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Missoula: Getting Started with Drupal Part 4 – Rich content with CCK

On Thursday July 15th we continue our monthly 'Getting Started with Drupal Series'. This month we'll branch out from Drupal core and cover the first of the 'must-have' add-in modules, the
Content Construction Kit (CCK). CCK makes it easy to add all kinds of custom data fields to your site's content. Using CCK you can add images, video, audio, attached files, links, maps, and much more to your content. CCK is a
must-have for nearly any Drupal site — if you are serious about building a site with Drupal
you do not want to miss this class!
What we'll cover in this meetup

  • Getting CCK and installing it on your site

  • Adding basic text fields to your content

  • Adding image, audio and video fields to your content

  • Controlling how fields are displayed/formatted on your pages

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
http://www.webenabled... 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!
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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Despite my setup glitches and late start I was really pleased with how this class went. I think we covered an important topic at a balanced pace. It seemed everyone remained engaged and there were great questions. As a n00b trainer, it really helps to have such thoughtful and talented people in the class. Looking forward to next time!

    July 16, 2010

  • Nora M.

    Very valuable meeting!

    July 16, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Andy, once again and without fail, has delivered a professional presentation. He answered questions (even off topic) with ease and followed up with answers unavailable to him at the time.

    We have yet another absolute treasure with Andy Laken as our Drupal guru!

    July 16, 2010

  • Art H.

    Excellent overview of CCK, with hands-on walk-through of major functions.

    July 16, 2010

  • Scott R.

    That's the new "Check-in" feature of There is a Check in link in the top-right of the page. It just released yesterday or today.

    July 15, 2010

  • Harold

    Very strange - is saying '0 in attendance right now' - despite in another place it says 9 rsvp'ed yes. There's actually 11 in the room right now.

    July 15, 2010

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