Drupal For Dummies 1st Edition
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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.
- Item Weight : 1.29 pounds
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0470556110
- ISBN-13 : 978-0470556115
- Dimensions : 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
- Publisher : For Dummies; 1st edition (December 29, 2009)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,633,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
We wanted to explore Drupal because it is so mature, scalable and, well, amazingly cool. This book is a great starting place for everyone. It's an easy read and we read it cover to cover first before installing and developing a Drupal e-commerce website. The authors are completely up front about how deep Drupal is and that their book barely scratches the surface. Even so...
Drupal for Dummies is the recipe book to get started SUCCESSFULLY and actually build a functioning Drupal 7.xx website. Along with all of the steps in this book, the authors point the user to extraordinarily useful resources on the web. These include the complete and correct installation of everything needed to run and develop with Drupal, find snap in modules and well-developed themes, use Drupal specific web hosting providers or how to upload a Drupal website to the web hosting company of your choice, among hundreds of others correct and useful Drupal tips.
We followed the book and used Acquia DAMP to install without a hitch. Read the book and you'll understand how installation is the hardest part of Drupal; these authors know their stuff. After following this book, we are now confident enough to explore as much of Drupal as possible. Oh, yah, the nifty tips on how to preserve databases or experiment with themes before you blow up Drupal are worth their weight in gold.
Yah, ok, the great tips are basic. But, the height of the pinnacle is dependent on the width of the base. Gotta learn to walk before you run. These 'basic' tips include things like terminology (Drupal has its own),theme customization, building blocks, user management, building a storefront and more.
Once anyone works through this book and sits in front of a completed Drupal website, it's time to go out into the big world wide web and explore Drupal to its fullest. Join the Drupal communities and contribute to this amazing open source content management system. Admittedly, we won't be upgrading to Adobe's cloud and endless fee solution after this experience. Drupal for Dummies and Drupal totally rock!
Thank you Lynn & Seamus for putting together this book.
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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Big parts are dedicated to incredibly basic things, like downloading and installing Drupal, a task that most hosting firms now offer a perfectly reliable one step installer for. For some reason the authors then completely skip or gloss over absolutely crucial parts (I wasn't able to find anything on how you can create a custom homepage, meaning all my pages look the same). If you want to use Drupal to create a blog, this book may be right for you but if you want to create anything a bit more complicated (e.g. a website to market a second home), then you may want to consider looking elsewhere. I wouldn't buy it again and got further through Google searches and looking on forums than using this book. Maybe I expected too much.
The fact is... that Drupal is a highly complicated beast (I can say this as I work daily on WordPress,Joomla and Drupal - - and Drupal is complicated)... So, start with SAMs... if that is too much... switch content management systems...
I am a massive fan of the Dummies range... but this books is such a 'skim over the surface' that it is mildly useless for a complex product such as Drupal.
This book is easy to follow and is guiding me step by step. Will recommend it.
I like worked examples that I can follow on my computer and the book is as 'hands on' as one chooses, but my advice is to try everything.
I am looking forward to the chapter 'Building a storefront' as I have an interest in that.