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Introduction to Drupal

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Introduction to Drupal

  1. 1. Introduction to Drupal<br />Pavel Zemliansky, Ph.D<br />WRTC<br />JMU<br />www.drupal.org<br />
  2. 2. Description of SMAD 404<br />Study of advanced techniques in interactive media for online and fixed media delivery. Emphasis on emerging technologies and professional development strategies. Includes creation of an interactive portfolio. <br />
  3. 3. The Purpose of Today’s Session<br />Provide a brief introduction to Drupal<br />Outline some possible uses of Drupal as a web design and web communication platform<br />Demonstrate the process of installing and configuring a Drupal site<br />
  4. 4. What is Drupal?<br />Drupal is a content management system<br />Drupal is an open-source content management system<br />Drupal is a very versatile and extendable open-source content management system<br />
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  6. 6. Advantages of Using Drupal<br />Almost limitless extendibility<br />Allows for quick creation of social web sites (web 2.0)<br />Ease of installation<br />Free<br />Supported by a robust community of developers and designers<br />
  7. 7. Interested in Learning More?<br />www.drupal.org<br />www.pz-writing.net<br />zemliapx@jmu.edu<br />
  8. 8. Disadvantages of Using Drupal<br />Fairly steep learning curve<br />To radically change the look and structure of pre-made themes, some knowledge of CSS and PHP is required<br />No centralized tech support, which may be an issue for enterprise and organizational users<br />
  9. 9. A Drupal Installation and Configuration Walk-Through<br />
  10. 10. Some High-Profile Drupal Sites<br />www.whitehouse.gov<br />www.nasa.gov<br />www.mattel.com<br />http://www.nysenate.gov/<br />www.icitizenforum.com<br />www.theonion.com<br />
  11. 11. Resources and Tutorials<br />The Drupal Handbook (http://drupal.org/handbook/customization/tutorials)<br />12 Drupal tutorials for beginners (http://mydrupal.com/drupal-tutorials)<br />Drupal Therapy (http://www.drupaltherapy.com/)<br />Funnymonkey—Drupalfor Educators (http://www.funnymonkey.com/)<br />

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