Agenda - 2010 Seattle Drupal Clinic

Goals

  • People attending the workshop should come away with a good understanding of what Drupal does and what types of sites it can be used for.
  • They should be exposed to the basics of building a site in Drupal.
  • They should be exposed to the modules most people use to build Drupal sites.

Schedule

9:00 AM to 10 AM: Sign in, set up

If you haven't completed the Before the Workshop steps, please arrive at 9:00 AM to get help. If you already have a clean Acquia Drupal site running, you can arrive at 9:45 AM to sign in and get settled.

10 AM - 10:45 AM - Introduction to Drupal - Presentation

The presentation (Intro to Drupal Part 1) is available on the Notes and Resources page

  • Introduce leader and volunteers.
  • What is content management, and what can a content management system (CMS) do?
  • Site showcase - what Drupal can do, what it's really good for
  • Why choose Drupal? Why not choose Drupal?
  • Drupal terminology
  • Modules (core and contributed) and themes - where to get them and what they do
  • File directory structure of Drupal

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM - Getting started with Drupal - Hands on

The Step by Step page has more details.

  • Enabling modules
  • Changing and configuring the theme
  • Setting up automatic URL aliases
  • Creating "Page" content
  • Setting your site's home page, and other settings on the Site Information page
  • Editing the Primary Links menu

(break)

11:45 PM - 12:45 PM - Content types / CCK - Hands on

The Step by Step page has more details.

  • Create a custom content type "Photo", with image and text fields
  • Adjust settings for the content type on the Display Fields screen
  • Taxonomy
  • Create some content for this content type
  • Set up ImageCache to control how photos are displayed

(Lunch - provided)

1:45 PM - 2:45 pm - Views and Blocks - Hands on

The Step by Step page has more details.

  • Use the Views module to create a photo gallery
  • Use the Views menu to create a Latest Photo block
  • Arrange and configure blocks

(break)

3 PM - 4:30 PM - Additional Topics and Wrap-up - Demo, presentation, discussion

The presentation (Intro to Drupal Part 2) is available on the Notes and Resources page We'll combine that with some demos and discussions, and cover:

  • Basic user, permission, and role management
  • How to install Drupal on shared hosting
  • How to download and install a contributed module or theme
  • How to choose which modules to use
  • Volunteers showcase sites - discuss how they built them and what modules they used
  • Survey
  • Where to go to learn more: