Drupal User's Guide: Building and Administering a Successful Drupal-Powered Web Site
Product Author Bios
Emma Hogbin builds online communities and works with not-for-profit organizations to implement technology-facilitated communications. She built the drupal back-end of CrochetMe.com. Hogbin is conference chair for HICK Tech, the rural and modern technology conference, and an instructor for the Business Enterprise Centre and Riverside Yarns. She is known as "emmajane" on drupal.org and chronicles her adventures at www.emmajane.net. Hogbin is author of Front End Drupal.
Finally, Drupal Made Easy: A Step-By-Step Guide from Planning to Finished Site
The open source content management system Drupal offers amazing flexibility, sophistication, and power. The catch? Many first-time users find it difficult to get started, and most Drupal books don’t help with the initial stages. Drupal™ User’s Guide is different: easy to use, fun to read, practical, and complete!
Long-time Drupal site developer Emma Jane Hogbin guides you through every step of building sites with Drupal, from installation and site planning through launching your first site. Drawing on her experience teaching thousands of beginners, she covers both Drupal and Web design tasks, showing exactly how they fit together.
Drupal™ User’s Guide shows how to use Drupal 7’s newest improvements to build more modern, manageable sites for any business or organization. Hogbin covers crucial topics other Drupal books ignore, including search engine optimization and accessibility.
- Walk through installing Drupal on Mac OS X and Linux Web servers
- Get comfortable with Drupal 7’s new administrative interface
- Build a basic site in minutes
- Create S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) site goals
- Audit your existing content so you can make the most of it
- Explore, choose, and customize Drupal themes
- Walk through building a community site with private discussion area
- Build a complete business association directory site
- Use Web forms to capture and display any kind of content
- Take advantage of Drupal’s powerful Views module
- Choose the right Drupal and third-party modules to build virtually any site
- Optimize your site for Google and other search engines
- Use advanced techniques to improve your visitors’ experiences
If you want to create great sites with Drupal–with no hassle, no confusion, and no degree in computer science–this is the book for you!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Great book for beginners,
This review is from: Drupal User's Guide: Building and Administering a Successful Drupal-Powered Web Site (Paperback)Emma Jane continues to be a voice that resonates with new Drupal users as well as themers of all levels with her clear writing style and holistic approach to building Drupal sites. This book is well-written with chapters about less-geeky, but equally important aspects of web site development (site planning, information architecture, usability) that are often ignored in other Drupal books. When she does dive deeper into Drupal site building (most effectively with multiple case studies), her ability to focus on the important parts and not get bogged down in details (as is very easy to do with Drupal) is what makes this book a valuable resource for beginners.
If you're new to the community (and starting with Drupal 7), this should be the first book you purchase.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Comprehensive, but approachable!,
This review is from: Drupal User's Guide: Building and Administering a Successful Drupal-Powered Web Site (Paperback)I'll cut to the chase: "Drupal User's Guide" is a good book, and if you're trying to get your bearings in the often-confusing world of Drupal site building, you should buy it. Period.
I'm not necessarily the target audience: I've been a Drupal developer for almost six years now, and I tend to chew on more esoteric and nerdy problems than the ones this book tackles. I do a lot of training and education for clients and customers, though, and the approach that author Emma Jane Hobgin takes is fantastic for those who aren't already neck-deep in the world of Drupal (or a similar web CMS). She's an experienced author, teacher, and trainer who knows Drupal inside out, and it really shows.
The book often mixes technical information about Drupal-specific features with introductions to the "soft skills" needed to use them effectively. Drupal's FieldAPI, for example, isn't just about clicking and dragging. Using it effectively requires understanding how to break down... Read more
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Must Have to Start Your Drupal Site,
This review is from: Drupal User's Guide: Building and Administering a Successful Drupal-Powered Web Site (Paperback)Drupal is not easy. It has a very steep learning curve. Building a website is more complex than most people think.
Hogbin spends the first third of the book instructing you on what goes into a great site. I never realized how vital that is to a person who has little experience in building real sites.
If you are building a Drupal site, then congratulations, you are on the road to being a serious developer.
From examples of types of sites, to getting into the role of the users of the site, this book cover it.
As a starting point, you cannot go wrong.
I highly recommend this book and I have added it to my list of books I give my clients.
In fact buy this book just for the planning chapters.
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Table of Contents
About the Author xxvii
Part I: Quick Start 1
Chapter 1: Introduction to Drupal 3
About Drupal 3
Online Content Management 5
How Pages Are Built 5
Types of Web Sites 7
Chapter 2: Installing Drupal 17
Hosting Your Web Site on the Internet 17
Installing Drupal 20
Chapter 3: Drupal Administration 33
Administrative Reports 43
Chapter 4: Site Recipe: Micro Web Site 47
Web Site Basics 47
Basic Pages 49
Creating Front-Page Articles 52
In-Site Searching 57
RSS Settings 57
Customizing Your Site’s Design 58
Part II: Planning 61
Chapter 5: Site Goals 63
Defining and Designing Success 64
SMART Site Goals 64
Your Competition 72
Chapter 6: Human-Friendly Web Sites 77
Defining Your Audience 77
User Scenarios 82
Technical Profiles and Minimum System Requirements 84
Chapter 7: Information Architecture 87
Information Architecture 87
Defining Content Types 88
Organizing Content 93
Conveying Content Structure 100
Testing the Organizational Structure 105
Chapter 8: Design for Drupal 107
Planning Your Page Layout 107
Design Resources for the Graphically Challenged 124
Test Your Design Structure 126
Part III: Case Studies 129
Chapter 9: Community Site 131
Site Profile 131
Basic Configuration 134
Configure Modules 137
Customizing the Display 151
Chapter 10: Business Directory 167
Planning the Site 167
Basic Configuration 168
Contributed Modules 174
Views for Recent Content 176
Business Directory 184
Part IV: Build Anything 195
Chapter 11: Core and Contributed Modules 197
Introduction to Drupal Modules 197
Chapter 12: Working with Content Types 213
Content Patterns 213
Default Content Types 219
Managing Content Types 226
Working with Fields 229
Chapter 13: Lists of Content 251
Categories: Taxonomy, Vocabulary, and Terms 257
Views Module 262
Site Maps 274
Chapter 14: Recipes 277
Building Your Site 277
Extending Your Blog 288
Portals, Aggregators, and Reported News 290
Community Sites 293
Instructional Sites and Digital Collections 296
Commerce Sites 297
Part V: Extending Drupal 299
Chapter 15: Theming 301
Building Pages 302
Customizing Your Site Without Code 302
Contributed Themes 309
Building Your Own Theme 312
Chapter 16: Search Engine Optimization 329
Getting Started with SEO 329
How Search Engines Work 333
Fixing Your Site: The Factors Drupal Can’t Affect 335
Best Practices for Creating SEO-Friendly Content with Drupal 338
Web Statistics: Measuring Your Work 348
Chapter 17: Accessibility 355
Why Bother? 356
Building an Accessible Site 360
Creating Accessible Content 366
Testing Your Site 370
Appendix A: Sample User Survey 379
Seniors Advocacy and Awareness Network 379
Appendix B: Preparing Your Development Environment 383
Full Development Environment 384
Mac OS X 384
Linux, BSD, and other *nix Variants 384
Customizing Your AMP 385
Revision Control 386
Appendix C: Advanced Installation of Drupal 387
Multisite Installations 387
Appendix D: CSS Grid Frameworks 391
Appendix E: Domicile Theme Files 397
Appendix F: Web Accessibility Guidelines 401
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 401
Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 403
Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 405
Section 508 405
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