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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)

Design improvements

Next, let's take our list and consider the deficiencies and what can be done to remedy them. 

Too much content!

Drupal is a content management system, of course, but that doesn't mean that all the content should be on the home page. It becomes too long and cluttered. It's better to show only one complete piece or a small number of teasers.

There is a view that provides the selection of content for the home page. Its default behavior is to include all content that has been promoted by checking its Promote to front page checkbox. So, we could limit the number of pieces displayed by limiting the number of those promoted. Let's be a little more creative.

We will limit the teaser to the most recent piece of promoted content and create a block that offers the others as a list of links.

No access to content

This is the opposite problem of the first one. If we're going to show the most recent piece of content, and a handful of others in a list, what about the content that is older...