Category Archives: Drupal

How to create menus in Drupal

How to create menus in Drupal

This tutorial assumes you’ve already logged in to Drupal

Click the Administer link

Now let’s learn how to create a new menu

Scroll down

Click the Menus link

Then click Add Menu

Enter a Menu Name here… it must contain all lowercase letters and have no spaces

Then enter the title of the new menu here

Click Save when ready

Now let’s add items to our menu

Enter the path this menu item links to

Then enter a menu link title

You can optionally enter a description

Make sure you have the proper menu selected as your parent item

Click Save when ready

Let’s repeat the process and add a second menu item

Our new menu item has been created, which you can see here

There it is!

In order for the new menu to show up in your website, you must create a new block for it, and configure where it should go

Locate the Demo Menu, and enable it by configuring its location

Be sure to click Save blocks to save our configuration

There it is! The new menu we just created, along with the two menu items

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to create menus in Drupal. Remember that you have to enable the menu block after creating it

Getting help in Drupal

Getting help with Drupal

This tutorial assumes you’ve already logged in to Drupal

Click the Administer link

Now let’s learn how to get help understanding and using Drupal

Then click Help

This is the Drupal help guide that provides context sensitive help on the use and configuratiuon of Drupal and its modules

Simply click any of the Help topics listed here to learn more about them

You can get further and more extensive help by going to the Drupal handbook… a link to which is located here

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to get help using Drupal from within your Drupal installation, or from the Drupal handbook

Setting up your account information in Drupal

Setting up your account information in Drupal

This tutorial assumes you’ve already logged in to Drupal

Now let’s learn how to setup our account information

Click the My account link

Then click the Edit link

It is from here that you can change your username and email address…

This is the edit account page where we can configure our account

You can also change your password, and set your signature

When finished, click the submit button here

You can change the time zone as well

Click here to return to the home page

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to setup your account information

How to install Drupal from Fantastico

How to install Drupal from Fantastico

This tutorial assumes you’ve already launched the Fantastico application

Now let’s learn how to install Drupal

Click the Drupal link here

This is the Drupal installation screen

Drupal is an advanced portal with collaborative book, search engine friendly URLs, online help, roles, full content search, site watching, threaded comments, version control, etc.

Click the New Installation link here

Enter the name of the directory you want to install in… or leave this field blank for installation in the root directory

Enter an admin username and password in the following boxes

Enter an admin email address

When ready, click here to install

Click here to finish the installation

That’s it! Drupal has been successfully installed in your account, and is ready for you to start configuring it

Click here to login to your new installation

Login using the admin username and password you assigned during installation

From here you can visit the site by clicking here…

… or remove the script from your account by clicking here

Your new installation is now listed here on the script’s home page

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to install Drupal to your account from within Fantastico

Maintaining your site in Drupal

Maintaining your site in Drupal

This tutorial assumes you’ve already logged in to Drupal

Now let’s learn how to maintain our Drupal web site

Click the Administer link

Scroll down

Click Site maintenance

This is the Site Maintenance page. Under normal circumstances, your Site Status should be set to Online. If you wanted to work on the website and didn’t want people to have access to it while you worked, you would want to change this setting to Off-line

Scroll down

Click Save configuration

If you want, you can further personalize the Site off-line message here

The site is now off-line. Turning the site back online is just as easy

The site is now online. We can return to this page at any time to toggle between online and offline while working on the site

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to maintain your site in Drupal

How to manage menus in Drupal

How to manage menus in Drupal

This tutorial assumes you’ve already logged in to Drupal

Now let’s learn how to manage menus

Click the Administer link

Scroll down

Click the Menus link

This is the Menus page where we can add, edit, or delete menus to our web site

Click the enable link

As we can see, some menus are currently disabled, let’s enable a disabled menu now

Scroll down

When ready, click Submit

We can edit the details of the menu item here if we wish

The menu item we just enabled now shows here

Now let’s disable a menu item, scroll down

Click the disable link for the menu you want to disable

Click Disable to confirm

Now click the Settings link

That’s it! The menu item has been disabled

Scroll down

After making any changes to the settings of the menus you wish, click Save Configuration here

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to manage menus in Drupal

How to manage modules in Drupal

How to manage modules in Drupal

This tutorial assumes you’ve already logged in to Drupal

Now let’s learn how to manage modules

Click the Administer link

Modules are plugins that extend Drupal’s core functionality. You can add modules fro blogs, search, comments, contact forms, forums, and more

Scroll down

Then click the Modules link here

This is the Modules main page

Let’s use the Search module… select it here

Then click Save configuration

That’s it! The Search module has has been activated, as we can see here

We can return to this page at any time to activate, deactivate, or uninstall modules

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to manage modules in Drupal

How to manage pages in Drupal

How to manage pages in Drupal

This tutorial assumes you’ve already logged in to Drupal

Now let’s learn how to manage pages

Click Create content

To create a new page, click the Page link here

This is the Create Content page, where you can choose to create new pages or new stories for your web site

