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Basics: Understanding Drupal's Block System

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Drupal's Blocks System is the partner to your site's content. Of everyting you see on a Drupal page, it's either content or something from a block. With the introduction of Views, you can pretty much say most every Drupal page is Content (nodes) and Blocks or a View (which is content itself) with - again - blocks.

What may be confusing is the "Blocks" area of Drupal is actually the management of the available blocks within the defined Regions (Drupal 6 or Drupal 5) of the current Theme.

Quite simply, it goes like this.

Theme > Regions > Blocks > Content

Where content can come from a Module, an Embedded View or your own custom content.

You get to control which blocks show, who gets to see them and on which pages. Knowing the difference between blocks supplied by modules, and what you can do with your own blocks is one of the keys to making your Drupal site do what you want it to do.

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Salam & Thanks Matt for the video - Good presentation and easy to understand. BR, Y.

Hi,
I watched your video.Simply amazing! Now i got a clear understanding of drupal block and embedding php inside a drupal sidebar.
Thank you
 R.Kamal.

Matt,
This was an excellent video presentation. It was very simple, clean and precise to the point. Now I have a clear understanding of blocks and the power of using blocks in a Drupal enabled site.

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Jobin Thomas
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Blah blah blah blocks, blah blah blocks... Like any addiction, you should get clean!!

This is a very interesting post. Interesting in the way it is categorized: It came for the search term addiction treatment centers. I read the post and first could not understand it. But then I found this comment. There is the word addiction in it and it says how addiction should be cured, or it actually said you should get clean on your addiction.

Absolutely great videos!
i'm new to drupal and just in the process of learning it and must say your videos are the best i've watched so far: very very clear explanation.

Let me just say this site would be little more user friendly by adding the video length near its title, now i'm forced to start the movie just to figure out how long it is ;)

What may be confusing is the "Blocks" area of Drupal is actually the management of the available blocks within the defined Regions (Drupal 6 or Drupal 5) of the current Theme.

The Input Filter on blocks seems to make them extremely limited. In your example, the Current Promotion wouldn't display because of the tag. What if I actually need to have the Current Promotion display with an image, or something other than formatted text?