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Drupal is a free, open-source content management system (CMS) for a variety of platforms. It has a robust user community and easy-to-use administration features. Drupal Essential Training covers all the important aspects of installing, configuring, customizing, and maintaining a Drupal-powered website. Instructor Tom Geller explores blogs, discussion forums, member profiles, and other features while demonstrating the steps required to make Drupal perform. He also teaches fundamental concepts and skills along the way, including installation, backups, and updates; security and permissions; flexible page layouts and CSS; menu navigation; and performance monitoring and disaster recovery. He also discusses how to select and install the community-supported modules that further expand Drupal's capabilities, and gives experienced PHP programmers tips on customizing page templates. Example files accompany the course.
By now you are probably itching to put your own fingerprints on this website to make it truly and unmistakably yours. You can make two basic changes that will quickly move you away from this generic default Drupal site. First, you will change some text that appear throughout the site to give it its identity. We will show you how to do that now. In another video we will also show you the second way to personalize the site by changing its visual theme. We will give you a little taste of that now as well, but first things first. We will change the basic text that appears on your site by going over to Administer and then scrolling down to Site information. You may recognize some of this text because we entered it when we first installed Drupal. Some of it however has been left blank; we will fill that out now. You may remember that our site is about living underwater. So we are going to make our slogan, 'Where damp basements are a feature, not a bug." Our mission statement is 'to give real estate parity with stock options,' not sock options, but stock options. 'underwater.' Yeah, it's a little bit of investment joke there and for our footer we will just say, Copyright 2008, Underwater Reality. Finally, there's a little bit of other information that you can enter at the bottom here. We generally don't need to touch that unless for some reason you wanted to change the name of an anonymous user to something else like anonymous fish or something. The Default front page- I would strongly recommend that you not play with it. It is somewhat of an advanced Drupal topic.
We will Save Configuration here. Noting is changed on our front page except for adding this mission statement here - To give real estate parity with stock options. So how can we make the other information show up? Well we can do that in the theme. We will go back to Administer and down to Themes. Here we see a list of all of the different themes, which are available by default when you install Drupal 6.3. Right now we are on Garland, so we are going to configure that by clicking on Configure. On the Theme's page you see quite a bit of information of things that you can change to make your site look different. One thing you can change is the Color scheme and we will show you how to do that in the Themes video, but the information that we want is down towards the bottom.
You can toggle display of various things and here we see the mission statement, which we entered before is checked. That's why we had that slogan there - to give real estate parity. The one that isn't checked is Site Slogan, right here. "Where damp basements are a feature, not a bug." So we will go down to the bottom and say Save Configuration. Go back to our front page and there it is. It's been added on to the end of our site name right there. Let's go back to Administer and Themes to take a look at few other options that are there for changing basic site information. We will scroll down to Garland and click on configure again. These settings are specific to only one Theme. If you have several Themes installed and enabled in the Themes Menu then you can change the behavior of all of them by clicking on Global Settings. Once again, we will discuss these more in another video on Themes.
There is one other settings we can change to change the way that our site looks. Although, this will only change the way the site looks when it's off-line. If, for example, you have taken it off-line for administrative reasons. We go Administer, scroll down to the bottom, and Site Maintenance. Should you decide to take it off-line, it will just show a very simple screen with this text; we could say, Underwater Reality's offices have just been flooded. We should be back shortly. I am actually going take it off-line and show you how to put it back Online, just so that you can see that message. It goes off-line. Save Configuration. Now let's go back to our homepage and log out.
This is the way that people will see the site, if it has been taken off-line. We can Log in again by going to ?Q=user and then Log in as our admin; and there we have it. We go back to Administer, click Site Maintenance, put the site back online, Save Configuration, and we are back in business with all of the new information that we had.
As mentioned earlier, several other videos in this series go into much greater detail on how to customize your site, particularly, with Themes and CSS, but for the small amount of time it takes to craft a few descriptive phrases few actions that has much affect in Drupal as taking those steps that you saw here.
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