Drupal and CiviCRM

I have come across a project that I think might be a great fit for Drupal and CiviCRM. These are 2 excellent open source projects that I’ve been wanting to use for some time. Drupal always intimidated me somehow, with all of its fancy taxonomy and nodes and what not, but I think that this project will allow me to really figure out if I’m up to the task or not.

The install was a bit tricky, at least the CiviCRM part was. Drupal was installed with Fantastico (which is certainly fantastico), so that was a piece of cake. I kept reading about putting the CiviCRM files into /sites/all/modules, but that path didn’t exist in my Drupal installation. It seemed logical that I would put the directory into the /modules directory, especially after I saw the CiviCRM stuff show up in the modules section after I put it there. But I could not get it right.

I ended up finding a post on the excellent drupal.org which instructed me to simply create the missing directory, load the files, and run the install. After that it just worked.

I hope to chronicle the experience as I go. The hope is that I can build and configure something which is sort of a mini-EMR with great reporting already baked in. We’ll see if this thought makes sense.

Off to learn!

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