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[UPDATE] We now have a detailed video class covering all the important aspects of using Organic Groups.

Organic Groups (OG) is the social networking solution for Drupal. It forms the basis of http://groups.drupal.org and also powers Drupal Commons, the widely used social networking distribution.

OG allows users to create and manage their own groups. Other members can then join those groups and share content either privately or publicly.

Two notes of caution before we start:

  1. OG is a powerful solution but not for the faint of heart. To use it, you will need a good understanding of Drupal, plus Views and Panels as well.
  2. There are some major differences between the Drupal 6 version and the new Drupal version.

Here's an introduction to OG for Drupal 7. Click here for our tutorial on Organic Groups for Drupal 6.

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Node Access Password is a module that allows you to password-protect your Drupal content.

This module will automatically generate a random password for each node you want to protect. That password must be entered before viewing the content.

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Organic Groups (OG) is the social networking solution for Drupal. It forms the basis of http://groups.drupal.org and also powers Drupal Commons, the widely used social networking distribution.

OG allows users to create and manage their own groups. Other members can then join those groups and share content either privately or publicly.

Two notes of caution before we start:

  • OG is a powerful solution but not for the faint of heart. To use it, you will need a good understanding of Drupal, plus Views and Panels as well.
  • There are some major differences between the Drupal 6 version and the new Drupal version.

Here's an introduction to OG for Drupal 6. Click here for our tutorial on Organic Groups for Drupal 7.

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The Drupal core provides a Search module that is great for many sites. However, it doesn't provide some of the more sophisticated features that some sites need. The Custom Search module is a good alternative if you want more control over what gets searched, who gets to search, and what results you see.

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Multi-sites is a Drupal feature that makes managing many websites easier.

The idea with multi-sites is that you can use a single codebase for more than one website. When you update that single codebase, you update all of your Drupal sites. Each site can still have its own theme, modules and content.

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The Drupal project page for Context describes it in this way: "Context allows you to manage contextual conditions and reactions for different portions of your site. You can think of each context as representing a "section" of your site. For each context, you can choose the conditions that trigger this context to be active and choose different aspects of Drupal that should react to this active context."

Here's what that means to you: "you can make blocks, themes and more show only where you want them."

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You should always update to the latest version of Drupal to take advantage of updates and to also guard your site's security. It's not a difficult process, but there are quite a few steps if you want to avoid errors and get it right the first time. This tutorial shows you every step involved.

Here's how to update your Drupal 6 core files:

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This tutorial will show you how to create a photo gallery in Drupal 7.

It won't create the world's flashiest or most impressive gallery, but it will work. This tutorial is designed for beginners so that they can understand the key concepts behind creating a gallery in Drupal 7.

If you're still using Drupal 6, we have a tutorial for you also.

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Slideshows are one of the most popular things that people want on their website and the Views Slideshow Module is the most popular way to create slideshows in Drupal.

So, it's no surprise that Views Slideshow is one of the most popular Drupal modules.

Creating a Views Slideshow isn't too difficult, but there are a quite a few steps to go through. If you're a beginner, this will be a complete installation guide.

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In this tutorial we're going to show you how to update your Drupal 7 theme.

In the example below, we have version 7.x.-1.0 of the Zero Point theme on our site.

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Drupal Display SuiteOne of the rites of passage for beginner Drupal users is to learn Panels. It's a useful tool for laying out pages and redesigning content pages without any code knowledge.

However, not everyone is a fan. Panels is sometimes criticized for being hard to use and for having performance issues.

In this tutorial we're going to introduce you to a powerful alternative: Display Suite. We're going to show you several ways in which it can make designing your content fun and pain-free.

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In this tutorial we're going to show you how to update your Drupal 7 module.

In the example below, we have version 7.x.-3.16 of the Webform module on our site.

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The Media Module is one of the most hyped new modules for Drupal 7. It is often talked about as the best option for handling images, video and audio files in Drupal 7.

However, available information about the Media Module is long on 90 minute conference presentations and short on quick, practical guides. So, in this tutorial we're going to get right to the point. We're going show you how to set up the Media Module, what it does and how to use it to add YouTube videos to your content. Let's go ....

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Drupal Mobile ThemesThis post is part of series we're writing on more advanced Drupal themes. In an earlier post we introduced Responsive Web Design in Drupal, focusing closely on the Adaptive Theme framework. We also covered the very popular Omega framework.

Those are two of some of the most commonly Drupal's theme frameworks along with others such as Zen, Fusion and Tao. However, there are many more.

Out of the 25 most popular themes on Drupal.org, 17 of the most popular are either frameworks or sub-themes that sit on top of a framework. That's how most Drupal themes get designed. In this tutorial we're going to introduce you to some of the less commonly used theme frameworks. None of these appear on the frontpage of http://drupal.org/project/themes.

