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Drupal is a free, open-source content management system (CMS) for a variety of platforms. It has a robust user community and easy-to-use administration features. Drupal Essential Training covers all the important aspects of installing, configuring, customizing, and maintaining a Drupal-powered website. Instructor Tom Geller explores blogs, discussion forums, member profiles, and other features while demonstrating the steps required to make Drupal perform. He also teaches fundamental concepts and skills along the way, including installation, backups, and updates; security and permissions; flexible page layouts and CSS; menu navigation; and performance monitoring and disaster recovery. He also discusses how to select and install the community-supported modules that further expand Drupal's capabilities, and gives experienced PHP programmers tips on customizing page templates. Example files accompany the course.
One of the most popular features of social online media is the ability to easily keep journals, commonly known as Blogs. By default, Drupal installs software that allows every registered member of your site to maintain a Blog and presents those Blogs in a convenient and familiar way. As you are site's Administrator, you have complete control over which members, if any, may keep Blogs and you might decide to only allow yourself that privilege, but first, you have to turn on the blogging module. To do so you go to Administer and Modules.
Now, we've already turned it on, but if you haven't, you would make sure that this is clicked, so that it's checked, go down to the bottom of the page and say, Save Configuration. Once you have done that, there will be an additional type of content under Content types. To see that go to Administer and Content types and there you have it, Blog, but your job isn't done there, because you have to give permission to allow certain people on your Drupal site to create and edit their Blogs. To do so, go to Administer, and scroll down to Permissions.
Again, we have already done this, but if you want to allow everybody to keep a blog, you would check anonymous user. If you only wanted your members to create Blogs, you would check authenticated user. We also have an additional group called Contributing user. That's next to Create Blog Entries, we however not given them permission to delete their own blog entries or edit their blog entries. In other words, once they have started them, they have to keep them. I am going to give Contributing users that additional ability to edit their own blog entries. Whatever changes you decide to make, go down to the bottom of the page, and click Save permissions.
So, now we've allowed certain users to create and edit their blogs. I am going to switch to one such user. The one we have logged in, on the separate browser called Firefox and that user's name is Fishyjoe. Fishyjoe clicks on Create content and then Blog Entry and let's just add an entry here; how about, "I've decided to take the plunge. I'm going to buy some underwater property. Does anyone have tips to help me?" And we will go down to the bottom here and click on Save, that's very much like creating a story, or page, or any other Content type.
By default, all Blog posts go to the front page and if we click on the icon here, we will go to our front page, scroll down and since these are kept in reverse chronological order; it will be at the top. Also, Blogs allow Comments, you can comment directly by clicking on Add new comment or if we go back to that page by clicking on the Back button we can click on the Title of the Blog and see the entire Blog and then say, Add New Comment. You will also notice an additional link here, which will give us a list of all of the posts that Fishy Joe has made in his Blog, let's take a look at that.
We had earlier added one Blog post, " Can you help me find the lender?" So, here we have the most recent one at top and then again in reverse chronological order, the next one. If you want to see everybody's blog, you could just say localhost or whatever your website is, localhost/blog and that gives you everybody's Blog at once. Since, Fishy Joe is the only person who has created Blog post, that's all that shows up on this page. Of course, you could create a menu that would go directly to this page and we'll show how to that in the video about menus.
Blogs are a great way to get people involved in your site, but there is a downside, they get people involved in your site in unregulated ways that could go against your interests. So they are best, if you either limit blogging to those site members who you can trust, such as employees of a company or for community sites where you are not trying to enforce a particular point of view.
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