The beginning

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This is the first post in a series dedicated to documenting the process of building a Drupal 7 blog. The topics will range from CSS and theme choices to module selection and configuration. Fair warning: I'm more than a bit of a geek and these topics tend to bring out the worst in me. I may use obscure CSS references and humor only socially challenged web developers understand. Feel free to ignore anything irrelevant and ask me to clarify anything important. I hope you find this interesting.

Starting point

  • Drupal 7 has been installed and I've cleared out most of the clutter left over from the original Drupal 6 site. I still have the original content, but I have removed virtually all of the configuration related to the display and organization of that site.
  • I've created an administrative role, and assigned myself to it. Drupal 6 required some aspects of site administration to be handled by the #1 user account,but Drupal 7 allows all admin tasks to be delegated top other users. Now I can work from my own user account, and leave the #1 account alone.
  • I've installed the Drupal Bootstrap theme. I will be building this site using a child theme of Bootstrap. As I did here, I tend to turn on my development theme immediately, I find the default Drupal themes too distracting to use for building a site. I want to start from a clean slate.
  • I don't yet have any of the conveniences like a WYSIWYG editor in place. Those will come soon.

Next Steps?

My next steps will be putting in place the basic building blocks I will use to build this site. Some basic module selections. Decisions on content types and taxonomies. Nothing terribly exciting will visually change, but the ground work will be started for some significant changes to come later.

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