Synopses & Reviews
With the recipes in this book, you'll take full advantage of the vast collection of community-contributed modules that make the Drupal web framework useful and unique. Learn how to combine modules in interesting ways (with minimal code-wrangling) to develop a variety of community-driven websites. Each chapter describes a case study and outlines specific requirements for one of several projects included in the book -- a wiki, publishing workflow site, photo gallery, product review site, online store, user group site, and more.
The second edition of this popular book is one of the few resources to cover Drupal 7, the latest version of the open source content management system. Newcomers will find a thorough introduction to the framework, while experienced Drupal developers will learn best practices for building powerful websites.
- Get an overview of Drupal concepts and key modules, with a birds-eye view of each modules specialty
- Explore various solutions that meet the requirements for each project described, with details about which modules are selected and why
- Learn how to configure modules, with step-by-step recipes for building the precise functionality the project requires
- Get information on additional modules that will make your project even more powerful
- Be able to access the modules described in the book, along with other resources
There are over 500 add-on modules available for Drupal to extend its functionality in various ways. Both new users and seasoned developers alike struggle with what modules to use for which types of projects, and how to combine various "building block" architecture modules in useful and interesting ways. This book covers all the "need to know" contributed modules in a practical, hands-on way. For beginners, there is step-by-step hand-holding. For advanced users, there is coverage on all the major "gotta know" contributed modules, so they can increase the number of tools at their disposal for their next project.
Take advantage of Drupals vast collection of community-contributed modules and discover how they make this web framework unique and valuable. With this guide, youll learn how to combine modules in interesting ways (with minimal code-wrangling) to develop several community-driven websites— including a job posting board, photo gallery, online store, product review database, and event calendar.
The second edition focuses on Drupal 7, the latest version of this open source system. Each project spans an entire chapter, with step-by-step "recipes" to help you build out the precise functionality the site requires. With this book, developers new to Drupal will gain experience through a hands-on introduction, and experienced Drupal developers will learn real-world best practices.
- Learn Drupals concepts and building blocks, and how everything works together
- Hit the ground running—build your first Drupal site hands-on
- Explore solutions that meet each projects requirements, and discover why specific modules were selected
- Understand the projects through case studies, including the clients needs and desires
- Learn how to configure modules with a birds-eye view of how they work
- Discover new modules, including Drupal Commerce, Media, and Workbench
About the Author
Angela Byron is an open source evangelist, and has been called a Drupal freak by those in the know. She got her start as a Google Summer of Code student in 2005 and since then, she has immersed herself in the Drupal community. Her work includes coding and reviewing patches, creating and contributing to modules and themes, testing and quality assurance efforts within the project, improving documentation, and providing user support on forums and IRC. Angela is on the Board of Directors for the Drupal Association, and helps drive community growth by leading initiatives to help get new contributors involved. She is a sought-after lecturer on many themes, especially the topic of women in Open Source.
Addison Berry is deeply involved with Drupal and takes part in many aspects of both the software and the community. She contributes patches to core Drupal, maintains several contributed modules, and is active in various mentoring programs such as the Drupal Dojo group and Google's Highly Open Participation (GHOP) program. Addison helps maintain the drupal.org website, and is a permanent member of the Drupal Association General Assembly. Her work focuses on improving Drupal documentation and she has worked to provide a wide range of tutorials covering all aspects of Drupal from community involvement to code.
Jeff Eaton has been building software for the Internet and desktop applications for over a decade. He's participated in projects ranging from web-portals for communities and nonprofits, to enterprise client-server applications for retail industries, to large-scale web applications for companies like Dow AgroSciences and the Chicago Board of Trade. In 2005, he began developing solutions based on the open-source Drupal content management framework. In the years since, he's become a core developer for the Drupal project, specializing in architecture and API development. In his capacity as a consultant for Lullabot Consulting, LLC, he's helped plan and build the software infrastructure for Drupal sites including MTVUK's music portal, SonyBMG's artist site platform, and Fast Company's groundbreaking business networking site.
Passionate about both technology and teaching, James Walker is Lullabot's Director of Education where he oversees the company's public workshops, seminars and private Drupal trainings. A leader in the Drupal community, James is a founding member of the non-profit Drupal Association and the Drupal security team. As a long time member of the Drupal community, James maintains over a dozen modules and has contributed countless patches to Drupal core. A long time believer in Open Source and Open Standards, James has spent years co-ordinating Drupal's involvement with other communities such as Jabber/XMPP and, most recently, OpenID. An engaging speaker, James is a frequently requested presenter at many types of technical conferences. His humorous and informative lectures have been among the most well-attended at DrupalCons, starting with the first - four years ago.
Jeff Robbins is co-founder and CEO of Lullabot. He worked at O'Reilly & Associates as an illustrator and systems administrator as the world wide web came into being. He was involved in the early stages of the first commercial website, O'Reilly's Global Network Navigator, but left to start one of the first web design companies, Liquid Media, in 1993.
Considered by many to be the voice of Drupal, Jeff hosts Lullabot's weekly Drupal podcast, the #1 Drupal podcast in the world. Additionally, he has contributed over 20 Drupal modules and themes.
