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Learning key terms in Drupal

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Video: Learning key terms in Drupal

As with any community the Drupal world has its own slang. Fortunately, there is not too much of it. But understanding the few Drupal specific terms there are will help you to communicate not only with others who use Drupal but also to understand some of the concepts you'll need again-and-again as you create your Drupal site. The first important concept is that of the node. In Drupal a node is any piece of information that you create as a single unit. For example, when we click here on the drupal.org website we see this page which is a node. It may link to another nodes as it does here, and it may appear as part of a page, a story, a blog post, anything like that. They are all nodes.

Learning key terms in Drupal

As with any community the Drupal world has its own slang. Fortunately, there is not too much of it. But understanding the few Drupal specific terms there are will help you to communicate not only with others who use Drupal but also to understand some of the concepts you'll need again-and-again as you create your Drupal site. The first important concept is that of the node. In Drupal a node is any piece of information that you create as a single unit. For example, when we click here on the drupal.org website we see this page which is a node. It may link to another nodes as it does here, and it may appear as part of a page, a story, a blog post, anything like that. They are all nodes.

The second concept is a content type. Content types distinguish one type of node from another. In that list I just gave page, story, blog post each of those is a content type and can be treated slightly differently in your Drupal site. You will see more of that as the course progresses. The third concept to know is that of the module. In Drupal a module is a piece of software that you can put into the Drupal to give it additional functionality. On the drupal.org website you get modules from Download and Modules and here as you scroll down, you can see a list of categories of module.

Next to them is the number of modules that are available in that category. As you can see there are many modules in Drupal and we will be talking about several of them throughout the course. Another concept in Drupal is that of the theme. A theme is a unified graphic presentation for an entire Drupal site. I will give you an example. You see the blue area at the top of this site and the typefaces of a certain sort? If you go to the another Drupal site, in this case savemyhomebook.com, which is my own website You see that it has a completely different look, different typefaces, different colors, different layout and so forth, that layout stays the same as you go from page to page to page. And in fact the Theme is what defines the look of the entire site.

The next word to know is Core. The Core is the basic set of modules that included with the default Drupal download. The Core is broken into two parts, Optional modules and Required modules. The Required modules are the very centerpiece of the Drupal project, without them, you can't run a Drupal site. Fortunately, they're all included in the download that you can get from the front page of drupal.org. The next word to know is Template. A Template is a file in the programming language PHP that defines how nodes of a certain content type will appear. For example, if your site was a catalog of products, you could create a content type called Product Listing and then build a custom product-listing template so that all products are presented in a distinct but unified format. Building templates is a very advanced subject and we will only touch on it briefly in the PHP chapter later in this course.

The next term to know is Taxonomy. A taxonomy is how you put items into categories; you might know this from other websites as tagging. For example, let's say that you have a story about the election race for a local town's mayor that might be put into a politics category as well as a category that has the name of the town. These categories and the system that you set up to put that story into those categories is known as its Taxonomy. Drupal allows a very broad system of taxonomies and you will see how that works also in this series.

The next term to know is Aggregator. An Aggregator is a program that collects information from various sorts and puts them in one easy to read place. It's also commonly known as an RSS Reader. Drupal has an Aggregator built into it, so you can display syndicated content from many places on your Drupal site, and if you return to my site savemyhomebook. com, and go back to the home page, this latest foreclosure news is actually using Drupal's aggregator, it pulls in new stories from around the web and posts their headlines here.

Another term to know is Drupalcon, and you can see that on the home page of drupal.org, if we click on it, we go to its home page at drupalcon.org. Drupalcon is a semi-annual gathering of Drupal developers, and that gathering moves from city-to-city. As you could see the one coming up next as we're making this video is in Szeged, Hungary. Another part of the Drupal community whose name you should know is the Drupal Association. The Drupal Association is an organization dedicated to as the website says, Helping the open source Drupal CMS project flourish. Its President is Dries Buytaert, who is Drupal's original creator. You can go to the Drupal Association's website at association.drupal.org.

The last word to know is an odd little word for an odd little item, Druplicon. The Druplicon is this little mascot up here that looks like a drop of water. And there you have it. While discussions on drupal.org can get pretty technical you now know enough jargon to understand most of what you read there.

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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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