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authorAngie Byron2010-12-02 00:20:18 (GMT)
committerAngie Byron2010-12-02 00:20:18 (GMT)
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#607028 by deviantintegral, marcvangend, uNeedStuff, jhodgdon, mokko, et al: Add README.txt to core. Provides some general information about Drupal and pointers to important reference pages.
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+// $Id$
+ * About Drupal
+ * Configuration and features
+ * Appearance
+ * Developing for Drupal
+Drupal is an open source content management platform supporting a variety of
+websites ranging from personal weblogs to large community-driven websites. For
+more information, see the Drupal website at, and join the
+Drupal community at
+Legal information about Drupal:
+ * Know your rights when using Drupal:
+ See LICENSE.txt in the same directory as this document.
+ * Learn about the Drupal trademark and logo policy:
+Drupal core (what you get when you download and unzip a drupal-x.y.tar.gz file
+from has what you need to get started with
+your website. It includes several modules (extensions that add functionality)
+for common website features, such as managing content, user accounts, image
+uploading, and search. Core comes with many options that allow site-specific
+configuration. In addition to the core modules, there are thousands of
+contributed modules (for functionality not included with Drupal core)
+available for download.
+More about configuration:
+ * Install, upgrade, and maintain Drupal:
+ See INSTALL.txt and UPGRADE.txt in the same directory as this document.
+ * Learn about how to use Drupal to create your site:
+ * Download contributed modules to sites/all/modules to extend Drupal's
+ functionality:
+ * See also: "Developing for Drupal" for writing your own modules, below.
+In Drupal, the appearance of your site is set by the theme (themes are
+extensions that set fonts, colors, and layout). Drupal core comes with several
+themes. More themes are available for download, and you can also create your
+own custom theme.
+More about themes:
+ * Download contributed themes to sites/all/themes to modify Drupal's
+ appearance:
+ * Develop your own theme:
+Drupal contains an extensive API that allows you to add to and modify the
+functionality of your site. The API consists of "hooks", which allow modules to
+react to system events and customize Drupal's behavior, and functions that
+standardize common operations such as database queries and form generation. The
+flexible hook architecture means that you should never need to directly modify
+the files that come with Drupal core to achieve the functionality you want;
+instead, functionality modifications take the form of modules.
+When you need new functionality for your Drupal site, search for existing
+contributed modules. If you find a module that matches except for a bug or an
+additional needed feature, change the module and contribute your improvements
+back to the project in the form of a "patch". Create new custom modules only
+when nothing existing comes close to what you need.
+More about developing:
+ * Search for existing contributed modules:
+ * Contribute a patch:
+ * Develop your own module:
+ * Follow best practices:
+ * Refer to the API documentation: