Drupal for Designers
Itching to build interesting projects with Drupal, but confused by the way it handles design challenges? This concise guide helps small teams and solo website designers understand how Drupal works by demonstrating the ways it outputs content. Youâll learn how to manage Drupalâs output, design around more » it, and then turn your design into a theme.
In the second of three volumes on Drupal design, award-winning designer Dani Nordin takes you beyond basic site planning and teaches you key strategies for working with themes, layouts, and wireframes. Discover how to use Drupal to make your vision a reality, instead of getting distracted by the systemâs project and code management details. « less
A Designer's Quickstart Guide to Content Management
Learn how to customize websites with XOOPS, the open source CMS that helps non-developers build dynamic community websites, intranets, and other applications. This concise book shows you how to use XOOPS themes and modules to design everything from simple blogs to large database-driven CMS portals.
Web more » designers and current XOOPS users will learn how to create a site theme with CSS and jQuery libraries, including techniques for making additional modules conform to the site's look and feel. Although XOOPS uses the PHP-based Smarty templating system, all you need is a bit of XHTML and CSS experience to get started. « less
Navigating Complexities to Create Beautiful and Engaging Maps
Build beautiful interactive maps on your Drupal website, and tell engaging visual stories with your data. This concise guide shows you how to create custom geographical maps from top to bottom, using Drupal 7 tools and out-of-the-box modules. Youâll learn how mapping works in Drupal, with examples more » on how to use intuitive interfaces to map local events, businesses, groups, and other custom data.
Although building maps with Drupal can be tricky, this book helps you navigate the systemâs complexities for creating sophisticated maps that match your site design. Get the knowledge and tools you need to build useful maps with Drupal today. « less
Drupal 7 opens the door for you as a Windows developer to build Drupal sites - including custom modules - all without leaving Visual Studio! Pro Drupal 7 for Windows Developers gives you everything you need to know to achieve this, whilst drilling down into the advanced topics that you'll want to master more » whilst working with Drupal 7 as a Windows developer.
Pro Drupal 7 for Windows Developers starts with the Drupal page model, which Windows programmers can contrast against the ASP.NET page model. You will then explore the various features of Drupal, including the hook model, theming, roles, and caching. You'll also discover the data abstraction layer which lays the foundation for integration with your enterprise-level databases and external systems « less
This book focuses on the nontechnical user who is responsible for building, maintaining, and managing Drupal web sites. The book covers why you should consider using Drupal when building a new web site, what Drupal is, installing and configuring Drupal, creating and managing content, managing users, more » adding functionality to your web site through Drupal modules, and more advanced topics on using themes, panels, and views. « less
Are you interested in starting a blog but can't decide on which service to use? Google's Blogger offers many advantages over other blog publishing systems, including seamless integration with Google services and web applications.
Beginning Google Blogger is a complete resource on how to create and more » manage a blog using Blogger. The book offers step-by-step instructions and visual aids which walk you through both the basics of Blogger and the advanced features it offers - from creating a new blog and choosing fonts and colors, and installing custom blog graphics; to converting from a 2-column to a 3-column layout, setting up a domain name and creating an online store with a built-in navigational bar. « less
One of the most popular open source blogging and content management systems, Wordpress lets you create a website to promote yourself or your business quickly and easily - and better yet, it's free. WordPress is a flexible, user-friendly system, and it can be extended with a variety of themes and plugins.
Beginning more » WordPress 3 is a complete guide for the beginning developer who wants to start using WordPress. You'll learn how to publish and manage online content, add media, create widgets and plugins, and much more. « less
A Brain-Friendly Guide to Creating Your Own Custom WordPress Blog
Whether youâre promoting your business or writing about your travel adventures, Head First WordPress will teach you not only how to make your blog look unique and attention-grabbing, but also how to dig into the more complex features of WordPress to make your website work well, too.
Youâll learn more » how to move beyond the standard WordPress look and feel by customizing your blog with your own URL, templates, plugin functionality, and more. As you learn, youâll be working with real WordPress files: The bookâs website provides pre-fab WordPress themes to download and work with as you follow along with the text. « less
Need to launch a feature-rich website quickly where you have one or more people authoring the content? Want to use a powerful, robust, and scalable Content Management System (CMS) you can trust? This Short Cut will get you up and running with Joomla 1.5, a freely available open source CMS. Learn how more » to install, configure, customize, and extend your Joomla installation. Also learn the tricks of the trade in how to set up and manage both your content and your users. Joomla can be a challenge to understand at first, so drastically cut your "get up to speed" time by taking the Short Cut! « less
Choosing and Configuring Modules to Build Dynamic Websites
With the recipes in this book, you can take full advantage of the vast collection of community-contributed modules that make the Drupal web framework useful and unique. You'll get the information you need about how to combine modules in interesting ways (with a minimum of code-wrangling) to develop a more » variety of community-driven websites. Each chapter describes a case study and outlines specific requirements for one of several projects included in the book - a wiki, publishing workflow site, photo gallery, product review site, online store, user group site, and more.
Newcomers will find a thorough introduction to the framework, while experienced Drupal developers will learn best practices for building powerful websites. With Using Drupal, you'll find concrete and creative solutions for developing the exact community website you have in mind. « less