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					Using Drupal is easy if you have a video tutorial from which to learn. Drupal is an
open source CMS (content management system), which can be sued to create
websites, blogs, social networking sites and so on. In fact there is virtually no limit to
what you can be using Drupal for, and it's free.

What that means is that the source code is free to anybody that wants to use Drupal,
although you can purchase various forms of customization, including themes and
modules to offer specific effects and website components. Drupal is written in PHP
and works with a variety of operating systems, including Windows, Linux, MAC and
others, and a database system such as MySQL can be used for data storage - in fact a
database of some form is essential.

Most of the content in Drupal is made up of what are referred to as 'nodes'. A node is
intrinsically a piece of information, and they can come in a variety of content types.
Among the predefined Drupal content types are 'page' and 'story', although you can
also define your own. There is virtually no limit to the type of website you can
develop using Drupal, but it can be heavy on use of resources.

For that reason you are advised to use a Virtual private server (VPS) or a dedicated
server if you intend using Drupal to develop a large website such as a community or
social networking site. If you are simply developing a small website for yourself, then
you should manage with shared hosting, but otherwise you are best to get a dedicated
hosting account.

Although learning Drupal is not difficult, you should learn the right way. By far the
best way is to have private tuition, but that can be far too pricy for most people. You
can also just play about with it, and pick it up as you go. However, if you are serious
about using a Drupal content management system, then a Drupal video course is
likely the best solution.

Drupal core is the standard installation of Drupal that contains a taxonomy system
that enables content to be tagged with keywords, so that it is easily accessed. It
includes a number of modules that enables the functionality of the system to be
customized. Among the standard modules in the core download are search functions, a
multi-level menu system, access statistics and logging, comments, polls and forums,
RSS feed and aggregator and many more.

There are also several core Drupal themes, that allow the look and feel of the sites to
be customized, and also supports a large number of languages.

If all this sounds complex, it is not as difficult to learn as you might think. A Drupal
video tutorial is probably the best way of learning to use Drupal, since you can watch
and copy, and replay any part that needs special attention. Using the Drupal open
source CMS enables you to put your ideas for unique websites into practice, and also
to immeasurably improve the functionality of the blogs, forums and social websites
that you will learn to design.

				
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