Task Based Organization

From the very beginning of your Drupal installation, you will be working with task-based organization. Your Web site might include tasks such as adding new content, moderating comments, searching or filtering the content, and viewing recently updated content. Figure 1.11 shows the task-based menu that Drupal provides to help organize these actions. You may also have a set of tasks that are available to different roles within your team of authenticated users.

Task-based organization is appropriate for the presentation and navigation of action-oriented pages as opposed to content-oriented pages. You will need to decide how related tasks are grouped and how they are ordered within that group. You will also need to decide how to integrate the tasks into the page. In some cases, tasks may be available from a menu option (for example, Create Content); in other cases, tasks may be presented as tabs on a page (for example, Edit This Page). The administration area of Drupal allows you to build scenarios of related tasks. For example, selecting "Create Content" from the Drupal navigation menu presents you with a new page with the different kinds of content you can add to your Web site; it also reveals an extended menu in the navigation area on the left side of Figure 1.11.

Now that you know what your content looks like and how it will be organized, you can start to think about the layout of your Web pages.

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My account Create content ■ Page ° Story D Administer ° Log oLIt

FIGURE 1.11 This list shows administrative tasks that can be performed. It includes a subset of tasks to Create Content, where the administrator can choose from a list of different types of content to add to the Web site.

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