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Drupal User's Guide: Building and Administering a Successful Drupal-Powered Web Site [Paperback]

Emma Jane Hogbin
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Sept. 19 2011 0137041292 978-0137041299 1
Finally, Drupal Made Easy: A Step-By-Step Guide from Planning to Finished Site


The open source content management system Drupal offers amazing flexibility, sophistication, and power. The catch? Many first-time users find it difficult to get started, and most Drupal books don’t help with the initial stages. Drupal™ User’s Guide is different: easy to use, fun to read, practical, and complete!


Long-time Drupal site developer Emma Jane Hogbin guides you through every step of building sites with Drupal, from installation and site planning through launching your first site. Drawing on her experience teaching thousands of beginners, she covers both Drupal and Web design tasks, showing exactly how they fit together.


Drupal™ User’s Guide shows how to use Drupal 7’s newest improvements to build more modern, manageable sites for any business or organization. Hogbin covers crucial topics other Drupal books ignore, including search engine optimization and accessibility.


  • Walk through installing Drupal on Mac OS X and Linux Web servers
  • Get comfortable with Drupal 7’s new administrative interface
  • Build a basic site in minutes
  • Create S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) site goals
  • Audit your existing content so you can make the most of it
  • Explore, choose, and customize Drupal themes
  • Walk through building a community site with private discussion area
  • Build a complete business association directory site
  • Use Web forms to capture and display any kind of content
  • Take advantage of Drupal’s powerful Views module
  • Choose the right Drupal and third-party modules to build virtually any site
  • Optimize your site for Google and other search engines
  • Use advanced techniques to improve your visitors’ experiences


If you want to create great sites with Drupal–with no hassle, no confusion, and no degree in computer science–this is the book for you!

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The easy, practical, step-by-step guide to building great sites with Drupal 7... the perfect solution for Drupal's notorious learning curve!


  • Guides content managers, small business owners, and non-profit volunteers from "I need a site!" to finished, successful web site
  • Humanizes Drupal with plenty of case studies and user interviews
  • Reflects Drupal 7's latest improvements
  • Covers topics like search engine optimization and Section 508 accessibility that most Drupal books ignore

    The free, open source Drupal content management system offers enormous flexibility, sophistication, and power - but, for most users, it also presents a steep and difficult learning curve. Most Drupal guidebooks don't help: either they're too technical, too daunting, or too narrowly targeted. This is a Drupal book for "the rest of us."Drupal User's Guideis easy to use, fun to read, and complete. Long-time Drupal site developer Emma Jane Hogbin guides readers through every step of building web sites with Drupal 7, from planning through going live and maintaining content. Hogbin covers both Drupal tasks and "web design" tasks, showing how they fit together. She also "humanizes" Drupal with plenty of interviews, case studies and real-life examples from the worldwide Drupal community. Readers will learn how to: 1. Evaluate, install, and deploy Drupal and the third-party modules they need to get the job done 2. Smoothly handle every step of the web design life cycle 3. Import and manage content of all kinds 4. Administer Drupal and implement efficient content management workflows 5. Use Drupal to build sites that are optimized for search engines 6. Meet today's accessibility standards, including Section 508 This is the Drupal book thousands of users and potential users have been searching for - everything they need to overcome Drupal's notorious learning curve, and begin taking advantage of its immense power.

    About the Author

    Emma Jane Hogbin makes Drupal easier through her books, videos, classes, and conference presentations. She has been teaching Internet technologies since 2002 and has been building Web sites since the 1990s. Hogbin has taught Drupal in France, Belgium, Hungary, Canada, New Zealand, England, and across the U.S. She has served as technical college instructor at Humber College and Seneca College and worked on curriculum development for the Ubuntu Linux distribution. Her first book, Front End Drupal, is recognized as the most important book for Drupal designers.

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    This walks people into being autonomous,
    no-longer-helplessly-dependent on professional webmonkeys
    ( potentially including me )
    and ABLE.

    However, to install Drupal, I've found a couple of problems the book set me up into:

    she says go look at Wikipedia for the List of WAMPS,
    but Wikipedia's editors deleted that page.

    She says if you just want to get going,
    install XAMPP & then Drupal.

    Except that on my Win 8.1 notebook, that can't work
    ( Drupal's database setup times out,
    and from what I was able to find, googling around
    & digging until I got tired of trying to find this specific fix,
    the only fix for that is to give Drupal ROOT database user???
    No. Absolutely Not. )

    Therefore, I was forced to find a way that DOES work,
    and that happens to be the BitNami Drupal Stack installer.

    If you find that
    then you've got a 1-click install of Drupal,
    in its own directory ( on Windows c:\bitnami\drupal-versionXY )
    and you add the modules ( & the 960.gs theme ) that Emma-Jane recommends,
    and you discover just how incredibly enabling this is.

    Web-development when I was younger meant hand-coded HTML,
    and for special cases, that can still be the way to go,
    but OMG, does this change the rules!

    I can set up a rural community-centre of some kind with this,
    and they can get a beautifully-functional site,
    *that they can update*
    and I can move on to other stuff.

