Learn to set up, manage, and administer a Drupal web site
Drupal offers unparalleled flexibility for content-managed web sites, and Drupal 7 is the easiest version to use yet. This new edition teaches you the fast, fun, and easy way to get started with Drupal. Even if you have no Drupal experience, you'll quickly learn how to download and install Drupal, set up your first content-managed site, apply templates, use modules, and more.
Drupal gurus Lynn Beighley and Seamus Bellamy show you how to take advantage of what Drupal has to offer, make the most of the new features in Drupal 7, and demystify perplexing Drupal issues.
- Drupal is a free, open source modular framework and content management system designed for content-managed web sites
- Shows you how to download Drupal; no programming experience required
- Looks at Drupal 7 and explains new features that make it is easier to use than previous iterations of Drupal for a creating a blog, content site, or eBusiness site
- Explains how to organize and create your site's content, apply templates, and get your first site up and running
- Details the ways to use modules and third-party templates
Whether you're looking to implement a flexible content management system, turbocharge a blog with photo galleries, or administer a third-party Drupal site, this book gets you off to a running start!
From the Back Cover
Get your feet wet with Drupal and see how easy it is to build and manage your website
Need to build a website but don't want to drown in technical mumbo-jumbo? This book and Drupal 7 are just what you need. You don't have to know coding; you don't even need to know how to create web pages. Here's how to get and install Drupal, build a basic site, add a blog, manage user activities, even set up a shopping cart. Why not dive right in?
Getting started — conquer the challenge of installing Drupal and take advantage of its free, flexible, and customizable features
Adding pages — learn the structure and format of a Drupal site and build your first Drupal basic pages
Managing content — create and enable polls, blogs, forums, and contact forms, and update your site with a click
Planning your purpose — decide whether your site should convey information, share news, sell products, or serve a community
Using modules — understand modules and use them to create interactive site elements
Beefing it up — pull content and data from other sites, customize colors, and add logos and art
Playing in the Garden — see how Drupal Gardens lets you create a site without worrying about web hosting or installing software
Open the book and find:
Steps for installing Drupal
Dynamic things that Drupal can do to enhance your site
Sensible guidelines for user registration
How Drupal uses nodes
All about modules
Tips for creating blogs and forums
How to keep themes, modules, and Drupal up to date
Directions for building a storefront
About the Author
Lynn Beighley is an author, web designer, and web developer who has written both books and training courses. She is the author of jQuery For Dummies.
Seamus Bellamy, a former tech journalist who has worked in the security intelligence community, is the author of Joomla! For Dummies.
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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful.
Concise and well-organized
By Randy Lent
Drupal for Dummies is an excellent introduction to Drupal. Ms. Beighley's writing style is refreshingly clear and concise. This is the third book on Drupal that I have read in the past few weeks, and I wish it had been my first. While I cannot judge this book from the perspective of someone with no previous exposure to Drupal, I did find it to be well-written and an excellent review of material I have read elsewhere. I was pleased that the author includes instructions on backing up a Drupal website, as this information was lacking in the first Drupal book I read. (See my review of Sams Teach Yourself Drupal in 24 Hours)
I have installed Drupal on my desktop computer using first BitNami, and then WAMP, and ran into complications that sent me to the Drupal forums for solutions. At one point in reading Drupal for Dummies, I thought the book to be perhaps a little too optimistic, but then Ms. Beighley did point out that the reader may need to seek help elsewhere to overcome difficulties with installing Drupal. For a localhost installation, the author recommends XAMPP. I wonder if I could have avoided problems if I had tried XAMPP first.
I should disclose that I did not do the hands-on exercises in the book. I read Drupal for Dummies after working through several chapters of Using Drupal so I didn't feel the need to repeat procedures that I had already done. I did, however, read all of the exercises in Drupal for Dummies and found them to be very well presented.
A book cannot be both concise (and cheap) and comprehensive. Drupal for Dummies is concise. If you decide that you are serious about pursuing web development with Drupal, Drupal for Dummies will not be the only Drupal book you will buy, but it is an excellent introduction and a real bargain.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
Gets you turbocharged on the Drupal road
As Drupal newbies, we needed a place to start that would be as painless as possible. Let's face it, as a mature, open source CMS solution it's very deep. As tech professionals we have a lot of familiarity with Adobe web dev products but zero with Drupal, until now.
We wanted to explore Drupal because it is so mature, scalable and, well, amazingly cool. This book is a great starting place for everyone. It's an easy read and we read it cover to cover first before installing and developing a Drupal e-commerce website. The authors are completely up front about how deep Drupal is and that their book barely scratches the surface. Even so...
Drupal for Dummies is the recipe book to get started SUCCESSFULLY and actually build a functioning Drupal 7.xx website. Along with all of the steps in this book, the authors point the user to extraordinarily useful resources on the web. These include the complete and correct installation of everything needed to run and develop with Drupal, find snap in modules and well-developed themes, use Drupal specific web hosting providers or how to upload a Drupal website to the web hosting company of your choice, among hundreds of others correct and useful Drupal tips.
We followed the book and used Acquia DAMP to install without a hitch. Read the book and you'll understand how installation is the hardest part of Drupal; these authors know their stuff. After following this book, we are now confident enough to explore as much of Drupal as possible. Oh, yah, the nifty tips on how to preserve databases or experiment with themes before you blow up Drupal are worth their weight in gold.
Yah, ok, the great tips are basic. But, the height of the pinnacle is dependent on the width of the base. Gotta learn to walk before you run. These 'basic' tips include things like terminology (Drupal has its own),theme customization, building blocks, user management, building a storefront and more.
Once anyone works through this book and sits in front of a completed Drupal website, it's time to go out into the big world wide web and explore Drupal to its fullest. Join the Drupal communities and contribute to this amazing open source content management system. Admittedly, we won't be upgrading to Adobe's cloud and endless fee solution after this experience. Drupal for Dummies and Drupal totally rock!
Thank you Lynn & Seamus for putting together this book.
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From Scared to Confident
By Becky Rhone-nowlan
I am working on setting up a website using Drupal. I usually consider myself a Tech Dork because I usually don't understand the technical side of web Developement. I purchased Drupal For Dummies, hoping it would get me beyond the "I can't do it stage" I started reading it hoping I wouldn't fall asleep. Most programming bores me to sleep.
Ms. Beighley's writing style is such that is kept me engaged and to my delight, I actually understood what she was saying. I have not finished the book yet, but I have been able to get through the nuts and bolts of drupal without a hitch. There were a few term i didn't understand but a search on Google provided the answers I needed. Ms. Beighley's also adds that other installs will be different and will require some know how and you may have to call to the help desk. I don't mind this and liked the fact that she mentioned that in the book. She doesn't give any one false hope. She also makes sure to let you know that you need to back your stuff up when updating. This is something that many people don't think of so I really appreciated her mentioning this specifically. She also includes a lot of screen shots with her instructions so you can see what to expect.
This is a very good overview and introduction to Drupal. If you are interested in learning Drupal, this is the first book you want to use. It kept me interested enough to continue reading.