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Filling in the content

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Video: Filling in the content

So we now have sample content on our site, and we have the beginnings of a design. At this point, I'm going to go back to our original plans, and make the site conform to what we want it to eventually become. We'll start by turning some of those randomly generated nodes into placeholders for our actual content, and we'll add some menu links while we're at it, but first, let's go back and see exactly what those pages are. We'll come back to the homepage later. Let's start with that Positions page. You might remember that we have a bunch of nodes in the position content type, which we collected with a view in the Implementing the Structure video.

Filling in the content

So we now have sample content on our site, and we have the beginnings of a design. At this point, I'm going to go back to our original plans, and make the site conform to what we want it to eventually become. We'll start by turning some of those randomly generated nodes into placeholders for our actual content, and we'll add some menu links while we're at it, but first, let's go back and see exactly what those pages are. We'll come back to the homepage later. Let's start with that Positions page. You might remember that we have a bunch of nodes in the position content type, which we collected with a view in the Implementing the Structure video.

We just need to add a menu item. So let's go back to our site, and take a look at that page. The URL, as I remember, was drews-positions. Hover up here, and edit the view. Go to the Menu setting, add a Normal menu entry in the Main menu, and the title will be Positions, and Apply, and as usual, we Save it.

But here's something strange; when we go back our site, it doesn't show up in the usual place. This is the sort of thing that you run into when you start actually implementing sites. As it turns out, the Corolla theme displays menus only through blocks; it doesn't use Drupal's native menu display system, and the way that you would find this out is basically by running into this problem, and looking through the issue queue. But that's okay; we'll fix it. Click Structure, and Blocks.

Then scroll down to the Main menu, and I'm going to put that into the Menu Bar, and save. When I close this out, the screen redraws. I see something interesting; it shows up above the header. Usually the Main menu shows up below, and if we go back and take a look at the wireframe, the way that the campaign manager wanted it, they wanted the Main menu actually below the banner. In this case, we have a choice; we can either leave it the way it is, and check with the client, or we could work pretty hard to make it exactly the way that they ordered it.

In this case, I'm going with the first option; I'll leave it as it is, and we'll go back, and have a conference with the client, and make sure that it's okay the way it is, or change it if necessary. But let's go back to our site map. The next step is to put up the blog. Well, that's easy; all we need to do is add a menu link to the existing blog system. Go back to our site, and go to Structure, Menus, and Main menu, where I'll add a link. I'll call it Drew's views, and the path will be blog.

I Save it, and take another look. Well, it's not in the order I want, but I can change that very easily; just go up here, list the links, and drag them into position. As always, I want to take a quick look at it the way that people from the public will see it. Yep, looks pretty good.

Continuing on, we'll handle regional campaigns in the next video. That brings us to Elect Drew Paulman. It could be done in a few different ways, but let's assume that it's just one basic page, containing information for both volunteering, and donating. We could also do this as a dropdown menu, or as separate pages, or so forth, but we'll keep it simple for now. There are a few ways we could do this. We could add the content, but I think I'll just use some of the content that we already have; I'll repurpose it. So I go up to Content, look for the first basic page we have -- this Quis Te -- and I'll edit it.

And we'll make a menu link for this as well. We look at it in our non-logged in browser, and it looks pretty good. Again, it doesn't have to be perfect at this point. Moving right along, we have these three links at the bottom to take care of: About us, Privacy policy, and Legal info. There are a few different ways that we could do this. One of them, for example, would be to create those three pages, and then put them into a menu, which we put in a block in the footer region. But instead of doing that, I'm going to create a custom block, and put it into the footer region.

Now, it won't look exactly right, but again, we can change some of that later on when we do our finishing of the site. However, I do know that I'm going to need those three pages, so the first thing I'll do is I'll create them. Once again, I'm on the Content page, so I'll just look for some basic pages to use. Edit this one, and Save.

There is another, Save, and finally, this one, and Save.

So that I can get the links to put in the block, I'll just open those up in new tabs. This is the section we want: content/legal-info. I'll then make the block, and we remember to put it in the footer, and save.

Let's see how that looks. Yup, it's down there. Test the links, and they seem to work. However, it doesn't look quite right. As I say, we'll be coming back later to fix up some of the CSS. The last thing I'm going to do, and this is really for our own benefit as we're developing the site, is I'm going to make what we see here match a little bit more closely what we see as the public. I'm going to get rid of these administrative blocks. Just configure the block, move it out of the sidebar, and then do the same for navigation.

Now, you could continue in this way, and get rid of the toolbar, and shortcut bar, but I'm okay with this the way it is. It's starting to look like a real site, isn't it? Now comes the quantum leap stage, where we arrange the pieces we've developed so far into something resembling the final layout. We'll still have a way to go, but the next part is the one I always find the most encouraging, so stick around.

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Drupal 7 Advanced Training

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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 10s
    1. Learning from case studies
      3m 13s
    2. Planning your site
      4m 18s
    3. Populating your site with Devel Generate
      3m 42s
    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 53s
    1. Understanding and installing Drush
      5m 23s
    2. Installing Drupal using Drush
      7m 24s
    3. Building a site using Drush
      9m 6s
  6. 31m 59s
    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 27s
  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 35s
    1. Understanding the Rules module
      6m 48s
    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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