Guides to Website Development


23 Mar 2014 at 21:45 EDT (-04:00 GMT)

I build all of my own websites. I think I do a pretty good job, especially since I've never taken a computer class in my life. I also like to learn and teach myself new things. Since I started using Drupal, I have learned a ton, mostly through trial and error. I have spent countless hours on the Internet reading and researching. The one issue I have with most of the things I find on the Internet is that the folks who write the instructions make some major assumptions—like that you know what they're talking about. They skip steps since they assume you know how to fill in the blanks. That is where a lot of my trial and error came in…cutting this bit of code, adding that bit, changing a number here or there.

So, here is a list of things that I figured out how to do in plain, simple, step-by-step instructions. I have done my best to tell you exactly what to do and when. If there are any assumptions made, I will try to lay them out at the beginning. Also, I didn't create any of these explanations; they are a culmination of things I've learned over the years. I have done my best to give credit to the people from whom I took the instructions. Nevertheless, I have adapted a lot of what I've found to tweak it specifically for my website.

Also, you should know that I don't explain why things work, only the steps to make them happen. The reason for this is twofold: 1) my goal is to create a simple how-to set of instructions. I am assuming that you already know what you want and are just looking for simple, easy-to-follow instructions of how to get it up and running, and 2) I freely admit that I don't always know why things work the way they do. I am still learning that part myself.

Enjoy, good luck, and feel free to email with questions, suggestions, or advice.