Cookbook: Build a non-English D7 website

This Cookbook shows, how you can build a new website using Drupal 7 with only ONE (non-English) language. The administration language remains English, because this is the language on


  • The intention of this cookbook is to explain the building of a non-English website as a working demo. All visitors of this website (except for the admins) only see this ONE language!
  • I assume that we are installing this development server on a Windows client, for this purpose the Steps 1 and 2 of the Quick install Drupal with XAMPP on Windows are done for Drupal 7. The homepage of this website will be

    But: XAMPP should only be used as a development server (!
  • If you use another system of installation of the websever or another webserver or another OS on your computer, you have to read your homepath of the webserver instead of "C:\xampp\htdocs\drupal7\"!

Basic Drupal 7 website step-by-step: WYSIWYG, News, Menu and Slideshow

So here we go. We are new to Drupal and we want to build our first very simple website. In this tutorial, we assume that you already have Drupal core installed and a basic installation running. You know how to install new modules. We also won't look at how one can theme his website.

Admin menu

First of all, for gain of time during all the project, install the admin menu module. Disable the core Toolbar module. You have now a new drop-down administration menu at the top of your site.
Note that this step is not strictly necessary but just make things easier. Most of the people use this admin menu instead of the normal one.




Tutorials are detailed step-by-step articles that explain how to achieve an overarching goal. For example, explaining how to create a photography site that allows content contributors to submit pictures is an example of a tutorial. Or setting up an ecommerce site using a set of modules and with certain performance measures would also be explained in a tutorial. Tutorials typically do not explain self contained tasks or explain how to solve a certain issue; these would be better suited within a HowTo.

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