Get Started with Drupal - The Right Way! pt5

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Doheny Beach B

This is part FIVE of a single-day 6 part series of sessions for beginners.
The first 3 (9:00, 10:00, 11:00) include the most common beginner topics. [You may want to attend all three]
The last 3 (2:30, 4:00, 5:00) will cover more advanced material [You may want to attend all three]

Maybe you know nothing about Drupal, but you've heard that it's really really hard.
Maybe you've played around with it and been blindsided by some of the quirkiness of the user interface and complexity.
Maybe you've gotten kind of far, but you feel like you missed out on the foundations of Drupal and wish you had a better grasp of how Drupal works.< No matter what situation you find yourself in, join me as we spend a whole day building a simple, but powerful, blog and article site together as a class.

We'll go step by step and configure:

  • Menus
  • Blocks
  • Nodes
  • Content Types
  • Fields
  • Images
  • Listing pages
  • And more!

Learning Objectives

  • How does Drupal manage content?
  • Where in the Drupal admin menus do I get anything done?
  • How do I control image use in Drupal?
  • How do I categorize my content?
  • How do I create useful navigation elements that leverage my information architecture?
  • How do I manage users?
  • How can I stop pounding my head against the keyboard and actually get stuff done in Drupal!


Come as you are. Bring your LAPTOP, your frustrations, confusions, and misgivings about Drupal. To follow along with me, you'll need a Drupal install. If you have a fully functional webserver on your desktop, fel free to use it. If not, then get a free sandbox from Pantheon Systems We'll fire up a Pantheon instance at the beginning of class so you can grab one then or now.

Questions about this training OR dougvann OR Drupal in general?

Doug Vann - Synaptic Blue Inc

The only reason I understand this stuff is because I worked my butt off for years figuring it out. I had a lot of good people help me out tremendously. Early on, I discovered that I could take what I know, and make it make sense to others. I have an ability to appreciate the frustrations and occasional madness that can come from working with Drupal. [some you know EXACTLY what I'm talking about!]

Drupal is ALL I do! And Training and Consulting is where the majority of my time is spent. I routinely travel to major universities [PennState, CalState, Butler U, Ohio State, etc.] , private enterprise [Silicon Valley, Publishers, Associations, Design Agencies, etc.] Government agencies [NASA, US Fed. Court, State of NY, etc.] They rely on me to address attendees who may or may not have CompSci Degrees or any real experience in any CMS. They need to learn Drupal, and that's exactly what they do.

In my class I bring 7 years of Drupal experience and the full knowledge that Drupal can be painful, especially if you don’t understand the many facets of the UI. I can tell you that after going through my class, I often hear people exclaim that Drupal is finally making sense. I'm also told that after attending my class, ppl are able to understand books and videos and camp sessions much better. I understand the how and why of Drupal and I explain that and reinforce it as we work together to build a site that, while simple, shows off the most popular and powerful features of Drupal!

Let's do it!

One hour


Greetings. I had signed up for the first four of your Drupal seminars and now I see that there are six. The last two conflict with two other seminars I was signed up to take (Drush 2014 and Introduction to Git basic concepts). I wish they didn't conflict.
Even though I've been playing with it on my own for some time now, I still consider myself a beginner.
I'm wondering how far I will come if I take just Parts 1 through 4?
What is your feedback on that?
Also, I see that you want us to have the ability to install Drupal 7.
I have several testbed Web sites. I could FTP into them to upload Drupal 7. Then I could configure from the browser.
I'm not sure of the limitations on the WiFi we will be be using. Will I be OK with that or do I need to install WAMP on my laptop?
Thanks very much for your feedback.

Fred Atkinson

Thanks for asking!
You'll be fine with either a local host OR a remote host. If you choose remote, you will need to make sure that you have a quick and easy way to install modules. Some cheeper hosts don't allow you to use the Package Installer which allows you to install modules from the backend of Drupal. If your host doesn't allow that process, then FTP should be tested to make sure you'll be fine.
If you want to make absolute sure that you're good, then you can follow along in class at the beginning when I create a new Pantheon Sandbox. Any one who needs to can follow along and create their own, free, sandbox. This is what many of my students end up doing.
As for the WiFi. One should never assume, but in general, we always expect that the event organizers have worked out the WiFi arrangements. This is my 3rd DrupalCampLA and the previous experience with WiFi was fine.