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One of the most popular distributions in Drupal's history is a shopping cart system called Ubercart, which you can get at ubercart.org. But a series of circumstances caused its original developers to leave that project, and start another shopping cart system from Scratch, rethinking everything that learned from making Ubercart. While the Ubercart is still around, and still quite active, its successor, Drupal Commerce, has become quite a contender. It's the one I personally prefer, but it can be a little tricky to figure out at first. Here are the basics.
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  1. 4m 51s
    1. Welcome
      1m 7s
    2. Planning your Drupal career
      3m 44s
  2. 25m 46s
    1. Comparing development and production environments
      6m 22s
    2. Configuring your settings.php file
      7m 10s
    3. Running multiple sites from one Drupal installation
      7m 32s
    4. Troubleshooting common issues
      4m 42s
  3. 51m 20s
    1. Understanding your Drupal site's place on the web
      2m 44s
    2. Selecting a web host
      7m 20s
    3. Using Unix's command-line interface
      8m 23s
    4. Working with your web host's access restrictions
      4m 51s
    5. Using cPanel and other graphical web host interfaces
      3m 40s
    6. Transferring files to and from your web host
      5m 49s
    7. Moving databases using phpMyAdmin
      6m 34s
    8. Moving databases using Unix commands
      6m 8s
    9. Modifying server configuration files
      5m 51s
  4. 27m 11s
    1. Learning from case studies
      3m 13s
    2. Planning your site
      4m 18s
    3. Populating your site with Devel Generate
      3m 43s
    4. Managing URL paths
      3m 20s
    5. Restricting access to downloadable files
      5m 55s
    6. Reusing site components with the Features module
      6m 42s
  5. 21m 54s
    1. Understanding and installing Drush
      5m 23s
    2. Installing Drupal using Drush
      7m 24s
    3. Building a site using Drush
      9m 7s
  6. 32m 0s
    1. Backing up with the Backup and Migrate module
      8m 17s
    2. Moderating comment spam
      6m 47s
    3. Migrating from Drupal 6
      4m 28s
    4. Migrating to Drupal 7
      12m 28s
  7. 22m 24s
    1. Letting users log in through OpenID
      5m 10s
    2. Letting users log in through Facebook, Twitter, and other services
      9m 43s
    3. Republishing posts on Facebook and Twitter
      7m 31s
  8. 1h 5m
    1. Understanding Drupal's base themes
      5m 55s
    2. Introducing base themes: Zen and subtheming
      11m 35s
    3. Introducing base themes: Fusion and extensibility
      10m 44s
    4. Introducing base themes: AdaptiveTheme and responsive design
      7m 25s
    5. Introducing base themes: Omega and mobile devices
      7m 9s
    6. Using Firebug and other theming tools
      7m 20s
    7. Modifying themes with Sweaver
      6m 59s
    8. Modifying themes with Livethemer
      8m 45s
  9. 49m 36s
    1. Understanding the Rules module
      6m 49s
    2. Demonstrating how Rules works in Drupal Commerce
      3m 53s
    3. Creating practical rules
      6m 37s
    4. Improving rules
      9m 10s
    5. Defining conditions with the Context module
      7m 51s
    6. Varying layout with the Context and Delta modules
      5m 0s
    7. Varying layout with the Panels module
      10m 16s
  10. 52m 46s
    1. Enabling social features
      9m 46s
    2. Implementing a voting system
      9m 15s
    3. Rewarding good behavior with the Userpoints module
      5m 57s
    4. Setting up Organic Groups
      6m 28s
    5. Adding content to groups
      2m 21s
    6. Seeing group activity better with views and panels
      10m 13s
    7. Making groups private
      4m 54s
    8. Letting each group have its own permissions
      3m 52s
  11. 25m 32s
    1. Understanding packaged Drupal distributions
      2m 8s
    2. Getting a head start with Acquia Drupal
      7m 28s
    3. Creating online storefronts with Drupal Commerce
      6m 53s
    4. Creating government web sites with OpenPublic
      9m 3s
  12. 1h 30m
    1. Taking the assignment
      3m 26s
    2. Planning the project
      3m 43s
    3. Preparing the infrastructure
      8m 42s
    4. Starting the design
      7m 35s
    5. Filling in the content
      7m 29s
    6. Developing the layout
      10m 27s
    7. Finishing the layout
      7m 8s
    8. Refining the CSS
      6m 32s
    9. Setting up sections for regional offices
      4m 53s
    10. Configuring regional offices
      7m 18s
    11. Connecting to social media
      5m 9s
    12. Cleaning up
      12m 32s
    13. Securing the site
      5m 56s
  13. 37s
    1. Next steps
      37s

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7h 50m Intermediate May 17, 2012

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This course teaches web site designers how to take their sites to the next level with a few advanced techniques and the free and open-source Drupal software. Author Tom Geller shows how to configure the most popular add-on modules; use *nix commands and an FTP program to manage a Drupal site on a web server; change its visual appearance using the latest graphical tools; automate and speed through common tasks with Drush; integrate with social media sites; and see how "supermodules" like Panels, Context, Rules, and Features open up new worlds of code-free development.

Drupal 7 Advanced Training was designed as a follow-up to Drupal 7 Essential Training and it also dovetails nicely with our other Drupal courses, such as Drupal 7 Reporting and Visualizing Data and Create Your First Online Store with Drupal Commerce.

