Drupal 7 Site Building Best Practices (2 days)

This 2-day course provides a broad introduction to the essential skills necessary for managing content and configuring Drupal 7 websites. Hands-on labs will include work with Content Types, Taxonomy, Views, Menus and many useful modules.

Should I Take this Course?

This course is perfect for those who are:

  • newly responsible for a Drupal 7 website
  • planning to build a new site in Drupal 7
  • preparing for delivery of a new Drupal 7 development
  • looking to firm up Acquia best practice knowledge for Drupal 7 Certification
Recommended Experience

Having a basic understanding of the following technologies is helpful, but not required:

  • Authoring content using a Content Management system
  • Experience with Drupal's administrative interface

Day 1: Site Building

  • Setting up a local environment
  • Planning Your New Site
    • What is Site Building?
    • Content Types
    • Taxonomy
    • Anatomy of a Drupal Page
  • Designing Structured Content Collection
    • Planning Content Types
    • Create a Content Type
    • Adding New Fields & Modifying Existing Fields
    • Adding Taxonomy Fields to Categorize Content
    • Manage Display: Modify Image Styles and Display
    • Set Permissions
    • Content Type Test Drive
  • Content Display and Organization
    • Introduction to Views
    • Create List of Content Using Views
    • Views Display Types
    • Adding Related Content with Views
    • Views Caching and Modules to Extend Views

Day 2: Site Building

  • Site Navigation and URLs
    • Custom URL Aliases
    • The Menu System
  • Module Configuration Workshop
    • Selecting Modules to Extend Drupal Functionality
    • 7 Step-by-Step Labs: experiement with common functionality including Calendar and complex Views
  • Customizing Appearance with Themes
    • What are Themes?
    • Install and Configure Themes
  • Content Workflows and Site Maintenance
    • Custom Content Editing, CKEditor
    • Workbench