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, by demonstrating how Drupal can be used 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 introduces the following modules:
Allows you to post content and create your own content types
Allows users to create replies to node content
Handles allowing users to log in, as well as Drupal’s robust roles and permissions systems
Adds dynamic sidebars and other supplementary content
Handles management of a Drupal website’s navigation
Allows entry of friendly URLs such as http://www.example.com/about rather than http://www.example.com/node/1.
Provides a dynamic drop-down navigation menu to speed administrative tasks
A simple form that site visitors may use to send inquiries to website owners ...