Drupal 8 is a Great Way of Developing a Useful and Valuable Website - Part Two


Drupal 8

A great website, requires a developer to have the best tools available to them, to develop the best website they can. In today’s article, we are going to continue our discussion of the Drupal content management system; we are going to talk about some concept and then later, explain them in more details.  

The first concept we will be discussing is module, which is a set of PHPs, JavaScript, and/or CSS files that are used to extend and add functionality to a website. Users may be able to use a module, by adding or installing that module, to use its features and functionalities. If users don’t want to use a module, they can also remove it, by uninstalling the module, of course any related features and configurations, may have to be removed. When you download Drupal core, many core modules are provided, such modules are: the user account module, the node module, the field/field UI module, the navigation menus module, and the View and Views UI module.

 Another important Drupal concept is theme, which are a set of files, that are used to define the visual look and feel of your website. The content that is displayed on your website, such as the HTML pages, uploaded images and any other assets, are restricted by the core software and modules, which run on the website. The HTML and the CSS styling that wraps the content is defined by the theme selected for the website. Several core themes, which have been developed by the community over the years, are also provided with the core software.

Another important concept in Drupal is distributions, which provide users with a single download, that contains the core software, contributed modules, themes and pre-defined distributions as well as features and functions. If you want your Drupal installation to go smoothly, efficiently and have fewer steps, a distribution can be used, because it allows users to set up a complex, use-specific site. When a project involves a complete solution to set up a site, for academia, the government, business, non-profit, etc. then a full feature distribution can be used in this case.

Another very important concept in Drupal is types of data, the content of a web site is divided up into four types. Namely: content, which can hold text and images and is often permanent but sometime users can edit it. Information about your site, which is not considered to be content, but instead this content defines how a website behaves or is displayed, is known as the configuration data type. Another data type is state, which has information about a website’s current states.

Drupal is a great CMS, which can be used by anyone with a little bit of programming background, it can serve its purpose if used appropriately. However, a developer must understand what it means to code for a Drupal website. Because, if that developer does not understand that their website could potentially become very complex due to Drupal, then the website will not be scalable.

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