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Ok, so our drupal site is starting to look good, and it's installed properly...now we want it to DO something, right? Well, good thing this is an episode about modules!

Drupal modules add all that fancy functionality to your site. You can simply create blogs, discussion forums, rss feeds, clean url paths, and much much more. On today's podcast we break the modules down into two categories: core modules and contributed modules.

First, we run you through the core modules, step by step, describing what each module does that comes packaged with drupal. Then, we move onto the contrib. modules that we'd suggest you have on a church website. These do everything from creating an event calendar to custom styling your content.

But, before all that, we talk more about The Blasphemy Challenge and ask if Christians should be more like DC Talk or POD. All that and more in this episode of The Geeks and God Podcast.

How to remove drool stains from my steering wheel?

This was an awesome episode. Some great information on different modules. I was listening to the cast on the way to work. Some great info in this one. Definitely one of those casts where I will be going back to listen to it several times for information. Really gave me some excitement to dive into some of these modules. I almost found myself drooling over my steering wheel while driving. Good job on another great episode.
Would drool really stain? Hmmm. :)

Audio Import

Some of our audio can get very large. We are on a shared hosting account so the PHP upload sizes are limited. You mentioned in the cast about how to ftp the audio instead, use the audio import module to move it. How would we link the audio so the player shows up? I dont see in the audio module where I could just specify a link for the audio and it would recognize it. Am I missing something?
Thanks

Location...

If you have the audio import module installed, you'll want to go to: /admin/content/audio_import

You'll want to go here BEFORE and instead of "Create Content - Audio". You'll start your audio node creation on the audio import screen. Once you have that imported, it becomes a node...just hit "edit" right away on the next screen and you can finish creating your audio node.

-Rob Feature
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.bobchristenson.com

-Rob Feature
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.mustardseedmedia.com

This will really help

I couldnt for the life of me figure out how this processed work. Seems so easy now that you explained that. We had a limit on the upload via php and this was gong to be a real issue as our audio files can get pretty big. This should solve the problem. Thanks for explaining it Rob.

Don't forget to set the folder...

Cool, glad it makes sense. The only thing to configure is where you'll upload your audio to for import. You can do that in the audio import settings...you probably already figured that out, though. It just designates where you'll FTP your files to...then Audio Import moves them to your audio folder after import.

-Rob Feature
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.bobchristenson.com

-Rob Feature
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.mustardseedmedia.com

Yes, I did figure out that

Yes, I did figure out that settings to designate where to import the audio from. This is will be very useful as we have tons of audio already uploaded now we just simply need to use the audio import module to add it to the new drupal site. Way cool! Thanks again.

How to set up a restriced page that uses the audio module?

We have a Bible study which we meet on mondays for. We post the audio to that study each week for the people in the class. We want to set up an area on the site where just people from that class can access the audio (using audio module) from, but not random visitors to the site. We tried creating specific user roles, but we cant figure out a proper way of doing this. How would one go about this?

Taxonomy Access

Check out the taxonomy access module.

Basically, you'll setup a new taxonomy (call it "Protected Page" or something, with terms as "yes" or "no"). Then, when you create a node, select in that taxonomy whether it's protected or not.

Then, in your access control/taxonomy access, set the people allowed to see that protected content as having access to the "yes" items.

Make sense? (sounded a little confusing when I wrote it)

-Rob Feature
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.bobchristenson.com

-Rob Feature
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.mustardseedmedia.com

Im very confused

I thought I kinda knew what you were talking about, according to me results I guess not. Anyway you can clarify that a little more if you dont mind?

Page By Page Access

Sure...
What I'm laying out here is an easy way to make pages (and content) either accessible to the general public, or not. Here's the deal

1. Say you have 2 groups: Your bible study folks, and everyone else. Your bible study people belong to a role called "bible study peeps" and everyone else doesn't.

2. Now you create a taxonomy called "biblestudy access" or something. Make the terms "protected" and "unprotected" and put these taxonomies active on any content types that you want to show only to bible study people (audio, or pages, or everything...whatever)

3. Then, when you create an audio node, you can select the taxonomy...either select "protected" or "unprotected"

4. Setup taxonomy access so that only the people with user accounts in the "bible study peeps" role are allowed to access the taxonomy called "protected".

That's it. Let me know where you're having problems.

-Rob Feature
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.bobchristenson.com

-Rob Feature
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.mustardseedmedia.com

ahhh the gears are turning

Thanks Rob. Its starting to make some sense. Were trying some of it out and were almost on to it. I think we can get it working here pretty soon. Thanks again for explaining it a little more. Very much appreciated.

Book

New to drupal and I love the podcasts. My comment is regarding book, which I am intrigued by from a ministry standpoint. We put together some collaborative bible studies for our church and I think book would allow our people to this better than email.

-sirkyle

Maybe...

Hi there...
I think your use of book may work, depending on what you're trying to do. As long as you gave everyone the ability to edit/create book pages, it sounds like it would work.

The question would be: Does the format work for you? Are you bible studies formatted in a hierarchy like a book? Do you have sections/chapters/pages for each study? I can see, maybe, using 'chapters' of the book as individual studies, then pages under that chapter would be different documents for the study...Is this how you'd do it?

I think it's an interesting idea...we've only seen book module used as an online handbook or manual so far...i'd like to see it used in another way like this....

-Rob Feature
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.bobchristenson.com

-Rob Feature
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.mustardseedmedia.com

Future of Book type content in Drupal?

A recent announcement I saw from the Drupal 6 development team indicated those steering the future of Drupal were leaning towards dropping or deprecating the Book type They were considering substituting something like "Outline".

I can't remember specifics cause it just wasn't relevant to me ... But it might be to you.

Mark

Mark

here's the link

http://drupal.org/node/146425

That's the patch to turn book into an outliner.

Matt Farina
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.mattfarina.com

Matt Farina
Geeks and God Former Co-Host
www.mattfarina.com

List of Recommended Modules

Thanks for a very helpful podcast.

Is there a list here of the site of all of the contributed modules that you've recommended in this episode? I could listen back to the episode again but if there's a list somewhere, that would save some time.

Upcoming Podcast

In a week we will launch a podcast with details on module recommendations and site feature recopies we would use now. I would wait for that one.

Matt Farina
Geeks and God Former Co-Host
www.mattfarina.com