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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.
I want to very briefly talk about something that was introduced recently to Drupal, called the Administrative overlay. If you use self-hosted core Drupal version 6 or earlier, it will throw you for a loop the first few times you see it in Drupal Gardens. Even if you haven't used an earlier version of Drupal, I can still give you some tips to make it work more the way that you want. It's very easy to see how it works. Just go to any administrative page-- in this case, I will go to Configuration-- and you see it pops up this window in front of what was behind it.
You can then move around this window and go from here to any other of the administrative pages, and again the page remains behind it. To get out of the Administrative overlay, you just click on this little X up here in the right corner. Inside anyone of these pages, besides having links, there could be additional controls. For example, if I go to Structure and menus, we see these tabs. So you see that the Administrative overlay is a complete page in and of itself, and it navigates just like any other window in your web browser.
And that's really all there is to the Administrative overlay, but if you don't like it, I would like to show you two ways to turn it off. The first one is good for turning it off temporarily. If you look up at the URL, you see the way that the overlay works. The way this URL works is that we have the page that's underneath it here at the beginning followed by the number sign and then the overlay itself-- the path to the overlay page, that is: admin/structure, et cetera. If you want to show that overlay page, just remove everything between your domain name--that is, explorecalifornia. drupalgardens.com in this case--and the beginning of that admin path, put a slash in it, and just hit Return.
That gives you the page without anything behind it. There is one thing to notice when you do this, however, which is that as you go to other administrative pages, it will stay non-overlay; that is, the overlay won't pop back up. Now if you want to go from this mode back to the overlay mode, the best way I found to do that is to first go Home and then go back to any overlay page. Let's say you want to turn off this overlay page entirely. Well, in Drupal 7 core Drupal, you are able to do that by going to Modules, and scrolling down, and there is actually a module called Overlay.
That's not in Drupal Garden, so you have to do something a little bit different. What you do is you go up to Configuration, scroll down to User Interface, and you see this link, Administration theme and overlay. Click on that, and then you can turn off the overlay both for creating content and for the administration pages. There is not really that much to say about the Administrative overlay. Most people like it; some people don't. Fortunately, there are a few ways to turn it off if you'd like to. You can either do that, once again, by manipulating the URLs or by changing the overlay settings, as I've just showed you.
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