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Beginning Drupal

ISBN: 978-0-470-88172-9
484 pages
April 2010
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A thorough introduction that lessens the learning curve to building sites with Drupal 7

Drupal 7 is the latest version of the free, open source content management system Drupal. A powerful content management system and framework Drupal has an unfortunate reputation of having a steep learning curve. This guide to Drupal 7 methodically demystifies Drupal and shortening the learning curve.

Author Jacob Redding is deeply embedded in the Drupal community, and walks first-time Drupal developers through the installation and configuration of a Drupal system. In-depth information on key areas of Drupal explore the Drupal hook system, Drupal's theming layer, and Drupal's API. You'll also get sample code, and lessons that guide you through various aspects of Drupal.

  • Introduces you to every aspect of Drupal 7
  • Demystifies key areas of Drupal and shortens the learning curve for even the most novice beginner
  • Features lessons and sample code that offer extra insight into a Drupal web site
  • Exploring simple single website installations and more advanced multiple site installations that share users and/or content.
  • Addresses how to use Drupal's theming layer to your advantage. 

With this comprehensive and clear book by your side, you will quickly learn to leverage Drupal's impressive power.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION xxi

CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCING DRUPAL 1

CHAPTER 2: INSTALLING DRUPAL 9

CHAPTER 3: YOUR FIRST DRUPAL WEBSITE 27

CHAPTER 4: ADMINISTRATION — CONFIGURATION, MODULES, AND REPORTING 49

CHAPTER 5: ADMINISTRATION — BLOCKS, MENUS, AND THEMES 69

CHAPTER 6: CONTENT 91

CHAPTER 7: USER MANAGEMENT 125

CHAPTER 8: TAXONOMY 157

CHAPTER 9: SEARCH, PERFORMANCE, STATISTICS, AND REPORTING 173

CHAPTER 10: TRIGGERS, ACTIONS, WORKFLOW, AND RULES 189

CHAPTER 11: VIEWS 213

CHAPTER 12: INTERNATIONALIZATION 241

CHAPTER 13: THEMING 263

CHAPTER 14: CONTRIBUTED MODULES 299

CHAPTER 15: CUSTOM MODULES 315

CHAPTER 16: DEVELOPMENT HOOKS 331

CHAPTER 17: MODULE DEVELOPMENT START TO FINISH 347

CHAPTER 18: ADVANCED DRUPAL INSTALLATIONS 379

CHAPTER 19: PREFLIGHT CHECKLIST 401

APPENDIX: EXERCISES AND ANSWERS 417

INDEX 433

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Author Information

Jacob Redding is an open source evangelist and technologist, and an active member in the Drupal community. In addition to managing several modules on drupal.org and providing Drupal-related training and consulting, he is also a board member on the Drupal Association.
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