Easy Drupal Admin Manual (EDAM)

...for the beginning or even completely non-technical administrator of a Drupal site

Welcome to the Easy Drupal Admin Manual. Or EDAM, like the cheese: appealingly mild, and suitable for the gourmand and the first-time cheese-eater alike. (With a slightly nutty taste, say some.) All without the red wax rind.

The name is also a friendly nod to the Dutch origins of Drupal itself.

Who is this for?

EDAM is not aimed at the typical Drupal site developer, but rather the non-technical end user who has only basic content management and site administration needs. Early pages assume no knowledge of concepts like content management systems, open source, or Drupal; even a moderately technical user will find it fairly basic. But EDAM helps fill a real need for beginner-friendly documentation centered on maintaining a site and managing content as an end user, as opposed to developing a new site.

Target readers for EDAM include:

  • My non-technical clients for Drupal sites
  • Your non-technical clients for Drupal sites
  • Any Drupal beginner who's installed Drupal and wonders where to go from there
  • Any Drupal user with some experience, who can still appreciate a beginner-oriented guide to some steps
  • An IT manager with technical chops, but who's suddenly been handed control of some site made with this Droopa-whatever thing he's never heard of
  • Anyone looking for ways to explain some Drupal basics to a beginner administrator

Caveats! (That means "Beware!")

EDAM pages are originally written for Drupal 5. They're undergoing updates for Drupal 6: stay tuned to this site's blog for notices.

EDAM's text originated with instructions for clients of mine, not as a how-to guide for generic unknown users. As such, it doesn't cover installation and initial configuration of Drupal (topics already covered thoroughly by other online documentation). EDAM reflects the ways I personally like to set up and explain sites, which may or may not be ideal for your purposes.

EDAM cheerfully takes some non-standard liberties with terminologies where I've found the usual Drupal way to be confusing. I consider this a bonus!

Finally, EDAM is a work in progress. It'll keep changing as I find better ways to do things; as viewers report problems, solutions, and discoveries; and as Drupal itself keeps improving. It's only one entry into a growing ocean of Drupal documentation, but I hope it'll be a helpful island for beginner site administrators in that sea!

Thank you!

Your feedback is wildly appreciated!


Michael's picture

I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for creating this site. The Drupal Admin Manual has been an invaluable introductory resource for me as I set sail on the waters of the Drupal Sea. I have am currently setting up a Drupal based site for a small company and have never actually worked directly with Drupal before. Your site has helped me tremendously.

drupalace's picture

Thanks so much! I have a short list of new pages to add, so will get to work on those.


Please come visit again any time.

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WellWisher's picture

Is there any way that I can Print this whole Manual??.

It will be much easier for the users.


drupalace's picture

Hi! At the bottom of the articles, right at the above the comments, there's a "Printer-friendly version" link.

I just discovered something new to me: That link creates a page from the viewed page and any child pages. So on this page, the top page of the book, "Printer-friendly version" creates a version of the whole book, on one page! The output isn't particularly pretty, but it sounds like just what you're looking for. 

I hope that's of use –

Unknown Drupaloid's picture

I find a few of the tips very applicable. Drupal can be an wide open supply CMS that can be used to develop many different internet sites by private for you to company. Drupal builders apply it to save lots of time and cash with regards to drupal development.


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Rosemarie's picture

This is a fantastic resource and obviously a lot of work - thank you very much indeed!

drupalace's picture

Thank you for the kind words. BTW, your http://rosemariegant.com/ is a very nice-looking site, with an easy-to-understand description of services. Great model for anyone making a similar site! (Even if it is WordPress and not Drupal... : )

Testking 640-864's picture

This is my first time i visit here. I found so many entertaining stuff in your blog, especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the leisure here! Keep up the good work.

MsVinzeent's picture

Hi there! Last two weeks, my boss asked me to learn about Drupal. Well, I don't have any background about any CMS but I know it makes a developer's life easier. When I asked my friends about Drupal and read comments about it, a lot are saying that it's a complicated thing. And worse, I am the only one using this kind of CMS in the team so I only have uncle Google for my aid. It was hard for a Drupal newbie to follow through the documentations and I'm glad to have stumbled upon this site. This is indeed a good site to learn about Drupal. Thanks a bunch! ^^


drupalace's picture

Thank you very much! I hope your site development went well, and you're now a happy (and experienced) Drupal beginner. 

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