Drupal Hands-On Training - May 2010

Please join us for a hands-on introduction to Drupal provided by Bixal (www.bixal.com) and IDCM Innovations (http://idcminnovations.com/).

Schedule: May 8th and May 15th, 2010 from 9:00am to 1:00pm each day.

Course Cost: $200.00.
This is the first time offering this course so we are offering it at an introductory price. We look forward to your feedback.

Sign up soon! Please note that we have set the limit at 15 participants, so please sign up soon.

For more information: Please feel free to contact Carla Briceno at 703-864-0815 or by email - carla.briceno@bixal.com - with any questions.

About the Instructor

Cindy McCourt has in-depth skills and knowledge in multiple aspects of the web development lifecycle and is a highly-skilled instructional designer. She works closely with her clients to plan and build Drupal sites and is actively involved in the Drupal community. You can learn more about Cindy by visiting her website.

Course Curriculum

The course is designed for individuals who are web savvy, used to using SW applications and online interfaces, and are interested in developing sites using a content management system. Although knowledge of HTML/CSS and programming will be useful, it is not a requirement for this course.

The course will be centered on the development of a straight forward brochure-ware Drupal website with the goal of providing course participants with a theoretical and hands-on experience around the development of a relatively simple common solution.

Topics include (but are not limited to):

A. What is Drupal and how does it work?

  • Concepts of dynamic sites
  • LAMP stack
  • Drupal Layers
  • Drupal Features

B. Planning a Drupal site

  • Why plan?
  • Anatomy of a Drupal page
  • Site structure
  • Content
  • Data Architecture
  • Messaging
  • Access control

C. How to Install Drupal

  • Local versus server installation
  • Choosing a hosting plan
  • Drupal install profiles

D. Site Development

  • Identify development tasks
  • Basic site configuration
  • Modules
  • Content
  • Vocabularies
  • Views
  • Menus
  • Blocks
  • Themes

E. Maintaining Your Site

  • Update the core installation
  • Update contributed modules

Course Materials: We will provide the course materials. You will need to bring your laptop. You will need to install a local server environment on your laptop and set up a Drupal 6 test site. The the Acquia Stack Installer offers a quick easy way to get setup locally - it practically installs itself. You will need a way to extract compressed files (tar.gz and zip) so please select a tool of your choice and have it available on your computer.

If you already have a hosting plan and have install Drupal on a server before, then you should be able to use that. If you use a server plan, you will need to be familiar with your plan and how to configure your environment.

Course resources (2.4 mg zip)

Install Demo (7.7 mg wmv)

IDCM Innovations
Instructional designer, Instructor