I’ve been working a lot with Drupal lately. Drupal is a content management platform that can be difficult to learn, partially because it is so flexible and modular. Though the Drupal learning curve can be steep, the Drupal project founder and leader, Dries Buytaert posted a useful road map for getting you past the “I Kick Ass” threshold with Drupal.
Even with the road map, there’s still the matter of how to learn it all. There are Drupal books, Drupal podcasts, Drupal documentation, Drupal forums, Drupal IRC channels, Drupal groups, Drupal blogs, Drupal mailing lists, and more.
I’ve spent the last year or so developing a variety of Drupal sites both at work and in my off-time. I’m not an expert, but I have learned a lot during that time. For me, the various Drupal screencasts have proven to be one of the easiest ways of picking up Drupal concepts quickly.
Luckily, there are Drupal screencasts for practically every step along the Drupal learning curve, which I’ve collected below. One caveat: because the screencasts are free and produced by a variety of individuals, the quality can vary and some will definitely overlap in what they cover:
Installation and configuration of Drupal core
Users, roles and permissions
Installing contributed themes and modules
Upgrading, patching, (security) monitoring
Navigation, menus, taxonomy
Locale and internationalization
- Drupal Internationalization Screencast #1: Translating the Interface
- Drupal Internationalization Screencast #2: Translating Content
Drastically customize front page
Theme and template modifications
Contributing documentation and support
- How to Contribute to Drupal (slideshow, not a screencast)
Custom content types and views
- Drupal Basics, FormAPI, and CCK
- Let CCK, Views and Panels Kickstart your site!
- Drupal CCK and Views Tutorial
- Custom Content Types (CCK+Imagefield+Contemplate)
- ScreenCast Using CCK with drupal 5
- ScreenCast Using Views
- Custom CCK fields
Actions and workflows
Theme and module development
- PSD into a Drupal Theme
- Theming like a pro
- Hook_form_alter breakdown
- Using the Drupal Development Tools
- Work with your db the Drupal way
jQuery, FormAPI, security audits, performance tuning
Contributing code, designs and patches back to Drupal
More to Come
There are some gaps. For anyone who is interested in creating screencasts, the following topics from Dries’ list could use some more up-to-date coverage: drastically customizing the front page, security monitoring, security audits, performance tuning, locale and internationalization. If you find or create any screencasts covering these or other related Drupal topics, please leave a comment with a link.
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