Chapter 2. Drupal Jumpstart

This chapter, intended for readers who are new to Drupal, provides a tour of its capabilities, as well as definitions for its sometimes obscure terminology. We’ll demonstrate how Drupal can be used “out of the box” to build a simple website. Readers who are familiar with Drupal already may still want to skim this chapter, as later chapters will assume knowledge of all content covered here. By the end, you’ll understand how to perform administrative tasks in Drupal, such as configuring modules, working with content types, and setting up site navigation.

This chapter assumes that you already have Drupal up and running. For assistance, check out Appendix A, as well as the helpful online Getting Started guide at

This chapter introduces the following modules:

Node (core)

Allows you to post content and create your own content types

Comment (core)

Allows users to create replies to node content

User (core)

Allows users to log in, and provides Drupal’s robust roles and permissions systems

Block (core)

Adds dynamic sidebars and other supplementary content

Menu (core)

Handles management of a Drupal website’s navigation

Path (core)

Allows entry of friendly URLs such as rather than

Module Filter (

Allows administrators to quickly filter the list of modules by keyword

Contact (core)

A simple form that site visitors may use to send inquiries to website ...

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