Drupal is a powerful CMS and can be used to create all sorts of websites. What makes it unique is how it’s built and customized.
When building websites using other CMSs, if you need some specific functionality, let’s say a business directory portal, you’ll often find a plugin which implements the functionality end-to-end. But if you want to modify something often these plugins, in other CMSs, they are difficult to customize.
Drupal does things differently.
Instead of offering a packaged business directory you’ll build the functionality yourself piece by piece. Similar to how you build something using Lego blocks.
Building the functionality yourself is favorable because you get exactly what you want; nothing more, nothing less. It means you can implement custom business requirements much easier.
Building things from scratch means you have to understand the fundamental parts of Drupal. You’ll need to know how content is stored, rendered and displayed in lists or blocks.
If you don’t have this basic understanding you’ll hit a roadblock very quickly.
You need to have a fundamental understanding of Drupal
Not having a proper understanding of Drupal’s fundamental system can really hurt a project.
Let’s say a client wants to use Drupal and at the beginning of the project you provide a proposal and estimate. If you’re not experienced with Drupal, and try to estimate, then your final estimate could be way off, which could hurt you financially.
If you’ve inherited a site which was built by inexperienced site builders then maintaining it will be difficult because functionality wasn’t built to Drupal’s best practices.
Bottom line, it’ll cost you time and money.
Learn how to build Drupal sites using best practices
This course will give you a solid understanding of Drupal’s key systems.
By the end, you would’ve built a fully functional site and you’ll have the knowledge to customize till your heart’s content.
The skills you learn here will help you estimate and write proposals for any Drupal project because you understand the key systems.
- Entities, Content types and Fields
- How to Create a Custom Content Type
- Using Views
- Adding Blocks to regions
- Creating Block Content
- Build a Blog
- Display Suite
- Page Manager and Panels
- Media Management