Getting Started With Drupal

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This is a short introduction to an Open Source web application called Drupal. I used this for PTO volunteer training.

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Getting Started With Drupal

  1. 1. Getting Started with Drupal<br />
  2. 2. What is Drupal?<br />Open source content management system<br />Powerful blend of features<br />Allows for customization and creative solutions<br />
  3. 3. What is Open Source<br />Development method for software<br />Collaboration at the core<br />Lower costs, no vendor lock-in<br />Maintain standards for the good of the community<br />“The promise of open source is better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in.”<br />www.opensource.org<br />The Open Source Initiative (OSI)<br />
  4. 4. Some Drupal jargon<br />…a little bit of terminology<br />
  5. 5. The Drupal flow<br />Templates<br />Five main layers<br />Organized and flexible<br />User permissions<br />Blocks and menus<br />Modules<br />Data nodes<br />
  6. 6.
  7. 7. “A big bucket of nodes”<br />Templates<br />The core is made up of data or nodes<br />Before anything is displayed, it must be entered<br />To enter data, you begin by creating content<br />User permissions<br />Blocks and menus<br />Modules<br />Data nodes<br />
  8. 8. Modules<br />Templates<br />Functional plug-ins<br />Some are part of the Drupal core<br />Some are contributed by members of the Drupal community<br />User permissions<br />Blocks and menus<br />Modules<br />Data nodes<br />
  9. 9. Blocks<br />Templates<br />Blocks are a method for positioning data on a page<br />They can be placed in various spots<br />They can often be configured in different ways<br />User permissions<br />Blocks and menus<br />Modules<br />Data nodes<br />
  10. 10. Blocks list<br />
  11. 11. Three standard menus<br />Templates<br />Primary Links<br />Secondary Links<br />Navigation – administrative<br />User permissions<br />Blocks and menus<br />Modules<br />Data nodes<br />
  12. 12. Menu list<br />
  13. 13. Primary links list<br />
  14. 14. User permissions<br />Templates<br />Settings used to configure what users have access to.<br />Roles are types of users<br />User permissions<br />Blocks and menus<br />Modules<br />Data nodes<br />
  15. 15. Logged in with admin rights<br />
  16. 16. No login<br />
  17. 17. Templates/themes<br />Finally, the theme controls how your site is displayed.<br />Graphic look<br />Layout<br />Colors<br />Each template is a set of functions that can be used to override standard functions<br />
  18. 18. Zero Point theme<br />
  19. 19. Content types<br />Blogs – web log with a personal voice<br />Stories<br />Books<br />Images<br />
  20. 20. Content types<br />
  21. 21. Categories or taxonomy<br />Taxonomy is the science of classification<br />The taxonomy system allows users to categorize content<br />Two ways to categorize content<br />Tags<br />Administrator-defined terms<br />These terms are then assigned to content<br />
  22. 22. Taxonomy list<br />
  23. 23. Vocabulary terms in news<br />Categories or tags<br />
  24. 24. Useful resources<br />http://learnbythedrop.com<br />http://drupal.org/handbook/customization/tutorials/beginners-cookbook<br />
  25. 25. http://learnbythedrop.com<br />
  26. 26. http://drupal.org/handbook/customization/tutorials/beginners-cookbook<br />
  27. 27. http://drupal.org/node/171194<br />

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