Sample Drupal Page

Once you are done making modifications, click create content in the navigation block on the left-hand side and then click blog entry. Once the blog page has been brought up, simply add some content, whatever you want, and click Preview to see how it will turn out, and if you are happy, click Submit. If you now log out, you will be faced with your new default page. Let's take a brief look over it to discuss some of the main features:

When someone first arrives at your site, as it stands at the moment, they will likely be greeted by something as shown in the previous screenshot. (As you can tell, I have enabled a whole bunch of new modules and set some blocks to display on the right-hand side of the page. As well as this,

Setting Up the Development Environment you can see that I entered a greeting message as my first blog entry, which is dutifully displayed by Drupal on the homepage instead of the initial instructions.) There are several main areas of interest that are highlighted in this screenshot and we should look over them here in order to get a feel for what to expect in the chapters to come:

1. The URL denotes which page is being visited, and can be modified to provide search-engine-friendly formats.

2. The page header contains your site's logo and slogan, among other things. It also provides a link to the homepage and is completely configurable.

3. The search tool allows users to enter search terms in order to locate content within the Drupal site.

4. Left and right sidebars contain blocks, which are effectively containers of information, as well as the navigational links. In this case, pretty much everything has been enabled—which is why there are so many individual blocks down each side of the page. Notice too that we now have blocks on the right-hand side because we set some of them to appear in the right sidebar. Blocks can also appear in other parts of the page, and we will work with these later on anyway.

5. All content in Drupal is contained within nodes such as the one shown here. This doesn't have to be a blog entry—it could be a poll or forum post. Naturally, the method of display is customizable, as we will also see in due course.

6. Users can register and log in to the site to create posts or view content. Permissions and roles can be assigned to users in order to allow them to perform various administrative tasks and so on.

What isn't shown in this screenshot (because the page was just too long) is the footer area. This section can also hold blocks and other content, and like the rest of the site, is fully customizable.

That concludes our short tour of Drupal. In the next chapter, and the chapters that follow, we will begin harnessing the various aspects of Drupal's core functionality (as well as enlist the help of some contributions) and mould it into the site we wish to create. In the meantime, you are encouraged to play around with the site as much as possible in order to get a feel for what you can do.

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