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The free and open-source package Drupal is one of the most user-friendly and popular web content management systems (CMSes) available. Sites built on it are highly visible and include The Onion and Amnesty International. Its web-based interface allows those with little or no experience to create professional-looking sites quickly while its flexibility gives them access to such features as blogs, polls, and forums. This Visual QuickStart uses plenty of screen shots and step-by-step instructions to walk a reader through the process of building a site using Drupal. It starts with installation and initial configuration, discusses content and user management in depth, and concludes with ways to improve your new site's appearance and interactivity.
Tom Geller (Oberlin, OH) is a full-time freelance writer whose recent clients have included Apple, IEEE, ACM, Nature.com, The San Francisco Chronicle, Safari Books Online, and Lynda.com.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Getting Drupal Up and Running Fulfilling Drupal’s Requirements Downloading and Unpacking Drupal Creating the MySQL Database Using phpMyAdmin Installing Drupal
Chapter 2 Establishing Your Drupal Site Using the New Administrative Interfaces in Drupal 7 Turning on Built-In Features Giving Your Site Its Identity Selecting a Visual Theme Monitoring Your Drupal Site Packaging Your Drupal Site
Chapter 3 Creating and Managing Content Gaining More Control of Individual Nodes Creating Other Types of Content Finding, Editing, and Deleting Content
Chapter 4 Customizing Content Defining Custom Types of Content Putting Images and Styled Text in Content
Chapter 5 Making Content Interactive Enabling Interactive Content Types Categorizing Content with Taxonomies Mastering Text Formats Mastering Image Styles
Chapter 6 Improving Access to Content Making Content Searchable Directing Traffic with Menus Laying Out Your Site with Blocks
Chapter 7 Wrangling Users Managing User Accounts Controlling How Users Interact with Their Accounts Defining User Roles and Permissions Building and Protecting Your User Community
Chapter 8 Customizing Drupal’s Look and Feel Creating a New Theme Changing Theme Graphics and Typography with CSS
Chapter 9 Extending Drupal with Modules Using Modules Modules: The Drupal 7 Challenge Resources for Evaluating Modules Appendix Getting (and Giving) Help Glossary Drupal Terms and Culture