Drupal 7 - Sites@Duke

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Dec 4, 2013 (3 years and 9 months ago)

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Drupal 7
What’s new, what can it do, and should you use it?
Overview


Why Drupal?
WHY NOT?
Why Drupal




Drupal community consists of roughly 750,000 people


There are nearly 14,000 user contributed modules
available


One of the largest open source projects


Core updates released about every 2 - 3 months


New stable releases of core are scheduled for the last
Wednesday of each month (if applicable)
Benefits of Using Drupal


No need for working knowledge of SQL thanks to Views
module.


Easliy configurable blocks of content that can be
available in any number of configurations on your page.


Quick access to roles and permissions on a granular
level


Ease of importing data from other sites with help of
Feeds module


Built-in jQuery library with easy to set up features, i.e.
dropdowns, subnavigation, and Ajax in Views.


Simple to use user interface for content of site and site-
wide functionality
What Drupal is good for:


Granula
r permissions?



Retrieve
d
ynamic
d
ata without any
PHP
/
M
y
SQL
code


Ease of creating content types


Complex relationships between data
Would I ever use Drupal 6?


Only if absolutely necessary


New feature development has been frozen for 6


Drupal 8 is around the corner
What's New in 7 Already!?


Much improved Usability
Typical Drupal 6 Admin Themes
New
Administrative
Interface

40+ Popular Modules
moved to Core
CCK
- the definitive module for creating unique content types
Image Handling
- Image Field, ImageCache, Image API
Increased Security
- Flood Control, Login Security, Secure
Password Hashes (no more MD5), CRON
Should I Upgrade
from 6 to 7?
Sure!
System requirements – six takes 30-40 megs of ram, seven
takes 40-64mb
D7 requires PHP 5.2.5 or higher (6 required 4.4.0+)
These modules require special migration:
CCK, Content Taxonomy, Date Timezone, Field
taxonomy, FileField/ImageField, Image, Taxonomy
Delegate, Taxonomy Intro, Term Fields
Any Questions?