Themes

Color Wheel Motifs

Themes create the visual experience for your Drupal site. The standard theme that you will see when you first install Drupal is called Garland. The Garland theme is unique because a user can easily change the color scheme of the entire theme via a color wheel. An example of the wheel can be seen in the image below. Many people feel that the Garland theme is too pedestrian for their needs. Thankfully you have the option to very easily switch to another theme. You can make the Drupal Theme...

Hosting

Choosing a web host is the next step that many people take when they decide to move forward with the development of a Drupal site. For some this will be an easy task. If you already host a website then there's no reason to switch providers as long as that provider meets the requirements detailed earlier in this guide. If hosting is new to you then you will want to do a little research. I recommend spending a little time in the Drupal hosting forum. There are three types of hosting accounts that...

Technical Requirements

Beginner's should know some important information about Drupal requirements before they get started developing a site. You're going to need a web hosting account in order to get a website based on Drupal up and running. This will cost you anywhere from 7.95 to 50 per month depending on the features of the account. You can do more research in the hosting forum at Drupal.org. Whichever host you choose there are two hosting features that are essential to building a Drupal site. 1. MySQL Database -...

Nodes

Nodes are the basic building blocks of all Drupal sites. Every item of content that you add to a Drupal site becomes a node. When you create a page you have created a node. When you create a blog post you have created a node. A basic node has a title and a description just like you're used to if you've ever One differentiating feature of Drupal is the fact that you have the ability to create custom node types by using the Content Construction Kit (CCK) module. CCK allows you to build a node...

Managing Media

An ever increasing number of people seek to utilize Drupal to build media rich websites. These people seek to develop sites where audio, video or photo publishing by users is commonplace. And while Drupal core does not contain many features that build with these types of media in mind, there are a number of contributed modules that can help turn your Drupal site into a media platform. Drupal core has two key features that assist with the integration of rich media, the Upload module and...