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Setting up rotating banners


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Drupal Gardens Essential Training

with Tom Geller

Video: Setting up rotating banners

We have been staring at our site's front page since we installed it from the Campaign template about a dozen videos ago, so I am sure you noticed this big giant area right at the top of the page. This is called a rotating banner, and it's a great way to highlight several parts of your site in a single space with a lot of visual impact. Now originally, when the site was installed it rotated between headline 1 and headline 2 every few seconds. I changed that earlier, so it wouldn't be so distracting. Now we are going to add our own rotating banner back in, with our own graphics and text.
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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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Drupal Gardens Essential Training
6h 6m Appropriate for all Jan 05, 2011 Updated Nov 10, 2011

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Author Tom Geller demonstrates how to create and publish a complete web site with the powerful tools in Acquia's hosted service, Drupal Gardens. The course shows how to leverage the pre-built page layouts and add custom styling using the ThemeBuilder tool; integrate rich site features, such as surveys, user ratings, and media galleries; and push content to Twitter and Facebook. The course also covers transitioning from a Drupal Gardens site to a self-hosted Drupal site. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Creating and managing content and content types
  • Embedding videos and other media
  • Publishing and subscribing to RSS feeds
  • Setting up blocks, banners, menus, and forms
  • Allowing users to rate content
  • Managing comments and spam
  • Tracking site usage
  • Collecting feedback with web forms
  • Duplicating and deleting sites
  • Adding custom domains
  • Changing the site's main logo and favicon
  • Adding visual effects with JavaScript libraries
Subjects:
Web CMS
Software:
Drupal Gardens
Author:
Tom Geller

Setting up rotating banners

We have been staring at our site's front page since we installed it from the Campaign template about a dozen videos ago, so I am sure you noticed this big giant area right at the top of the page. This is called a rotating banner, and it's a great way to highlight several parts of your site in a single space with a lot of visual impact. Now originally, when the site was installed it rotated between headline 1 and headline 2 every few seconds. I changed that earlier, so it wouldn't be so distracting. Now we are going to add our own rotating banner back in, with our own graphics and text.

A rotating banner is simply a block, and you can place it in any block region, as I showed you in the video about using blocks. To get there, we will go up to Structure and Blocks. Right now, that banner is in an area called Banner. I'm going to take the one that's there right now and hide it by moving it from Banner into None, then going down and saving. Now, when we go back to our front page, as you can see, after the page reloads, it's gone. Okay, now let's go back and create our own. Click Structure and Blocks.

Here near the top of the screen you see Add Block and Add a Rotating Banner. Of course, I will choose the Rotating Banner and give it a title. We will call this "Front page banner." This isn't shown to anybody who visits the site; it's only for administrative purposes. Then click Create. I am now going to add a few graphics to this banner. These images are from the exercise files for this course, which you should have if you are a premium member lynda.com or received this course on a disc. I have them here on my desktop.

First, I will click Add a new slide to this banner, and then Choose banner image, and then navigate to where you have the files. I have them on the desktop in my exercise files here. I'll add this first one, beach_houses, and click Upload. There you have it. Now, you'll notice that with each graphic you have an option to put in several pieces of text, headline and text, down here. You could type it in here if you want, or if you go further down the page, I actually find it easier to type into these text areas.

Now when I go back to my Desktop, I have some text already put together for this. So I'm going to just copy and paste that. I will make the headline, "Beach houses on the coast," and I think I just won't put in any text; I will have only a headline for these. Now when I do that, I'll scroll back up, and I can see what it looks like. It looks pretty good to me. So then I will click Save. I will continue doing this with the other three graphics that I have, and I will just do this very quickly.

Choose a banner image, Browse > golden _gate > upload, go back, get my text. Again, you can click up here if you prefer, but it's a little bit harder to get a hold of the text that you have there, as you can see. So I will just continue using the text area like this. Scroll down and Save. Just two more to go. Choose the banner image > Browse > ventura.

Now while it's uploading, you can go back and grab your text. You don't have to wait for it to finish to go to a different program. Paste it in, remove the text, save and almost done. One more. And there we go. We now actually have our rotating banner completely done, and we could leave it exactly as it is.

But remember, it's in a block, and it won't show up anywhere on the page until we'll put that block into a block region. I am going to do that right now on the page here, or of course, you could go back to the Block Administration page. I am going to that back into the area we had before, which is Banner, and scroll down and save. Let's go to our front page and see what that looks like. Give it a moment to redraw, and there it is. Now with these rotating banners, you could just wait for a while for it to change from graphic to graphic, as it does there, or the user can click on these buttons and move them manually.

Now, there are more options that you have with this banner. Let's go back to our Banner Setting page and see what they are. To do so, you could go back to Structure and Blocks and then click Configure next to the block itself, or the faster way is just to click on this little widget here to configure block, and you are back at it. Now once you have these images in, you could go back and edit them if you like, to change the text, for example. Or you could change some certain other things, such as where the text appears on the graphic. Let's say, for example, we didn't like it up here.

We thought it should be better over on the right. Just change it top-right, scroll down, and save. Now when we go back to our front page, we will see the result. Notice that it doesn't affect any of the other graphics. It only affects that one, and that's actually quite useful. For example, on this Ventura one, we can see it's not quite as easy to read, so let's go back in and change it. Once again, we go there, and Top right.

So that's how you can change individual graphics, but you can actually make other changes as well to the entire rotating banner, by scrolling down and clicking on this Banner Settings link. That exposes a lot more options. I use graphics that were pretty well prepared for this use, although there has been a bit of cropping. If your graphics vary in size, Drupal Gardens can make them look kind of odd. So you're best off making them all consistent in an image-processing program such as Photoshop. If you don't know how to do that already, of course, check out any of lynda.com's many Photoshop courses, such as "Photoshop Essential Training." But if you're not able to do that for whatever reason, you do have these two options here, which will either shrink the banner to fit the page or will make the banner the same size and change the area that the banner is shown in.

You can also change what kind of transition is happening. Let's try a Fade instead, for example. And you can change the length of time between transitions. I am going to make this much faster I think it's a little bit too sleepy. Finally, you can change what kind of control moves between the slides. I will change that the Numbers. Or if you prefer, make it no control, which will force people to wait the two seconds. Scroll down to the bottom just to see those changes, close out our overlay, give it a moment to redraw, and there we are.

You see the numbers here, and you see that it's switching much more quickly. Now that you have seen how to do this, I am actually going to hide this banner block for now. We are going to be working on a site's design a lot in later videos, and we will bring this banner back when we ready. So once again, we can go up to Structure and Blocks--or of course, we could've clicked on that widget--go down to the Banner area and hide it again by moving it to None. Then Scroll down and click Save. It really is a nice effect though, isn't it? As I mentioned earlier, you can do it in any block region.

So don't feel that you have to stick with the site design. It's a kind of an effect where a little goes a long way, so do be judicious in its use. Too much, and your site gets a little confusing. That's a kind of circus-like feel, with too much going on all at once. But I think it is right for our site, since the way we are using it shows off the variety and spectacle of California while enticing people to click and learn more.

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