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Drupal 8 1
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1.4 Navigating Drupal

Now that you have a fully functional installation of Drupal, it's time to take a tour of the layout and location of all of the tools it comes with. Everything is fairly well laid out, so after a bit of practice, you will feel right at home working with Content, Structure, Appearance, Configuration, and Security.

1.4 Navigating Drupal

Now let's take a little bit of a tour of the user interface when it comes to Drupal. Now it's fairly simplistic, but there's really a lot of power here. And when it comes to the individual sections here we're going to break it down and we'll take one section at a time in each lesson. So you can kind of get a feel for how things work. And once you get a basic understanding about how each individual thing works, you're gonna be able to get much more out of this. As you're going to quickly find that all of the different operations that you can do within Drupal are fairly similar to each other. So once you learn how to do one thing, it becomes a little bit more second nature for you to be able to do other things as well. So once you've logged in as an administrator which we have here already, you're gonna see the administration toolbar up on top here. So there's a lot of different things that we can do here. So typically when you want to see what's going on and actually be able to do most of the things from the menu, you're gonna select Manage. And so as you can see I can toggle on and off all of my administrative toolbar operations that I can do here. Next to that is gonna be Shortcuts. Now right now there's only two shortcuts that you get by default Add content and All content. These aren't going to make too much sense to you until you understand really what content is and we're gonna get back to that in just a moment. Then there's a little bit that you can do about your administrator profile. You can view Your profile, Edit your profile, Log out basically things that you can do over here through My account and Log out. So we'll go back to Manage here. Now we're gonna have eight different administrative sections of content that we can deal with here. So the first thing that you're typically gonna see here, and that is probably one of the most important things, is Content. Now Content is how you actually add content to your website. Now there's lots of different types of content and two pieces of content come by default when you install Drupal. And you can see this if you select Add content that the first two things that you can do here is add an Article and add a Basic page. And we're gonna to talk about both of those in an upcoming lesson. But one of the things you're gonna to start to see very quickly when you start to click on a lot of these buttons up here. If you followed along and created a droplet on Digital Ocean with Drupal 8.1.3, is you're going to continually get this security update available for your version of Drupal. Incredibly annoying and that's the next thing that we're going to take care of. We're going to wipe that out in the next lesson. So just bear with me for the duration of this one. So like I said, Content is where you're actually going to begin to add content to your site. I'm gonna show you how to do that in an upcoming lesson. Then we have structure, now Structure is where we get to create different types of structured, almost like widgets or pieces of your website. So you can do all sorts of different things. You can create Menus, you can create Taxonomy, which is just a fancy way of talking about categorizing and tagging your content. So maybe you create several articles and you tag them with certain names so that you can kind of group them together later on. You can create custom Views, Content types which we'll definitely, Contact forms which we'll definitely do. So this is where your really gonna go to do a lot of customization of the way things are structured as far as content goes within your site. Then we have Appearance, and Appearance is where we get into things like themes. Now, what you're going to find here is out of the box, when you create a new instance of Drupal it pretty much always looks like this. This is the default theme that comes with 8.1.3 Bartik. Now there are two themes that are installed out of the box. There's the Bartik and there's Seven and right now the Bartik is the active one so all you see here is the Settings. So I could go into settings and I could customize this a little bit. Or I could set as the default this Seven and it would have immediately change the theme. So think of the theme as a way to add a different type of look and feel. And there's data several different ways that you can do this, you can actually create your own customized theme, if that's what you would like to do. That's a fairly sizable endeavor and we're not really going to cover that in this particular course, but you could definitely do that. We'll save that for another time, but you could install some other preexisting themes. And I'm gonna show you how to do that in an upcoming lesson in this course, and it's actually very simple to do. Then we can go ahead and Extend our instance of Drupal. Now, extending here allows us to install new modules which is basically a fancy way of saying widgets or pieces of functionality that you can use on your site. So if you take a look at some of these things on here, we have Comments, we have Contacts, Database Logging, Custom Fields, the Field UI. I can add support for Forums. So there's lots of different things that I can add to my site and use in many different ways. And a number of these are just kind of fun to play around with it. And we'll see some of these later on as we build out a very simple site using Drupal. We'll use some of these things we'll customize them a little bit so you can see how that works. And then you can feel free to continue to build on that however you would like. Then the Configuration section here is going to allow you to do a lot of the different configuration things as far as your site. And you'll also be able to view a lot of things and how, how things are going with your site. So you can set up some Account settings you can do some Content Authoring and you can modify some of the Text formats and editors. Some of the different Development things here, you could view the Pperformance of your site. Maintenance mode we're going to take a look at in the next lesson. And there's just a lot of really cool information in here. So it definitely does pay large dividends for you to poke around in here a little bit, see what's going on. We'll talk about a couple of these things in this course, but a lot of these things take probably that step from beginner to more intermediate as you begin to create more elaborate sites using Drupal. So a lot of these things you're not gonna have to worry about very much. People, as you would imagine, this is where we're going to be able to create new users. Not only can we create new users, we can also create permissions and roles, and we can assign certain permissions to roles and then put people into a role. So it's kind of a powerful little security section of your website definitely worth paying attention to. And then we have Reports, Reports are very important when you're building a website and a lot of these come out of the box for you. So I can get a status report of my entire site. I can check for Available updates. I can look for a current Field list and I can look for Top search phrases. So there's a lot of things that come out of the box. Once again, you can do some customizations here. We won't be looking into Reports too much except for periodically checking for Available updates. But for the most part, this is once again, something very important for you to keep an eye on. And then obviously, this is there is a Help page. So if you ever want to learn more about say, some of the modules that are available, learn more about the administration page and how to customize and configure things on your website. There's all built in documentation all directly within the admin Help section of your site. As long as, once again, you're logged in as the administrator. So this is a very good resource to be able to learn about more of the nuances of your Drupal installation. But once again, don't forget about Drupal.org because it's gonna contain all of this information and a lot more. So these are two very good tools to keep in your back pocket. So that is pretty much the entire basic layout of the administration toolbar when it comes to your Drupal installation. Now, like I said once I start clicking around here you see this red button here a lot and that means that there is actually an update to Drupal as I mentioned before. So I can click on available updates here. And this is actually going to take me to the report's available updates. So if you do recall, if I clicked on Reports and clicked on the Available updates here, it's going to show me that there are a number of updates that are required that I should definitely install. And the recommended version is 8.25. So typically when you start to get into something like this you would expect there to be a very easy and straightforward way to upgrade to the latest version. But with Drupal it's a little bit more interesting than that. And in the next lesson I'm gonna show you how to do a full upgrade process. As well as some of the issues that you might run into along the way.

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