You would choose to create a page if you wanted to add a static page like a contact page or an about us page

Enter theTitle of the page here

Then enter the Body of the page here

Scroll down

Click Submit

That’s it! The new page has been created

Click the Edit link here

You can edit the title or body of the page from here…

… or you can remove the page from your web site by clicking Delete

Click Delete to confirm

That’s it! The page we created has now been deleted

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to manage pages in Drupal

How to change your password in Drupal

How to change your password in Drupal

This tutorial assumes you’ve already logged in to Drupal

Now let’s learn how to change our Drupal password

Click the My account link

Then click the Edit link

Scroll down

This is the edit account page where we can configure our account and change our password

Enter a new password here

Confirm your password by entering it again here

Be sure the password match indicates “Yes”, otherwise you’ll have to re-enter your password in both boxes to ensure both entries match

Then click Save

The password has been successfully changed

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to change your Drupal password

How to configure your site in Drupal

How to configure your site in Drupal

This tutorial assumes you’ve already logged in to Drupal

Now let’s learn how to configure our site

Click the Administer link

Then click Site configuration

Click the Administration theme link

This is the Site Configuration page where we can modify many aspects of our Drupal site

Click here to show the theme dropdown menu and seletct a new theme

This is the theme page where we can change the look of our Drupal Administration area

Click Save configuration

Let’s change back to the default theme

As you can see, our theme has changed to the bluemarine theme

That’s it! Our theme has been changed back to the default

Next, click the Clean URLs link

Click the Date and time link

If this option is enabled, the URL’s created by Drupal will be “clean” which will make them more efficient for search engine indexing. To enable Clean URLs, click here

Click the Error reporting link

This is the Date and Time area, where we can configure how the dates and times are displayed

On this page we can customize the error report pages

Click the Site information link

This is the Site Information page where we can set a name and slogan for our Drupal site

Enter a Name for the site here

Then enter your Email address

You can optionally enter a Slogan here

When finished, click Save configuration

That’s it! Our information has been changed and you can see our new site name here

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to configure your site in Drupal

How to manage stories in Drupal

How to manage stories in Drupal

This tutorial assumes you’ve already logged in to Drupal

Now let’s learn how to manage stories

Click Create content

Click Story

This is the Create Content page, where you can choose to create new pages or new stories for your web site

Stories are articles that have a title, a teaser and a body… but can be extended by other modules. Stories may be used as a personal blog or for news articles

Enter theTitle of the story here

This is the page where we can create new stories on our Drupal site

Then enter the Body of the story here

Scroll down

When ready, click the Submit button

Let’s see how to edit the new story, click Edit

That’s it! The new story has been created

We can Edit or Delete the story we just created on this page

Click Delete

Click Delete to confirm

That’s it! The new story has been deleted

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to manage stories in Drupal

How to manage themes in Drupal

How to manage themes in Drupal

This tutorial assumes you’ve already logged in to Drupal

Now let’s learn how to manage themes

Click the Administer link

Themes are an easy way to change the look and feel of your Drupal site

Scroll down

Click the Themes link here

Scroll down

Click here to enable a new theme…

… then click here to make this new theme the default theme

Scroll down

When finished, click Save configuration

That’s it! As you can see by the look of the website, our theme has changed

Let’s change our default theme back to the way it was

That’s all there is to it!

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to manage themes in Drupal

How to manage users in Drupal

How to manage users in Drupal

This tutorial assumes you’ve already logged in to Drupal

Now let’s learn how to manage users

Click the Administer link

Scroll down

Click the Users link here

Let’s add a user now… click Add user

Enter a Username for the new user here

Then enter the new user’s Email address

Enter and confirm a password for the new user

When finished, click Create new account

Click the List link here

That’s it! A new user account has been created

Scroll down

Or we can delete the user… which we’re going to do now

Here is the user we just created

From here we can edit the user, including changing their password

Select Delete the selected users

Then click Update

Click here to confirm you want to delete the account

Click the User management link

The user we created has now been deleted

Then click the Roles link

Click the User settings link

A role is a way of giving selected permissions to a group of users… which you can do from here

… and from here you can change many settings for the users of your site

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to manage users in Drupal

How to manage blocks in Drupal

How to manage blocks in Drupal

This tutorial assumes you’ve already logged in to Drupal

Click the Administer link

Now let’s learn how to manage blocks

Then click the Blocks link

This is the Blocks management page

Blocks are boxes of content that can be arranged and displayed in certain areas of your web page

Click the Add block link

Enter the Block description here

Scroll down

Click Save block

That’s it! The new block has been created

Now let’s edit the new block

Here we can see a list of all blocks in our website, including which ones are enabled…

… and which ones are currently disabled (including the New Block we just created)

Click here to show the new block in the left sidebar

When finished, click Save blocks

That’s all there is to it!

To delete the new block we just setup, click the delete link here

Click Delete to confirm

The block we created has now been deleted

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to manage blocks in Drupal