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Touring the newly created site


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Drupal Gardens Essential Training

with Tom Geller

Video: Touring the newly created site

So, you've created your first site by following the video about getting started with Drupal Gardens. Now we are going to take a look at what exactly you have. The site includes some menu links at the top, some sample content so you have a sense of how it all fits together, and some dynamic areas such as these blocks showing comments and blog posts that are automatically created. For now, we'll leave all the sample content in place because it'll be useful for later demonstrations. But don't worry; we will get rid of it all soon.
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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

Touring the newly created site

So, you've created your first site by following the video about getting started with Drupal Gardens. Now we are going to take a look at what exactly you have. The site includes some menu links at the top, some sample content so you have a sense of how it all fits together, and some dynamic areas such as these blocks showing comments and blog posts that are automatically created. For now, we'll leave all the sample content in place because it'll be useful for later demonstrations. But don't worry; we will get rid of it all soon.

If you're itching to just jump ahead and trash it all right away, watch the video about creating and managing content. What we see here right now though is the site's content as it appears when you create a site using the Campaign template, as we did. If you use the different template, you will see some very different options, but most of it is at least similar. One thing the Campaign template gives us is the seven links at the top of the page in what's called the Main Menu area. Only the About and Contact pages lead to static content.

The other five are dynamic. The Blog is automatically created as a collection of all of your blog posts, much like what you see in WordPress and other blogging sites. You will learn more about how to control these in the video about creating blogs. The News section is actually something called a view. You will learn about views in the video about creating dynamic pages using simple views. A view is essentially a collection of nodes that you've created, a node being an essential content unit in Drupal.

So here we have one node, sample article, First news item, and so forth as you go down the page. The next link is Forum. The Forum is a place for your sites' members to interact with each other. When we created this site, you had a choice of whether to include a forum or not, and you'll learn how to further configure it in the videos later on about starting discussion forums. The Contact link leads to this web form, which you'll learn how to control in the video about setting up Contact forms. Through this page, anybody visiting your site, if you give them permission, can send you e-mails.

Finally, we have Galleries, which you'll learn how to set up in a video about creating image in YouTube video galleries. Well, that takes care of the main menu. Let's take a quick survey of the rest of the other content on the site's front page. We go back there by clicking on the Home, and we actually see two different kinds of content. I used the word "node" earlier. That's the basic unit of content in Drupal. You can see a node in its natural form by clicking on its title. Now we see not only the node, but also an Edit link.

This is how you create content in Drupal, and again we'll talk about this more later on in the course. Going back to the front page, you will notice a different kind of content, which are these blocks on the side of the page. These are what is called dynamic content. You don't create them directly--that is, I didn't type in sample comment created one day and one hour ago; instead, I simply created the comment, or in this case Drupal Gardens created it, and this Comments block keeps track of what was last created. You'll learn more about those in the video about working with blocks.

But let's get back to nodes. I've showed you how to see a node and then edit it. You can see a list of all nodes on your site by clicking on this Content link up here, and that brings you to this page. This is all of the stuff that came with your site automatically. It's what I would call "junk content" that you later replace with your own stuff. Well, that pretty much tells you what you have. The next step is to start configuring it the way that you want it. The two most important videos in this respect are about configuring the site, which shows you how to give it your own name and basic design, and creating and managing content, which lets you un- publish or delete all of the sample text and then replace it with your own.

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