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Drupal for Education and E-Learning - Second Edition - Second Edition

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Drupal for Education and E-Learning - Second Edition - Second Edition

Overview of this book

As social networks become more popular, their role in the classroom has come under scrutiny. Drupal offers a wide variety of useful tools for educators. Within a single Drupal site, you can set up social bookmarking, podcasting, video hosting, formal and informal groups, rich user profiles, and other features commonly associated with social web communities. "Drupal for Education and E-Learning - Second Edition" teaches you how to create your own social networking site to advance teaching and learning goals in the classroom, while giving you complete control over features and access. Communicate with students, share learning resources, and track assignments through simple tasks with this hands-on guide.In this book you will learn to install and configure the default Drupal distribution and then extend it to include blogs, bookmarks, a media sharing platform, and discussion forums. The book also covers how to organize your site to easily track student work on the site, and how to control who has access to that information. Additionally, it teaches you how to make the site easy to use, how to maintain the site, and how to ask for and receive help in the Drupal community.
Table of Contents (23 chapters)
Drupal for Education and E-Learning - Second Edition
About the Author
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Backup and maintenance overview

Drupal sites run as a result of an interaction between four components:

  • The database

  • The core codebase

  • The contributed modules and themes directory, along with the settings.php file

  • The files directory

In practice, we will back up the module, theme, and file directories together, as they all reside in the sites directory. However, when it comes to updating the site, it is helpful to think of them as separate from one another. When upgrading sites, we treat the core codebase, contributed modules, and contributed themes in different ways.

Also, as part of your backup and maintenance strategy, you should create a document that lists all of the critical usernames and passwords for your site.

This list of critical data includes:

  • Username and password of UID1 on your site

  • Username, password, and database name of your database

  • Username and password for FTP (or preferably SFTP) access to your site

  • Username and password for SSH (or shell) access to your site

At the risk of...