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Implementing complex modules

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Video: Implementing complex modules

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.

Implementing complex modules

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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  1. 4m 38s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. Using the example files
      3m 48s
  2. 28m 55s
    1. Drupal is a CMS
      7m 43s
    2. Choosing Drupal
      5m 32s
    3. Checking Drupal's requirements
      4m 26s
    4. Understanding the inner workings of Drupal
      4m 35s
    5. Meeting the Drupal community
      6m 39s
  3. 11m 28s
    1. Learning key terms in Drupal
      5m 20s
    2. Touring Drupal's interface
      6m 8s
  4. 34m 35s
    1. Installing WAMP and Drupal on Windows
      9m 41s
    2. Installing MAMP
      4m 34s
    3. Setting up the database on a Mac
      2m 2s
    4. Downloading and installing Drupal on a Mac
      6m 37s
    5. Troubleshooting installation problems
      3m 49s
    6. Automating updates with cron
      7m 52s
  5. 25m 37s
    1. Setting up clean URLs
      5m 52s
    2. Backing up your Drupal site
      3m 31s
    3. Restoring your Drupal site from backup
      4m 19s
    4. Wiping your Drupal installation clean
      2m 7s
    5. Updating Drupal
      9m 48s
  6. 15m 37s
    1. Using the Administration menu
      6m 21s
    2. Setting site information
      4m 50s
    3. Setting the theme
      4m 26s
  7. 35m 8s
    1. Understanding security and permissions
      7m 2s
    2. Controlling site access with user management
      3m 39s
    3. Creating users
      7m 58s
    4. Setting user profiles
      9m 40s
    5. Creating contact forms
      6m 49s
  8. 19m 19s
    1. Creating your site's basic info pages
      7m 13s
    2. Understanding page layout
      5m 40s
    3. Creating a flexible layout with blocks
      6m 26s
  9. 15m 35s
    1. Monitoring performance
      4m 52s
    2. Recovering from disasters
      7m 37s
    3. Improving administration skills
      3m 6s
  10. 41m 3s
    1. Understanding nodes
      6m 50s
    2. Creating basic content: Stories and pages
      7m 9s
    3. Enabling other content types
      9m 22s
    4. Adding blogs
      3m 49s
    5. Adding forums
      6m 56s
    6. Adding polls
      6m 57s
  11. 34m 50s
    1. Exploring content categories
      7m 45s
    2. Exchanging content via RSS
      9m 47s
    3. Using input filters
      7m 41s
    4. Managing comments
      9m 37s
  12. 38m 5s
    1. Configuring your theme
      11m 27s
    2. Changing your theme's graphics
      4m 59s
    3. Finding and installing a new theme
      8m 56s
    4. Understanding Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
      5m 56s
    5. Deciphering CSS files
      6m 47s
  13. 22m 41s
    1. Finding modules
      6m 53s
    2. Unpacking and installing modules
      6m 30s
    3. Configuring modules
      3m 50s
    4. Implementing complex modules
      5m 28s
  14. 32m 12s
    1. Ensuring automated updates with poormanscron
      3m 11s
    2. Defining custom content types with CCK
      12m 54s
    3. Stopping spam using a CAPTCHA
      10m 43s
    4. Using a WYSIWYG text editor
      5m 24s
  15. 22m 18s
    1. Getting around with multilevel menus
      7m 26s
    2. Building custom menus
      5m 42s
    3. Creating easy-to-navigate books
      9m 10s
  16. 20m 19s
    1. Changing page templates with PHP
      8m 15s
    2. Using PHP in content
      5m 20s
    3. Implementing PHP snippets
      6m 44s
  17. 10m 15s
    1. Launching your site
      5m 52s
    2. Joining the Drupal community
      4m 23s
  18. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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