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Chapter 1. Web Page Design

Chapter 1. Web Page Design

To start your adventure of becoming a Drupal themer, you must first understand how all of the Drupal components fit together to become a whole Web site. This chapter will be useful to everyone who works on the team responsible for building a Drupal Web site, including graphic designers, content managers, and, of course, Drupal themers. It contains important information that will help team members to talk about how Drupal can be manipulated into storing and displaying content for your Web site. This chapter could have easily been named “Thinking Like Drupal” because it has all the ingredients you will need to convert your brain to Drupal’s way of thinking.

In this chapter you will learn about each of the steps needed to build a Web site with Drupal. You will learn how to describe content so that you can build useful content types. You will learn about lists of content so that you can build perfect entry points into your content. You will also learn about layout and available space on your Web pages so that you can build appropriate page templates. This chapter also includes a few remarks on the computer languages needed to build a Drupal theme—although this is not a “coding” book, you will gain more from it if you are familiar with Web construction languages. Finally, we will explore the steps required to build a Drupal site, including the work flow that occurs during this process.


  

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