Drupal is the first platform for managing web content among governments, NGOs, global enterprises, and higher education. It also publishes content and flexible website with high scale which appears in many languages through various devices. Therefore, business leaders use content management and change it into dependable digital solutions through Drupal. For newbies, here are the useful tips and tricks you can try.
The General Tips and Tricks Using Drupal
- Recognizing the Drupal Location
Once you download Drupal, it does not work directly from there. It lives on a server, so it eases you when developed a new website next time. Just use Drupal on your server. However, if you want to build a site at home PC, first download fake server environment like Dev Desktop of Acquia then run Drupal on your PC.
- Locating Modules and Themes
You will find a folder named “modules” and “themes” among the folders of Drupal installation. Just remember, they are not the folders for putting the contributed modules and themes to your main installation. They are just for the main installation modules and themes. For the contributed ones, put them in second set that’s located within the ‘sites’ in Drupal installation. This matters because the main installation will keep updating periodically.
- Log Into Your Web Site While in Maintenance Mode
While in the maintenance mode, you use the configuration of admin section. Therefore, your website cannot be accessed by internet users although they have logged in. This feature benefits you in ‘clearing’ the traffic while you are maintaining or developing website. The bad news is when you log out; you also won’t be able to access the web. To solve it, find the related website sources.
- Themes to Use
There is a good place which you can visit for browsing various themes of Drupal. All of the themes here are available without tailoring. Or, try another site where you can find some modifiable themes. When you set for the first time, the web will look ugly since you need to ‘style’ it. Don’t worry though, you can copy and paste the themes from another contributed themes as beginning.
- The content of the Web Site
In fact, the content of website does not sit in the Drupal installation, but in MySQL database managed by Drupal installation in a server. It is determined by a web host. However, the images on website sit in Drupal installation, which means a little bit of effort. To transfer the images from one website to another, you need to do copy or zip Drupal installation first. Then, export the database using certain module. Another way is by using an application which supports MySQL databases. Install it in the same server with the database.
Well, newbies should try the above tips and tricks for starting to develop the new sites. Don’t bother the strains of PHP code; you don’t need to understand all of those things as a newbie. Leave it to the expert and try these easier ways.