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Introduction to Drupal

Pavel Zemliansky, Ph.D

WRTC

JMU
Description of SMAD 404

Study of advanced techniques in


interactive media for online and
fixed media delivery. Emphasis on
emerging technologies and
professional development
strategies. Includes creation of an
interactive portfolio.
The Purpose of Today’s Session
—Provide a brief introduction to Drupal

—Outline some possible uses of Drupal as a web design,


communication, and interaction platform

—Demonstrate the basic steps of configuring a Drupal site


What is Drupal?
—Drupal is a content management system

—Drupal is an open-source content management system

—Drupal is a very versatile and extendable open-source


content management system
Advantages of Using Drupal
—Almost limitless extendibility

—Allows for quick creation of social web sites (web 2.0)

—Ease of installation

—Like most other open-source software, Drupal is


comptetely free

—Drupal is supported by a robust community of


developers and designers

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Disadvantages of Using Drupal
Fairly steep learning curve for novices

To radically change the look and structure of pre-made


themes, some knowledge of CSS and PHP is required

No centralized tech support, which may be an issue for


enterprise and organizational users



A Drupal Configuration Walk-Through
Some High-Profile Drupal-Based
Sites
—www.whitehouse.gov

—www.nasa.gov

—www.mattel.com

—http://www.nysenate.gov/

—www.icitizenforum.com

—www.theonion.com

Resources and Tutorials
—The Drupal Handbook (
http://drupal.org/handbook/customization/tutorials)

—12 Drupal tutorials for beginners (


http://mydrupal.com/drupal-tutorials)

—Drupal Therapy (http://www.drupaltherapy.com/)

—Funnymonkey—Drupal for Educators (


http://www.funnymonkey.com/)

Interested in Learning More?
—www.drupal.org

—www.pz-writing.net

—zemliapx@jmu.edu