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Drupal Online Tutorial. A Product of an ENGL 421 class at Purdue University. Page 1. What is Drupal?.

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drupal online tutorial

Drupal Online Tutorial

A Product of an ENGL 421 class at Purdue University

Page 1

what is drupal
What is Drupal?
  • Drupal is an open-source platform and content management system for building dynamic web sites offering a broad range of features and services including user administration, publishing workflow, discussion capabilities, news aggregation, metadata functionalities using controlled vocabularies and XML publishing for content sharing purposes.

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what is drupal1
What is Drupal?
  • What is Open-Source?
    • Open Source means that whoever writes a piece of computer code makes it available for anybody else to see it, modify it, or use it.
    • GPL (GNU [GNU Not Unix] Public License) is the most common open-source license standard.

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what is drupal2
What is Drupal?
  • What is Content Management?
    • Web pages are often easily created with static (non-changing) content, but it is usually very difficult to make regular changes to a page. Content Management is the process of easily changing what a user sees at a web page.

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what is needed to run drupal
What is needed to run Drupal?
  • A web server capable of executing PHP scripts
    • recommended: Apache
  • PHP
    • Recommend using the latest stable release
  • A PHP supported database server
    • recommended: mySQL

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bugs bugs bugs
Bugs, Bugs, Bugs

If you find a bug in Drupals’ open source software the solution to your problem can be solved by using the Bug Tracker system.

The Bug Tracker was set up so that if a bug is found in the code it can be reported on the Drupal website. The reports that are submitted are a huge factor in making Drupal a reliable software. It will also save you a lot of time.

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i found a bug how can i report it
I found a Bug, How can I report it?
  • First of all if you have found a bug in the software make sure that the you are using the newest version of Drupal (currently 4.2.0). Some of the bugs found may be corrected when you change versions,
  • If you do find a bug and are running the newest version then bugs can be reported to Drupal.org Bug Tracker

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submit new bug
Submit New Bug
  • To report a bug just scroll down to the bottom of Drupal’s page and click on the button labeled “Submit new bug.”
  • From there you will need to fill out a few fields of information such as the title and version of Drupal that you are currently using as well as a description of the bug.
  • You do not have to be a member of Drupal.org or even logged in to submit bug information.

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how else can i report bugs
How else can I report Bugs
  • There is another way to report bugs.
    • If you are a member of Drupal.org you can also send in bug reports by using a development list at Drupal-devel@drupal.org.

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how do i develop and use a module
How do I Develop and Use a Module?
  • Modules are used to add menus to Drupal
  • Examples of available modules are: stories, blogs, polls, images, etc
  • Creating modules in Drupal is simple:
    • It is simply a text file, including PHP code, in the directory that ends in .module
    • Allows the use of any text editor

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how to use a node module
How to Use a Node Module.
  • Nodes are the individual pieces of content which make up the entire Drupal community—like individual page in website
  • Node Modules differ from regular modules in that they contain a _node hook.
  • What is a _node hook?:
    • A Special PHP function that is defined in a module
  • What the _node hook does for the module:
    • Tells Drupal what type node the module defines.

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how do i change a theme
How do I change a theme
  • The desired theme must be downloaded to the server
    • Existing documentation explaining this step in detail
  • Administration > Site Configuration > Themes
    • Select desired theme in default theme dropdown box
      • Sets the default theme seen by most users, although users can change the theme to what they want by editing their accounts

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how do i add a poll
How Do I Add a Poll?
  • The Poll module must be installed
    • Instructions Here.
  • To create a poll a user needs the "create polls" permission.
  • To vote on a poll question a user must have the "vote on polls" permission.
  • To view the results one needs the "access content" permission.
  • To administer polls you need the "administer nodes" permission.

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