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Drupal: Community Plumbing for Public Libraries


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Looking for a better way to manage your web site content? Want more advanced functionality and/or social networking features? Join Laura Solomon of OPLIN as she discusses one of the more popular open source content management systems; Drupal. Drupal has gained a lot of library proponents and won several major awards. Learn more about the pros and cons of this open source content management system and how libraries of all sizes are using it to make their web presences more effective and efficient.

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Drupal: Community Plumbing for Public Libraries

  1. 1. Drupal: Community Plumbing Laura Solomon, MCIW, MLS Library Services Manager OPLIN [email_address] druplicon Some content & graphics courtesy of Isriya Paireepairit
  2. 2. {Dutch} druppel pronounces Drupal {English} means drop {English}
  3. 3. <ul><li>What is Drupal? </li></ul><ul><li>Content management system (CMS) </li></ul><ul><li>Open source (GPL) </li></ul><ul><li>Mostly/entirely W3C compliant </li></ul><ul><li>Extremely extensible </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>What can you do with it? </li></ul><ul><li>Small or large scale web sites </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative authoring environments </li></ul><ul><li>Forums </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletters </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts /videos/images </li></ul><ul><li>File uploads and downloads </li></ul><ul><li>Tags </li></ul><ul><li>Limit access by role </li></ul><ul><li>A heck of a lot more… </li></ul>
  5. 6. Who uses Drupal?
  6. 25. What does it take to run? <ul><li>Apache/IIS </li></ul><ul><li>PHP </li></ul><ul><li>MySQL/PostgreSQL </li></ul><ul><li>Patience </li></ul>
  7. 26. Drupal You
  8. 28. Things to think about….
  9. 29. So why climb the cliff? <ul><li>It’s all free! </li></ul><ul><li>No commercial vendor </li></ul><ul><li>Little to no licensing worries </li></ul><ul><li>Runs on multiple platforms </li></ul><ul><li>Dynamic </li></ul><ul><li>Highly customizable </li></ul>
  10. 30. So why climb the cliff? (con’t) <ul><li>Re-theming capability (CSS) </li></ul><ul><li>Granular level of customization </li></ul><ul><li>Huge community </li></ul>
  11. 31. <ul><li>600+ developers for core </li></ul><ul><li>800+ developers for contributions </li></ul><ul><li>600+ modules </li></ul><ul><li>250+ themes </li></ul><ul><li>40 languages localization </li></ul>source: (2007 numbers)
  12. 32. Award-winning CMS
  13. 33. Source: Drupal booklet
  14. 34. Contributions Modules Core (optional) Core (required)
  15. 35. Core (required) <ul><li>• Block - box display </li></ul><ul><li>• Filter - input format </li></ul><ul><li>• Node - content </li></ul><ul><li>• System - admin, theming, ... </li></ul><ul><li>• User </li></ul><ul><li>• Watchdog - logging </li></ul>
  16. 36. Core (optional) <ul><li>Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Comment </li></ul><ul><li>Forum </li></ul><ul><li>Menu </li></ul><ul><li>Locale </li></ul><ul><li>Path </li></ul><ul><li>Poll </li></ul><ul><li>Profile </li></ul><ul><li>Search </li></ul><ul><li>Statistics </li></ul><ul><li>Taxonomy </li></ul><ul><li>Uploads </li></ul>
  17. 38. The future of Drupal
  18. 39. More info… <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>#drupal and #drupal-support on IRC </li></ul><ul><li>@drupal, @drupal_modules & @drupal_themes </li></ul>
  19. 41. Source:
  20. 42. The Drupal Song