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Combines a clear step-by-step guide with great web support,
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This review is from: Drupal 7 Explained: Your Step-by-step Guide (Paperback)
Although I have been designing websites since 1997 content management systems were a new concept to me. So when I was asked by my boss to learn Drupal I looked online for a suitable book to give me the basics. After reviewing several options I chose Drupal 7 Explained and was not disappointed. The writer gradually explains the functions of the many inter-related features of Drupal in a very clear and comprehensible manner. The key modules that are needed to make Drupal useable are introduced to the reader without the need for a neebie to search the Drupal website for them. Once the basic functionality is established the author gives helpful hints on how to find and evaluate additional modules and templates without which hours of time could be wasted.
At a couple of points I struggled to get the modules to work, even though I followed the instructions carefully. However, as the book is linked to the author's website and reader comment forums I was quickly able to find solutions. The problem I had was not not the book, but the rapidly updating nature of Drupal's components, not all of which work with the latest versions of other required modules. I found the text combined with the on-line updates and additional material an extremely helpful combination.
I would therefore recommend this title to anyone wanting to start designing their own Drupal-based website.