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Last updated February 16, 2017

This exercise will have you demonstrate knowledge of the installation process and how to customize Drupal for an improved experience when using the administration UI.

Objectives and Prerequisites

You will need the following knowledge and skills. If you need a review, check out the Resources section at the bottom of this page.

  1. Install Drupal.
  2. Enable and disable modules.
  3. Evaluate, download and enable contributed modules.

Tasks

Install Drupal, if needed, on a local or development server.

Create a custom and a contrib directory in sites/all/modules.

Download and enable the Administration Menu and Module Filter modules. They should be saved in the contrib directory.

Disable the Toolbar and Overlay modules.

Summary

  • We can add functionality to a Drupal site by adding and enabling contributed modules.
  • Contributed modules can be downloaded from drupal.org, but this should be a carefully considered process.
  • Custom and contributed modules should be kept separate.
  • Contributed modules can be evaluated on simplytest.me before download.
  • You can also use a tool called Drush to install and manage your modules.

Resources

Creative Commons License

Drupal Training Resources by Damian Robinson are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Based on a work at http://www.damianrobinson.co.uk.