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Setting up Organic Groups

From: Drupal 7 Advanced Training

Video: Setting up Organic Groups

Because we're talking about social features, it's tempting to go through the hundred plus Drupal 7 modules in the Community category to find the features we want. But instead, I'd like to introduce you to one super module that takes care of a lot of those features, and for the ones it doesn't do, there are other modules that integrate with it. The module is called Organic groups, and you can get it at drupal.org/project/og. One nice thing about Organic groups is that it has a huge user base, and lots of good documentation.

Setting up Organic Groups

Because we're talking about social features, it's tempting to go through the hundred plus Drupal 7 modules in the Community category to find the features we want. But instead, I'd like to introduce you to one super module that takes care of a lot of those features, and for the ones it doesn't do, there are other modules that integrate with it. The module is called Organic groups, and you can get it at drupal.org/project/og. One nice thing about Organic groups is that it has a huge user base, and lots of good documentation.

In particular, take a look at this Useful posts for configuring OG. But we'll just go back, and download it. As you see, there are quite a lot of modules here. I'm only going to enable three of them: Organic groups, Organic groups context, and Organic groups UI. We'll be using Organic groups access control later on, when we set up private groups, and we'll also find use for Organic groups field access. But for now, I'll scroll down to the bottom of the page, and save.

Before going on, I think it's important to understand what Organic groups does. It's quite a bit more complicated than the typical module. The best way to see it is to look at groups on other social Web sites; for example, Facebook. The part of Facebook that lets you do what we're going to do in Drupal is this Create Group link down here. I'll just create a Test group, add a Friend to it, as Facebook requires, and Create.

Once you've done that, you've created a forum, where people can write posts, add pictures, or videos, and so forth. It becomes a sort of meeting place, with lots of features which I won't go into here, but this is the same basic idea as Organic groups. In our case, our scenario is that we're going to set up our site as though it's for a political campaign. We'll set up one group as the campaign's headquarters, but also let local activists set up their own local groups, each with its own basic pages, and articles. To do that, we go up and create a content type.

Click Structure, and Content types, and then Add content type. I'll call this Campaign office, and then scroll down to the vertical tabs, where we see a new tab called Group. This is going to be a Group type. You can also define content types as being Group content types; in other words, content that can go into groups. You'll see this a little bit later as we start adding content to this group in a later video. I'll make a few other small changes. First of all, I'm going to turn off commenting, and also turn off the author and date information, and then save.

Now that I've made that content type, I can add a group simply by adding content. Click Add content, and Campaign office. You'll notice that although we said we want this content type to be a Group, you can turn that off on a node by node basis. I've actually found it more useful to hide this, and I use CSS to do that, because when I create a content type to be a Group, I want it to always be a Group, and by hiding this control, I can always force it to do so. If you want to learn more about that, see Drupal 7 Essential Training, and also lynda.com CSS and Drupal theming courses.

I'm going to call this Campaign office, Headquarters. The Body below will be, Where it all happens! And then scroll down to the vertical tabs. I will provide a menu link, just for convenience sake, and then Save. Now let's see how this works by going to a browser where I'm not logged in to my site. There's our node; I'll click on it, and Request group membership. However, you see group membership is predicated on you already being a member of the site.

So let's go back and try this again. Let's say that I'm logged in this time. Now I go back to Headquarters, and Request group membership. Now it starts to go through. We can send a request message, but I want to mention, this doesn't actually go into e-mail, or show up anywhere obvious on the site. However, you can expose it as the administrator using a view. It's a little bit strange that way. Then click Join. Now let's see what that means on the administrative site. Here we are at the Headquarters node again, and if we click Group, we can see what people are part of it.

And there's the person who just joined: tgellar. By default, the person is pending; Iit requires administrative approval, but you can change that yourself. I'll actually approve him. There are quite a few other settings in that Group tab. Let's go back and take a look. First of all, you can manually add people if you want, and you can see what Roles, and Permissions are part of this group. By default, Organic groups sets it up so that all groups have the same Roles, and Permissions.

You can override that later, and I'll show you that in a minute. So we have our group, and so far, it's rather unimpressive. Organic groups are just nodes with members, but those memberships don't mean much. In the next few videos, we're going to take a look at how you can actually make Organic groups useful, but I'll give you a quick peek now by taking a look at some of its configuration options. To do so, go up to Configuration, and then down to the Organic Groups group. I won't talk about all of these right now, but just to give you a sense of them, you can set up membership types, and by default, there's only one.

