I think the body of this post is going to go in opposite order of my subject.
I'm wondering if there is any easy way to insert images into page content other than writing html tables into the pages themselves. It seems to me that Drupal should have some sort of easy-ish way to include images in my stuff.
I just launched the "Drupal" section of my website located at http://www.smoothstoneservices.com/resources/
I am going to use this section to mainly write articles on technology related subjects, as well as to write website and business news / updates for my clients and other interested parties.
The home page of this section looks pretty bland right now. Given, I haven't done any themming yet, other than change a few colors around in Garland. However, there's GOT to be a way include images. Is the Image Module my best option for this? http://drupal.org/project/image
Right now, I am using Blog Module to write my articles, etc... If I want these "articles" to remain on the website and be treated as they are - articles - should I switch to writing Stories?
Ok, my 3rd question.
How can I create a customized home page? What I mean is, include the content & pictures, in the same sort of layout that I have on my real home page (http://www.smoothstoneservices.com)? I guess I could just dump all of that code into the Mission of my website, but that seems a bit of a bizarre way to do things. I read on one website that I could use Front Module or Views Module. Should I go with one of these or something different?
What are your thoughts on the Views Module?
Edit: Oh, and PS - As I have been working with Drupal over the past couple of weeks, I have begun to see its potential. The main reason I started playing with it in the first place, as some of you know, is that I'll be working with it for the next year during an internship. As I continue to work with it on my one website, before starting work at the internship, and as I build my skills during that job, I may consider applying Drupal to my entire website. I'm not much of a graphic designer though. Thoughts?
Oh - PPS: If I decide to apply Drupal to the entire website, I'm thinking that are are going to be some major changes that will take place perhaps in the next year or so. I am currently writing a business plan and brainstorming the possibility of launching an IT Consulting and Technical Support & Web Hosting Solutions firm specifically for churches, non-profits, and community development organizations across the world. I've given this a lot of thought, and with a B.A. in Community Development, I would really like to integrate both my community development and technology skills to help the world's poor across the globe.
As a result, if that change does take place, I would want to add a Taxonomy for articles on technology in the community development industry.
Before I even do this, however, I feel that even if I continue to provide the services I do now, I need to rebrand myself - get a new name, new logo, etc... and perhaps even hire a graphic designer to help me with the front end of my website. I will want to keep all of the same content though, and keep the Drupal database of all the articles I write between now and then.
Thoughts on any or all of this?
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Thanks for your help as I continue to learn,