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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.
This video will give you an introduction on how to install some of Drupal's more complex modules. These generally require installation of several modules and some require considerable additional tweaking. We won't discuss their configuration at lent but we will instead give you an overview of such modules just to give you peak into some of the amazing things Drupal can do, if you are willing to spend sometime learning about these modules and the ecosystems that have grown up around them. The first module we will be showing is called Google Analytics. The Google Analytics service allows you to keep track of who is visiting your website and what page is they are going to before and after they reach a particular page, it has many features that are extremely useful for web administrators especially those who want market their sites and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their sites.
We have already downloaded this so we are going to install it. So we will expand it and drop it into our folder, then we go back to our Administrative Interface. To administer we will first of course go to Administer, Modules and turn it On and then click Save Configuration. Now we will go up to administer, but what is this we see in error. Let us take look at the status report as it suggests. We go down and notice that it says about the Google Analytics module it hasn't been configured yet. This is unusual for a module, usually if it hasn't been configured it does not tell you it just sits there and does not add any additional functionality, but this one is decided its important enough that you turn it On. So let us go to the setting page and here it shows that it requires us to enter an account number.
For this particular module you must already be signed up for the Google Analytics service, which is at google. com/analytics, before you can use this module. We wont take you to the whole configuration instead we are just going to go back to administer, modules and turn it Off. But of course if you wanted to use it you would go through the complete process of turning it On and going to Google Analytics and entering your code. The second module that we are going to show is called Pathauto. Pathauto will automatically add user friendly URLs to any nodes that you create. It will look to through content of the node and try to figure out what it is about and then it will change the node's name to whatever it decides. We have al ready downloaded this so we are going to unpack it and install it and then of course go back to our administrative interface.
Refresh our module list or go to Administer and modules, scroll down to the bottom or close up the core ones at the top so that we can see what is at the bottom and there it is Pathauto, but we can not check it to turn it on and why is that? If we look at its dependencies down here, we will see it depends on path, okay that is enable that is part of the core, but it also depends on token and we never downloaded that, okay we will have to go back to the drupal.org web site downloaded and turn it On.
So, here on drupal.org we go and find the token project downloaded, un pack it by double clicking and install that one, of course we now have to turn it On so we go back to our web site and then have to enable it. So, we will go back up to administer, modules, close up the course so we can see what the bottom of the screen and there is token. Now, this is interesting even though we installed one module it adds two check boxes. I am going to check both of them for now but of course you would read all of the documentation to understand what the different check box is mean, click on Save Configuration. Now, let us take another look and see if we can turn on Pathauto, close up the core appears, scroll down and now we can check Pathauto, scroll down to the bottom and save the configuration.
Finally we have the Ezmlm module. This is a module that requires tweaking on the server completely out side of the Drupal interface, further it requires installation of an additional program, we are not going to go through the whole process because as I say it is quite complex. Finally there is one more thing that we need to do we been playing around with a lot modules in this video and we should turn them Off and un install them, to do so go to your module's page by of course clicking on administer and them modules, scroll down or close the core box at the top so that you can see what is at the bottom and then just turn them Off, but you will notice that you can not turn Off the tokens one until you have turned Off Pathauto, because Pathauto relies on tokens.
So, we will turn these off say save configuration and then turn off SpamSpan if we had left it on. And token, click Save Configuration again and once all of those are turned off you can go back to your Drupal installation folder and throw away all of the folders that contain the modules that is in your module folder. We are getting in to some pretty deep territory with these complex modules but believe me some are even more complex, for example CiviCRM is a complete system for non-profit and advocacy groups. Digg is a Drupal based invitation of the famous digg.com site and organic groups allows member to create their own clubs and all of these require quite a lot of configuration. But do not be afraid, the bases that you have got in here will provide you a firm base to implement any such system.
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