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What's new in the late 2011 update?

From: Drupal Gardens Essential Training

Video: What's new in the late 2011 update?

Acquia, the company that runs Drupal Gardens, is extremely active in the Drupal community, and it's always tweaking the Drupal Gardens software to make it better. That's good for you, but it also means that the interface and features change quite a bit over time. So some of the things you see in this course won't look quite the same as what's on your screen. We re-recorded the most important parts in late 2011, but we left alone those differences that are mostly just cosmetic, or where the difference wouldn't essentially change how you'd build your website. For example, what used to be called Articles is now called News Items; I thought you'd be able to figure such things out as they go by.

What's new in the late 2011 update?

Acquia, the company that runs Drupal Gardens, is extremely active in the Drupal community, and it's always tweaking the Drupal Gardens software to make it better. That's good for you, but it also means that the interface and features change quite a bit over time. So some of the things you see in this course won't look quite the same as what's on your screen. We re-recorded the most important parts in late 2011, but we left alone those differences that are mostly just cosmetic, or where the difference wouldn't essentially change how you'd build your website. For example, what used to be called Articles is now called News Items; I thought you'd be able to figure such things out as they go by.

This video mentions a few of those small changes that just might throw you if you're not expecting them. One of the first things you'll notice occurs when you create a piece of content. I'll do that by going up to Add content and adding a basic page. I'll put in a title of Test and a body of Test. We'll be deleting this page anyway. When I scroll down to the bottom, this button previously said Save, and there was a different arrangement of these other buttons.

Now we can publish it or save it as a draft. The difference between the two is when I publish it it's actually going up as published, and saving as draft creates the node, but as an unpublished node. I'll click Publish so you can see the difference. Now if I go back and edit that node, I scroll to the bottom, and you'll see there's now an Unpublish button and a Save button. It reflects the fact that this is now a published node. For us though, I am just going to delete it.

Another place you'll notice some differences is when you create your site's name and slogan. You can see that by going into Configuration and Site information. Here we have some instructions on how to hide the site name and also the site slogan. Previously there were check boxes here to do that, but there was an architectural change so that each of these pieces is now actually part of a block. I can show you that by going up to Structure and Blocks.

As I go down all the way to the bottom, since I have these disabled, you see Main site logo, and around here there is also a Site slogan, right down there. You'll hear more about the function of blocks in the video "Working with blocks." Going on, the Theme Builder is still one of the most important parts of Drupal Gardens, and it has gotten even better since we first created this course. To see it, we close out our overlay and then click Appearance.

The first change is quite obvious. It used to be that these Themes link was the first tab that you saw, but the folks at Acquia realized that usually when people used the Theme Builder, the first thing they did was they went around and styled different parts of their page, so they made that the first tab, and it's the default one you go to when you first open the Theme Builder. Another difference, which we don't see right now, occurs when you turn on the Font Management module. A new link shows up here, Configure Professional Fonts. If you want to learn more about that, see the video "Using fonts from outside sources." The Themes tab itself has also changed quite a bit.

It used to be that you saw a list of pre-made themes here, but now you see the custom themes first. If you want to choose a pre-made theme, you click Choose a new theme, and there you go. To get back to the list, simply click Cancel. The way you select a theme is slightly different as well. When you hover over a theme, you have Publish, Duplicate, and Delete. These should be obvious, and I'm sure that as you work through Drupal Gardens sites, you'll figure out exactly how they work. The last thing in the Theme Builder is something really neat in this Advanced tab.

It used to be that you simply had Custom CSS, you entered it in, and it worked, and that was great. Now you actually have a history of the CSS that you've changed, and if you want to, you can hide different parts of it and see how that affects your site. For example, we just turned off all of the header images--very cool and very useful for figuring out which CSS directives are changing which parts of your site. Finally, there have been some changes in subscription levels and the options that affect some overriding qualities of your site.

You'll notice this most when you look at the list of all the sites you control. To demonstrate this, I am going to switch to another one of my accounts where I have sites under a variety of subscription levels. You see this list by clicking My sites. And as you can see, there are several different subscription plans. Depending on which subscription plan a particular site is on, that changes the options that are available here. For example, my Professional site, I can only duplicate or export it, whereas with my Gratis subscription, I can also delete it or transfer ownership to somebody else.

That covers the high points, but as I said, there are a lot more little tiny changes that I didn't discuss. Some of them only change the interface by a little amount, but they actually represent quite a lot of work by the folks at Acquia. If you want to follow all of the changes, go to drupalgardens.com/blog. As you scroll through here, you'll see all of the things that they're constantly adding to make Drupal Gardens better and better.

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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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