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Build powerful website features for your business and connect to your customers through blogs, product catalogs, newsletters, and maps
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847196408
Paperback352 pages

About This Book

  • Implement the essential features of a business or non-profit website using Drupal
  • Integrate with other "web 2.0" sites such as Google Maps, Digg, Flickr, and YouTube to drive traffic, build a community, and increase your website's effectiveness
  • No website development knowledge required
  • Complete example of a real world site with clear explanation


Who This Book Is For

This book is designed primarily for business owners who want to create a new website for their company or upgrade a company website to be easier to maintain and have advanced capabilities.

Whether you know Drupal or not, this book will be your guide to a powerful website.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introducing Good Eatin'
The Good Eatin' Bistro
Plans for a Good Eatin' web site
Getting started with Drupal
Jumping straight to dessert — Good Eatin' on the web
Summary
Chapter 2: Creating Good Eatin's Online Presence
About Good Eatin': Adding static pages
Creating Clean URLs
Getting around: Setting up navigation
Leveraging the help of others: Installing custom modules
Whetting their appetites: Adding images
Dinner and a show: Adding slideshows to the site
Personalizing the restaurant: Adding themes to the site
Playing in the kitchen: Topics to research on your own
Summary
Chapter 3: Adding Products and Services
Building the good eatin' menu with a custom content type
Using taxonomy to categorize content
Adding content with the menu item type
Customizing the display of the menu item
Displaying groups of menu items with Views
Summary
Chapter 4: Interacting With Customers and Visitors
Working with users
Working with comments
Set up user ratings for content
Working with polls
Adding user surveys
Summary
Chapter 5: Creating a Company Blog
Creating blogs
Enabling customers to read your blogs
Including information from other blogs
Summary
Chapter 6: Newsletters and Calendars
Creating newsletters
Adding a calendar
Summary
Chapter 7: Buzzword Compliance: Whisking in Some Web 2.0
Online cooking class
Adding Google maps
Summary
Chapter 8: Freebies and Downloads
Adding downloads and PDFs to the web site
Summary
Chapter 9: Online Orders and Payments
Take-out ordering
Summary
Chapter 10: Keeping a Clean Kitchen
Web site backups
Web site optimization
Maintaining content
Upgrading to new versions of Drupal
Summary
Chapter 11: From Restaurants to Other Businesses
Possible enhancements to the Good Eatin' site
Similar businesses
Outsourcing your development and hosting
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Create a user-friendly, professional looking, and branded site with clear navigation
  • Incorporate a blog or ‘latest news’ page to keep your customers informed about new products, announce special offers, post news about your company, and share information that will attract prospective customers to you
  • Build a product catalogue with categories, product images, and custom information
  • Add e-commerce features so customers can order and buy products online
  • Use a built-in “events calendar” for upcoming special events and occasions
  • Build a community by integrating with user-generated content on Flickr and YouTube
  • Use Google Maps to make it easy for customers to find you -- display a professional map on your “where to find us” page
  • Essential maintenance tasks: upgrading Drupal, keeping backups, and optimizing performance


Here is a brief summary of what each chapter covers:

Chapter 1 - Introduces Drupal as well as the Good Eatin’ website, our fictional client for this book.  We will download and install Drupal onto our webserver and perform a basic setup of the site.

Chapter 2 – In this chapter, we will begin building the content of our website and setup the navigation system.  Next, we will add images and slideshows to the site.  Finally, we will install a custom theme for our site to change its overall appearance.

Chapter 3 – In this chapter, we use CCK and views to create the restaurants menu showing the items available at each meal.  We will also use Taxonomies to categorize the content in the menu.

Chapter 4 – In this chapter we will invite our customers to interact with the site using comments, rating content, filling out polls, and answering surveys.

Chapter 5 – In this chapter, we build a company blog so customers can easily get timely updates from our company and we integrate content from blogs on other websites.

Chapter 6 – In this chapter, we create a calendar to display current events at the Good Eatin’ website.  We will also build a newsletter so we can deliver information straight to our customer’s inboxes on a regular basis.

Chapter 7 – In this chapter, we integrate content from several popular services including Flickr, YouTube, and Google Maps to enhance our site. We will also discuss publishing our website to social networking sites like Digg and del.ico.us.

Chapter 8 – In this chapter, we add downloadable content to our site including PDF files and other freebies.  We will also discuss ways of automatically generating printable content and PDF files from our pages so customers can save any content they want for future usage.

Chapter 9 – In this chapter, we setup a takeout menu for our restaurant and allow customers to place orders online and pay for them at our eCommerce site.

Chapter 10 – In this chapter, we discuss maintaining your site including backing up files, optimizing your site, and updating the site when new versions of Drupal and custom modules are released.

Chapter 11 – In this chapter, we explore ways of adapting the techniques we have learned in this book to a variety of other types of businesses.  We also discuss outsourcing your website development to a professional and leveraging the knowledge you gained in this book to ensure you get the site you want for the best possible price.

In Detail

Everybody knows that a business needs a website for its growth and customer interface. However, building a website can be a difficult as well as time consuming process if you do it yourself. Simple website builders do not give you access to modern functionality and can be difficult to maintain. Paying a website designer to build a complete custom website can be very expensive and you need to pay every time you want a simple change.

Drupal is a powerful, free system that anyone can use in order to create their own website. With such a powerful tool at your fingertips there is no longer any need to pay professionals to design a site when you can do the same job yourself absolutely free.

This book is your step-by-step guide to building your business website in Drupal, complete with a blog, events calendar, catalogue of products and services, and more.

In this book, we will build a complete website for a fictional client from scratch. We start at the beginning by downloading and installing Drupal, progress to creating and editing pages, and then we explore the most popular modules for Drupal. All functionality is presented in a clear step-by-step format which is easy to follow as you build your own site.
This book will explore several modules that will allow you to do everything from adding calendars and events to integrating content from Flickr and YouTube. Each chapter adds some features to your website and brings you closer to your customers.

At the end of the book, you should be able to build a site on your own or have the confidence and knowledge to hire a professional to develop a site for you which meets your business needs. You will get connected to your customers and find ways to make more money.

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