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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)


We've created the roles specific to our site and assigned to them the permissions that grant them the access that they need. The only thing we're missing now...are users. Each user needs an account. Where do they come from?

There are three ways that most users obtain a Drupal account:

  • A user with permissions to create a user account does so on the user's behalf
  • The user registers for an account
  • The user obtains an account via single sign-on (SSO), such as through a Facebook account


Of these, the latter method is out of scope for this book, as it is a more in-depth administrative topic. Let's take a look at the other two.

Creating a user account

We're going to learn how to create a user account. Some sites choose to allow users to create an account that immediately becomes active with no review, some choose to require the account to stay inactive until an administrative user approves it, which is what we will emulate here, and some create all user accounts administratively and do not allow...