Drupal 7 Cookbook by Dylan Spencer James
Drupal is one of the most popular open source content management system used for building everything, starting from personal blogs to applications for enterprises. Several thousands of add-on designs and modules help in building any kind of website of your choice. Thus learning Drupal is an added advantage for any present day web developer. But the problem is reduced with the launch of the book, quite interestingly titled ‘Drupal 7 Cookbook’ by author Dylan Spencer James. Available in paperback edition, and written in the form of a cookbook, this book is enriched with over 70 techniques, rather recipes, which will help people from all domain of knowledge, that is, starting from beginners to experts.
As an overview it must be mentioned that the book is divided into three basic parts. The first section deals with the installation, setting up and management of a Drupal site and also discusses the technique of getting the best out of display of contents and creations. The second part makes you familiar with creation of new types of contents and using them for the creation and publishing of contents views and panels. The final part teaches you how to work with documents, images and videos and the process of integrating them with social networking giants like Facebook and Twitter.
Drupal 7 is mainly known for its extreme power and flexibility in the field of modern content management system. Unlike other leading CMSs, the use of Drupal reduces the expense of purchasing custom functionality as you would be able to create them on your own. The ‘Drupal 7 Cookbook’ is filled with various techniques of improving your Drupal skills, with chapters ranging from process of content creation, management and theme of your site. By reading just 12 chapters you will be able to complete your journey from a novice to a professional. The book also teaches the ways of working with panels and views, and the process of providing translations required for creation and integration of a site to social media
Even you will be able to develop themes like the Zen starter and other custom cross browser themes compatible with Drupal including those for mobile devices. Some of the other things taught by this book include creation and working with content nodes, organizing the site with menu blocks and blocks, working with custom content types and views and building pages using the panels. In addition to these, you will also be learning how to personalize your site with an image slideshow, document library and custom built Drupal 7 themes, learn the process of providing multilingual contents for your site, manage roles, user accounts and permissions and how to optimize, maintain and back up the Drupal site. Although targeting for people familiar with web development concepts, this book also serves as the practical guide for Drupal 7.