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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.
There is a wide variety of modules available to extend Drupal's functionality and they all have different configuration process. Some have no obvious interface within Drupal administration interface while others require extensive tweaking both in admin Interface and on the server. We will show you a typical configuration process using a module we already downloaded and installed called Spamspan. If you have not installed it and would like to follow along your own Drupal installation download it now from Drupal.org.
Just to give you an idea of the different types of configuration we are going to look very quickly at some other modules and describe how they are installed. The first one is called Guest Book, this one is as simple as it comes you put it in to your modules folder and it has a single page where you can configure everything that you need. Second module is called Weather, this one is similar to Guest Book and that you just add the permissions and then change one page, but here is the thing once you have done that you might wonder well, where is evidence that the module is installed.
What it actually does is create a block that you then have to put on your page in one of your page's zones. The third module is the token module and this one is widely used, however it has not interface of its own other modules rely on the token module in fact we will force you to download it before you can use those other modules. However it has no permission of its own and no interface. Finally we come to Spamspan which is comparatively simple but it does have its own quirks that require reading the documentation. We are going to walk through this one. To configure this we go back to our site and click Administer Modules. Make sure that is turned On we can do so by closing up this to hide all of the core modules and there we see our Spamspan module and we have already turned it on.
We do not have to turn it on again but if you have not you should do so here Then we go up to administer again and we can look through here for the Spamspan module. I am going to search for it on this page by hitting Command F on the Mac or Ctrl+F on the PC. I search for spam, find nothing. Let's go into By module and scroll down. We do not see it there either. We better go back and read the documentation, so switch back to SpamSpan page and as we scroll down we see Read documentation.
Let us take a look. A quick read of this shows okay, the first two steps are the things we have already done. Download it, and put it in the correct place. But here is something you have to actually configure input formats to enable the filter, so after it installs you do not administer it directly but rather by administering input formats. Let us switch back and try that. So we will go back to top of the page, Administer, scroll down to Input, right there Input Formats and then what the documentation said was to enable it in which ever filters you want. I am going to put it into Filtered HTML by clicking Configure as the instructions told me.
As I scroll down I see this new check box Hide e-mail addresses. This is the thing that SpamSpan actually added, but you would not have known that if you did not read the documentation. I will do that now and save configuration. In addition to the four types of configuration we described here there are also modules that require signing up for outside services, modules that require several downloads and modules that require substantial tweaking on the server itself completely out side of Drupal's Administrative interface. As always you will gain the info you need and confidence by reading the modules documentation.
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