Drupal 6 Site Builder Solutions is a step-by-step guide to building your business website in Drupal, complete with a blog, events calendar, catalogue of products and services, and more. As always, Packt Publishing will be donating a percentage of all book sales directly to the Drupal Association.
Author Mark Noble will show you how to build a complete website for a fictional client from scratch. He starts at the beginning by downloading and installing Drupal, progressing to creating and editing pages, through to exploring the most popular modules for Drupal. All functionality is presented in a clear step-by-step format which is easy to follow as you build your own site.
This book explores several modules that will allow you to do everything from adding calendars and events to integrating content from Flickr and YouTube. Each chapter adds some features to your website that will bring you closer to your customers.
At the end of the book, you should be able to build a site on your own. If you are new to Drupal this book will give you the confidence and knowledge to hire a professional to develop a site for you which meets your business needs. Regardless of whether you build your own, or work with a professional Drupal developer, this book will help you to develop a site that connects you to your customers and will find ways to make you more money.
Here is a brief summary of what each chapter covers:
Chapter 1 - Introduces Drupal as well as the Good Eatin’ website, your fictional client for this book. You will download and install Drupal onto your webserver and perform a basic setup of the site.
Chapter 2 – In this chapter, you will begin building the content of your website and setup the navigation system. Next, you will add images and slideshows to the site. Finally, you will install a custom theme for our site to change its overall appearance.
Chapter 3 – In this chapter, you use CCK and views to create the restaurants menu showing the items available at each meal. You will also use Taxonomies to categorize the content in the menu.
Chapter 4 – In this chapter you will invite our customers to interact with the site using comments, content rating, filling out polls, and answering surveys.
Chapter 5 – In this chapter, you build a company blog so customers can easily get timely updates from our company and you integrate content from blogs on other websites.
Chapter 6 – In this chapter, you create a calendar to display current events at the Good Eatin’ website. You will also build a newsletter so you can deliver information straight to our customer’s inboxes on a regular basis.
Chapter 7 – In this chapter, you integrate content from several popular services including Flickr, YouTube, and Google Maps to enhance your site. You will also discuss publishing your website to social networking sites like Digg and del.ico.us.
Chapter 8 – In this chapter, you add downloadable content to your site including PDF files and other freebies. You will also discuss ways of automatically generating printable content and PDF files from your pages so customers can save any content they want for future usage.
Chapter 9 – In this chapter, you setup a takeout menu for your restaurant and allow customers to place orders online and pay for them at your eCommerce site.
Chapter 10 – In this chapter, you discuss maintaining your site including backing up files, optimizing your site, and updating the site when new versions of Drupal and custom modules are released.
Chapter 11 – In this chapter, you explore ways of adapting the techniques you have learned in this book to a variety of other types of businesses. This book also discusses outsourcing your website development to a professional and leveraging the knowledge you gained in this book to ensure you get the site you want for the best possible price.
You can read more about the book from Packt's website.