Last updated October 3, 2013. Created by greggmarshall on April 22, 2010.
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Now that you've installed Drupal, there are a few tasks you need to do:

Looking for support? Visit the Drupal.org forums, or join #drupal-support in IRC.

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Step 3 (the settings.php file) of the install guide reminds us twice to "Do not forget to change permissions back after you have run the installation script" for the settings.php file and its default folder.

I recommend adding a task here or at least txt to remind the adminstrator to do so. There is a reminder at the very bottom of the "Step 4" page, but it is easy to miss.

A warning on the homepage would have been nice: Drupal is designed for you to use other peoples Themes!

I've spent hours looking for documentation on how to make my website look the way I want it - NOT like someone else's theme.

How about a "step 4" above: + Design Your Own website

I've seen mountains of documentation here and there, but why all over the place? My fellow webdesigners & I are continuously surprised that its not a clear section after installation. As for the Build Building Guide, jeeze. It may be useful for Drupal experts but for the rest of us its just wasting time and offputting.

I like what I've seen so far, and want Drupal to continue to grow. Simple guides is all that's needed.

As Im Here, I must be Not All There!
"Just because you don't understand, doesn't mean there are gods" The Man 13:8

The information you want is already out there and easily available. On the Drupal website homepage the button 'Get Started with Drupal', links to the Theming Guide which starts out with:

This handbook is about changing the look and feel of a Drupal site.

You can change the administrative settings to modify the appearance of the theme, you can copy an existing theme and then change or extend the code, or you can build a complete theme from scratch.

...

Documentation on the Drupal website has a simply organized core structure but it is also designed to allow people to create their discussions on all kinds of topics. For example, there are many approaches to building your own theme, whether from scratch or through using an existing subtheme (recommended) such as Omega, Zen or Adaptive Theme among others.

If you are a beginner at Drupal, there are also plenty of books to explain best practices and getting started and I suggest one of these:

  1. Novice, general info: Drupal 7 Explained: Your Step-by-Step Guide
  2. Novice theming: Front End Drupal: Designing, Theming, Scripting
  3. Advanced Topics: The Definitive Guide to Drupal 7

Additionally, there are hundreds of YouTube and Vimeo videos which walk though ways to build your own theme, install and configure a starter theme, and on customizing the functionality. A solid grasp on HTML and CSS is essential to building your own theme but there are reams of information available throughout the web, books or you could even try to find a tutor to learn with. The same goes for any CMS you'd want to create your own theme for.

Hope that helps.

Pure Web Media

To add to @rajmataj's excellent comments, I would add that you can contribute to the documentation as you are learning how to make your site look the way you want. Make notes of what you learn, and any references you used to learn that, then start typing. All the documentation you see here already was contributed by other volunteers, you are encouraged to join in. Check out this documentation on how to contribute.

What you mention here is the solution and the problem.
There is, indeed, mountains of documentation, guides, themes, books and videos all over the place.
But the more you read, the more opinions and variations you discover, so then its on to comparison conversations with pros and cons to each detail...

Now that I'm joining in Im going to point out a few changes that have made other systems highly successful. The most obvious of which is a suggested, or dare I say, recommended route for noobs. I have read a lot lately about people wanting to master drupal, but once they encounter the multitude of options they soon become lost, confused, and give up.
A quick example: I wanted to make a site multilingual. I found over 30 guides - each using different methods and modules. Many of these guides actually failed - too old, not maintained, or just plain wrong (I climbing the learning curve!).

I believe that a recommended-route, to doing it all once, would help many a noob get the job done. And leave them feeling good enough to check alternative methods and contributing...
yeah, I guess i'll have to do it myself :)

As Im Here, I must be Not All There!
"Just because you don't understand, doesn't mean there are gods" The Man 13:8