First time using Drupal

Drupal is one of the free web content management system (cms) different with  wordpress or joomla. It is not as famous as them but it is quite easy to install it. But I will try to use it now.

First of all. Drupal is different from wordpress. A little lack of help about drupal in the internet. But enough for us to try it on.
This is how to install drupal in your www. Let’s say that you already have domain and you want to use drupal as a replacement for wordpress. Like I do.

Let say that we already extract the drupal.
1. Create a mysql database for drupal.
2. Open another tab/browser and type http://yourdomainhere.com/install.php (this is different when you put drupal in another directory example http://yourdomain.com/myothersite/install.php)
3. Follow the instruction given. And fill the blank available.
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4. Finished.

Now let’s take a look inside the drupal setting or dashboard.
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Here we can create the content we want. There are pages and story content. Page means we will create post and put it like About Us.
Story means a common posting.

Beside that we can manage our web site layout. But we have to log in as administrator in drupal. We have to use different user id with admin privileges. Or at the first time you enter drupal, put your new user as an administrator. So the dashboard will have a Administer menu.
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We can change all the layout and setting as we want. And there are lots of help available when we are going to change something there.
And here are the list what we can do with administer

Manage your site’s content.

Comments
List and edit site comments and the comment moderation queue.
Content
View, edit, and delete your site’s content.
Content types
Manage posts by content type, including default status, front page promotion, etc.
Feed aggregator
Configure which content your site aggregates from other sites, how often it polls them, and how they’re categorized.
Post settings
Control posting behavior, such as teaser length, requiring previews before posting, and the number of posts on the front page.
RSS publishing
Configure the number of items per feed and whether feeds should be titles/teasers/full-text.
Taxonomy
Manage tagging, categorization, and classification of your content.

User management

Manage your site’s users, groups and access to site features.

Access rules
List and create rules to disallow usernames, e-mail addresses, and IP addresses.
Permissions
Determine access to features by selecting permissions for roles.
Roles
List, edit, or add user roles.
User settings
Configure default behavior of users, including registration requirements, e-mails, and user pictures.
Users
List, add, and edit users.

Reports

View reports from system logs and other status information.

Recent log entries
View events that have recently been logged.
Recent hits
View pages that have recently been visited.
Top ‘access denied’ errors
View ‘access denied’ errors (403s).
Top ‘page not found’ errors
View ‘page not found’ errors (404s).
Top referrers
View top referrers.
Top search phrases
View most popular search phrases.
Top pages
View pages that have been hit frequently.
Top visitors
View visitors that hit many pages.
Access log settings
Control details about what and how your site logs.
Available updates
Get a status report about available updates for your installed modules and themes.
Status report
Get a status report about your site’s operation and any detected problems.

Site building

Control how your site looks and feels.

Blocks
Configure what block content appears in your site’s sidebars and other regions.
Menus
Control your site’s navigation menu, primary links and secondary links. as well as rename and reorganize menu items.
Modules
Enable or disable add-on modules for your site.
Themes
Change which theme your site uses or allows users to set.

Site configuration

Adjust basic site configuration options.

Actions
Manage the actions defined for your site.
Administration theme
Settings for how your administrative pages should look.
Clean URLs
Enable or disable clean URLs for your site.
Date and time
Settings for how Drupal displays date and time, as well as the system’s default timezone.
Error reporting
Control how Drupal deals with errors including 403/404 errors as well as PHP error reporting.
File system
Tell Drupal where to store uploaded files and how they are accessed.
Image toolkit
Choose which image toolkit to use if you have installed optional toolkits.
Input formats
Configure how content input by users is filtered, including allowed HTML tags. Also allows enabling of module-provided filters.
Logging and alerts
Settings for logging and alerts modules. Various modules can route Drupal’s system events to different destination, such as syslog, database, email, …etc.
Performance
Enable or disable page caching for anonymous users and set CSS and JS bandwidth optimization options.
Search settings
Configure relevance settings for search and other indexing options
Site information
Change basic site information, such as the site name, slogan, e-mail address, mission, front page and more.
Site maintenance
Take the site off-line for maintenance or bring it back online.

Enjoy your new drupal.

Source : http://www.siteground.com/knox/tutorials/

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