- Paperback: 494 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (December 26, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596515804
- ISBN-13: 978-0596515805
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Using Drupal cuts out a lot of the research time and helps you dive headfirst into Drupal. It does an excellent job of explaining how to rapidly assemble a wide variety of websites using some of Drupal's most commonly used modules. Whether you're new to building websites or an experienced programmer, this book is full of useful information. By the end of Using Drupal, you'll be much more prepared to build the Drupal site you've always wanted.
Is That Site Running Drupal?
By Angela Byron
1. Get Firefox.
2. Get the Live HTTP Headers extension.
3. After restarting Firefox, click Tools > Live HTTP Headers. This'll pop up a little window to the side.
4. Visit a website you suspect of being Drupalish.
5. Highlight the Live HTTP headers window and type "exp", looking for the following in the output:
"Expires: Sun, 19 Nov 1978 05:00:00 GMT"
"Classic" Web Problems, Solved
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"...Make a splash page for the site?"
No problem. Drop in the Splash module, and you can use any page on your site as an interstitial splash page. It's also smart enough to tie into contextual information Drupal provides--only showing the splash screen to anonymous users, creating section-specific splash pages, and more.
"...Let visitors print out copies of the pages?"
While any web browser can print a simple copy of the current page, and custom style sheets can help clean up color schemes and images to make a page look printer-friendly, sometimes, things need tweaking. For example, embedded web links will look like simple underlined text if you rely on style sheet tweaks. Drupal's Print module generates printer-friendly versions of any page, including the creation of URL footnotes at the bottom of each printout. It can also generate downloadable PDFs of any page, and send-this-article-to-a-friend email links.
"...Show visitors a Terms Of Service page before they sign up to post on the site?"
"...Add a chat page where users can talk in real-time?"
Setting up chat rooms on web pages was always a pain in the old days. Even today it can be tricky, and there are quite a few different ways to do it. Flash, AJAX, Java applets, and more are all ready. The Mibbit module for Drupal lets site visitors chat on a custom IRC channel using a simple AJAX interface. Since it uses IRC as its backend, it can point to custom private discussion channels, or public ones like #drupal on the freenode IRC network.
"...Keep other sites from stealing my content using Frames?"
None of these modules are crazy, groundbreaking tools that get their own articles and tutorial videos. Like many of the tools in the Drupal world, though, they do the heavy lifting that lets us focus on the really complicated tasks. Looking back, it's hard not to sigh and wonder how much time could've been saved if I'd had them at my disposal in The Olden Days...
Choosing and Configuring Modules to Build Dynamic Websites
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May 9, 2009
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
I looked at a lot of Drupal books. I had already installed Drupal. I secured my site. Then I tinkered with a few modules. I quickly realized I could lose a lot of time exploring modules. Amusing, but not efficient. I needed a guide to some common modules to get me going. This book does that.
If you're having trouble installing Drupal, this book won't help you.
If you're a hardcore CSS or PHP hacker, this book is not for you.
If you want to go crazy creating your own themes and modules, there are other books.
But if you want a good guide to quickly building and customizing a site, this is it.
The book is built around use-cases for typical "types" of sites, introducing modules suitable for each. Notable strengths include detailed hands-on examples the awesomely powerful CCK and Views modules. Although often treated in the Drupal community as "advanced" topics, it's hard to imagine even a moderately functional site today that does not have equivalent functionaltiy. (They really should be part of Drupal core!) This book shows how easy it can be to use CCK and Views to great effect. All example sites can be downloaded from the publisher's site.
The book does have some weaknesses, none fatal, and none unique. As with most tech trade books, it was trivially out of date the moment it was published. Having the source for each site available solves that problem, but if you're working from the latest release build of Drupal (as you should be) then you need to accept some discrepancies and read for the forest, not the trees.
A bigger weakness is the page-flipping annoyance. The heavy use of figures and tables is essential for this book. And it's clear that attention was given to to placement relative to supporting text. But with typically two figures/tables per page (!) no pagination scheme could possibly produce a graceful result. It would have been easier for the reader if the tables and figures were simply collected at the end of each chapter. Maintaining two bookmarks is not hard; readers and editors alike would have been happier. (minus 1/2 star)
The other major weakness is the typesetting. Linotype Birka is just harsh on the eyes and pretty awful for books which are meant to be read character-by-character to follow examples. Do not attempt to read this book in low light! O'Reilly please note: other publishers (APress and Manning in particular) have realized that long tracks of technical detail are more pleasant to read in heavier, "boring" typefaces. (minus 1/2 star)
January 21, 2009
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Drupal is an incredibly powerful CMS and like anything with its flexibility, Drupal quickly gets complicated. As much as I like the system, one of the problems that I've had with it is that Drupal has been built upon a unique set of assumptions/principles, which really haven't been covered in a book. Until now.
This is the missing link between the introductory Building Powerful and Robust Websites with Drupal 6: Build your own professional blog, forum, portal or community website with Drupal 6, which does a nice job of getting a basic Drupal site set up but doesn't really show how to deeply customize the CMS, and Pro Drupal Development, Second Edition (Beginning from Novice to Professional), which is written for programmers. Both are good for what they are, but don't help the reasonably knowledgeable web designer, not programmer, wring all the juicy goodness out of Drupal.
Through a series of well chosen example projects, Using Drupal, opens the door to the power and extensibility of Drupal and shows us not just how to do things but why. It's the why part that makes this book special. Drupal is different and understanding the philosophy behind the difference and how to think the Drupal way makes Drupal special.
Even though I've built a dozen working Drupal sites over the last few years, a couple pretty complex and customized, I've felt that there was more I could be getting from the system. Oh, I can theme a site and set up users and modules. I could add custom forms and views, which my clients thought was great, but I always felt that here was something I wasn't quite grasping. No longer.
Besides getting a ton of practical advice from well chosen and explained examples, Using Drupal has given me the key to thinking understanding the system. Brilliant.
The authors could only cover a few of the many, many possible modules that extend Drupal. The ones they did cover are really useful, though, and form the core of most customization. What's great, if I may repeat myself, is that they way these add-ons are used and described teach Drupal principles, making this more than a cookbook.
The single best source of Drupal information on the web is the site lullabot.com. It comes as no surprise that the authors of this book are the development team that puts out Lullabot.
May 3, 2009
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
I'm a rank amateur when it comes to Drupal. I'm not even proficient with HTML. Stylesheets? What are those?
I do have a hosted domain, and I wanted a good looking web presence, but didn't want to pay someone to create and maintain my web site (I'm semi-retired and don't want to spend the money). I briefly looked at Joomla, but it appeared too restrictive and not that easy to learn. I decided to give Drupal a spin.
Not that Drupal is easy to learn by any stretch. Drupal's many, many options, along with the ever-increasing cadre of third-party developers, gives virtually unlimited customization opportunities.
I have been looking for a good Drupal manual for a while, and "Using Drupal" is the best I've run across. Not that I've been able to find many at all.
This book is good in that you can pick it up and get started without having to know anything about Drupal. The book is centered around developing several different types of web sites, which is absolutely fantastic if you happen to be developing a similar type web site.
But even if you aren't I think it's a really good book. It introduces you to underlying concepts of Drupal, as well as relaying great information on several of the more popular third-party modules.
I decided that I was going to read the book from cover to cover before going back to my computer and trying to implement some of the concepts. I'm glad I did - even if you run across something that seems directly applicable to what you (think) you want to do, they probably present at least one alternative elsewhere.
All in all it's a good Drupal book. I'm glad I bought it and I'm sure I'll be going back to it for tips and hints frequently.
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loaded with information, pretty good read. will also look into Joomla
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