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Drupal 8 Quick Start Guide

By : J. Ayen Green
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Drupal 8 Quick Start Guide

By: J. Ayen Green

Overview of this book

Drupal is a powerful content management platform, ?exible enough to accommodate almost any content requirements. This ?exibility comes with a cost: complexity. Drupal 8 Quick Start Guide will clear your path from installation to a building usable site in minutes, and to a customized site in one sitting. You will begin with installation of Drupal and going through the main sections of the Drupal UI. Then, you will create a content type that describes its content, which simplifies the act of creating and editing the actual content later. You will learn about user roles, using real-world examples. This will help you to learn how to design roles, and how to assign appropriate permissions to them. Next, you will learn to use the WYSIWYG editor, configure it for other roles, navigate the various fields on the content creation form, and publish content. To begin to appreciate the ?exibility and expandability of Drupal, you will make use of popular content-focused modules that extend Drupal's power. You will learn how to expand your market to other readers directly and through other sites by configuring content and UI translations and creating a View that provides an RSS feed. Finally, you will put everything together by customizing the home page for your new website.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)

User types

In the context of a Content Management System (CMS), a user is simply someone who uses the site. If that were all there is to it, if everyone were always the same in the eyes of Drupal, we could stop right here. So, you won't be surprised to read that all users are not necessarily the same. Of course, I'm not referring to the personal aspects of the users when I write that; I mean that users are not necessarily all the same in terms of their reason for accessing the site and what ability they are given to do so.

If we look at USERS as a top-level classification with the thought of further classifying them, doing so depends on a choice: are we classifying them in a real-world sort of way, or as Drupal does? In the following table we see them compared: 








Focus on the configuration and settings of the site rather than site content.

Focus on site content

Availers of site content

From the real-world point of view, we tend to categorize users based on...