May 23, 2019
WDV 446 - Intro Drupal Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 2
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Voc/Tech
This hands-on course is an introduction to Drupal as an Open Source database-driven web content management software. Students learn to use Drupal to plan, design, theme and produce commercially oriented websites. Students may not receive course credit for both WDV 446 and WDV 445 .
Prerequisite: WDV 341 or Instructor Approval
- Explain the advantages of Web CMS (Content Management Systems) for the delivery of web pages
- Analyze the organizational and cost advantages of designing the framework and functionality of a site before developing the “look and feel”.
- Discuss how a CMS facilitates the organization, control, and publication of content by users.
- Explain how assigning different levels of access to users can benefit the client during the updating process.
- Discuss the concept of Open Source software, the costs involved, and the advantages and disadvantages of implementing this class of software.
- Compare the current CMS software to software used in other courses
- Compare and contrast the features available to the software.
- Compare and contrast the user interface between the applications.
- Compare and contrast the ease of use between the applications.
- Discuss what type of websites would work best for each of the software applications.
- Integrate open source plug-ins into web site
- Explain the advantages of using open source plug-ins for adding functionality to sites.
- Explain the advantages of using commercial plug-ins for adding functionality to sites.
- Demonstrate the integration of plug-ins into a CMS site to add relevant functionality.
- Modify CMS template skins to customize the “look and feel” of pages
- Discuss the concept of site “skins” or “templates”, their use, and where to download them.
- Modify existing CMS code with Dreamweaver to alter the colors, layout, and typography of a site.
- Prepare graphics in Fireworks to modify or replace the existing skin or theme of a site.
- Demonstrate responsible and professional computer techniques when creating websites
- Demonstrate creative thinking skills to design the user interface and graphics according to the need of the client.
- Research and produce quality projects within given timeframe to meet established deadlines.
- Verify that all pages display properly on target browsers and operating systems.
- Create capstone CMS based site
- Create and insert custom graphics and sample text appropriate to the intent of the site and page.
- Modify or create a new site theme or “skin” and apply to database.
- Research open source plug-ins that add value to site and integrate into the site.
- Install and setup chosen CMS software on a server.
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