Development

Set Up Your Environments

Part of the development phase includes deciding where the development work will be performed and  where the public site will be hosted.

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Create a Feature Inventory

In order to illustrate the inventory concept and its value, let me start with a scenario that most (if not all) of us can relate.

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A Development Process

A planner is not necessarily a builder, themer, developer, or coder. A planner isn't always the project manager either. So, what does a planner need to know to support development?

Assumptions

If we assume that the role of planner has been instrumental in gathering requirements for and defining the design of the site, then we can assume the planner is the person who has a complete understanding of what needs to be developed. Or at least has access to those who can clarify the requirements and design if questions come up.

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Where to start?

As we move into the next phase of the site life-cycle, we are face again with the question "Where do I start?" And, once again the answer depends on your situation.

Below are processes associated with developing a site.

Given the following processes, when do you do each?

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What's Next?

Congrats!

You are ready to start learning more about Drupal. If you don't know where to start,

  • explore Drupal Websites: A Planner's Guide. It's good to think through the solution you need before diving in and turning on features.
  • take drupal training and start building your site.

If you can plan it, you can build it.

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Reports Basics

There will be times when you want to get a status on what's happening on your site. Drupal comes with several reports enabled and you can install more. The video below introduces the reports that are enabled by default in Drupal.

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User Management Basics

By default, Drupal comes with three roles: anonymous (general web surfng public), authenticated (someone with a site login), and user1 (the first user and most powerful user on the site). The video below introduces you to the various user management features that come with Drupal by default.

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Site Building Basics

The default site building features in Drupal include blocks (what appears around the node), menus (navigation), modules (features you can install, enable, and configure), and themes (defining the look and feel of the site). The video below briefly introduces these interfaces.

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Content Management Basics

Another set of features in Drupal's admin area is content management. If you are content author or admin, you will spend a lot of time using these features. In the video below, we take a brief look at the default features in the content management area.

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Site Configuration Basics

Site Configuration admin area is where many of the modules you install will be managed. The video below walks you through some important site configuration features in Drupal.

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