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Drupal 7 Social Networking

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Learn
  • Build a social networking site from the ground up using Drupal 7
  • Use a combination of features, modules, and simple customization to allow user interaction, contributions, and communication
  • Import content from the Internet to your site using the Aggregator module
  • Create user profiles, set up roles and permissions, and handle security settings
  • Use Drupal's modular system to create modules to add functionality
  • Customize the look and feel of your site by enabling and installing new themes, ensuring that your site is distinctive
  • Deploy and maintain your social networking site on the Internet using the maintenance mode, reports, and cron to keep everything running smoothly
  • Recover from virus attacks and hacking attempts on your social network by making and maintaining regular backups, in case the worst should happen
  • Promote and market your social network using advertisements, advertising networks, other social networks, and search engine optimization
  • Let your users contribute to the site, from those who wish to add a little content to those who wish to help run the site on a daily basis
About

Drupal is ideally equipped to serve as a base system for creating a custom social networking site like Facebook or MySpace. While these large social networks have their place, niche social networking websites can help promote businesses, products, projects, and hobbies of any nature.

Drupal 7 Social Networking provides careful instructions and clear explanations to take you through the setup and management of your social network site, covering topics from users, to marketing, to maintenance. It will help you create your own social networking site, suitable for whatever audience you choose!

Starting from the very basics of both Drupal and Social Networking, right through to more complicated aspects, you will progressively learn how to add to and expand your social networking site and add more features. You will learn how to secure your social network, deploy it on the Internet, and keep it running and well maintained. As social networking sites rely on the participation of their users, this book helps you to structure your site in such a way so that users can easily and enjoyably contribute, thus creating a powerful social network.

Features
  • Step-by-step instructions for putting together a social networking site with Drupal 7
  • Customize your Drupal installation with modules and themes to match the needs of almost any social networking site
  • Allow users to collaborate and interact with each other on your site
  • Requires no prior knowledge of Drupal or PHP; but even experienced Drupal users will find this book useful to modify an existing installation into a social website
Page Count 328
Course Length 9 hours 50 minutes
ISBN 9781849516006
Date Of Publication 20 Sep 2011

Authors

Michael Peacock

Michael Peacock is an experienced software developer and team lead from Newcastle, UK, with a degree in software engineering from the University of Durham.

After spending a number of years running his own web agency, and subsequently, working directly for a number of software start-ups, he now runs his own software development agency, working on a range of projects for an array of different clients.

He is the author of Creating Development Environments with Vagrant, PHP 5 Social Networking, PHP 5 E-Commerce Development, Drupal 7 Social Networking, and Selling online with Drupal e-Commerce and Building Websites with TYPO3, all by Packt Publishing. The other publications Michael has been involved in include Advanced API Security, Mobile Web Development, Jenkins Continuous Integration Cookbook, and Drupal for Education and E-Learning; for these he acted as a technical reviewer.

Michael has also presented at a number of user groups and technical conferences, including PHP UK Conference, Dutch PHP Conference, ConFoo, PHPNE, PHPNW, and Could Connect Santa Clara.

You can follow Michael on Twitter (@michaelpeacock), or find out more about him through his website (www.michaelpeacock.co.uk).