Aspects of Planning

The word planning carries with it many uses and meanings. The task of planning has often fallen on the shoulders of project managers, graphic designers, and developers. More recently, with the onset of database driven sites, requirements analysts, web strategists, and information architects are starting to play a more prominent role. On occasion, it has fallen to someone like a marketing strategist. All these roles have their own perception of what should be planned and how to go about doing it.

If we combine aspects of requirements analyst, project manager, web strategist, information architect, and web designer and sprinkle in some Drupal knowledge, you get a Drupal planner. The role of Drupal planner could be performed by a Drupal developer, Drupal themer, project manager, whomever. Like the Drupal themers and Drupal developers, a Drupal planner would have responsibilities throughout the site’s life-cycle in which they specialize. The roles of Drupal planner, themer, and developer would work together to create a solution.

The analyses and tasks described in this book go beyond common web planning or web design techniques. At the end of this book, you will have methods, tools, and techniques that will help you plan Drupal sites. But for now, let’s focus on introducing some aspects of planning that form a foundation to the planning process.

At the end of this chapter, the planner should be able to

  • recognize some basic Drupal related terms that will have specific meaning through out this book and the Drupal planning tasks
  • recognize how Drupal sites are different than HTML sites
  • recognize phases of a site life-cycle.
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