Creating a Drupal Profile

Drupal system runs community portal websites.  These websites are created to share information with work groups or those groups of people you share same interest.  Included in the Drupal system is the Profile Module.

 The profile module gives users the opportunity to share information about themselves.  In your website, you set up forms for users on your site to fill in.  Users fill up the form found on the edit tab of their “My Account” page.  The profile information for which the user provided is visible to the rest of the users on your site.

To enable the profile module is to select on the modules page, select the menu Administer >> Site Building >> Modules in D5.  To set up the forms for user profiles, select the menu Administer >> User Management >> Profiles.  

Fields and examples of questions commonly used on profile modules are:
1. Single Line Textfield.  Example: Username?
2. Multi-line Textfield.  Example: What are you looking for in this website?
3. Checkbox.  Example: Please select box that you show interest at?
4. List Selection.  Example:  Which of these house pets do you prefer to have at home –cat, dog, or bird?
5. Freeform list.  Example:  What subjects you like most?
6. URL.  Example: What is the address of your personal image?
7. Date:  Example: When were you born?

Under your profile module you can have as many fields as you need.  Each field you add, you will be asked to categorize the field.  This is to divide users profile into section.  You may also require fields that need entry, or else the system will not process.  Profiles are always accessible to site administrators.  Administrators would have to grant permission to view user profiles.