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Basic Drupal content creation

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Basic Drupal Content Creation


Faciliatated by Alycia Sellie and Melissa Morrone


20 people attended all or part of this session.  During the go around, there were about 13 people present, and maybe half said that their library was on the verge of using Drupal for the website (either the entire thing or one segment of it) and the other half said they came to learn what is (or even "what the heck is") Drupal.


We explained what Drupal is (open source content management system) and showed some examples of sites that use it (e.g. theonion.com, jenna.openflows.com, alycia.brokenja.ws, radicalreference.info).


You can use Drupal for a blog (like Jenna's site) or as a communal space with multiple users (like Radical Reference).  Drupal separates the user space from the interface.


Participants set up accounts on the Radical Reference site and saw how an admin then authenticated each user and gave him or her a particular level of permissions.  We briefly went over different content types and pointed out the ability to track and save revisions.


What libraries are using Drupal?  We found a list at groups.drupal.org/node/1845/libraries.


What is the difference between Drupal and a wiki?  A wiki displays text (that can be edited by many people).  Drupal is a CMS that allows for multiple content types (blog entry, page, event, poll, etc.) that can have their own settings (e.g. a question can be in "answered" or "unanswered" status).  But, yes, a Drupal site can be collaborative in the way that a wiki is.


How do you start from the beginning with Drupal?  This was beyond the scope of this session, but Alycia did show the back-end choices she was able to make on her site.


Want to find out more and have help installing Drupal on your own machine (not the things we were able to do in one hour!)?  Check out the NYC Drupal group: http://groups.drupal.org/new-york-city.  Once a year they head a DrupalCamp where participants can walk through the installation process and find out more about the features of the software (the page about DrupalCamp 7 is here: http://groups.drupal.org/node/22669).

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