You can change the permissions that are on in all of the groups, or you can go back and give each group its own permissions by changing the settings. Now, at the beginning of this video, I mentioned that there were a lot of modules that integrate with Organic groups. I wasn't kidding. There's even a category for it in the Module library on drupal.org. We see that by going to drupal.org/ project/modules, filtering by compatibility, and then choosing the Organic Groups group.

So we're just starting down a long road. A lot of the value of Organic groups is hidden by default, and shows up only when you make it visible using the Views, and Panels module, so that's what I'll do next in this course.

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  1. 4m 51s
    1. Welcome
      1m 7s
    2. Planning your Drupal career
      3m 44s
  2. 25m 46s
    1. Comparing development and production environments
      6m 22s
    2. Configuring your settings.php file
      7m 10s
    3. Running multiple sites from one Drupal installation
      7m 32s
    4. Troubleshooting common issues
      4m 42s
  3. 51m 20s
    1. Understanding your Drupal site's place on the web
      2m 44s
    2. Selecting a web host
      7m 20s
    3. Using Unix's command-line interface
      8m 23s
    4. Working with your web host's access restrictions
      4m 51s
    5. Using cPanel and other graphical web host interfaces
      3m 40s
    6. Transferring files to and from your web host
      5m 49s
    7. Moving databases using phpMyAdmin
      6m 34s
    8. Moving databases using Unix commands
      6m 8s
    9. Modifying server configuration files
      5m 51s
  4. 27m 10s
    1. Learning from case studies
      3m 13s
    2. Planning your site
      4m 18s
    3. Populating your site with Devel Generate
      3m 42s
    4. Managing URL paths
      3m 20s
    5. Restricting access to downloadable files
      5m 55s
    6. Reusing site components with the Features module
      6m 42s
  5. 21m 53s
    1. Understanding and installing Drush
      5m 23s
    2. Installing Drupal using Drush
      7m 24s
    3. Building a site using Drush
      9m 6s
  6. 31m 59s
    1. Backing up with the Backup and Migrate module
      8m 17s
    2. Moderating comment spam
      6m 47s
    3. Migrating from Drupal 6
      4m 28s
    4. Migrating to Drupal 7
      12m 27s
  7. 22m 24s
    1. Letting users log in through OpenID
      5m 10s
    2. Letting users log in through Facebook, Twitter, and other services
      9m 43s
    3. Republishing posts on Facebook and Twitter
      7m 31s
  8. 1h 5m
    1. Understanding Drupal's base themes
      5m 55s
    2. Introducing base themes: Zen and subtheming
      11m 35s
    3. Introducing base themes: Fusion and extensibility
      10m 44s
    4. Introducing base themes: AdaptiveTheme and responsive design
      7m 25s
    5. Introducing base themes: Omega and mobile devices
      7m 9s
    6. Using Firebug and other theming tools
      7m 20s
    7. Modifying themes with Sweaver
      6m 59s
    8. Modifying themes with Livethemer
      8m 45s
  9. 49m 35s
    1. Understanding the Rules module
      6m 48s
    2. Demonstrating how Rules works in Drupal Commerce
      3m 53s
    3. Creating practical rules
      6m 37s
    4. Improving rules
      9m 10s
    5. Defining conditions with the Context module
      7m 51s
    6. Varying layout with the Context and Delta modules
      5m 0s
    7. Varying layout with the Panels module
      10m 16s
  10. 52m 46s
    1. Enabling social features
      9m 46s
    2. Implementing a voting system
      9m 15s
    3. Rewarding good behavior with the Userpoints module
      5m 57s
    4. Setting up Organic Groups
      6m 28s
    5. Adding content to groups
      2m 21s
    6. Seeing group activity better with views and panels
      10m 13s
    7. Making groups private
      4m 54s
    8. Letting each group have its own permissions
      3m 52s
  11. 25m 32s
    1. Understanding packaged Drupal distributions
      2m 8s
    2. Getting a head start with Acquia Drupal
      7m 28s
    3. Creating online storefronts with Drupal Commerce
      6m 53s
    4. Creating government web sites with OpenPublic
      9m 3s
  12. 1h 30m
    1. Taking the assignment
      3m 26s
    2. Planning the project
      3m 43s
    3. Preparing the infrastructure
      8m 42s
    4. Starting the design
      7m 35s
    5. Filling in the content
      7m 29s
    6. Developing the layout
      10m 27s
    7. Finishing the layout
      7m 8s
    8. Refining the CSS
      6m 32s
    9. Setting up sections for regional offices
      4m 53s
    10. Configuring regional offices
      7m 18s
    11. Connecting to social media
      5m 9s
    12. Cleaning up
      12m 32s
    13. Securing the site
      5m 56s
  13. 37s
    1. Next steps
      37s

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