Slides from the December 5th webcast for Using Drupal, published by O\'Reilly & Associates.
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content management system
with the funky name
James Walker & Jeff Eaton
•Helps you manage your site’s content.
•Thousands of feature plugins.
•Skinnable by designers.
•100% Free: open source software!
•What’s not to love?
•Built in 2000 by Belgians
•Released as open source in 2001
•Used by Dean campaign in 2004
•Now used on trillions of sites
Folders full of HTML files, requested one by one.
Simple — until you have 1000 pages...
Scripts the handle similar content and
interactive sections: great, but still scattered
Central system handles all functionality
and content. One tool to rule them all!
•I’m the user, I want a page.
•I’m Drupal. What URL do you want?
•I’m a plugin. I handle that URL.
•I’m Drupal, I add sidebars and menus and…
•I’m a theme, I turn that stuff into HTML
•I’m the user… thanks for the web page!
Views of content(blog, calendar, gallery)
Content(blog posts, news, wiki pages)
Users(editors, administrators, plebians)
Drupal Core(login, search, security, etc.)
developers tools to build
web sites from scratch.
Web Apps are focused
on specific kinds of sites:
blogging, photo gallery,
Content Management Systems
give users tools to structure
sites, often rely on plugins to
add specific features.
•Different types of content
•Modules define content types
•All goes into a big bin!
•Blog: Organize by user and date
•Calendar: Show in a table, by date
•Forum: Summarize by “topic”
•Taxonomy: Organize by related keywords
•Wiki: Don’t organize! ;-)
•Drupal lets you create content types
•CCK let you add bits to them
•Views lets you build custom listings
•Other modules add random crazy coolness.
Voting and Rating
•Drupal manages content, lets
you structure your site
•Modules can add custom
features to Drupal
•Themes can customize the
HTML that’s generated