How do I set up a Drupal site?

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Complete guide to setting up your Drupal site

by our Web Agency Optimize 360

Setting up a site Drupal

In this article, we'll take you through the essential steps involved in setting up a website. Drupal.

We'll be looking at everything from creating a new administrator account to configuring blocks and optimising the referencing of your website.


setting up a Drupal site

Create an administrator account and choose a theme

To begin with, you need to create an administrator account so that you can manage your Drupal site. To do this, click on "Add a user and fill in the information requested: user name, password and e-mail address.

Once you've created your account, it's time to choose a theme for your site. Drupal offers a wide choice of themes, both free and paid. Once the theme has been installed and activated, think about customising it to suit your image and your needs.

Managing content types and taxonomy

A Drupal site is organised around different types of content: articles, pages, products, etc. You can add, modify or delete these types of content according to your requirements. To do this, go to the "Structure and click on "Content types.

Add a new type of content

To add a new type of content, click on "Add a content type and choose a representative title. Then include a description that explains the usefulness and concerns of this new type for your users.

Configuring content type fields and options

To customise your content type, you can add or modify fields as required. You can also specify whether the content type should be published by default, be searchable or require review before publication.

Configuring navigation and taxonomy

The navigation of your Drupal site is essential to enable visitors to access its content easily. Using the main menu, you can create links to the most important pages on your site.

It is also advisable to use taxonomy to organise the content of your site around keywords and categories, making navigation and referencing easier.

Managing navigation menus

In the "Structureclick on "Menus to access the menu editor. Here you can add, delete and modify navigation links as you see fit.

Create and manage vocabularies and taxonomy terms

Still in the "Structure" section, click on "Taxonomy and create vocabularies representing the different categories on your site. Then add taxonomy terms corresponding to the keywords associated with these categories.

Configuring modules and blocks

Drupal modules can be used to extend the functionality of your site. Installing a module is simple: download it and install it via the "Modules. You can then configure the module parameters by clicking on "Configure.

Blocks also give you the option of displaying various elements in different areas of your site (menus, content lists, etc.). To manage blocks, go to the "Structure" section and click on "Blocks.

Installing and configuring essential modules

Certain modules are essential for optimising your Drupal site:

  • Chaos Tools Suite (ctools) used by several other important modules.
  • Token : allows you to generate URL personalised and improve referencing.
  • Pathauto : automatically creates clean URLs for your pages and articles.
  • Metatag makes it easy to add meta tags for referencing.
  • Google Analytics adds Google Analytics tracking to your Drupal site.

Adding and organising blocks

To add a block, click on "Place a block in the block management interface. Choose the location of the block and configure its options, such as title or visibility.

To organise the blocks, simply drag and drop to change their position in the block management interface.

Search engine optimisation (SEO)

The SEO of your Drupal site is a key element in ensuring its visibility on the Internet. To achieve this, several aspects need to be taken into account:

  • Own URLs Make sure your URLs are legible and representative of the content using the Pathauto module.
  • Meta tags Use the Metatag module to add custom meta tags to each page.
  • Sitemap XML XML sitemap: make it easier for search engines to index your site with an XML sitemap generated by the Simple XML Sitemap module.
  • Keywords and descriptions Make sure you use relevant keywords and precise descriptions for each of your pages and articles.

By following this advice and using the right tools and modules, you'll be able to set up and optimise your Drupal site efficiently.

So you can offer a user experience to your visitors while improving your referencing.

About the author

Frédéric POULET is the founder of the SEO Agency Optimize 360 After 20 years in large groups, he founded Optimize 360 to put the know-how of large groups to work for SMEs.
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