Foundation Drupal 7: Learn How to Use the Drupal Framework to Quickly Build Feature-rich Websites

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Drupal is a content management framework that powers web sites from simple online brochures to more advanced sites including social networking sites, blogs, e-commerce sites, business portals, and more. It is free, open source software that allows anyone to quickly and easily build web sites. Its full range of modules—including user permissions, security mechanisms, JavaScript menus, image uploaders, WYSIWYG editors, and more— helps you easily create the foundation for a powerful web site. With its templating ...

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Overview

Drupal is a content management framework that powers web sites from simple online brochures to more advanced sites including social networking sites, blogs, e-commerce sites, business portals, and more. It is free, open source software that allows anyone to quickly and easily build web sites. Its full range of modules—including user permissions, security mechanisms, JavaScript menus, image uploaders, WYSIWYG editors, and more— helps you easily create the foundation for a powerful web site. With its templating system (and a few tips and tricks), any graphic design file can be used to create a Drupal web site.

Foundation Drupal 7 covers all the topics necessary to quickly build Drupal-powered web sites, explaining in simple terms how Drupal works and providing you with concepts, tips, and code snippets for every step of the development process. From setting up a Drupal-ready web host and installing Drupal to using the administrative interface and configuring a site from start to finish, there is something here for everyone. In addition to thoroughly discussing all of Drupal’s core modules, this book reviews more than 50 contributed modules, including WYSIWYG HTML editors, JavaScript drop-down menus, web forms, and even the powerful Views module. Stephanie Pakrul, creator and maintainer of the Fusion theme, coauthors a chapter on how to lay out and add graphics to a site through Drupal’s administrative section. After reading this book, you will walk away with everything you need to know to quickly and successfully build a Drupal-powered web site.

Whether you’re an experienced Drupal site builder looking to expand your skills, a web developer or designer interested in learning Drupal, or a weekend hobbyist looking to build your first site, Foundation Drupal 7 will give you the knowledge and inspiration you need to bring your ideas to life.

What you’ll learn

  • Significantly decrease the amount of time it takes you to code a feature-rich website.
  • Understand how Drupal works and learn best practices to quickly integrate Drupal into every website you design.
  • Learn how to configure a server and manage multiple websites and staging environments using popular server administration software (cPanel).
  • Learn practical techniques to place Photoshop or Illustrator design files on a Drupal content management system.
  • Have a reference manual and cookbook at your fingertips for help with CSS, popular Drupal modules, website recipes, code snippets and more.

Who this book is for

The primary audience for this book is web site designers throughout the world interested in using Drupal to build web sites. The audience may have previous experience using Drupal but do not consider themselves proficient. They are familiar with coding a basic HTML/CSS web site, although these skills are not required to benefit from the book.

The secondary audience for this book is freelance Drupal developers who actively use Drupal to build web sites. They are proficient developers interested in reducing development time and learning Drupal best practices.

Table of Contents

  1. An Overview of Drupal
  2. Setting Up a Web Host and Installing Drupal
  3. Configuring a Basic Drupal Web Site
  4. Adding Content Types and Fields
  5. People, Roles, and Permissions
  6. Enabling and Configuring Core Modules
  7. Essential Contributed Modules
  8. Theming a Drupal Website
  9. Designing for a Browser
  10. Going Live
  11. Maintaining and Updating a Drupal Site
  12. Translating Business Requirements to Drupal Functionality
  13. Drupal and Search Engine Optimization
  14. Drush, the Command-Line Shell for Drupal
  15. 50+ Contributed Modules to Spice Up Any Site
  16. Views Recipes
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430228080
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 12/15/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 1,404,585
  • Product dimensions: 8.32 (w) x 11.32 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

R.J. Townsend is a graphic designer, computer programmer, and entrepreneur with eight years experience using web-based technologies to automate research programs and work processes. He started Cultivate Marketing Technologies, LLC in 2007, focusing on web applications for small businesses, and most recently started CodeMyDesigns.com, providing Drupal content management systems for graphic designers. He earned his master's degree in research psychology from California State University, Fullerton and is currently working towards his master's in business administration at the University of Delaware. He has published several articles on integrating research and technology and won an award for his research in 2004.
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  • Posted February 1, 2011

    A straightforward, well-written handbook for the Drupal beginner

    Foundation Drupal 7 bridges the gap between the user and Drupal's notoriously difficult administrative interface by providing a solid all-around reference to site building with Drupal 7. Beginning with a discussion of selecting a webserver, Foundation Drupal 7 skillfully guides readers through topics of increasing complexity. Those new to Drupal will particularly appreciate the chapters discussing Drupal's approach to site building, including users and permissions, content type administration and block administration. Following these Drupal basics, the authors include gradually more advanced chapters covering topics such as selecting and installing contributed modules. Readers with some preexisting experience with Drupal will find the later chapters to be of greater interest, as they cover more advanced topics such as customizing the look and feel of your site by tweaking an existing theme.

    To top off an already helpful book, the authors include appendices that serve as a launchpad for site administrators and builders to dig into more advanced topics to improve site administration and visits. Topics discussed in this section include Drush, the command-line administration interface for Drupal, as well as Search Engine Optimization for your site.

    Covering a number of technical subjects with relative ease and lots of screenshots, Foundation Drupal 7 is a fantastic handbook for those new to site administration in Drupal or those who seek an approachable, easy-to-follow and yet relatively comprehensive guide to mastering Drupal basics.

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

    Excellent Primer Going Beyond the Basics of Drupal 7

    A simple and well written book from Robert and Stephanie that contains not only Drupal 7 essentials but also all other things you need to know to create and run successful Drupal powered website including collection of requirements, selecting a host, selection and installation of components, setup for development, staging and production. Authors exhibit extensive Drupal experience and the book is full of useful tips yet it is written in very accessible and pragmatic manner that will not cause you head to explode from information overload.
    I would recommend this book to anyone who is new to Drupal, evaluates upgrading from version 6 or is seasoned CMS designer who wish to learn about Drupal's power.

    What I liked about the book:
    - Simple and to the point explanation of the subject
    - Examples with plenty of screenshots
    - Access to author's website with super user privileges
    - Tips going beyond scope of simply setting up and running CMS
    - Excellent and complete theming tutorial
    - Links to many resources for further study

    What I did not like about the book:
    - It gives away secrets of the trade that creates stronger competition :)
    - It refers to modules that are not yet ported to Drupal 7 but I recon that is only matter of time when they will and it is good to know about them anyway.

    Overall, I was very pleased to see this book being published at the right time when Drupal 7 was released and it being a comprehensive reference and set of easy to follow tutorials.

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