Drupal Bootcamp: Real-world training for Drupal site managers
What is it?
Taoti Creative, a Dupont Circle-based Drupal web development shop, is hosting a series of workshops specifically geared towards helping web masters and other website administrators tame their Drupal websites. These 2-hour sessions will meet every other week and will focus on:
- advanced content administration,
- getting the most out of the way Drupal does things, and
- some basic Drupal site maintenance best practices to keep your site running smoothly.
The courses will be small and intimate (class size is limited to 20) and at least two instructors (senior Taoti Drupal developers) will present the material and walk around to provide one-on-one support throughout the instruction. This is a hands-on class where you'll work along with our instructors, actually going through the same steps on your laptop as the instructor does on-screen.
Who is it for?
These workshops are targeted very specifically towards Drupal site managers—the people tasked with posting content to the site, dealing with basic site maintenance, laying out new pages, etc. The workshops are not for actual developers that want to learn how to install Drupal, code, or contribute back to the community. The goal here is to elevate the abilities and efficiency of people who are already maintaining a Drupal website. As such, some existing knowledge and experience in managing a Drupal site is strongly encouraged. The course curriculum assumes that you are able to create a new page of content and publish it to your website. (If you're not quite there, Taoti also hosts a monthly event called a Drupal Ladder, a free event where the Drupal community helps its own learn the Drupal ropes. See our website for more details.) IMPORTANT: You should bring a wifi-enabled laptop to the workshop. No special software is needed, and either PC or Mac is fine.
Where / When?
These Drupal Bootcamp workshops will be hosted in our Dupont Circle office (1250 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 610, Washington DC 20036) every other Wednesday beginning May 21, 2014 through July 2. Each workshop covers a unique component of Drupal site administration in a condense 2-hour format building a foundation from one event to the next. Network and enjoy a light breakfast (refreshments, bagels, and fruit) on the day of each workshop at 9:00 am. Instruction will begin promptly at 9:30.
Do I need to attend all 4 workshops?
No—feel free to pick and choose the ones that you feel make the most sense for you. That said, if you sign up for all four, you'll receive a 25% discount as well as receive a Certificate of Course Completion.
Workshops are $99 each. If you buy all four up front, you'll get a 25% discount (and a Course Certificate upon completion.) Advance registration/purchase is required for entry. Refunds may be requested up to but not including the day of the workshop unless otherwise communicated to attendees.
1. (May 21) Know your Nodes: Advanced Content Creation in Drupal
You know how get content into Drupal. But what about more advanced techniques that make your content more structured or interesting? In this workshop, we'll discuss all the features and tools you need to add, edit, and customize content across content types including:
- Field types/management
- Working with your WYSIWYG (headings, tables, links, lists)
- Filters and text formats
- Embedding media
- Image cropping
- Adding to menus
- Custom URLS and redirects
- Publishing options
2. (June 4) Putting Content in Its Place: Drupal Blocks & Context
Extend your knowledge beyond the node! In this workshop, dive into two of the most robust and content-friendly modules in Drupal core: Blocks and Context.
What are Blocks? You can think of Drupal blocks as boxes of site content that appear throughout the pages of your Drupal website. In effect, Drupal blocks can hold anything you want them to hold such as slideshows, sub-menus, contact forms, etc.
Context allows you to easily organize your site into manageable sections (a.k.a "contexts"). These contexts can be used to change the layout of a page depending on where you are on the site. For instance, you may need certain blocks to show up in the sidebar on the homepage, and then change that to show up differently on blog pages.
In this workshop you will learn:
- The basics of the Drupal 7 Context module and how it can be used to better architect the sections of your Drupal website
- How to add contexts to your Drupal websites
- How to display the same block in multiple regions depending on your current context
When used together, blocks and context are a powerful combination that can repopulate content throughout many different areas of a site.
3. (June 18) Unlocking the Power of Drupal Views
Build upon your new knowledge of blocks and context to create your own views. Views is a powerful and essential module that not only provides a GUI for creating database queries, but also gives you options on how you want to display your data. Views can create pages, blocks, content filters, slideshows and much more.
In this workshop we'll discuss:
- Some applications for views including administrative and end-user examples
- How to create a view using taxonomy
- Adding custom blocks with views
- Creating a slideshow or image gallery with views
4. (July 2) Keeping Drupal Healthy
It's not enough to just get Drupal installed and create content; as a responsible site administrator, you also need to make sure you monitor the activity on your site and keep its code up-to-date. New releases of modules and Drupal core come out periodically, most of which fix problems, some of which add new whiz-bang features, and some of which address critical security problems. In this workshop we will:
- Learn about Drupal's "watchdog" log and how to interpret and take action in response to the messages in it.
- Review Drupal and module version numbers and what they mean.
- Review the core Update Status module, and then discuss using maintenance mode, and the update.php script.
To learn more about the events and the speakers visit our blog.