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Drupal 7

David Mercer

Create and operate any type of Drupal 7 website quickly and efficiently
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849512862
Paperback416 pages

About This Book

  • Set up, configure, and deploy a Drupal 7 website
  • Easily add exciting and powerful features
  • Design and implement your website's look and feel
  • Promote, manage, and maintain your live website
  • In-depth coverage of Drupal's new core features, including image handling and fields
  • Extended media coverage
  • Completely new coverage on Views
  • Improved and updated coverage on themes and theming
  • Over 150 online quiz questions and exercises included
  • Revised and updated for Drupal 7 based on comments from thousands of readers

Who This Book Is For

This book is for people with little or no experience in website design, people who are not necessarily
familiar with PHP, MySQL or HTML, and above all people with little to no experience in using Drupal.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Drupal
Drupal—an overview
How Drupal came to be
What Drupal has to offer
Uses of Drupal
The Drupal community
The Drupal license
The Server environment
Obtaining and installing XAMPP (PHP, Apache, and MySQL)
Obtaining and installing Drupal
Drupal's post-installation status
Creating a basic Drupal page
Chapter 2: Basic Functionality
Working with modules
Third-party modules
Working with blocks
Menus, main, and secondary links
Chapter 3: Configuration and Reports
Before we start
Site information
Actions and triggers
File system
Logging and errors
Clean URLs
RSS publishing
Chapter 4: Users and Access Control
Planning an access policy
Chapter 5: Basic Content
Content overview
Content types
Working with content
Content-related modules
Chapter 6: Advanced Content
Content and fields
Chapter 7: Multimedia
Advanced media handling
Chapter 8: Views
Introduction to Views
Views user interface
Creating a basic view
Creating an advanced View
Theming Views
Importing, exporting, and cloning views
Chapter 9: Drupal Theming
Planning a web-based interface
Chapter 10: Advanced Features
Introduction to Panels
Additional theming
Customized content reviews
Chapter 11: Deployment and Management
Deploying the site
Website activities

What You Will Learn

  • Plan and consider various design aspects of your site
  • Install, set up, and configure a Drupal development machine
  • Find your way around the vast array of Drupal settings with ease
  • Add and work with modules to enhance your website's functionality
  • Control and manage content
  • Master content layout and display with Views and Panels
  • Work with any type of media
  • Deal with security issues, users, and access control
  • Implement a customized interface for your website
  • Add powerful new features and learn advanced techniques
  • Deploy, manage, and maintain your website


In Detail

Drupal is an elegantly designed, well-supported and flexible open-source CMS platform that anyone can use in order to create their own website. What's more, the latest version of Drupal 7 includes a tremendous number of new features and new under-the-hood improvements for both users and developers. Drupal is a hugely popular and widely celebrated open-source Content Management System that is day-by-day becoming the first choice of people for a wide range of websites. The White house and the British government, to name but a few, turn to Drupal to fulfill their online requirements.

This book provides the best way to learn and master Drupal 7, enabling you to create virtually any type of website. It meets the booming demand for well presented, clear, concise, and above all practical information on how to design and build sites like a pro.

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. All it takes is a bit of practice!

By clearly and concisely demonstrating the fundamentals of Drupal and combining this with practical and methodical coverage of more advanced subjects, this book paves the way for anyone to quickly become proficient at building and operating professional websites.

150 quiz questions and exercises  will help you to consolidate and expand on what you learn in the book. It is an indispensable companion for anyone and everyone interested in building a website.

Experienced technical author David Mercer expertly guides the reader through all the stages of building a professional website in a plain, articulate manner. Aimed in particular at beginners to Drupal, this book will allow you to advance rapidly up the learning curve to the point where they can tackle any problem with confidence.


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