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#14353 closed Question/How do I...? (fixed)

guidance on initial drupal setup needed ASAP

Reported by: HistoriCUSS Owned by: JaimeV
Priority: Urgent Component: Tech
Keywords: drupal Cc: Jamie McClelland
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Description (last modified by HistoriCUSS)

A dear friend of our family and community has gone missing in Peru. Time is of the essence in publicizing this and organizing search and rescue missions.

I have setup as the primary site and did the initial install of Drupal.

I am reluctant to do much more without experienced guidance.

This needs to have multi-lingual content, in English, Spanish and perhaps even some content in Indigenous languages of that region.

Details can be seen at

I would like to host documents (flyers, images etc.)

A fundraising process has begun to supplement the meager local official resources in Peru.

Would a separate drupal install be recommended for each language? or can each such section be built within a single install?

Would it be best to have (sp,en) or,sp,etc)?

I would like to have various sections, i.e. Carla's bio/story, press releases, search updates, ability for public to send us information, and more.

I see several drupal themes are available. Which would be best suited for this sort of application?

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comment:1 Changed 3 years ago by HistoriCUSS

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comment:2 Changed 3 years ago by HistoriCUSS

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comment:3 Changed 3 years ago by JaimeV

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I don't personally have a lot of experience running Drupal sites, jamie who is also on the support team here may have some suggestions for you however I think given the importance of the situation you should reach out to the Drupal support forums where you are likely to get much more response from folks who are Drupal developers.

comment:4 Changed 3 years ago by Jamie McClelland

I would suggest you begin right away with english (or the language you are most comfortable starting the content in). It is very easy to add translations at a later time (and yes, the translations will be available at (e.g. for spanish).

You can create two kinds of content by default - either "pages" (this is for content that will form the regular part of your web site - with the basic information). You can also create "article" for creating more news like content (for example, you could create an article to announce the site or with any updates on the progress of the search).

Here's a you tube video about creating an article that cover the basics:

The translations and the themes can all come later, but given the urgency of the situation, I would suggest working on the content first.

When you are ready to work on a theme, I suggest choosing from one of the existing themes that come with Drupal 7. You can lose a lot of time trying to pick a third party theme - I would suggest keeping it simple and using a built-in one.

comment:5 Changed 3 years ago by HistoriCUSS

I decided to go with Bartik as it seems to offer the basics I could think of.

I am hoping some media committee will be handling the content on a day to day basis. Right now facebook is being used and has lots of initial content including images of flyers in both Spanish and English. And there are many links to mainstream media that have picked up on Carla's story.

I have run into a quirk...and the drupal forum is quite inactive. My initial post there hasn't even appeared.

I created a menu item for In the News and created 1 news story under it as an article. but it then fails to show on the In the News tab but instead is added to the Home tab. Same with an article I created under events.

Hopefully some other members might be familiar enough with drupal to tell me what's going on...I dn't want to distract support staff for this though it is critical for me.

Last edited 3 years ago by HistoriCUSS (previous) (diff)

comment:6 Changed 3 years ago by Jamie McClelland

You won't have to redo the content when you change the theme. I would suggest that you try all four themes and see which one you like the best. Using pages sounds like the right option.

comment:7 Changed 2 years ago by updater

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comment:8 Changed 2 years ago by HistoriCUSS

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comment:9 Changed 2 years ago by JaimeV

Resolution: fixed
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comment:10 Changed 2 years ago by automatic

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