As an open source, community-based content management system and web site application development framework, Drupal allows you to create interactive, media-based, database-driven web sites that become a part of everyday activities and communications. This unique book is the first of its kind to tackle the challenging task of leveraging Drupal to get a site done right and make that site work for you, based on industry-wide software development best practices.
Within these pages, you will gain insight into how to work with any release of Drupal, approach your project, establish a development environment, plan for deployment, and avoid pitfalls along the way. A real-world example of a web site application based on Drupal—an online Literary Workshop—is used throughout the book, and it walks you through the entire development lifecycle. You'll learn how to bring your web site into the exciting Drupal mainstream, customize Drupal for your specific needs, and even make "non-Drupal" looking sites. With this hands-on guide, you'll discover how to use Drupal to efficiently publish, manage, and organize a wide variety of content on your web site.
What you will learn from this book
Best practices to optimize the way you approach development projects
Methods for setting up a development environment using version control and issue tracking tools
How the Drupal theming system works and how it separates content from presentation and style
Techniques for upgrading and deploying the online Literary Workshop
The future of Drupal and how it might be developed and used
Who this book is for
This book is for Drupal users of all levels of expertise who are looking to put together a sophisticated web application.
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