Drupal Local Group: Providing Valuable Help for Drupal Users

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.

There are many Drupal local groups and communities throughout the world.  These groups of Drupal users organize themselves informally in order to develop and improve the system.  To facilitate the administration of this kind of loose organization, local coordinators are assigned to organize events and conferences for Drupal development.  These coordinators are called Drupal local ambassadors.  The list of Drupal ambassadors can be located on the community website of Drupal.  Users who want to participate actively in the events organized by a Drupal group in their locality can simply contact the local ambassador.  

There are several types of events that a Drupal local group can perform.  The events are guided by a manual designed for a specific Drupal group activity.  The events manuals can also be found on the Drupal community portal.

One of the most commonly held activities of a Drupal local group is a development conference.  A conference usually last for just a day where Drupal users and administrators discuss the latest innovation in the program.  Development designs sometimes are also included in the agenda of a conference in order to come up with a general framework that can be submitted to Drupal core developers.  

Another typical Drupal local group activity is the Drupal boot camp.  It is also called simple as Camp by Drupal users.  This is the group training and community dynamic of the Drupal network.  It serves as an instruction and development camp.  Normally, a Drupal Camp will last for two days depending on the agenda set by the Drupal local ambassador.