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drupal the powerful content management system
Drupal: the powerful

content management system

with the funky name

James Walker & Jeff Eaton

what s drupal now
What’s Drupal, now?

•Helps you manage your site’s content.

•Thousands of feature plugins.

•Skinnable by designers.

•100% Free: open source software!

•What’s not to love?

drupal s history
Drupal’s History

•Built in 2000 by Belgians

•Released as open source in 2001

•Used by Dean campaign in 2004

•Now used on trillions of sites

memory lane html
Memory lane: HTML




Folders full of HTML files, requested one by one.

Simple — until you have 1000 pages...

memory lane scripts
Memory lane: Scripts




Scripts the handle similar content and

interactive sections: great, but still scattered

today web applications
Today: web applications!


Central system handles all functionality

and content. One tool to rule them all!

how drupal works
How Drupal Works

•I’m the user, I want a page.

•I’m Drupal. What URL do you want?

•I’m a plugin. I handle that URL.

•I’m Drupal, I add sidebars and menus and…

•I’m a theme, I turn that stuff into HTML

•I’m the user… thanks for the web page!

theme xhtml css design
Theme(XHTML, CSS — design)

Views of content(blog, calendar, gallery)

Content(blog posts, news, wiki pages)

Users(editors, administrators, plebians)


Drupal Core(login, search, security, etc.)

how does it compare
How does it compare?

Frameworks give

developers tools to build

web sites from scratch.

how does it compare1
How does it compare?

Web Apps are focused

on specific kinds of sites:

blogging, photo gallery,

education support

how does it compare2
How does it compare?

Content Management Systems

give users tools to structure

sites, often rely on plugins to

add specific features.

drupal content nodes
Drupal content: Nodes!

•Different types of content

•Modules define content types

•Different properties

•Different permissions

•All goes into a big bin!

Blog post

Calendar Event


Cat Picture

how to show content1
How to show content?

•Blog: Organize by user and date

•Calendar: Show in a table, by date

•Forum: Summarize by “topic”

•Taxonomy: Organize by related keywords

•Wiki: Don’t organize! ;-)

but what if i want
But what if I want...

•Drupal lets you create content types

•CCK let you add bits to them

•Views lets you build custom listings

•Other modules add random crazy coolness.

thousands of modules
Thousands of modules

Third-party Integration







User management


Voting and Rating




Social Networking/Groups

in summary
In Summary

•Drupal manages content, lets

you structure your site

•Modules can add custom

features to Drupal

•Themes can customize the

HTML that’s generated