Step 3: Add images and videos and understand content-types and fields

Review of what you have done so far

In Step 1, you made a development environment. You downloaded, installed and password protected your WAMP server including a MySQL database.  You downloaded and installed Drupal.  And you installed Sendmail so you can test the email functionality within your Drupal website.

In Step 2, you installed an utility called Drush. You installed and enable modules beginning with the pair, Token and PathAuto, that are used to ‘pretty’ urls – something we will come back to today.  You installed WYSIWYG with a CKEditor library that you put in a specially created /libraries folder.  You set up the permissions on your text filters and you added WYSIWYG buttons to match the filter specifications.

What you will learn and do in Step 3

Today, we are going to work on content.  First, we are going to download the module Media that assists you add images and embed videos.  In the process, you will enhance your understanding of how modules interact with each other. Thinking clearly about the interaction of the parts of Drupal is probably the second biggest timesaver in learning to use Drupal (the first is backing up, of course.)

After we have Media installed, enabled and configured, we will add your first web page.  In this exercise, you will also begin to understand content-types and distinguish pages from posts and Articles from Blogs.  You will learn how a content-type is structured and how to change the layout of content-type by adding or editing a field and changing what is displayed.  You will also learn to prettify your urls which you must always do on the first use of any content-type.

Beginning then with, installing Media.