Appendix E. Beyond the Book—Additional Help Resources Online


  • Using the help files

  • Finding resources online

  • Learning from the Drupal community

Support options for Drupal follow the pattern typical to community-driven open-source projects. Your first line of support is community help resources, that is, self-help. Those who need more assistance typically turn to vendors, either the people who built their Drupal site or other third parties who provide commercial support services.

This appendix outlines the default help options, includes a list of the official Drupal resources, and provides a brief note about options for commercial support.

The Help Files Inside Drupal

Drupal comes bundled with basic help files. Help is located in two places: the Help link on the Management menu and the context-sensitive Help links. Clicking the Help option on the Management menu takes you to a page containing a list of all the available topics, as well as links to online help resources. For site administrators, however, the context-sensitive Help links are probably the most useful help resource.

The context-sensitive links appear next to items on the various admin pages. Clicking one of the Help links displays a screen containing the help information relevant to that specific page.


The default help screens are pretty basic and likely to be of the most assistance to users who are new to the system or those who use the system infrequently.

The Drupal help files are maintained along with the ...

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