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The Trouble with Drupal

Ok. I’m having a bit of a hard time with Drupal. I’ve been exploring ways we might improve our library website by adding many new Web 2.0 features. Everything I’ve been reading has pointed to Drupal being the best option for us, but I wanted to get my hands on it and play around a little to see what could be done with it.

The setup wasn’t too difficult, but since then I’ve run into a few problems. I really like the administration options and am quite excited about what it might be possible to do with the system, but I find the content creation to be very confusing. I really don’t understand the system of blocks, nodules, menus, pages, blogs, and stories. It’s unlike anything else I’ve used before and I really haven’t found the forum or manuals to be very helpful. I’m sure I’ll figure it out, but for now I’m feeling very frustrated.

In an attempt to make the content creation a little easier, I tried to install a wysiwyg editor module (TinyMCE). This had the unintended consequence of shutting me out of my site administration and the only way to remedy the situation seemed to be to delete Drupal from the server and try it all over again. Well, I forgot to delete the database from the server before I tried to reinstall, so I had to do it all once again.

I’m sure I’ll get it all worked out eventually, but there is definitely a learning curve here.

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