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Beginning Drupal 7 (Expert's Voice in Open Source) 2010th Edition
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I've been developing desktop database applications for 15+ years (as a full-time IT Manager, and as a night/weekend consultant), but have been doing more work with websites in recent years. I have developed a few simple websites, and my first CMS experience was with Joomla. But after trying WordPress, I quickly converted the site I had in Joomla over to WordPress, and all web development since has been with WordPress.
The manufacturing company I work for full-time is in the process of developing a new corporate website. After looking at many expensive enterprise-level CMS packages (SiteCore, Kentico, etc..) we decided to go open source, primarily because of the lower hosting costs and we wanted to own 100% of the source code to our new website. After many hours of researching options, we decided to use Drupal as our base. Since my CMS experience has been primarily with WordPress, I needed a book to learn the basics of Drupal, and to help reinforce our decision to use Drupal before we started the development of the website.
This book will help me as I manage the developer(s) who will be developing our new website, and I look forward to reading "Foundation Drupal 7" and "Pro Drupal" next!
Some of the features I found most helpful:
-Detailed instructions for installing Drupal
-Well organized chapters about the basic elements of a Drupal site
(e.g. menus, users, blocks, themes, etc..)
-Author suggestions for modules
-A detailed case study to explain the process
-An appendix about integrating social networking
The book didn't go into too much detail about custom themes or e-commerce, but there were chapters for each. Overall a great starting point for newbies!
Even if Drupal 7 is still in a release candidate version this book helps with the new concepts and way of working Drupal 7 brings.
However, I would wish for more detail with: The views module, Webforms module and maybe a little of multimedia support (image and video galleries, image uploads for users).
Kindle edition looks great!
Also, the errata section for the book on the Apress site is unfortunately useless. I totally understand that the book was done early and there will be discrepancies - why not fix the chapter errors and publish them to the site? Their failure to help us book purchasers out will give me pause before buying from this publisher.
Even with the caveats, I am really glad I got this book, and I feel ready to build a basic Drupal site and am eager to get started.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very useful book . . . especially when you haven't worked with Drupal very much.Published 15 months ago by Ray Johnson
I wanted a book that would convince me to use Drupal, this book is good for that. I have done some WEB programming but I have never used a CMS before, and I like the idea of either... Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by Robert E. Anderson
I ordered this for my husband, who knows many other languages but wanted to learn Drupal. It's totally worth the price, arrived on time and in good condition, was packaged well... Read morePublished on June 11, 2013 by Kealoha81
I was very excited to receive this book after only two days. I started reading almost immediately and thought I would finish with a strong and useful knowledge of Drupal. Read morePublished on October 13, 2010 by Sven Enterlein
Drupal is becoming the standard in open source CMS (Content Managment Systems) today and Drupal has just (or will very soon) the latest release to version 7. Read morePublished on August 3, 2010 by Frank Stepanski