How do you start a Drupal project? What are its requirements? And how do you make use of the extensions and add-on modules? These are just some of the questions that we are going to look at in this article.
Technically speaking, a Drupal project should kick-start with thorough planning. This means getting to know various aspects of what you would need in making the website and where to get them from. Familiarity with the basics of Drupal is a necessity.
The task of organizing the ingredients is much clearer with a vision of who ultimately is going to use the site and which segment of users would interact with the site most frequently. With a basic idea of content organization and the role of Drupal taxonomy in organizing it, the task is much easier.
The basic requirements of Drupal
Once the scope of the project has been decided, issues relating to project time, budgeting, critical decision making, time framing, and other such components would automatically fall into place.
Of the many things that you need to do before you start off your project is download the official core files of Drupal. The core files are a mix of various themes and modules that are essential in building a planned website.
The various installation profiles that facilitate a quick and easy and set up of core Drupal along with the contributed themes, modules, (and configuration) can be downloaded in one shot. The profiles can be tailored to suit specific user requirements on a need basis. If you find the Drupal library not having a specific module that suits your purpose, you have the freedom of creating a module and contributing it to the Drupal community.
The add-on modules let you extend or build the core functionalities of drupal. The add-on modules, run the risk of not functioning properly since they are not part of the core files.
The next ingredient for a good Drupal site would be Drupal themes, which helps give a site the desired look and feel. Before you download the themes, do ensure that these themes are compatible with the Drupal version you use. For instance, the themes released for version 5 might not work for version 6.
But to make full use of these advantages, you will need the support of an experienced hand at Drupal. Do you have one?