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Drupal 6 Panels Cookbook

Bhavin (Vin) Patel

Over 40 recipes to harness the power of Panels for building attractive Drupal websites
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849511186
Paperback220 pages

About This Book

  • Build complex site layouts quickly with panels
  • Combine Panels with other Drupal modules to create dynamic social media websites
  • Get solutions to the most common 'Panels' problems
  • A practical approach packed with real-world examples to enrich understanding
  • Part of Packt's Cookbook series—each recipe is a carefully organized sequence of instructions to complete the task as efficiently as possible

Who This Book Is For

If you are a Drupal developer wanting to use Panels to enhance the attractiveness of your website and make it impressive, this book is for you. Knowledge of running a Drupal site is required.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started
Setting up Ctools and Panels
Upgrading from Panels 2 to Panels 3.0
Adding a custom Panels page
Adding a custom Panels node
Adding Mini panels
Managing pages via Panels Dashboard
Chapter 2: Changing Panel Interface
Understanding the Panels UI
Setting the basic layout of the page
Cloning a page layout
Creating Access rules for the page
Chapter 3: Theming for Panels
Embedding CSS in Panels UI
Adding ID/class in Panel UI and target theme
Applying styles to a region
Creating a flexible design layout
Chapter 4: Implementing Panels
Making a new front page using Panels and Views (for dynamic content display)
Creating a node override
Overriding a Node Edit form
Using Panels with feeds
Using Mini panels
Chapter 5: Panels with Organic Groups
Installing and configuring OG Panels
Creating an OG with Panels
Using the Organic groups Views integration
Chapter 6: Panels with CCK
Creating custom panels with a custom Content type
Using Views to display the Content type
Chapter 7: Advanced Profile Kit
Setting up the Advanced Profile Kit
Building APK Variant
Chapter 8: Panels-related Modules
Making a Language Section
Using Composite Layouts
Facebook-style status in user profile
Putting contact forms and node forms in a block
Chapter 9: Views
Combining feeds with Views in Panels
Combining videos with Views in Panels
Direct implementation of Views with Content panes
Chapter 10: Creating a Travel Website Using Panels
Basic setup and custom Content types
Getting ready with Views creation and Blocks
Building the front page with Panels

What You Will Learn

  • Develop spectacular Drupal websites by leveraging the power of Panels
  • Make complex and user-friendly FrontPages for portals and social media websites without coding
  • Theme your panel pages to generate rich user experience for your websites
  • Create powerful and attractive front pages by combining Panels with Views
  • Clone a page layout and get quick and easy replicate layouts across the site
  • Introduce access permissions for your page and define your own access rules for users
  • Generate a distinctive-looking Web 2.0 design using the powerful combination of Panels UI and custom CSS
  • Create not just custom page layouts but also custom block layout inside the page by using mini panels effectively with Panels
  • Put together fancy user profile pages like those commonly found on social networking sites by using the Advanced Profile Kit
  • Give an extended functionality to Drupal with a killer combination of Panels with other modules
  • Dive into a complex travel site example

In Detail

The Drupal Panels module allows a site administrator to create customized layouts for multiple uses. At its core, it is a drag and drop content manager that lets you visually design a layout and place content within that layout. Guidance is required when it comes to successfully implementing panels in your CMS. The Panels module lacks sufficient documentation and most Drupal users are left in the lurch with many unanswered questions.

This book comes to your rescue and discusses all that you need to successfully incorporate Panels in your Drupal CMS. You will learn everything from setting up Panels, through using it, to integrating it with other modules. The book discusses the various problems involved in using Panels along with their solutions. It shows you how to reap added benefits using Panels.

The book is a collection of simple useful recipes that gives a very clear understanding from the basics of Panels to complex implementations to generate Web 2.0 layouts. It begins with the basics and gradually delves deeper into the complexities of Panels. You will learn how to set up CTools and Panels, upgrade from Panels 2 to Panels 3, about page layout, theming, and lots more. The layout of the book is a series of interconnected but distinct recipes that gives a basic understanding of usage of Panels in Drupal and also the advanced settings that makes Panels one of the most powerful modules .You will learn to master the Panels user interface and theme each panel quickly with a series of practical recipes. You will be able to integrate powerful Drupal modules like Organic Views, Advanced Profile Kit, Views, CCK, and many more to create socially connected Web 2.0 websites.


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