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Looking at Drupal-built sites

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Video: Looking at Drupal-built sites

Possibilities define goals. That is, you need to know what can be done before you plan to do it, but it's hard to see possibilities in the abstract. A better way is to look at what's been done already and then build from that. So in this video, we're going to run through a bunch of sites that are built on Drupal. You'll get two things from this little exercise. First, you'll see common patterns of Drupal use. Second, maybe you'll get a little inspired to replicate some of the fancier tricks. I'm going to start with the two highest-traffic Drupal sites on the web.

Looking at Drupal-built sites

Possibilities define goals. That is, you need to know what can be done before you plan to do it, but it's hard to see possibilities in the abstract. A better way is to look at what's been done already and then build from that. So in this video, we're going to run through a bunch of sites that are built on Drupal. You'll get two things from this little exercise. First, you'll see common patterns of Drupal use. Second, maybe you'll get a little inspired to replicate some of the fancier tricks. I'm going to start with the two highest-traffic Drupal sites on the web.

The first one, amusingly enough, is Drupal.org itself. This is of course built in Drupal. You see that it uses a columnar design, where you have a column here, a column here, and one here. It also has several other interesting features: a large Search box up here, a menu that's hugging the top of the screen, a map down here that shows you the latest activity around the world and where exactly it's coming from. The bottom of the page, as is increasingly common in modern design, has a list of links, so you can find out more about the company-- in this case, about the open source community of Drupal.

Another very large Drupal site is examiner.com. This is an interesting example because it wasn't a Drupal site until very recently. In fact, they rebuilt the site on Drupal 7 before Drupal 7 was ever released. Once again, it has separate pieces of content here, lots of teasers to the internal content so you can click on any one of them. You immediately get a picture, and then you can go on to the story itself by clicking further. Another big Drupal site is run by the U.S. government, commerce.gov.

It has this large graphic here, which is not just a static graphic. It's what's called a rotator. So you can see a variety of things the Commerce Department is doing around the world. Sony Music has done something interesting. They've standardized on Drupal, so their individual artist sites are all on Drupal--for example, Elvis Presley. Going on, we have this Gizmo's Freeware site. You might be asking, why show this site? Well, one thing I want to show about it is it actually didn't take very much to set this up. This is the Acquia Marina theme, and there are very few changes to it.

This is something that anybody who knows Drupal well can do in a couple of days. Now, I chose all of these sites to give you a sense of the variety that's available in Drupal. But that's really hard to do nowadays, because Drupal is truly being used for every purpose online. Here are two places where you can get to see a lot more Drupal sites. One of them is on the blog of Drupal's founder, Dries Buytaert. If you go to buytaert.net/tag/drupal- sites and scroll down, you'll see a whole big variety, and many of these are international sites, as you can see.

Another place to see Drupal sites is on backendbattles.com. Go to backendbattles.com/backend/drupal. From there, you can see not only which sites are built in Drupal, but how popular they are within the Alexa.com 10,000. They are listed from most to least traveled. Now, some of what you've seen in these sites isn't exactly core Drupal, but includes a little bit of custom programming on top of it. But most of what you've seen is pure Drupal. That techsupportalert site especially has very little custom code in it.

If you are a JavaScript or PHP developer, it's encouraging to see how well custom code can be made part of a Drupal site.

