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Drupal Web Profiles

1st Edition

By Timi Ogunjobi

Auerbach Publications

259 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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Demystifying one of the most popular content management systems in use today, Drupal Web Profiles offers a complete introduction to the installation, configuration, and administration of Drupal versions 6 and 7. Filled with worked examples, step-by-step instructions, and hands-on projects, it provides readers with the tools to develop effective business web solutions using Drupal.

The book supplies easy-to-follow instruction on the primary aspects of the Drupal framework—from basic installation, configuration, and administration to creating new functionality with custom modules and themes. Defining key Drupal terminology in a way that users and developers can easily understand, this project-based guide explains how to:

  • Create an installation environment for Drupal as well as how to carry out the actual installation
  • Build web applications using Drupal builds and profiles
  • Add new content to a Drupal site and describe, classify, and organize content using the Taxonomy module
  • Optimize Drupal performance with automatic throttling, bandwidth optimization, and page caching
  • Customize Drupal themes and create, install, and debug modules

The first five chapters describe how to install, configure, and administer a basic site using Drupal version 6 or 7. The next five chapters introduce Drupal profiles and explain how to get them set up and running. Supplying in-depth treatment of web analytics, including Google analytics, parsing Web logs, and node tagging, the book arms you with time-tested advice on how to monitor, analyze, and optimize the performance of your Drupal installation.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Drupal

What is Drupal?

Who is using Drupal?

How is Drupal different from other content management systems?

How much do you need to know to use Drupal?

What do you need to run Drupal?

What version of Drupal should you use?

Drupal 6.x or Drupal 7.x 5

What is new in Drupal 7.x 6

What version of Drupal is used in this book?

The architecture of Drupal

Basic concept and features


How nodes work





User, Permission, Role




Regions and blocks


Menus and blocks

Themes and modules

Content types

Installing Drupal

Obtaining Drupal installation scripts

Installing Drupal on a local computer

Installing Drupal 6.x on localhost using WampServer

Installing Drupal 7.x on localhost

Installing Drupal on a remote live server

Learning Drupal


Adding, Classifying and Viewing Content

Adding your first posts

Add, post and link a menu

Viewing and editing a node

Drupal taxonomy

Drupal taxonomy functions

Planning taxonomies

General principles that apply to the Drupal taxonomy module

Guidelines for taxonomy design

Moving a static site to Drupal

Moving to Drupal

Enable clean URLs within Drupal

The Pathauto module

How to install and select new modules

The WYSIWYG module

Set up taxonomy/terms to reflect the existing folder structure

How to install and select a theme

Setting up a menu

Copying text from browser

Copying raw formatted html

Path to images and other web assets


Administering Drupal

Administration overview

The administrative toolbar

The Shortcut Bar

Basic site administration

Status reports

Site information

Site appearance

Contextual links

The Administrative overlay

Content management

Managing nodes

Managing comments

Managing URL paths

Automatically generating URL path aliases with Pathauto

User management

Registration and login

Open ID

Backing up and restoring a Drupal Site

Backing up a Drupal site using a GUI

Backing up a Drupal site using the command line

Backing up a Drupal database using the command line

Restoring a database backup using command line

Migrating a Drupal site (server to server)

Steps in migrating a Drupal site

Restoring a site

Performance and security


User interaction



Creating Drupal Themes

How a theme works

Theme Engines

Theme hooks

Planning a theme

The .info file

The .tpl.php template files

The template.php file



Building the theme

Creating the directory structure

Building the info file

Building the page.tpl.php file

Building other template files

Menus and theme settings

Creating new theme regions

Content to regions

The header wrapper

The style.css file

Adding a screenshot


Creating Drupal Modules

How modules function

Components of a module

The .info file

The .module file

General coding standards for modules


How the hook functions

Planning the module

Naming the module

Create a folder

Creating the .info file

Creating the .module file

Implementing the help hook

Other module files

.install files

.inc file

Testing and troubleshooting

Enable the module


Resources for module development


Building a Community Site with Drupal Commons

Acquia Drupal Commons

Corporate community sites

The benefits of Commons

Drupal Commons support



Optional features


The installed site


Changing the header graphic

Changing the home page introductory block

Adding a page to the website outside of a group

Changing order in the navigation menu



Activity streams

Creating a status message

Sending messages to other users

Posting messages to a group

Building Administrative Skills


Building a Conference Site with COD

Acquia COD

COD Benefits

Installing COD

Obtaining COD

Preliminary configuration

Changing the header graphic

Changing themes

Creating roles and permissions

Cart Settings


COD Features

Content management

Creating an event

Sponsor setup

Creating a room

Create session

Creating the schedule

Create product

Administering COD

Creating conference attendees

Creating a community for attendees

Administering schedules

Conference management

Session collection

Voting on sessions

Your Schedule display

Checking in attendees

Building COD Skills

Other online resources


Creating a News Publishing Site with OpenPublish

Acquia OpenPublish



Obtaining your download

Completing the installation


Accessing administration page

Changing the site logo


Content Management


Create content

Adding files

Adding images

Adding multimedia

Editing Content

Other Features



Related terms

More Like This

Topic Hub

Improving OpenPublish skills


Creating an Intranet with Open Atrium

Open Atrium


Obtaining your download

Completing the installation


Accessing administration page

Changing the site logo


Creating a new admin user

Creating groups

Creating users

Creating content

Adding new content type

Adding a blog entry

Adding a book

Add Event

Add case

Working with the dashboard

Section (1) Layout selection

Section (2) Category selection

Section (3) – available blocks

Available blocks

Developing Skills


Creating a Learning Management System with ELMS




Possible installation problems

Page Not found


Accessing administration page



Changing the site logo


Content management

Adding content

Improving ELMS Skills


Monitoring, Optimizing and Analyzing a Drupal Site


Logging and errors



Security modules



Bandwidth optimization

Performance Tips

Performance resource modules


Google Analytics

Yahoo! Web Analytics

Piwik Web analytics



About the Author

Timi Ogunjobi is a software developer, technical author, and open source evangelist. Timi has been developing web applications using a variety of frameworks for nearly a decade and has written on a broad range of topics for more than twenty years.

Mr. Ogunjobi balances his time between programming, reviewing, writing, and contributing to interesting community projects especially those relating to wildlife conservation. When he isn’t working, he enjoys playing jazz guitar and getting involved in outdoor activities—principally cricket, golf and swimming.

Mr. Ogunjobi is the Chief Executive Officer of Xceedia Limited (www.xceedia.co.uk), a software development and training company. Timi has written two other books on Drupal that are currently in print (Drupal 6 Site Blueprintsand Drupal 6 Site Blueprints: Lite). He has also published several fiction and non-fiction books, and has been featured in several anthologies. One of his fiction books has been nominated for the Commonwealth Book Prize.

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