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Configuring the site

From: Drupal Gardens Essential Training

Video: Configuring the site

Now that you have seen what Drupal Gardens sets up for you by default, we can start to make it more like what you want. The three things that you have to change are the site's identification information-- for example, this explorecalifornia here-- the information on the site that identifies you as the company or creator of the site, and then if you like, the site's design. We will only go through these steps very quickly and without much explanation; the rest of the course will give you more details. To start, we'll change the identification information.

Configuring the site

Now that you have seen what Drupal Gardens sets up for you by default, we can start to make it more like what you want. The three things that you have to change are the site's identification information-- for example, this explorecalifornia here-- the information on the site that identifies you as the company or creator of the site, and then if you like, the site's design. We will only go through these steps very quickly and without much explanation; the rest of the course will give you more details. To start, we'll change the identification information.

To do that, go up to Configuration and then to Site information. There are two areas here to change. The first one is the Site Name. I am going to just change it so that it has proper capitalization, "Explore California," and I will leave that showing. The second part is the site Slogan, which you might remember showed up just below the title on the front page. I am going to remove it by un-checking this box, but then I will also delete the text here. This is important to do if you really want to get rid of all semblance of the slogan, because it sometimes shows up in your browser's title bar if you don't remove it from both places.

Press Delete, scroll to the bottom, and click Save configuration. There. Now when we go back to the front page, we see that the site looks as we want it, with Explore California up here. Now, I want to start changing the things that identify us as a company. There is a few things to change. First of all, on the About page, Drupal Gardens throws in the sample map and explains how you can change it. But right now, it's on a place in Belgium.

So what we're going to do is change it according to their instructions. First, we will go to view it in Google maps. I am just right-clicking and opening it up in a new tab and then changing the address. I am going to change that to 6410 Via Real, Carpinteria, CA. There we are. Now we take a link off of this page by clicking the Link button over here, and copying the HTML here in the second area.

Then go back to our site and click Edit. Now this section gets a little bit tricky because the instructions they give you are not quite complete. You can't simply delete this and paste in what you just copied. You have to go to HTML and then do it. So I highlight the whole thing and delete it. And then Ctrl+V to paste it in, leave it on Full HTML, scroll to the bottom, and save. Give the page a chance to reload, and there it is.

We now have our map with the address that we want. We can further modify this by, for example, putting in our own address in plain text at the bottom of it, as it had before. So we could say "Contact us at: 6410 Via Real, Carpinteria, CA 93013," and go to the bottom and Save.

There. Now our About page tells a little bit more about us instead of some company out in Belgium. I want to make another change to this page. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you'll see there are links for Facebook and Twitter, as well as this site in an RSS Feed. If you go to those Facebook and Twitter pages, right now those actually go to Drupal Gardens pages, and we want to change that. To do so go up to Configuration and scroll down to Web Services and Site follow links.

Then I will replace the Facebook and Twitter accounts with my own. So, I'm going to go my own Twitter page. In this case, I'm actually going to use the lynda.com page. I copy it, go back to my site, and paste it in the appropriate place. And then do the same thing, of course, for Facebook. Scroll to the bottom of the page and Submit. So that's two of our three things. The third thing you remember is to change the site's appearance. Again, I will just show you this very quickly, but we won't actually change the sample site's look and feel until the video later in this course about switching and saving your themes.

To do so, however, click the Appearance link at the top of the screen. That brings up the Theme Builder. This is a very powerful tool about which you learn a lot more in this course. But the simplest thing that you can do is by clicking on any other theme that you see here right in the opening screen. I clicked on Broadway, give it a moment, and you see the whole site in a completely different look. Now, if I actually wanted to use that, I would click Publish, but instead I am just going to say close out of this, and it will return me to the Campaign theme.

Now we didn't make very many changes in this video, but you have quite a bit of knowledge at this point to make the site your own. Since most of what visitors see in your site is the content, however, the next video is also very important. That video is about creating and managing content on your site.

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  1. 29m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 39s
    2. Previewing the finished project
      1m 29s
    3. What's new in the late 2011 update?
      5m 28s
    4. What is Drupal?
      5m 8s
    5. What is Drupal Gardens?
      5m 57s
    6. Getting started with Drupal Gardens
      5m 35s
    7. Getting help
      4m 1s
    8. Using the exercise files
      39s
  2. 17m 40s
    1. Using the administrative overlay
      2m 54s
    2. Using the dashboard, toolbar, and shortcut bar
      5m 36s
    3. Touring the newly created site
      3m 55s
    4. Configuring the site
      5m 15s
  3. 59m 47s
    1. Creating and managing content
      11m 11s
    2. Creating and managing content types
      10m 35s
    3. Embedding YouTube videos and other media
      4m 5s
    4. Subscribing to RSS feeds
      4m 49s
    5. Categorizing RSS feeds
      5m 1s
    6. Managing tags and taxonomies
      5m 50s
    7. Creating dynamic pages with simple views
      4m 29s
    8. Creating complex information collections with Views
      8m 59s
    9. Creating image galleries
      4m 48s
  4. 37m 50s
    1. Working with blocks
      10m 26s
    2. Setting up rotating banners
      7m 45s
    3. Understanding menus
      7m 27s
    4. Setting up contact forms
      7m 7s
    5. Adding and removing functionality
      5m 5s
  5. 54m 54s
    1. Managing users
      6m 28s
    2. Adjusting user permissions
      6m 35s
    3. Managing comments
      7m 7s
    4. Slowing spam
      5m 20s
    5. Starting discussion forums
      9m 3s
    6. Creating blogs
      4m 41s
    7. Setting up mailing lists
      4m 50s
    8. Allowing users to rate content
      4m 21s
    9. Using best practices for online clubs
      6m 29s
  6. 44m 35s
    1. Getting feedback with webforms
      6m 14s
    2. Publishing RSS feeds
      6m 40s
    3. Taking advantage of social media
      9m 33s
    4. Emphasizing external links
      2m 44s
    5. Improving search engine optimization (SEO)
      7m 30s
    6. Internationalizing sites
      8m 6s
    7. Tracking site usage with Google Analytics
      3m 48s
  7. 34m 40s
    1. Understanding Drupal themes
      5m 44s
    2. Understanding the Theme Builder
      5m 25s
    3. Switching, saving, and copying themes
      7m 13s
    4. Introducing custom CSS
      6m 51s
    5. Refining selections in the Theme Builder
      5m 48s
    6. Exporting themes
      3m 39s
  8. 48m 31s
    1. Changing the site's color palette
      2m 32s
    2. Changing the site's main logo and favicon
      5m 22s
    3. Changing the column number and arrangement
      5m 7s
    4. Adding background colors and images
      6m 29s
    5. Changing element spacing and borders
      6m 11s
    6. Adjusting typography
      4m 24s
    7. Using fonts from outside sources
      5m 7s
    8. Inserting raw CSS code into themes
      6m 57s
    9. Adding visual effects with JavaScript libraries
      6m 22s
  9. 14m 18s
    1. Finessing theme design
      7m 51s
    2. Eight ideas for modifying themes
      6m 27s
  10. 23m 38s
    1. Monitoring sites
      4m 11s
    2. Duplicating and deleting sites
      4m 23s
    3. Adding custom domains
      3m 48s
    4. Using exported sites outside of Drupal Gardens
      3m 46s
    5. Hosting exported Drupal Gardens sites
      7m 30s
  11. 51s
    1. Goodbye
      51s

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