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Drupal 7 Essential Training shows how to get the most out of Drupal, the content management system (CMS) that powers over a quarter million web sites. The course demonstrates how to download and install Drupal, add content and graphics to a site, change layout and design elements, control visitor interactions, and expand the site's capabilities beyond what’s available in Drupal core. Discussion of established best practices in each step to ensure that a site remains streamlined, secure, and up-to-date. Exercise files are included with the course.
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.
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