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Configuring the appropriate modules for a Drupal site

From: Drupal 6: Creating and Editing Custom Themes

Video: Configuring the appropriate modules for a Drupal site

Drupal will need content for us to theme around, but before we can add any content, we should make sure Drupal is finished being set up. This includes enabling any modules our site will require. So let's review which modules need to be enabled and why. So to get to the Modules Administration screen, we actually need to go through the Administer link, and then Modules, which is here on the right column, and we will now be presented with a whole list of modules. Now, remember these are only the standard Drupal modules that come with Drupal 6, nothing new has been added.

Configuring the appropriate modules for a Drupal site

Drupal will need content for us to theme around, but before we can add any content, we should make sure Drupal is finished being set up. This includes enabling any modules our site will require. So let's review which modules need to be enabled and why. So to get to the Modules Administration screen, we actually need to go through the Administer link, and then Modules, which is here on the right column, and we will now be presented with a whole list of modules. Now, remember these are only the standard Drupal modules that come with Drupal 6, nothing new has been added.

So the modules we will need are the ones that revolve around content, so that means the Aggregator module needs to be Enabled, and this will be used for any RSS feeds we would like to consume within the site. The Blog module will be turned on, because the owners of the site wish to have a blog. We will be theming that later. The Comment module should be on, especially when you are using blogs. This will allow visitors of the site to actually comment on the content.

The Menu module should be Enabled as well, because we will actually be using the primary navigation menu that Drupal provides, so this module is needed. I also want you to turn on the Path module, because we want to actually supply custom URLs to all our node types that we will be saving throughout the title. The Search module needs to be on as well, because we are going to have a global search box that will appear at the top header. And the Upload module is the last module that needs to be turned on.

This Upload module allows us to have file attachments on any node, as we will learn later, is how we will actually be uploading photos for the content. So click Save Configuration. And once that's done and we see that there is a success message, we can actually now move on to building the site and its content.

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Drupal 6: Creating and Editing Custom Themes

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  1. 8m 19s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      7m 16s
  2. 5m 17s
    1. Learning about Drupal themes
      2m 0s
    2. Building sites today with Drupal
      1m 7s
    3. Required knowledge and software
      2m 10s
  3. 22m 38s
    1. Installing Drupal 6 using Acquia
      4m 4s
    2. Configuring the appropriate modules for a Drupal site
      1m 59s
    3. Creating pages with standard node content types
      4m 48s
    4. Creating custom node content types
      6m 19s
    5. Adding RSS secondary content
      3m 11s
    6. Finalizing site navigation
      2m 17s
  4. 22m 0s
    1. Installing the Theme Developer module (aka Devel)
      6m 27s
    2. Ensuring cross-browser compatibility with conditional style sheets
      5m 16s
    3. Using Firefox extensions for site development
      6m 57s
    4. Working with Dreamweaver
      3m 20s
  5. 35m 13s
    1. Choosing a default theme
      2m 5s
    2. Touring the core themes
      5m 25s
    3. Configuring global theme features and post settings
      4m 46s
    4. Adding a logo and shortcut icon (favicon)
      4m 7s
    5. Setting the administration theme
      4m 0s
    6. Installing a new theme
      3m 47s
    7. Positioning blocks in theme regions
      5m 56s
    8. Setting user theme permissions
      5m 7s
  6. 40m 36s
    1. Using the Color module to change color schemes
      5m 0s
    2. Preparing to build a sub-theme
      7m 13s
    3. Building a sub-theme: Creating the .info file
      8m 51s
    4. Building a sub-theme: Adding custom styles (CSS)
      7m 25s
    5. Building a sub-theme: Adding custom theme regions
      12m 7s
  7. 35m 0s
    1. Exploring a theme folder
      3m 19s
    2. Setting up a theme .info file
      4m 7s
    3. Adding styles (CSS) to a theme
      7m 9s
    4. Including a style sheet for right to left readers
      1m 43s
    5. Creating a print style sheet
      3m 30s
    6. Adding JavaScript to a theme
      5m 49s
    7. Adding graphics and images to a theme
      3m 7s
    8. Understanding theme templates (tpl.php)
      3m 19s
    9. Understanding template variables
      2m 57s
  8. 30m 33s
    1. Understanding page templates
      8m 2s
    2. Creating a template to theme every page (page.tpl.php)
      6m 54s
    3. Creating a template to theme just the front page (page-front.tpl.php)
      4m 33s
    4. Creating a template to theme individual pages (page-node-nid.tpl.php)
      3m 43s
    5. Creating a template for "site offline" maintenance pages
      7m 21s
  9. 13m 20s
    1. Understanding node templates
      4m 24s
    2. Creating a template to theme every node (node.tpl.php)
      2m 16s
    3. Creating a template to theme custom node types (node-type.tpl.php)
      5m 10s
    4. Discovering node templates using the theme developer module
      1m 30s
  10. 21m 32s
    1. Understanding block templates
      3m 32s
    2. Creating a template to theme every block (block.tpl.php)
      2m 37s
    3. Creating a template to theme an individual block (block-module-delta.tpl.php)
      8m 26s
    4. Creating a template to theme all blocks from a single module (block-module.tpl.php)
      3m 41s
    5. Creating a template to theme all blocks in a certain region (block-region.tpl.php)
      3m 16s
  11. 7m 33s
    1. Exploring the comments template (comment.tpl.php)
      5m 20s
    2. Exploring other core modules and their templates (other tpl.php files)
      2m 13s
  12. 10m 5s
    1. Removing unnecessary modules
      1m 43s
    2. Optimizing site performance
      2m 17s
    3. Streamlining site files for launch
      1m 26s
    4. Troubleshooting when a white screen appears instead of Drupal
      3m 15s
    5. Touring Drupal community groups
      1m 24s
  13. 11s
    1. Goodbye
      11s

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