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A series of tutorial posts on how to install and configure Drupal 6.16 in order to make a website like this one.

Tools and Jargon

April 27, 2010 by Steve

I use these tools to make it easier to test my site on my home computer and roll changes out to the live site. (I will not provide any support for these things, they all have their own websites. I'm just listing them here for reference.)

  • Firefox - You need a bunch of browsers in order to do cross-browser testing of your site, but this one is my favorite for daily use. For development, it is essential, because of the Firebug addon.

First, lots of downloads

April 27, 2010 by Steve

Go to Drupal.org and download the latest release of Drupal. (At the time of this writing, that is Drupal 6.16, which is what this site is based on.)

To make this site, you'll also want to start with all of the following modules. (I'll add more later for very specific purposes, but this is what I consider essential for starting out.)

Why this tutorial?

April 27, 2010 by Steve

It is fairly easy for programmers to extend the core functions of the Drupal software and add functions that the main package leaves out. This can be good, because the open nature of Drupal has given us a vast array of quality themes for free, and modules like Views, which allows you to make just about any page you want out of your available data. But this flexibility has a cost: there might be three different ways to configure what you want out of your website, and who knows how many menu options you'll have to tweak to get there.

Build a website with Drupal 6.x

April 27, 2010 by Steve

Drupal is a powerful and flexible Content Management System (CMS) running thousands of sites across the internet. It is a fanatically maintained open source project with a lot of structure for revision control and code review, regular conventions worldwide, and an ambitious roadmap for the future. It is not always obvious, however, what you need to do to get what you want from a Drupal site. That's where this series of mini-tutorials will help.

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