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In this workshop you’ll learn how to extend the functionality of a Drupal website by adding modules. The contents of this course include:
Please Welcome Cash Bacon
This course is going to build on an existing, simple Drupal site for a fictitious band called Cash Bacon. In this chapter you'll see what software you will need and how to get the site running on your hosting account.
Views: Superpowered Lists of Content
Views is the most popular contributed Drupal module, and with good reason. It is a visual database query builder that can create lists of content, users, and so much more. This chapter introduces Views and goes over some of its basic functionality.
Listing Shows with Date, Calendar, and Views
This chapter adds Date modules to the mix. You’ll learn to add custom date fields to any content, which particularly useful for events. You’ll also see how to use Date and Views together to make custom event pages and blocks, as well as how to use the Calendar module to create calendars from dated content.
Revisiting News and Views
In this last chapter on Views, we will get into the more advanced topics of exposed and contextual filters (a.k.a. arguments), which allow users to limit the displayed content to certain sets. We’ll also look at relationships, which let us join and expose different data in the same view.
Display Suite: Powerful Content Display
Display Suite is a family of modules that facilitate sophisticated layouts of content without requiring you to write any code. This chapter will explore some of the features of Display Suite that allow you to create columnar layouts, make custom combinations of existing fields, and clean up Drupal's sometimes overwrought default markup.
The Webform Module: Surveys, Contact Forms, and More
The Webform module facilitates easy creation of forms meant to be presented to the visiting public: contact forms, polls, questionnaires, and so on. In this chapter, we'll create a custom contact form (and see why we use Webform instead of the core Contact module) and create a poll for Cash Bacon’s fans to fill out (and mention why we use Webform instead of the core Poll module).
Panels: Codeless Control of Full-Page Layouts
Panels is a module that helps site builders and designers create whole-page layouts. It uses a drag-and-drop interface to move content around in different regions and can pull content from throughout your Drupal site. In this chapter, we will create a new home page and edit the layout of the content creation screens.
Social Network Integration
Integrating social networks is considered nearly essential for any modern website. In this chapter, we'll look at some of the options for importing and displaying content from Twitter and Facebook, as well as using widgets and social plugins.
Further Customizations: Theme and Module
In this chapter, we’ll step out of the realm of using contributed modules and take a brief look at the theme running on the Cash Bacon website to begin to get an idea of how to make look-and-feel modifications. We will also write a very small Drupal module to add a genuinely useful piece of functionality to the website.
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