    She's also behind HICK Tech
    ( go find that: it's good for us rurials :)

    DO go to the Drupal.org site & look at the "Distributions"

    DO go to the DrupalModules.
    Read more ›
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    5.0 out of 5 stars An exxcelent book Nov. 18 2012
    By Okwari
    A clearly written book that helps a user unfamiliar to Drupal to get up and running. I found the beginning steps and the section on theming to be enormously helpful.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars A must own book Jan. 3 2012
    By Rob
    Emma Jane Hogbin has outdone her previous works with this book. I have been using Drupal for a couple of years now and am self taught. Most of what I have learned has been from the internet such as reading online tutorials. The new version 7 of Drupal is a major step forward for this community and while much of the terminology and methods are the same, the user interface has been greatly improved. I needed a handy reference for this new version. After hearing Emma Jane at a local user group presentation, I decided to invest in this book. She does a great job explaining the Drupal system and has many examples for creating websites with Drupal 7.
    BTW, if you ever get a chance to hear Emma Jane in person, take it, she is an awesome presenter.
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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, but approachable! March 5 2012
    By Jeff Eaton - Published on Amazon.com
    I'll cut to the chase: "Drupal User's Guide" is a good book, and if you're trying to get your bearings in the often-confusing world of Drupal site building, you should buy it. Period.

    I'm not necessarily the target audience: I've been a Drupal developer for almost six years now, and I tend to chew on more esoteric and nerdy problems than the ones this book tackles. I do a lot of training and education for clients and customers, though, and the approach that author Emma Jane Hobgin takes is fantastic for those who aren't already neck-deep in the world of Drupal (or a similar web CMS). She's an experienced author, teacher, and trainer who knows Drupal inside out, and it really shows.

    The book often mixes technical information about Drupal-specific features with introductions to the "soft skills" needed to use them effectively. Drupal's FieldAPI, for example, isn't just about clicking and dragging. Using it effectively requires understanding how to break down something like "An article" or "An event" into discrete chunks of information, and Hobgin tackles that without getting tangled up in the technical weeds. Similarly, chapters on installing Drupal include useful overviews of the other stuff that's needed -- web hosting, domain registration, and information about how to cope with "custom installers" provided by soem web hosts. The chapters of the book that deal with planning your site's structure also touch on SEO and accessibility.

    Many of those secondary topics have enough potential depth to justify their own books, but their inclusion works well. While that information can be safely skipped by old hands and experienced web developers, the result is a Drupal guide with valuable context, something that's often missing from purely technical books.

    Hobgin also pays attention to the current trends in the world of third-party Drupal addons. The chapters that cover design and theming explain how to build custom Drupal templates, naturally, but the book also gives some space to point-and-click design tools like Sweaver. While some people will always want to roll their own designs from scratch, it's great to see all the options covered.
    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners Nov. 11 2011
    By Michael Anello - Published on Amazon.com
    Emma Jane continues to be a voice that resonates with new Drupal users as well as themers of all levels with her clear writing style and holistic approach to building Drupal sites. This book is well-written with chapters about less-geeky, but equally important aspects of web site development (site planning, information architecture, usability) that are often ignored in other Drupal books. When she does dive deeper into Drupal site building (most effectively with multiple case studies), her ability to focus on the important parts and not get bogged down in details (as is very easy to do with Drupal) is what makes this book a valuable resource for beginners.

    If you're new to the community (and starting with Drupal 7), this should be the first book you purchase.
    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have to Start Your Drupal Site Nov. 13 2011
    By Scott L. Wolpow - Published on Amazon.com
    Drupal is not easy. It has a very steep learning curve. Building a website is more complex than most people think.

    Hogbin spends the first third of the book instructing you on what goes into a great site. I never realized how vital that is to a person who has little experience in building real sites.

    If you are building a Drupal site, then congratulations, you are on the road to being a serious developer.
    From examples of types of sites, to getting into the role of the users of the site, this book cover it.

    As a starting point, you cannot go wrong.

    I highly recommend this book and I have added it to my list of books I give my clients.
    In fact buy this book just for the planning chapters.
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Drupal made Simple Oct. 30 2012
    By Paul Gilmore - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    This book is very useful if you wish to build a Drupal website without having to learn code. The book, for the most part, does not delve into code at all. All website customizations are done via configuration options from the administrative toolbar. The exception is a very short section within Theme building that introduces the basics of HTML, CSS and PHP.

    Individuals with a non-technical background or those with no web coding expertise will gain maximum benefit from the book. The writing style is very engaging with examples following a step by step, do as I say approach. Soft skills in website planning, information architecture, search engine optimisation to highlight but a few are also explored.

    Those with prior expertise in Drupal or indeed individuals coming from other Content Management Systems may find the book to be technically light ( less geeky for want of a better word ) with an almost neurotic avoidance of code. Saying that, however, there are many nuggets of very useful information on grid based layouts, automated accessibility tools, analytics software packages to highlight but a few.

    Drupal is a challenging subject but the book goes a great way in making it understandable. All in all, a good starter for beginners but reference material ( at best ) for the more experienced.
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The best introductory book for Drupal 7 Jan. 19 2012
    By D. Ashley - Published on Amazon.com
    This is the best introductory book for Drupal 7 that I have seen. It is very well written, has very good supporting images, is well organized, and indexed. Emma Jane's writing is extremely readable.

    Its coverage is broad: Background on Drupal, installing it, administration, site planning and building, Drupal information architecture, theming, SEO, accessibility. There are detailed case studies on building a community website or a site containing a business directory. The case studies illustrate important capabilities that can be broadly used.

    The focus of the book is not PHP development, but would give an aspiring Drupal developer the necessary background in the use and configuration of the system.

    This is a great book about Drupal 7.
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