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Adopting best practices

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Video: Adopting best practices

I've put the computer away because I would like to talk about some general practices that will help you build, maintain, and even hand off your site when you're done with it. First, consider your motivations. I know now that you have the skills to create a Drupal web site, you can't wait to go out and do it, but stop and step back for a moment and ask yourself a few questions. First off, why you are building this site anyway? Is it for personal glory, to sell a product, to encourage interaction, to demonstrate an idea? Your answer will determine how you build the site.

Adopting best practices

I've put the computer away because I would like to talk about some general practices that will help you build, maintain, and even hand off your site when you're done with it. First, consider your motivations. I know now that you have the skills to create a Drupal web site, you can't wait to go out and do it, but stop and step back for a moment and ask yourself a few questions. First off, why you are building this site anyway? Is it for personal glory, to sell a product, to encourage interaction, to demonstrate an idea? Your answer will determine how you build the site.

For instance, many sites don't have any kind of membership system. You browse as a visitor and that's it. But Drupal encourages membership-based sites, even it might be inappropriate. So before you begin, picture the perfect site for your purpose and then work toward that. Second, design before you build. When most people hear the word design they think of graphic design, but here I am talking more about feature design. Make a list of features you want, then sketch out where they'll appear throughout your site.

You will find some tools to do this in a free white paper I wrote called "Building an enterprise class web site" for the Drupal design firm Media Current. It's on their web site at mediacurrent.com. Also I recommend you check out James Williamson's lynda.com course, Web Design Fundamentals, in particular the first few videos. Third, remember to budget time for site maintenance. If your site is basically just an online brochure, you'll only need to keep the Drupal software up-to-date, as you learned in the video "Updating Drupal," but if you allow the real world to interact with it, whether through comments or forums or user profiles or whatever, expect to spend some time making sure that it's all going as you like.

Finally, keep your Drupal knowledge up-to-date. There is no better way to do that than by getting involved in the Drupal community. You will learn how to do that in the video, "Joining the Drupal community," but really, all of these tips, boil down to one thing, stay involved. A web site is a living, highly complex organism. Ongoing love and care will keep it healthy.

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  1. 10m 29s
    1. Welcome
      56s
    2. Getting a Drupal site up fast
      4m 37s
    3. Using the exercise files
      4m 56s
  2. 35m 18s
    1. Managing content with Drupal
      6m 0s
    2. Comparing Drupal with other content management systems
      6m 24s
    3. Deciding whether to use Drupal
      5m 4s
    4. Looking at Drupal-built sites
      3m 20s
    5. Exploring the Drupal universe
      7m 7s
    6. Getting help with Drupal issues
      7m 23s
  3. 22m 18s
    1. Checking Drupal's requirements
      4m 34s
    2. Investigating Drupal's inner workings
      2m 54s
    3. Learning Drupal's basic workflow
      5m 24s
    4. Understanding key terms in Drupal
      4m 39s
    5. Touring Drupal's interface
      4m 47s
  4. 11m 19s
    1. Installing Acquia Dev Desktop
      3m 19s
    2. Importing core Drupal into DAMP
      3m 3s
    3. Running Drupal's installer on top of DAMP
      4m 57s
  5. 23m 20s
    1. Uploading Drupal with SFTP
      4m 56s
    2. Uploading Drupal with SSH
      7m 42s
    3. Creating Drupal's MySQL database
      3m 32s
    4. Running Drupal's installer
      3m 45s
    5. Installing Drupal using Acquia's Debian/Ubuntu package
      3m 25s
  6. 22m 14s
    1. Using the toolbar
      5m 31s
    2. Using the shortcut bar
      6m 4s
    3. Touring the administrative controls
      4m 48s
    4. Customizing the Dashboard
      3m 47s
    5. Differentiating administrator and visitor views
      2m 4s
  7. 22m 33s
    1. Understanding nodes
      2m 6s
    2. Creating basic content
      7m 48s
    3. Changing site information, graphics, and interface
      5m 27s
    4. Giving visitors a way to contact you
      7m 12s
  8. 51m 24s
    1. Creating content summaries
      5m 53s
    2. Revising content
      4m 29s
    3. Categorizing content with tags
      4m 28s
    4. Going further with content categories
      7m 23s
    5. Publishing content via RSS
      6m 52s
    6. Using text formats to prevent content damage
      9m 16s
    7. Setting the comment policy
      7m 45s
    8. Managing comments
      5m 18s
  9. 33m 52s
    1. Adding blogs
      5m 13s
    2. Adding discussion groups
      9m 52s
    3. Adding polls
      6m 29s
    4. Subscribing to RSS feeds
      7m 25s
    5. Categorizing RSS feeds
      4m 53s
  10. 37m 33s
    1. Creating new content types
      4m 58s
    2. Adding fields to content types
      9m 6s
    3. Exploring field types and options
      8m 22s
    4. Adjusting field display
      4m 38s
    5. Customizing field display by context
      2m 53s
    6. Modifying image styles
      7m 36s
  11. 34m 59s
    1. Defining new user policies
      7m 59s
    2. Creating user accounts
      6m 45s
    3. Setting up user profiles
      5m 19s
    4. Defining user roles
      2m 47s
    5. Controlling access permissions
      6m 0s
    6. Canceling user accounts
      6m 9s
  12. 29m 2s
    1. Understanding Drupal page layout
      4m 34s
    2. Taking advantage of block regions
      4m 43s
    3. Creating and modifying blocks
      5m 41s
    4. Selecting and installing downloaded themes
      7m 35s
    5. Building themes the traditional way
      6m 29s
  13. 15m 54s
    1. Understanding Drupal default menus
      5m 33s
    2. Creating multilevel menus
      3m 46s
    3. Creating easy-to-navigate books
      6m 35s
  14. 23m 54s
    1. Installing and uninstalling modules
      7m 38s
    2. Configuring modules
      4m 48s
    3. Surveying popular modules
      6m 15s
    4. Enabling styled text with a WYSIWYG editor
      5m 13s
  15. 17m 23s
    1. Understanding views
      4m 46s
    2. Creating views
      6m 27s
    3. Modifying views
      6m 10s
  16. 23m 31s
    1. Launching a Drupal site
      7m 39s
    2. Troubleshooting a Drupal installation
      5m 12s
    3. Backing up and restoring a Drupal site
      3m 44s
    4. Updating Drupal
      4m 25s
    5. Deleting Drupal
      2m 31s
  17. 15m 47s
    1. Monitoring performance
      5m 27s
    2. Improving administration skills
      3m 18s
    3. Reviewing security and permissions
      4m 50s
    4. Adopting best practices
      2m 12s
  18. 11m 27s
    1. Programming modules
      6m 2s
    2. Joining the Drupal community
      5m 25s
  19. 1m 20s
    1. Next Steps
      1m 20s

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