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Introduction to Building Websites Using the Panels Module

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    In this series; building websites using the panels module,
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    we're going to obviously cover the panels module.
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    Now, Drupals core system, such as blocks
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    can only take your website so far when it comes to layout,
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    hence the panels module.
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    The panels module allows us to take our layout to the next level.
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    In this series we're going to cover such things as:
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    building your layout with columns;
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    allowing yourself to bring blocks into the centre of your content;
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    and things such as having different layouts for different circumstances.
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    Because the panels module uses the Page Manager tool
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    inside of C Tools module,
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    we get ourselves some very complex tools
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    to allow us to do some pretty cool things with our layout.
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    And because of this we're able to
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    modify Drupals default displays of things
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    such as Content, Users, and Taxonomy.
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    And all of this; we're going to cover in this panels series,
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    and by the end of it, you're going to become a layout master.

Introduction to Building Websites Using the Panels Module


In this first series of Panels videos on you will learn how to use the Panels module to take your Drupal website to the next level.  When you reach the limits of what Drupal alone allows you to do with its layouts, adding Panels to your site enables you to create more sophisticated displays of your content.   Here are just a few things the Panels module makes easy:

  • Divide the display of your content into multiple columns
  • Place blocks into the center of your pages
  • Use different layouts on the same page, under different circumstances

Because Panels works with the Page Manager module in ctools, you get all the benefits of the page manager, as well as complex control of your layouts. Page manager allows you to take over many of the ‘default’ displays in Drupal, including the display of content (nodes), profiles (users), category listings (taxonomy), and also the edit forms for each of these entities.

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