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Omega ThemeOmega is a great example of a theme framework for Drupal. We've previously covered Omega in a detailed tutorial which explains how to get started.

Omega is perhaps the most popular framework currently. It was the first mobile-first, responsive base theme to date, paving new ground in the Drupal community. It was powered by a modified 960 grid implementation. This is the theme used by Acquia.com and several other major players.

However, using Omega is not easy for beginners. If you install Omega and make it into your default theme, this is what you'll see:

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Drupal User 1 is a deity. Drupal is fairly unique in that it has this one user who towers over every other user on your site. This User has all possible permissions on your site.

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Caching increases the apparent speed of the website by storing copies of the pages on the server on the browser and keeping the copies in memory. It appears much faster because it takes far less time to grab page from memory than it does to parse the page every time it's accessed.

This can speed up the user experience, so enabling cache is usually good. It is a bit frustrating while you're building the site, because you don't always see your changes immediately.

This tells you how to access the cache settings, to enable, disable or clear your Drupal 7 cache.

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No matter what CMS we're teaching, when we come to talking about themes and designs, one question always comes up quickly: "How do I make a dropdown menu"? Here's the answer to that question in Drupal.

First, we are going to show you how to get your menu set up correctly. Second we're going to give you three different options for showing that menu to your visitors.

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The settings.php file in Drupal is actually a very short and simple file with just a few settings, but they are critical settings.

If you're new to Drupal and moving or updating, it's very important to understand what this file does. Misconfiguration here causes error messages, failed sites, and page not found problems that can be easily remedied if you know where to look

One such problem that comes up frequently is a missing or improper data base connection. In this tutorial, we're going to show you where to find it and how to configure or change it.

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Drupal 6 will be around for quite a while longer and module updates are still required periodically. Unlike Drupal 7, there isn't any automated update process for Drupal 6, so here's a complete step-by-step guide to the update process:

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It's hard to miss the word "Responsive" when looking at Drupal themes these days.

What does it mean? "Responsive" design means that your theme is flexible enough to look good on any device. There is no need to create a separate theme or even a separate subdomain or site. One theme can look good on a large desktop, your tablet and your mobile phone.

In this tutorial we're going to use one particular example to show you how Responsive design works with Drupal sites.

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The User 1 account on a Drupal site has special status. This account has life and death rights on your Drupal installation and needs to be protected at all costs. If you've lost access to this account, then it is important to regain that access.

Your first step should be to try and reset your password by adding this to your site's URL: /user/password/. If that doesn't work or if you don't know the email for the account, then you can manually reset your password in the database. This tutorial will show you how to do it.

Click here for this tutorial in Drupal 7.

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Login Destinations ModuleLogin Destination is a module that allows you to specify which page the user sees after logging in. One very common use is to redirect users to the page they were viewing before they logged in.

Login Destination is available for both Drupal 6 and 7. In this tutorial we cover D6 because that is the version used by the student who requested this tutorial. However, the only difference for D7 users will be the installation process.

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LoginToboggan is a module that improves the login experience in Drupal.

It has over eleven useful features including options that allow you to:

  • redirect users after they login and send them to a page of your choice.
  • allow users to use their email address or username to login.
  • combine the login and registration areas on the same page.

Here's how you use LoginToboggan:

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tutuploadsmedia_1326929592271.png There are many different languages available for a Drupal installation, but what if you want to have a site with more than one language? Drupal is up to the task, but it's not a trivial procedure. There are two areas that need translation.

First, you'll need to translate the interface, which includes the button texts, drop down menus, messages and other languages you use to interact with the site. Customizing the interface is fairly simple, and there are language files you can download that will help you make short work of it. Drupal developers often refer to this as localization.

Second, you'll need to translate the content. There are some modules that will make this possible, but this does require more effort than translating the interface.

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Do you need to check what your users see when they login to your site? Do you often need to troubleshoot issues for your users? If so, the Masquerade module will be a very useful tool.

The Masquerade module allows you to login as any user but using your own password. You can mimic anyone else's login and see exactly what they see. This is very useful on membership sites and sites that require multiple levels of access.

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Drupal 8 is underway with lots of great ideas and initatives. For front-end site builders, these include improving Drupal's design, mobile, HTML5 and multi-lingual capabilities. For those working under the hood, there are plans to improve web services and staging management.

How will this affect your Drupal site building?

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admin menuDrupal 7 did get a new toolbar and overlay to make it easier to use. However, many people prefer to use the Administration Menu module. This might be because they are familiar with it (because it was also very popular in Drupal 6), and it might because it is actually easier to use than the default toolbar.

The normal Drupal 7 toolbar can require several clicks to get to parts of the admin area. As a result, many developers find the Administration Menu module to be a great help because they can jump to any administrative task much more quickly.

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