Topics include:
  • Moving a site from the development environment to production
  • Hosting a Drupal site
  • Moving databases with phpMyAdmin and Unix commands
  • Making site administration more efficient with Drush
  • Backing up site data
  • Moderating comments
  • Migrating from previous versions of Drupal
  • Working with themes
  • Creating variable layouts
  • Enabling social features
  • Creating an online store with Drupal Commerce
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Creating online storefronts with Drupal Commerce

One of the most popular distributions in Drupal's history is a shopping cart system called Ubercart, which you can get at ubercart.org. But a series of circumstances caused its original developers to leave that project, and start another shopping cart system from Scratch, rethinking everything that learned from making Ubercart. While the Ubercart is still around, and still quite active, its successor, Drupal Commerce, has become quite a contender. It's the one I personally prefer, but it can be a little tricky to figure out at first. Here are the basics.

The project homepage is at drupalcommerce.org. The way to download it is to click the Download from drupal.org link, and that takes you to the project page. I do want to mention, however, that I almost always use what they call Commerce Kickstart instead. If you click that, it leads you to another project page, where you can download, and then install it. I've already done so on my server; it's installed at commerce.tomgeller.com. I'll quickly run through the installer. It's mostly the same as a standard Drupal installation, except for some small things at the beginning, and at the end.

First of all, as is usual with an installation profile, make sure that you choose the radio button for the profile you want: Commerce Kickstart. As it loads modules, you'll see quite a few that are unfamiliar; for example, that Checkout module, and then you'll see it also includes Rules, and Views, which are essential to Drupal Commerce. Before completing the installation, you're asked if you want to create example content.

I strongly recommend that you do this. By the way, the company that mostly maintains Drupal Commerce, known as Commerce Guys, is very busy remaking Commerce Kickstart, so you might find these options to be quite different when you come to take a look at it. But I'll just say Create and Continue, and there we are. Because we used Commerce Kickstart, we have these three sample products. You will also notice that there's a new menu up here, Store, along with a few extra things here: Add product, Add product display, and so forth.

I will show you what it looks like from a customer's point of view by adding something to the cart, and completing the checkout process. The product that's added shows up in the cart, we can see what's in the cart by clicking View cart, and then Checkout. You've seen the sort of thing online many times, I'm sure. We see the total, and we can enter payment. In this case, it's a test payment system, so whatever we enter here will be accepted, as long as it's not a single character value. And we're done.

Now let's get back to the Store menu up here. The items you see in this gray shortcut bar are actually just taken out of that Store menu; they are the most often used things. You can get to them as well, by simply clicking Store. Now, as I'm making this video, I saw this warning as soon as I went into the administrative interface. This illustrates a point that I made earlier on in the course when I was showing you Acquia Drupal. That is, when it's time to do updates, I recommend that you do the updates for the entire distribution, not just for a single module.

We could go and look at the available updates, and just update the Chaos tool suite. And if your service is live, and you're concerned about that, what I would suggest doing is reading the release notes, and find out if it's a serious security issue. If it is, I would replace the module. If it's not, I would wait for Commerce Guys, or whoever the maintainer is of the distribution, to come out with a new version for the whole thing. Otherwise you might find that new versions break the site. But let's go back. I'm going to just ignore that warning for now, and look through everything else that's in the store.

First of all, we have Customer profiles. In this case, because I made that purchase as the administrator, there is no extra customer profile. However, it does record that I'm now not only a user of the site, but also a customer. And it links the user to the customer. Going on down the Store menu, we can see the orders that have been placed in the store, and we can create Products, and something called Product displays.

The interaction between Products, and Product displays is somewhat complicated. I go into that in a separate course on lynda.com. I'll tell you about it at the end of this video. And finally, you can configure quite a bit inside your store, such as Currency settings, Taxes, and so forth. Now I want to take a look at the Drupal Commerce from a slightly different view. If you go up to the Modules, we'll see how exactly it's built. Of course, we have our Core modules, and Chaos Tool Suite, which is used by views, and Rules, and several other modules.

We have specialized modules for the Commerce itself, and there are quite a few of them, and some other handy things. But the most important parts of Drupal Commerce are the Rules modules, and the Views modules. You might remember, for example, when we took a look at those orders, this is actually created in a view, and you see this little contextual menu up here; we can go up and change the view. That's really handy, because it means we can add some fields, remove some fields, and so forth.

The Rules module comes in, for example, when you do that checkout process. When we were completed with our checkout, it created that customer, and then linked it back to the person who'd created the order in the first place. You can change the rules, as usual, by going to Configuration, and then down to the Rules. If you have any questions about how to work with rules, see that section in this course. For Views, I recommend my course, Drupal 7: Reporting and Visualizing Data. The last thing I want to mention will show up when we take a look in our Terminal program at how this is installed on our site.

I'm already in the directory, and it looks like any other Drupal installation. However, as with Acquia Drupal, a lot of important stuff shows up in this profiles directory, so it's not enough simply to copy over the sites directory as it is for Core Drupal. See? There is the modules that you need. They're not in sites/all/modules. I'm personally a big fan of Drupal Commerce. It's a really deep system, and incredibly flexible.

I won't go any further into the details now, especially since lynda.com has a complete course on it. That course is Create Your First Online Store with Drupal Commerce.

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