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Agenda - 2009


  • 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 able to get some one-on-one help with Drupal topics of interest to them.


9:30 AM to 10 AM: Set up, sign in, coffee and morning donuts/snacks available

10 AM - 10:30 AM - Introduction to Drupal - presentation

The presentation is available on the Notes and Resources page

  • Introduce leader and volunteers, thank sponsors.
  • 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

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

See Step-by-Step schedule for more details

  • Installing Drupal
  • Enabling modules
  • Basic user and role management
  • Changing 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
  • Making a database backup


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

See Step-by-Step schedule for more details

  • Create a custom content type "Event"
  • Adjust settings for the content type on the Display Fields screen
  • Taxonomy
  • Create some content for this content type

(Lunch - provided)

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

See Step-by-Step schedule for more details

  • Customize the built-in Calendar view to create an event calendar
  • Enable and customize the "upcoming events" block from the Calendar view.

2:45 PM - 3 PM - Wrap-up

  • Where to go to learn more - check out John Walling's resource list
  • Pacific Northwest Drupal Summit 2009 - [NOW PAST] - October 24-25, 2009, for advanced topics -

3 PM - 5 PM - One-on-one or Small Groups

  • Introduce afternoon volunteers, thank sponsors.
  • Attendees will be paired with a volunteer (one-on-one or in small groups), and get help with their Drupal questions, work more on their class sites, etc. Suggested projects on the class site:
    • Image gallery - ImageField module and Views
    • Contact forms with Webform module
    • Explore the Site Configuration menu
    • Set up input formats and WYSIWYG button profiles
  • List of modules and themes available on the class sites is on the Notes and Resources page