Only local images are allowed.I'm pleased to announce that Peachpit Press published "Drupal 7: Visual QuickStart Guide" just before the software's release in January. The book is aimed at Drupal beginners, and as part of their popular VQS series will expand Drupal's audience among those who trust this well-established brand.

Its chapter titles are:

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Getting Drupal Up and Running
  • Chapter 2: Establishing Your Drupal Site
  • Chapter 3: Creating and Managing Content
  • Chapter 4: Customizing Content
  • Chapter 5: Making Content Interactive
  • Chapter 6: Improving Access to Content
  • Chapter 7: Wrangling Users
  • Chapter 8: Customizing Drupal's Look and Feel
  • Chapter 9: Extending Drupal with Modules
  • Appendix: Getting (and Giving) Help
  • Glossary: Drupal Terms and Culture
  • Index

Its web site at includes a sample chapter ("Customizing Content") and complete Table of Contents.

Many people went into making this an accurate and effective teaching tool, but I'd like to especially thank Emma Jane Hogbin (emmajane) and Greg Knaddison (greggles) for their technical review.

If you'd like to receive a copy for your established user group or to publish a review, please send me a note through my contact form.


RoughdraftDC’s picture

Really getting through this with your book. Few comments, not criticisms. These all involve moving site between Windows and Mac.

1. WAMP and MAMP at my download time have different configurations for MySQL. One has the user 'root' with a password, also 'root' (gotta love default settings), the other does not. I forget which is which, but now I make sure there is one.

2. If moving from WAMP to MAMP you have to add the port to settings.php. Otherwise you get a PDOException error that it can't find the base table semaphore.

Thanks for the great book. I'm learning a lot and it's going well.

Chris Estes

tgeller’s picture

Thanks for the tips. You're right: WAMP and MAMP can be major pains, and in fact their vagaries led to a couple of posts on my site:

"What the hell's wrong with Drupal on WAMP?"

"Tips: Running Drupal on Windows using WAMP"

These days I recommend that people use Acquia Dev Desktop, at , although it comes with Acquia Drupal (which you might want to replace with core Drupal 6 or 7).

If the book gets revised, I don't know which way I'll go... we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. Acquia Dev Desktop wasn't really an option when I first started writing the book.

Tom Geller * * Oberlin, Ohio
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mierebucovina’s picture

I read this guide and he was very helpful. Now I also use Drupal 7 and that improvements are very important. Just so, the evolution can get the results you expect. For us beginners guide is more than necessary.

Laptisor de matca’s picture

A more stable version.