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Drupal 7 Business Solutions

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Trevor James, Mark Noble

Drupal open source content management is the perfect solution for small business websites, and this book takes you through the whole process step-by-step, from installing Drupal to incorporating sophisticated e-commerce modules.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849516648
Paperback378 pages

About This Book

  • Build a Drupal 7 powered website for your business rapidly
  • Add blogs, news, e-commerce, image galleries, maps, surveys, polls, and forums to your website to beat competition
  • Complete example of a real world site with clear explanation

Who This Book Is For

This book is for anyone who wants to learn how to set up a website quickly for their business using the super powerful Drupal open source content management software.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Planning our Site and Setting up Drupal
Artisan Bakers Collective
Plans for the Artisan Bakers Collective website
Simple static web pages
Fully-customized site with PHP and MySQL
Disadvantages of Drupal
Deciding on Drupal
Getting started with Drupal
Artisan Bakers Collective on the web
Summary
Chapter 2: Creating the Artisan Bakers Collective Website
The Core Drupal 7 look and feel
Drupal core content—basic pages and articles
Adding images to your content
Creating a traditional home page
Getting around—setting up navigation
Building menus
Enabling core modules and installing contributed modules
Summary
Chapter 3: Adding Products and Services
Building a custom content type
Using taxonomy to categorize content
Adding content with the content type
Customizing the display of the content type nodes
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: Sharing and Consuming with YouTube, Flickr, Google Maps, and Twitter
Integrating your site with other web content
Online baking class
Flickr integration: Another alternative for images and slideshows
Posting your site's content to Twitter
Summary
Chapter 8: Freebies and Downloads
Adding downloads and PDFs to the website
Summary
Chapter 9: Online Orders and Payments
The Drupal Commerce module
Summary
Chapter 10: Image Galleries and Slideshows
Using Views to build image galleries
Summary
Chapter 11: Maintaining and Optimizing your Drupal Site
Website backups
Optimizing your Drupal site and its database
Creating content workflows and revisions
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Install and set up Drupal
  • Add blogs to attract customers to your business site
  • Add customer accounts to your site
  • Incorporate e-commerce in your site to sell your products online using Ubercart and the new Commerce modules.
  • Integrate Google maps, YouTube videos, and e-newsletter with your site which will help you increase your profits
  • Insert online surveys and polls in your site to improve business through customer feedback
  • Take care of and maintain your site.

 

In Detail

You can use the Drupal 7 content management system to build a small business website quickly. You may add blogs, images, maps, e-commerce, social application integration, and more to your site to connect with your customers and make more money from your business.

Drupal 7 Business Solutions will give you hands-on practical tutorials on how to build a rich and dynamic website for your business quickly using one of the most popular tools in open source.

You’ll start by adding blogs and images to your website. Then you’ll learn how to add a VIP section to your site so that you can give your logged in users special discounts and other VIP freebies. Next, you will learn to send your customers e-mail newsletters and show them a dynamic events calendar.

The book will then teach you to add e-commerce to your site so you can sell your products online. You’ll add YouTube videos and Google maps to help enhance your business site. You will then learn to incorporate feedback mechanisms for your customers.

The book also explains how to maintain your site, upgrade it, and continue adding dynamic content to it.

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