November 6 - 8, 2019
Des Moines Central Library
1000 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa

Getting Started with Drupal 8 (All Day)

Wednesday, November 6, 9:00am to 5pm

Drupal, an open source content management system, is used to make many of the websites and applications you use every day. Drupal has great standard features, like easy content authoring, reliable performance, and excellent security. 

In this hands-on training, Pantheon’s expert Drupal instructors Matt and Katie, will walk you through the essentials of creating your first Drupal website. By the end, you’ll have an understanding of Drupal’s fundamental building blocks and a working sandbox on Pantheon that you can continue to use for as long as you like. From there, you can continue to explore at your own pace with our recommended self-serve training resources.

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Who Should Attend:

No prior experience with Drupal or web development is necessary. All are welcome.  The course consists of topic-driven lectures and step-by-step exercises. Some typical attendees of past events have been:

  • Drupal-curious developers - ever wonder how to build sites with Drupal?

  • ​Junior developers - anyone getting started with web development will learn the foundations of Drupal.

  • Web Team members - Project Managers, Site Builders, QA testers and anyone else who works with a Drupal site building team.

What you’ll learn:

  • Drupal Basics: Discover why Drupal has become one of the biggest CMSs and how you can leverage the Drupal community on your next project.
  • Content Types & Fields: These building blocks of Drupal allow you to create and manage complex data structures with an easy UI.
  • Dynamic Lists: You’ll learn how to use Views, a UI-driven query builder, to generate dynamic pages and blocks that can be reused throughout your site.
  • Layout Builder: We’ll use the new Layout Builder to control how your content is formatted on the fly.
  • Q&A: We'll spend a portion of the time answering any questions you have around the essentials of Drupal.

About the trainers:

Matt Cheney is a Co-Founder and Principal Developer Advocate at Pantheon. For more than ten years, Matt has been active in the open source community, helping organize events that empower developers, contributing code to the Drupal project, and co-founding a website consulting company that works directly with clients to share their information with the world (Chapter Three).

Katie Richards is a Community Coordinator at Pantheon who spends her time working with and advocating for the amazing folk of the Pantheon Heroes program. She admits she is a type-A person who enjoys creating systems and structure and has decided to use those skills for the good of the open web, first at and now with Pantheon. Katie can be found procrasti-cleaning when she needs a moment to get her thoughts in order. 

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