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  1. 10m 29s
    1. Welcome
      56s
    2. Getting a Drupal site up fast
      4m 37s
    3. Using the exercise files
      4m 56s
  2. 35m 18s
    1. Managing content with Drupal
      6m 0s
    2. Comparing Drupal with other content management systems
      6m 24s
    3. Deciding whether to use Drupal
      5m 4s
    4. Looking at Drupal-built sites
      3m 20s
    5. Exploring the Drupal universe
      7m 7s
    6. Getting help with Drupal issues
      7m 23s
  3. 22m 18s
    1. Checking Drupal's requirements
      4m 34s
    2. Investigating Drupal's inner workings
      2m 54s
    3. Learning Drupal's basic workflow
      5m 24s
    4. Understanding key terms in Drupal
      4m 39s
    5. Touring Drupal's interface
      4m 47s
  4. 11m 19s
    1. Installing Acquia Dev Desktop
      3m 19s
    2. Importing core Drupal into DAMP
      3m 3s
    3. Running Drupal's installer on top of DAMP
      4m 57s
  5. 23m 20s
    1. Uploading Drupal with SFTP
      4m 56s
    2. Uploading Drupal with SSH
      7m 42s
    3. Creating Drupal's MySQL database
      3m 32s
    4. Running Drupal's installer
      3m 45s
    5. Installing Drupal using Acquia's Debian/Ubuntu package
      3m 25s
  6. 22m 14s
    1. Using the toolbar
      5m 31s
    2. Using the shortcut bar
      6m 4s
    3. Touring the administrative controls
      4m 48s
    4. Customizing the Dashboard
      3m 47s
    5. Differentiating administrator and visitor views
      2m 4s
  7. 22m 33s
    1. Understanding nodes
      2m 6s
    2. Creating basic content
      7m 48s
    3. Changing site information, graphics, and interface
      5m 27s
    4. Giving visitors a way to contact you
      7m 12s
  8. 51m 24s
    1. Creating content summaries
      5m 53s
    2. Revising content
      4m 29s
    3. Categorizing content with tags
      4m 28s
    4. Going further with content categories
      7m 23s
    5. Publishing content via RSS
      6m 52s
    6. Using text formats to prevent content damage
      9m 16s
    7. Setting the comment policy
      7m 45s
    8. Managing comments
      5m 18s
  9. 33m 52s
    1. Adding blogs
      5m 13s
    2. Adding discussion groups
      9m 52s
    3. Adding polls
      6m 29s
    4. Subscribing to RSS feeds
      7m 25s
    5. Categorizing RSS feeds
      4m 53s
  10. 37m 33s
    1. Creating new content types
      4m 58s
    2. Adding fields to content types
      9m 6s
    3. Exploring field types and options
      8m 22s
    4. Adjusting field display
      4m 38s
    5. Customizing field display by context
      2m 53s
    6. Modifying image styles
      7m 36s
  11. 34m 59s
    1. Defining new user policies
      7m 59s
    2. Creating user accounts
      6m 45s
    3. Setting up user profiles
      5m 19s
    4. Defining user roles
      2m 47s
    5. Controlling access permissions
      6m 0s
    6. Canceling user accounts
      6m 9s
  12. 29m 2s
    1. Understanding Drupal page layout
      4m 34s
    2. Taking advantage of block regions
      4m 43s
    3. Creating and modifying blocks
      5m 41s
    4. Selecting and installing downloaded themes
      7m 35s
    5. Building themes the traditional way
      6m 29s
  13. 15m 54s
    1. Understanding Drupal default menus
      5m 33s
    2. Creating multilevel menus
      3m 46s
    3. Creating easy-to-navigate books
      6m 35s
  14. 23m 54s
    1. Installing and uninstalling modules
      7m 38s
    2. Configuring modules
      4m 48s
    3. Surveying popular modules
      6m 15s
    4. Enabling styled text with a WYSIWYG editor
      5m 13s
  15. 17m 23s
    1. Understanding views
      4m 46s
    2. Creating views
      6m 27s
    3. Modifying views
      6m 10s
  16. 23m 31s
    1. Launching a Drupal site
      7m 39s
    2. Troubleshooting a Drupal installation
      5m 12s
    3. Backing up and restoring a Drupal site
      3m 44s
    4. Updating Drupal
      4m 25s
    5. Deleting Drupal
      2m 31s
  17. 15m 47s
    1. Monitoring performance
      5m 27s
    2. Improving administration skills
      3m 18s
    3. Reviewing security and permissions
      4m 50s
    4. Adopting best practices
      2m 12s
  18. 11m 27s
    1. Programming modules
      6m 2s
    2. Joining the Drupal community
      5m 25s
  19. 1m 20s
    1. Next Steps
      1m 20s

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