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Drupal For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Lynn Beighley , Seamus Bellamy
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Book Description

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!

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From the Back Cover

Drop in and check out Drupal, the free, flexible framework for building and managing Web sites

Even if you've never built a Web site and the only thing you've programmed is your DVR, you really can set up a site with Drupal. This book shows you how to find and install the right version of Drupal, how to plan your site, and how to manage it. You can even beef it up with data from other sites, a storefront, an image gallery, and much more!

  • Start here — find the free software and get simple solutions on things like setting up a database and installing Drupal on a Web host

  • Who's in charge — manage an administrator account, establish rules, and control site users

  • What's on your site — create, manage, and edit your content, and decide whether to allow comments

  • Where's your region? — work with themes and regions and manage menus

  • Open forum — create a site with a blog and forum and set up appropriate security

  • Stay current — keep Drupal up to date, monitor activity on your site, and locate new modules and themes to use

  • Cover your bases — maintain your database, back it up, and know how to restore it

  • Move up — see how Drupal can build a robust site that interacts with other sites and how to set up an online store

Open the book and find:

  • What Drupal is and what it's not

  • Tools you need to install Drupal

  • How to decide on rules and settings for your site

  • Tips for telling your story quickly

  • Advice on choosing, changing, and configuring themes

  • All about modules

  • How to use reports

  • Secrets of good site security

About the Author

Lynn Beighley is a Web designer, Web developer, and the author of several books and training courses. She creates Web applications of every imaginable type and has used Drupal for several years, valuing its capacity for quickly publishing robust, manageable, multi-user sites.

Product Details

  • File Size: 25545 KB
  • Print Length: 387 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0470556110
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (September 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,547 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise and well-organized January 10, 2010
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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.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From know-nothing to complete site! February 5, 2010
Drupal for Dummies is a great introduction to one of the most powerful and popular PHP based frameworks/systems out there!

This book really helps a non-programmer or non-web developer go from having an idea about a web site to ACTUALLY having a real, functioning, and useful web site. And it does it in a very clear, clean, and plain-English sort of way.

I really recommend this book to anyone that's been 'too scared' to dive into web development or anyone that thinks doing 'real' websites is too technical and hard.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best starter book on Drupal February 21, 2010
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Essential reading if you are starting out with Drupal. I have several books on drupal that are somewhat meaningless without the foundation this book offers. Buy it!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots 'o web literacy required June 21, 2010
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Well, maybe no coding is required, but to actually get a Drupal site up and running requires a healthy amount of web literacy. Check out the table of contents. I'm an experienced web applications developer and realized right away that installing Drupal successfully was not for the faint of heart. Do you know the distinction between a local machine and a remote host? Have you ever edited an Apache configuration file? Do you have any idea of what an Apache web server is?

The author guides you down the installation of Drupal on a very particular web provider at a particular point in time and took screen shots. She tells you that other installs will be different and will require some know how and maybe a call to the help desk. Well duh? If you do not know what the words mean in her book then you will be spending a lot of time reading FAQ's and asking for help. Installing the database? Setting up users and access rights? That sounds pretty advanced to me!

Still - I gave it 4 stars because the book is a good overview and quick start for those with enough web savvy to conceptually understand what is going on. She also has lots of good tips for dealing with spam and user authentication. I'm not returning the book!
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Version June 9, 2010
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The book is written with Drupal version 6.12 in mind. I couldn't find this information anywhere on the Amazon page. Version six is the latest version but some folks still use five. Version seven will be out some time 2010. This book should be OK for any 6.x version but probably won't be as helpful with 7.x when it comes out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for visual learners November 24, 2011
By Scott
This was most definitely the best book I found on Drupal. I have very basic knowledge of programming and the book was simple for me to read and understand. I think the book was written with readers with less prior knowledge than myself in mind, though. I'm very happy with the book. It gave me a full overview and it takes you through the process of making a site with screenshots, which was awesome for a visual learner like myself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good for Dummies August 17, 2010
By Ed41
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When I first started to look at Drupal I downloaded volumes of information about from how to install and use. The book makes it simple by taking out all the unecessary info and enabling you to get started sooner.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nice guide for entry to Drupal November 30, 2011
By Scott
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First off, I have never really been a fan of the whole "for dummies" franchise. I sort of felt insulted having to read one...

This book is the first of several I bought in order to learn Drupal and since I knew nothing about it, I believed the reviews others had given. I am glad I listened to those reviews, because this book literally walks you through the installation and then on through setup and into design. None of the other books spent any time on the installation, but this book provides plenty of details and a walk-through. After that, it uses some good examples to introduce the reader to as many parts of the CMS as possible without going into too much detail. For what it is, this book is a good entry level guide to Drupal and will familiarize you with the terms, setup, and layout as well as get you started with some basic theming.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for the feint hearted
Drupal is notoriously difficult, and the "dummies" style may not be well suited to the complexity. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Mary McKenna
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Didn't quite have the information I needed for operation.
Published 2 months ago by KATHY TILL
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 2 months ago by CT
4.0 out of 5 stars Learning Drupal
Very good introduction to Drupal. One would have a good working knowledge of this subject after studying the book. Would help understand more detailed study.
Published 7 months ago by Carl L. Baines
3.0 out of 5 stars The book is fine the subject matter is another thing altogether.
The book is fine the subject matter is another thing altogether. I like how most 'Dummies' books are written. Read more
Published 9 months ago by David Nielson
5.0 out of 5 stars 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. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ask Althea
2.0 out of 5 stars Formatting
The electronic formatting of the book has not been adapted to the Kindle platform which makes reading hard. The content itself is what you can expect from a 'Dummies' book
Published 12 months ago by Filip
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I needed
This book is fine if you want to create a generic website using Drupal. It didn't cover what I needed and for what it showed, I could do the same thing in Dreamweaver with a lot... Read more
Published 13 months ago by E. Fegley
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
This a very well written and had a very accessible stay where you can find about anything and immediately and understand how to do it without reading the whole book. Read more
Published 14 months ago by perran09
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast access to basic info
The book does what it is intended to do, it gives me fast access to how to start develop on the Drupal platform
Published 16 months ago by Per Carlsson
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