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Joining the Drupal community

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Video: Joining the Drupal community

Like other successful open source projects, Drupal has coalesced into a community of people who both develops sites in Drupal, and develop the Drupal software itself. Such communities are tend to be programmer heavy and marketing light and Drupal is no exception. However, the Drupal project has been fairly successful at giving less experienced members ways to get involved. Here are some ways you can get involved regardless of your level technological skill. As always the place to go to become involved in the Drupal community is www.Drupal.org. Once there you will notice one tab that's especially important, the Contribute link. Let's click on it and see what's here.

Joining the Drupal community

Like other successful open source projects, Drupal has coalesced into a community of people who both develops sites in Drupal, and develop the Drupal software itself. Such communities are tend to be programmer heavy and marketing light and Drupal is no exception. However, the Drupal project has been fairly successful at giving less experienced members ways to get involved. Here are some ways you can get involved regardless of your level technological skill. As always the place to go to become involved in the Drupal community is www.Drupal.org. Once there you will notice one tab that's especially important, the Contribute link. Let's click on it and see what's here.

This is an overview of several ways you can contribute to Drupal project. Of course, you could donate, but also even if you are not a developer, if you don't know how to program. You can help with documentation and translations. If you are a graphic designer, you can help out with themes, and each one of these links will lead you to more information about how those projects are running. Finally the testing part is very important, and they need less experienced Drupal developers. The problem with such project is that they tend to attract people who already know Drupal well and don't really remember what it was like for a new user. If you're that new user, they need you for both testing and especially for usability.

Let's go back up to the top. Once you start looking around the Drupal site, you will want to get a user login. You do so by clicking on Create new account. I already have an account so I am going to log in now. Once you have logged in, you will notice this link here, My Account. When we go there we can edit many different things that will help others to determine whether we might be right for their projects and then they can contact us directly. We can also change the way this home page looks to us by adding and subtracting certain blocks. I recommend that you take a good look of all the different tabs up here and fill out as much as you can and start showing your face within the Drupal community that way.

Another way that you can get to meet other people within the community is by taking part in groups. Some of them meet face-to-face while some are special interest groups that take place only online. The place to go for that is www.groups.Drupal.org. Notice that this has a separate log in, so you will have to create an account here, if you want to take part in discussions and so forth. Incidentally, when you do start taking part discussions, records of the comments that you make and the contributions that you make to the software and documentation projects attracts.

Let's go back to Drupal.org site and see how that works. When you go to My Account you will see this link here, Track. If you have made any public posts, it will show exactly what they were and it will show if there have been any replies. Through this tab you can keep track of all of the different things you are doing and how is talking to you as well as what groups you have taken part in. Another website you should know about is the Drupal Association. This is not-for-profit group based in Belgium whose goal is to build and promote the Drupal community. It's at association. Drupal.org. The first thing that the Drupal Association does is it accepts donations. So even if you do nothing else, you can give a small donation which we will go a long way. Since there is a no paid staff in the Drupal project all of your money will go towards hosting and other infrastructure points that are necessary to keep the Drupal project going.

Let's go back to the Drupal.org website. Finally there is one document that I recommend that you read. It's under About Drupal and Welcome. It's this, how to enact change within the Drupal community. It gives several tips about the Drupal community. Read this see what's being done already and then jump in. While the Drupal community can seem overwhelming now, it's started under the direction of just one person. The Flemish student Dries Buytaert who, by the way, is still at the helm. It grew beyond his circle of friends by accretion.

Like a pearl it added layer upon layer rather than through any sudden explosion of growth. It's a lopsided prowl to be sure. The software side is particularly heavy, but on the whole the community has gone through these seven or so years remarkably well without splits or major acrimony. It's a diverse community and it appreciates the contribution of its members. I know that I will appreciate yours.

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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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