Tutorial

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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Drupal Admin Interface

Assuming you have installed your site, the first place you want to go is the admin area. If you click on Administer in the left menu of your default install, you get this screen.

In the following pages, we will explore Drupal's admin interface shown below.

Admin Page

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Install Drupal

Are you ready to install Drupal and start exploring? Sure, why not. Go to drupal.org and you will see a link to download Drupal.

This short tutorial shows the steps to install Drupal. For written instructions, see the INSTALL.txt file that comes with Drupal. The hosting provider you choose will influence what your interface looks like. I assume you can set up an empty site space on the server and assign it a domain or you can ask your hosting service to do it for you.

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Anatomy of a Page

Theme structureLet's break up a page into its parts.

Pages are made up of the main content area, regions, sidebars, header, footer, and menus (primary and secondary). Pages and their layout are defined by the theme.

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From Data to Site Structure

Now that we have looked at the parts of Drupal, let's look at the parts of a Drupal site.

I suppose there are many ways to slice up a Drupal site into parts. One way is to go from small to large.

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