Drupal is an elegantly designed, well-supported and flexible open-source CMS platform that anyone can use in order to create their own website. What's more, the latest version of Drupal 7 includes a tremendous number of new features and new under-the-hood improvements for both users and developers. Drupal is a hugely popular and widely celebrated open-source Content Management System that is day-by-day becoming the first choice of people for a wide range of websites. The White house and the British government, to name but a few, turn to Drupal to fulfill their online requirements.
This book provides the best way to learn and master Drupal 7, enabling you to create virtually any type of website. It meets the booming demand for well presented, clear, concise, and above all practical information on how to design and build sites like a pro.
With such a powerful tool at your fingertips there is no longer any need to pay professionals to design a site when you can do the same job yourself absolutely free. All it takes is a bit of practice!
By clearly and concisely demonstrating the fundamentals of Drupal and combining this with practical and methodical coverage of more advanced subjects, this book paves the way for anyone to quickly become proficient at building and operating professional websites.
150 quiz questions and exercises will help you to consolidate and expand on what you learn in the book. It is an indispensable companion for anyone and everyone interested in building a website.
Experienced technical author David Mercer expertly guides the reader through all the stages of building a professional website in a plain, articulate manner. Aimed in particular at beginners to Drupal, this book will allow you to advance rapidly up the learning curve to the point where they can tackle any problem with confidence.
A comprehensive beginner's guide to installing, configuring, and building a professional website
What you will learn from this book
Plan and consider various design aspects of your site
Install, set up, and configure a Drupal development machine
Find your way around the vast array of Drupal settings with ease
Add and work with modules to enhance your website's functionality
Control and manage content
Master content layout and display with Views and Panels
Work with any type of media
Deal with security issues, users, and access control
Implement a customized interface for your website
Add powerful new features and learn advanced techniques
Deploy, manage, and maintain your website
The approach of this book has been revised and updated for Drupal 7 based on comments from thousands of readers.
The book takes a pragmatic look at the steps necessary to get a website up and running. Drawing on years of writing experience, David Mercer utilizes a friendly, engaging style that is both clear and concise-perfect for the Drupal newbie.
Who this book is written for
This book is for people with little or no experience in website design, people who are not necessarily familiar with PHP, MySQL or HTML, and above all people with little to no experience in using Drupal.