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Keeping Drupal, Modules, and Themes Up to Date

Updating a module or theme is an easier task than updating the Drupal software. Still, you need to know how to accomplish both of these tasks. [more…]

Backing Up Your Drupal Database

Before you install any Drupal updates, you need to back up the database that operates behind your Drupal site. By doing so, you safeguard all the work you’ve done on your site. Your database contains: [more…]

Restoring Your Drupal Database

Should you ever lose your Drupal data and have to restore your database, the following provide you with the basic steps for that restoration. You should consult your web host's documentation for specific [more…]

Setting Up Your Drupal Blog

It seems everyone has a blog these days. A Drupal blog is a relatively simple way of getting your message out to the interested public. People read blogs, and a well-written blog may make the difference [more…]

Changing Drupal Blog-Entry Settings

Creating your Drupal blog entry probably feels very familiar to you. It's very much the same as creating an article or basic page. If you scroll down the Create Blog entry form, you see the same optional [more…]

Removing Blog Posts from your Drupal Home Page

You may prefer not to clutter up your Drupal home page with blog entries, especially if you post frequently. To control where your future blog postings show up, follow these steps: [more…]

Knowing Your Drupal Site Audience

As you create your Drupal site, keep your audience in mind. People visit websites for a variety of reasons, and the content of your site should be presented in a way to attract the visitors you want. [more…]

Updating Drupal Themes and Modules

Suppose you want to upgrade a Drupal module or theme you’ve installed. The Available updates page in the following illustration shows any modules that are out of date, along with the link to download the [more…]

Running Drupal Update.php

Any time you upgrade a module — or (for that matter) update your Drupal software — you need to run a program called update.php. Before you do so, however, make sure you’re ready to upgrade: Make sure you’ve [more…]

Update Unmodified Drupal Software Installed with Softaculous/Fantastico

If your Drupal software was originally installed using Softaculous or Fantastico and you haven't modified it by installing any contributed modules or themes, update your software using this scenario. Because [more…]

Update Manually Installed, Enhanced Drupal Software

If you have added modules or themes to your Drupal site or manually installed the original software, you'll have to manage your software updates manually. To update Drupal, follow these steps: [more…]

Drupal Site Configuration: Triggering Actions

The Actions section under the System section of the Drupal Configuration page shows you a list of available actions and allows you to create custom actions. An [more…]

Drupal Site Configuration: Page Not Found Errors

Sometimes visitors to your site attempt to browse to a nonexistent page. Instead of displaying an ugly page that says Page Not Found, by default Drupal sends the visitor to a special page that reports [more…]

Adding New Drupal Themes

You can change the appearance of your site with just a few clicks when you add a new Drupal theme. Drupal 7 makes installing new themes so easy, there’s no reason not to go find several and install them [more…]

Dissecting a Drupal Theme

Before you begin changing a Drupal theme, it’s good to know how themes are structured. To help you to understand the basic structure of a Drupal theme this example uses the Garland, because it contains [more…]

Customizing Drupal Themes

It's far easier to duplicate, rename and customize an existing Drupal theme and use it to build your first theme than to build one from scratch.

The first step is to install the theme you want to modify [more…]

Modified Drupal Theme Installation

If you want to modify the theme on your Drupal page but haven't made any actual changes yet, it's a good time to get your theme installed to make sure the [more…]

Changing Colors in Your Drupal Theme

In the previous version of Drupal, to change the colors your theme used you had to open the style.cssfile on a desktop computer, make the changes, and then upload the altered [more…]

Changing Fonts on Your Drupal Site

The style.css file contains the rules for the color, style, and size of fonts for your Drupal theme. Here's a rundown of some of the coding used to control the appearance of fonts that you see in [more…]

Drupal Site Background Image Addition

You can add a background image to the Left and Right Sidebars of your Drupal site to spruce them up. For example, say you still want the text on top, but instead of gray, you want faint, diagonal pinstripes [more…]

Planning Your Drupal Site

To figure out which Drupal modules features to add to your site, you need to have a clear idea of its purpose and plan accordingly. Knowing this will help you pick the right features for your site. [more…]

Posting YouTube Videos on Your Drupal Site

You can post YouTube videos to any content type in you Drupal site — article, blog post, or page — by first visiting YouTube to gather information about the video and then posting it on your site. Here's [more…]

Choosing Drupal Site Features

Your choice of features depends on the purpose of your Drupal site, as well as your user base. Here's a sampling of site types and site features to consider: [more…]

Additional Drupal Modules: Poll

Polls are great for community sites because they get people involved. If you use them to query your users about directions your Drupal site should take you can also collect valuable information.. To activate [more…]

Additional Drupal Modules Search

As you and your registered users add more content to your Drupal site, be it blog entries, forum posting, or news posts, visitors to your site will want to be able to find content of interest. Drupal has [more…]

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