Photo Credit: Two men working under car hood; young woman leaning on fender watching, 1964
William Gedney Photographs and ...
Bryan Mayjor


Technology-assisted Education Developer
Extension & Experiment Station Communications
Oregon State Universi...
Session Agenda

• What is Drupal?
• Drupal Overview
• Drupal Pros and Cons
• Demonstration of Drupal Capabilities
•Q & A
 ...
What is Drupal?

Drupal is an open-source Content
Management System (CMS) used to
create dynamic websites



             ...
Requirements

Drupal requires a
– Web Server
– Database Server
– PHP



                      5
How Drupal Works




Credit: http://engineeredweb.com/blog/10/4/architect-using-diagrams   6
How Drupal Works




Credit: http://engineeredweb.com/blog/10/4/architect-using-diagrams   7
How Drupal Works

Primary Components
–   Drupal Core
–   Modules
–   Themes
–   Blocks and Regions
–   Menus
             ...
How Drupal Works

Drupal Core
– What you get when you download Drupal
   • Contains basic features such as user
     manag...
How Drupal Works

Modules
– Modules are “plugins” that extend the
  core functionality
  • Thousands user-contributed modu...
How Drupal Works

Themes
– Themes are the templates that determine
  the look and feel of the website
  • Hundreds of them...
How Drupal Works

Blocks and Regions
– A block is snippet of content that is
  displays in a pre-defined area (region) on
...
Regions




          13
Regions
                 Header


Sidebar

          Content Area    Sidebar




                                    14
How Drupal Works

Menus
– Menus display navigational links to pages
  and resources
  • Menus are “blocks” that are placed...
Drupal Pros and Cons

Pros
–   Easy to create basic websites
–   Modular
–   Supported
–   Open Source
–   Taxonomy system...
Drupal Pros and Cons

Pros
–   Standards compliant
–   SEO friendly
–   Built-in search
–   Fine grained roles and permiss...
Drupal Pros and Cons

Cons
– Considerable learning curve for creating
  custom themes and modules
– Code base needs freque...
Drupal Pros and Cons

Cons
– Open Source
– Too many modules to choose from
– Upgrading to new releases can be painful



 ...
Online Demos




               20
Q&A




      21
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Drupal Under the Hood

  1. 1. Photo Credit: Two men working under car hood; young woman leaning on fender watching, 1964 William Gedney Photographs and Writings Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/gedney/
  2. 2. Bryan Mayjor Technology-assisted Education Developer Extension & Experiment Station Communications Oregon State University http://extension.oregonstate.edu/eesc/ bryan.mayjor@oregonstate.edu 2
  3. 3. Session Agenda • What is Drupal? • Drupal Overview • Drupal Pros and Cons • Demonstration of Drupal Capabilities •Q & A 3
  4. 4. What is Drupal? Drupal is an open-source Content Management System (CMS) used to create dynamic websites 4
  5. 5. Requirements Drupal requires a – Web Server – Database Server – PHP 5
  6. 6. How Drupal Works Credit: http://engineeredweb.com/blog/10/4/architect-using-diagrams 6
  7. 7. How Drupal Works Credit: http://engineeredweb.com/blog/10/4/architect-using-diagrams 7
  8. 8. How Drupal Works Primary Components – Drupal Core – Modules – Themes – Blocks and Regions – Menus 8
  9. 9. How Drupal Works Drupal Core – What you get when you download Drupal • Contains basic features such as user management, content creation, blogs, polls, RSS feeds and site administration tools 9
  10. 10. How Drupal Works Modules – Modules are “plugins” that extend the core functionality • Thousands user-contributed modules are available to download 10
  11. 11. How Drupal Works Themes – Themes are the templates that determine the look and feel of the website • Hundreds of themes are available to download 11
  12. 12. How Drupal Works Blocks and Regions – A block is snippet of content that is displays in a pre-defined area (region) on a webpage – Common “regions” are headers, footers content area and sidebars 12
  13. 13. Regions 13
  14. 14. Regions Header Sidebar Content Area Sidebar 14
  15. 15. How Drupal Works Menus – Menus display navigational links to pages and resources • Menus are “blocks” that are placed in “regions” 15
  16. 16. Drupal Pros and Cons Pros – Easy to create basic websites – Modular – Supported – Open Source – Taxonomy system 16
  17. 17. Drupal Pros and Cons Pros – Standards compliant – SEO friendly – Built-in search – Fine grained roles and permissions – Scaleable 17
  18. 18. Drupal Pros and Cons Cons – Considerable learning curve for creating custom themes and modules – Code base needs frequent updating – Deployment on non-Linux platforms is complicated 18
  19. 19. Drupal Pros and Cons Cons – Open Source – Too many modules to choose from – Upgrading to new releases can be painful 19
  20. 20. Online Demos 20
  21. 21. Q&A 21

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