for your appearance! </li></ul><ul><li>Edit .css & .php files from the WP Dashboard </li></ul><ul><li>So far, I have: </li></ul><ul><li>Changed link colors </li></ul><ul><li>Changed column widths </li></ul><ul><li>Removed one line of code from page.php file – remove commenting from static pages </li></ul>
  8. 8. Manage users: <ul><li>The administrator can add authorized users </li></ul><ul><li>5 pre-set roles available </li></ul><ul><li>I haven’t found any option to add different types of roles </li></ul>
  9. 9. Add new content: <ul><li>And it’s as simple as that! </li></ul><ul><li>Edit in visual or html view </li></ul><ul><li>Select where the page appears in the menu (parent) </li></ul><ul><li>Publish your content & viola, you have a webpage! </li></ul>This step can be first – you don’t HAVE to customize appearance, add users, or add plugins. It’s so easy!
  10. 10. Welcome to Drupal! <ul><li>Different vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>More options </li></ul><ul><li>Different navigation layout: </li></ul><ul><li>Bar across top </li></ul><ul><li>Tabs at top of Admin panel </li></ul><ul><li>Links within Admin panel </li></ul>
  11. 11. Manage appearances: <ul><li>Add themes </li></ul><ul><li>Manage global & theme-specific settings </li></ul><ul><li>No easy window like WP Editor to alter .css or .php files – must use FTP to access them if you want to edit those </li></ul>
  12. 12. Define structure: <ul><li>“Blocks” instead of “Widget Areas” </li></ul><ul><li>Manage your content types </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Add more than just pages & posts if you want! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Manage discussion forums </li></ul><ul><li>Establish & manage a taxonomy (controlled vocabulary) for your site! </li></ul>
  13. 13. Blocks: Along with different vocabulary, Drupal has a very different interface for managing what content goes in which area. Grab the + mark on the left to drag & drop OR use the drop down box to select block for that content.
  14. 14. Modules instead of plugins: Enable “Core” modules & install other modules for added functionality Download & install process less obvious than in WP – not difficult, but not obvious to the novice Again, be careful about compatibility! Latest version is Drupal 7.0, lots of modules are only compatible up to 6.x
  15. 15. Manage users: Add authorized users & assign different roles, just like in WP In Drupal, you can also add & set permissions for new roles – not limited to the 5 defined for WP (Only 3 are listed because I have not yet needed to add new ones!)
  16. 16. Permissions: There is a long list of available permissions settings – about 6 screens worth on my monitor. This is just one screen shot worth!
  17. 17. More configurations: More settings to configure!
  18. 18. Add new content: As with WP, this can be your first step. Unlike WP, you have more options here. Instead of visual or html view, you get one input box. But you get a drop-down box offering different input options. <h1> tags won’t work in Filtered HTML – you have to remember to select the right text format!
  19. 19. Add new content, cont. <ul><li>More settings! </li></ul><ul><li>The check box to “provide a menu link” is not checked by default – I overlooked it at first and wondered where my shiny new page went! </li></ul><ul><li>From there, select a parent item & weight, just like in WP </li></ul><ul><li>Other tabs: </li></ul><ul><li>Select whether people can comment on this content </li></ul><ul><li>Select whether page is published, promoted to first page, or made “sticky at top of lists” </li></ul>
  20. 20. Overall Comparisons <ul><li>Wordpress seems easier to jump right in </li></ul><ul><ul><li>With Drupal, I had to go back and start over with the beginner tutorials to get the hang of it </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Drupal seems more powerful, with more options for managing users & content </li></ul><ul><li>I prefer Wordpress for a personal blogging site </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Originally designed for social blogging, so not surprising that it would feel more comfortable for this! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>I prefer Drupal for a digital library or other professional organization site </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More options, more powerful </li></ul></ul>

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