Tutorial 1: Introduction to Drupal

How To Use Drupal 7 Tutorial Series



Series Introduction

This tutorial series will cover how to go about operating a website using the content management system (CMS) Drupal 7. This series will give you the basic knowledge needed to operate a Drupal 7 site. The OriginEight series How To Use Drupal 7 will start with an introduction to Drupal 7 and how this powerful, easy-to-use system can make website maintenance an enjoyable experience. The rest of the series will cover the various steps needed to operate your Drupal 7 website.


Part 1 – Introduction to Drupal 7.

Drupal is an open source content management system or CMS. The term open source describes software whose source code is made available, often under very generous and flexible licensing agreements, for use or modification by users or other developers. Besides that, open source software itself happens to be free of charge.

A content management system is software that facilitates the creation, organization, manipulation, and deletion of information in the form of images, documents, scripts, and plain text. The fact that Drupal is open source means that it is free to use. How can a system with this much power be free? This is due to a dedicated community around the world who share a basic principle that software should be open and free.

It is this large global community that makes Drupal 7 the powerful system that it is. The Drupal system is comprised of modules. To understand a module, think of a machine that has a special task like presenting a slideshow, e-mailing all of your clients a newsletter, or inviting friends on Facebook. Drupal 7 has hundreds of modules that can provide you with specific tools you need to provide the exact user experience that you desire for your website. Whether your site is a store (eCommerce), an event website, your company’s web presence, or a personal website, Drupal 7 can do it all. Your imagination is the only limitation you have when using this highly extensible framework.

Drupal 7 is scalable (grows with your organization), robust (powerful software that doesn’t break), secure, and portable (you can host it on most major hosting providers). These are all very important traits when you are going to operate a website. Further, Drupal 7 is efficient, reliable, flexible, and intuitive to work with, which adds even more value to an already free system.

How do you get a Drupal 7 site? You can build one yourself (for more technical folks and those with web development experience), create a site on DrupalGardens (similar to wordpress.com – allows you to pin up a Drupal site with a limited set of common features), or, for more advanced functionality and customization, hire a company like Origin Eight. If you are a technical person and know how to run and install software on a web host you can have your Drupal 7 site up and running in a matter of minutes. However, if you are like most people it may be beyond your ability or time constraints to create a site on your own.

Hosting is another factor in the equation. To make Drupal 7 really perform well, stay secure, and stay up-to-date, you should consider an optimized web host such as DripDrop Hosting, a sister company of Origin Eight. We have all the services you need to make your mark on the web. Origin Eight can provide top-notch graphic design, mobile design, custom development, site building, hosting, training, and more. To discover more about Drupal go to http://drupal.com and, for more information on the community, go to http://drupal.org.




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