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New Meetup: Missoula Thu 5/20: Getting Started with Drupal pt 3 – menus, blocks, & a little SEO

From: Andy L.
Sent on: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 11:00 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Montana Programmers!

What: Missoula: Getting Started with Drupal pt 3 ? menus, blocks, & a little SEO

When: Thursday, May 20,[masked]:00 PM

Ruby' Inn and Convention Center
4825 North Reserve
Missoula, MT 59808

On Thursday May 20th we continue our monthly 'Getting Started with Drupal Series'. We'll drill further down into the nuts and bolts of building a site with Drupal, focusing on creating navigation menus, customizing and controlling placement of blocks on your pages, and SEO-friendly URLs.

** What we'll cover in this meetup **

* The menu system: how it works, creating multiple menus, linking menu items to pages
* The block system: understanding dynamic and custom blocks, how to place them in your page layout, how to control which pages they appear on
* The path system: manually create custom page URLs, use the 'pathauto' module to automatically generate SEO-friendly URLs for your content

This is a hands-on class, so bring your laptop and follow along! (You can still benefit even without one, though.)

Don't worry if you don't have Drupal installed, we have test installations for you to use, or you can sign up for a free account at and quickly deploy a new Drupal site.

If you have any specific beginner questions you'd like to have addressed, please add them to the comments for this event and we'll try to work them in.

If you know anyone who'd like to get started with Drupal, please send them the link to this page!

** What is Drupal? **
Drupal is a powerful open-source web content management system and web application framework that can help you build and manage almost any kind of website, including personal & group blogs; e-commerce; community & social sites; nonprofit & issue sites; newspaper & media sites; video & photo/image galleries; and much more. It powers several dozen of the top 1,000 sites on the Web, as well as sites like,,, General Motors, The World Bank, and many, many more. This powerful software is gaining huge momentum and thousands of businesses, organizations, and institutions are getting on board with Drupal every year.

** Recommended reading **
To best prepare for the Getting Started series, we recommend the book Using Drupal published by O'Reilly. If you are at all serious about learning Drupal, please just go ahead and purchase this excellent book. Monte, Art, and AJ are just three of our group members who are happy they did! Well-written and aimed at the Drupal beginner, it takes you though the sometimes-daunting Drupal jargon and concepts with ease, and gets you comfortable with managing content and building sites step-by-step. (Although highly recommended, the reading is not required to attend the session ??everyone is welcome!)

** About the Getting Started Series **
Each month an experienced Drupaler will present a lesson suitable for Drupal beginners. We'll structure the series so each month builds on the next ? if you attend each monthly Getting Started series, your Drupal skills will grow naturally and within a few months you'll be competently managing your site and your content, and on your way to adding new site sections and features.

** Meetup Details **
Thursday, May 20th
4:00 to 6:00 pm
Ruby' Inn and Convention Center (Room 300)
4825 North Reserve
Missoula, MT 59808 map:
Phone: (406)[masked]

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