Table of Contents
Foreword; Preface; Audience; Assumptions This Book Makes; A Note About the Modules Used in This Book; Contents of This Book; Conventions Used in This Book; Using Code Examples; Downloading the Book's Source Code; Safari® Books Online; How to Contact Us; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1: Drupal Overview; 1.1 What Is Drupal?; 1.2 A Brief History of Content Management; 1.3 How Does Drupal Work?; 1.4 Getting Help; 1.5 Conclusion; Chapter 2: Drupal Jumpstart; 2.1 Case Study; 2.2 Spotlight: Drupal's Administration Interface; 2.3 Hands-On: Changing Administrative Settings; 2.4 Spotlight: Content Management; 2.5 Hands-On: Content Management; 2.6 Spotlight: Modules; 2.7 Hands-On: Working with Modules; 2.8 Spotlight: Access Control; 2.9 Hands-On: Creating Roles and Users; 2.10 Hands-On: Configuring Permissions; 2.11 Spotlight: Content Moderation Tools; 2.12 Hands-On: Contact Form; 2.13 Spotlight: Themes; 2.14 Hands-On: Branding the Site; 2.15 Summary; Chapter 3: Job Posting Board; 3.1 Case Study; 3.2 Spotlight: Field and Field UI; 3.3 Hands-On: Job Content Type; 3.4 Spotlight: References; 3.5 Hands-On: Adding a Reference Field; 3.6 Hands-On: Customizing Field Display; 3.7 Hands-On: Job Application Type; 3.8 Spotlight: Views Module; 3.9 Hands-On: The Views Module; 3.10 Taking It Further; 3.11 Summary; Chapter 4: Media Management; 4.1 Case Study; 4.2 Spotlight: Image Styles; 4.3 Hands-On: Image Styles; 4.4 Spotlight: Media; 4.5 Hands-On: Music Reviews; 4.6 Spotlight: Content Editing and Image Handling; 4.7 Spotlight: Text Formats and Filters; 4.8 Hands-On: Setting Up WYSIWYG; 4.9 Spotlight: Media Internet Sources; 4.10 Hands-On: Posting Videos; 4.11 Taking It Further; 4.12 Summary; Chapter 5: Product Reviews; 5.1 Case Study; 5.2 Hands-On: Basic Product Reviews; 5.3 Spotlight: Amazon Module; 5.4 Hands-On: Adding an Amazon Field; 5.5 Spotlight: Voting API and Fivestar; 5.6 Hands-On: Adding Ratings; 5.7 Spotlight: CSS Injector; 5.8 Hands-On: Polishing the Presentation; 5.9 Hands-On: Building a Product List; 5.10 Spotlight: The Search Module; 5.11 Hands-On: Make the Product List Searchable; 5.12 Rewriting Views Field Output; 5.13 Taking It Further; 5.14 Summary; Chapter 6: Event Management; 6.1 Case Study; 6.2 Hands-On: First Steps; 6.3 Spotlight: Date Module; 6.4 Hands-On: Adding Dates; 6.5 Hands-On: Upcoming Events View; 6.6 Spotlight: Calendar Module; 6.7 Hands-On: Calendar View; 6.8 Spotlight: Flag Module; 6.9 Hands-On: Flag Configuration; 6.10 Hands-On: Attendee View; 6.11 Taking It Further; 6.12 Summary; Chapter 7: Managing Publishing Workflows; 7.1 Case Study; 7.2 Spotlight: Taxonomy; 7.3 Hands-On: Categorizing Content; 7.4 Spotlight: Pathauto; 7.5 Hands-On: Automating URL Aliases; 7.6 Spotlight: Workbench; 7.7 Hands-On: Creating Editorial Work Spaces; 7.8 Hands-On: Generating Sample Content; 7.9 Spotlight: Workbench Access; 7.10 Hands-On: Workbench Access; 7.11 Spotlight: Workbench Moderation; 7.12 Hands-On: Workbench Moderation; 7.13 Taking It Further; 7.14 Summary; Chapter 8: Multilingual Sites; 8.1 Case Study; 8.2 Spotlight: Interface Translation; 8.3 Hands-On: Installing a Translation; 8.4 Hands-On: Configuring Locale Features; 8.5 Spotlight: Localization Client; 8.6 Hands-On: Translating the Interface; 8.7 Spotlight: Content Translation; 8.8 Hands-On: Translating Content; 8.9 Spotlight: Internationalization; 8.10 Hands-On: Internationalization Features; 8.11 Taking It Further; 8.12 Summary; Chapter 9: Online Store; 9.1 Case Study; 9.2 Spotlight: Drupal Commerce; 9.3 Spotlight: Managing Products with Drupal Commerce; 9.4 Hands-On: Products and Product Types; 9.5 Spotlight: Feeds Module; 9.6 Hands-On: Bulk-Importing Product Data; 9.7 Spotlight: Building the Storefront and Shopping Cart; 9.8 Hands-On: Product Displays; 9.9 Hands-On: Creating a Product Catalog; 9.10 Spotlight: Rules Module; 9.11 Hands-On: Taxes; 9.12 Spotlight: Accepting Credit Card Payments Online; 9.13 Hands-On: PayPal; 9.14 Hands-On: Configuring a Payment Method; 9.15 Hands-On: Processing Orders; 9.16 Taking It Further; 9.17 Summary; Installing and Upgrading Drupal; Before You Begin Installation; Installing Drupal; Keeping Drupal Up-to-Date; Updating Drupal Core; Updating Contributed Modules; References; Choosing the Right Modules; Finding Modules; Assessing a Module's Health; The People Behind the Code; Getting Involved; Summary; References; Modules and Themes Used in This Book; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; Major Changes Between Drupal 6 and 7; New Features in Drupal 7; Changes in Drupal 7; Features Removed from Drupal 7; Under-the-Hood Changes; Resources; Colophon;