2 Ways to Customize the Drupal Home Page

Drupal is a very powerful and highly flexible content management system that allows website administrators to easily build and publish a site.  There is no limitation to the type of sites that can be created using the Drupal framework.  This gives administrators much leeway in designing their site and managing its content.

However some users find the Drupal home page to be too blog-like.  This means the first page of the site, where visitors land, is composed of a long list of other published pages arranged in chronological order.  If one is familiar with popular blog sites like WordPress and Blogger, then the interface on those sites would be similar to the Drupal home page.

But because of the extreme customization offered by the Drupal framework, administrators can perform two actions which can change the look of the Drupal home page into the standard index pages of websites.  

First, they can design a home page using Photoshop and convert the final layout into a workable template that can be adapted into XHTML format.  The design can now be used as the home page linking other pages to it.

Second, administrators can also tweak the settings in the Drupal management panel.  They can simply create a node and design it like standard home page.  Then they can just simply point to that node as the Drupal home page.

Through this processes, administrators can create a professional looking home page without the look and feel of a blog.  They can also limit the number of content that can be displayed on the Drupal home page in order to avoid page cluttering.

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