Configuring your site
Video: Configuring your siteIn the video called finding commands, we talked about how the five categories of administration commands in Drupal 6 were moved around all over the place in Drupal 7. There was one area we sort of glossed over, because it was so big. The Site Configuration section. The number of links went from 12 in Drupal 6 to 18 in Drupal 7, and now they are split into nine categories. That's an awful lot. We're going to delve into those 18 administrative links and draw parallels from how they worked in Drupal 6, to how they work now in Drupal 7.
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In Drupal 7 New Features, author Tom Geller demonstrates changes to the Drupal 7 administrative interface and other enhancements that have come out of its three-year development period. This course covers its simplified installation process, new themes that will help kick-start design projects, the customizable shortcut bar that puts often-used commands in easy reach, update procedures that leverage its browser-based interface, and a new way of defining fields to create complex content types without additional modules.
- Configuring the new Dashboard
- Using contextual link controls
- Exploring new themes
- Reviewing the new modules
- Understanding the expanded block system
- Using images in content
- Allowing users to delete accounts
- Testing modules with the Testing module
- Building themes using Drupal Gardens
Configuring your site
In the video called finding commands, we talked about how the five categories of administration commands in Drupal 6 were moved around all over the place in Drupal 7. There was one area we sort of glossed over, because it was so big. The Site Configuration section. The number of links went from 12 in Drupal 6 to 18 in Drupal 7, and now they are split into nine categories. That's an awful lot. We're going to delve into those 18 administrative links and draw parallels from how they worked in Drupal 6, to how they work now in Drupal 7.
Now we can't dig down to the very core of these differences, there are simply too many, but I hope this video will give you a better understanding of Drupal 7's organization, particularly as it contrasts to Drupal 6. We'll do this in two steps. First, we'll go down to Configuration screen in Drupal 6 to find where everything went in Drupal 7. Then we'll look at some things that are entirely new in Drupal 7. There is a lot, so it's going to have to be a real whirlwind tour. So are you ready? All right, let's go. First, to get to our Configuration pages. In Drupal 6, we click on the Administer, and Site Configuration. In Drupal 7 we click Configuration.
Now starting down the list in Drupal 6, we have Actions. In Drupal 7 that went just to Actions right here under the System submenu. In Drupal 6 continuing down we have Administration Theme. This is the part that lets you set a different theme for when you have administration pages, over when you have ordinary user pages, and in Drupal 7 that's turned on by default, as you see with this 7 theme that pops up whenever you click an Administrative link. In Drupal 7 it's moved to a completely different area which is under Appearance, and then all the way at the bottom here, you have Administration Theme.
Continuing down the list in Drupal 6, we have Clean URLs. In Drupal 7, going back to Configuration page, we still have clean URLs, down here under Search and Metadata. One difference between Drupal 6 and Drupal 7 is in Drupal 7 they are generally turned on automatically. They are a lot easier to manage. In Drupal 6, we have Date and Time. In Drupal 7 that's been split into two different things. As we scroll down to Regional and Language, we have Date and Time and Regional Settings. Some parts of the original Date and Time from Drupal 6 are handled in one and some are handled in the other.
Neither of those are the same as the Locale module, which is always been about translation. Going back to Drupal 6, we have this Error Reporting link. In Drupal 7, once again, that's been split into two parts. The first part on the Configuration page is under Site Information, where you can specify different pages for when people get an access denied page or 403, or a Not found page. That is a code 404. It's also been split into a section in Configuration under Development, as we scroll down here, Logging and Errors.
Some of the controls from Drupal 6 are now on this page. Going further down in Drupal 6, we come to File system. In Drupal 7 we find that once again on Configuration, scroll down a little bit and we have File system. It's very much the same, except in Drupal 7 you can now have both public file paths and private file paths. In Drupal 6 you had to choose one or the other. Going back to Configuration in Drupal 6, we have Image Toolkit. In Drupal 7 that hasn't changed really. It's just down here under Media > Image Toolkit.
Continuing down in Drupal 6 we have Input Formats. In Drupal 7 that shows up as Text Formats, but it's basically the same thing and it's under Content Authoring. In Drupal 6 we have Logging and Alerts. That's the same in Drupal 7, Logging and Alerts, which you find here under Development. It's actually called Logging and Errors now. In Drupal 6 we continue down and we have the Performance link here. That's the same in Drupal 7 but it's a little bit misleading, because even though it's the same looking link, there've been a lot of changes behind the scene and if you're interested in that, I would do a search for Drupal 7 performance on the drupal.org web site.
Continuing down in Drupal 6, we have Site Information. That's the same in Drupal 7. It's up here by the top, Site Information. The one big change here is whereas in Drupal 6 we had something called the Mission that went below your Title and your Slogan. In Drupal 7 they just got rid of the Mission. They found that most people weren't using it, and it was sort of confusing. What's the difference between a Mission and a Slogan? So they just got rid of it. And the final one in Drupal 6, let's go back our Configuration page, is Site Maintenance.
In Drupal 7 we'll go back to our Configuration page and that's basically the same thing, it's just called Maintenance Mode. Well, that's it for Drupal 6's Site Configuration page. Now let's take a look at some of the new stuff in Drupal 7. I'll skip over parts that were moved from elsewhere in Drupal 6. For examples, as I said this part People was formerly called Users. It's really basically the same thing though. I gave an overview of such bits in the video named "Finding commands," which is part of this series. But let's look at some of the other things on this Configuration page.
The first thing is Image styles. if you use Drupal 6 much, you know a lot of this as Image cache. It's basically they took the Image cache module and moved it into Drupal 7. This is a way that you can manage images and content, and it's really great, We're going to be going over this in the video "Using images and content." The second new thing in Drupal 7 is the Search settings. This was actually under Site configuration in Drupal 6, but you first had to turn on the Search module. That module is now enabled by default in Drupal 7.
And you can see that, when you go to your basic Homepage, when you first install Drupal 7, and you see a search box. You didn't see that in Drupal 6 when you went to the Homepage. Continuing on in the Configuration page in Drupal 7, we have URL aliases, down here again, under Search and Metadata. This is another thing that was actually available in Drupal 6, but you first had to turn on the module path. once you did, the URL Alias's link was under Site building. The final thing in Drupal 7 that you see here on the Configuration page that's new is Shortcuts.
We'll discuss that in the video "The toolbar and shortcut bar." Well, that was a lot of stuff! Did you get it all? I know, don't worry about it. The good news is that if you know Drupal 6, most of what you want is either here someplace under the same name or it's moved to a pretty obvious place. There are some things that have been removed entirely and you can learn about those in the video, "Things that disappeared." All of these changes were made after a great deal of thought and debate. If you're curious about those back stories and the debate, you can look them up by searching on the Drupal.org website.
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