Building Online Communities With Drupal phpBB and WordPress by Robert T. Douglass, Mike Little, Jared W. Smith

By Robert T. Douglass, Mike Little, Jared W. Smith

Content material administration, blogs, and on-line boards are one of the most vital on-line tendencies at the present time, and Drupal, phpBB, and WordPress are 3 of the most well-liked open resource functions facilitating those trends.Drupal is an entire content material administration approach as a way to create any form of web site you want, from an e-commerce to a community-based website. phpBB permits you to manage a bulletin board or discussion board. And WordPress is the software program of selection for the exploding weblog group. All 3 applied sciences are in accordance with personal home page and MySQL.Building on-line groups with Drupal, phpBB, and WordPress is authored via a workforce of specialists. Robert T. Douglass lately created the Drupal-powered weblog website Mike Little is a founder and contributing developer of the WordPress undertaking. And Jared W. Smith has been an established help staff member of and has been development websites with phpBB because the first beta releases.

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Biz | You can't live widgout it! in the title bar of the browser. The slogan can be displayed on your site and can be toggled on or off from the theme settings pages (see the “Choosing Theme Settings” section later in this chapter). The slogan is used in your site’s RSS feeds as well. Mission: The mission is another, generally longer, blurb of text, which is usually displayed on the front page. It, too, can be toggled on or off from the theme settings pages. Footer message: The footer message is text that will appear in the site’s footer.

To see a list of available modules, navigate to administer ➤ modules. All of the modules listed on this page correspond to individual files in the /modules directory in your Drupal installation. You can enable them simply by checking the Enable check box and clicking Save Configuration. I describe each of these core modules in detail in Chapter 3. I highly recommend trying them all out, one by one! To get you started, Exercise 1-1 demonstrates how to use the Menu module. Exercise 1-1. ” This exercise shows you how to do just that.

Once you have completed the page and are looking at the final product, note the URL for the page. q=node/7 You might have noticed already that all the individual postings have URLs that are similar to this. The first one you made is node/1, the second is node/2, and so forth. Determine which node number you just created—the one you intend to be the new front page. Perhaps it is node/7, as in the example here. If so, Drupal considers the path to that page to be node/7. This is the part that you will need to know, so make a note of it.

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