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Introduction to Drupal
Classic Ridge Designs often uses the Drupal CMS (Content Management System) to build web sites for our clients. Drupal provides a myriad of benefits including:
Drupal works by storing your web site content inside a database on your web server. In it's simplest form, the content is displayed on the page and is formatted based on the URL, or web address. Classic Ridge Designs will create a custom PHP template to format these web pages in exactly the way you want. Using a database allows the content to be accessible in a wide variety of ways, not just on a certain page or format. For example, you may want to have an event calendar that displays upcoming events. In Drupal, the exact same event record can be displayed on an overview calendar page, as well as on an event-specific page, and be accessible to a search tool on your web site.
After your web site is built, a user with administrative permissions (usually a select group of individuals) can log in to your site and make changes or create new web site content. Each web site is a little different, but usually a "Log In" link will exist somewhere on the home page, or you can try the following: http://www.example.com/user, or http://www.example.com/login. Be sure to replace "example.com" with your web site domain name!
Now you are ready to learn how Drupal manages content.
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