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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)

Managing permissions

Any page element that a user can view or hear or otherwise interact with, such as a menu link, is available for doing so because the user, via a role, has been given permission to do so. This is a very important concept, so I will give an example. You have no doubt seen a Terms and Conditions link on most sites.

On a Drupal site, if you see such a link, it is because your user role has been granted permission to access that content (the Terms and Conditions page). Were that permission not granted for your user, the link would probably not be visible. Were it still visible, or were you to enter the URL for the page in your browser, you would receive a message stating that you have not been granted access to that content. 

Because permissions can be granular and detailed, there are a lot of them, and adding modules will typically add more to the list. We're going to focus on a subset of them to keep things simple.

With that warning, let's take a look by clicking the Permissions...