What the heck is Drupal?
That was my first introduction to Drupal about a year ago. I had never heard of the term and it sounds funny.
In their own words, Drupal is a free software package that allows you to easily organize, manage and publish your content, with an endless variety of customization.
As a designer, I have worked with several different products but Drupal had never been one of them. I recently began to get curious and actually started to take an online course when Dan presented me with a training opportunity.
Drupal Global Training Days occurred right here in Niagara. This was a terrific coincidence since only two locations in all of Canada were participating. Niagara’s event was a free, single-day training course meant to introduce users to Drupal. Trevor Twining was our instructor and the space was provided by Upper Rapids in Niagara Falls.
The course was really easy to follow and quite flexible. Trevor did his best to cater to the level of each individual and answer questions as they popped up.
We all brought in personal content to create a site from scratch as Trevor walked us through the process. My professional make-up website is pretty old so I figured I would begin the process of making a new one through Drupal. At the end of the day it was nowhere near presentable, but I gained enough knowledge to go forth and finish it on my own time. It’s still not finished, of course, but I’ll tackle it soon.
Even though I went into this unfamiliar with the product, Drupal seems really easy to work with but even easier to get into trouble with fast. It’s capability of doing so much means that a lot of knowledge is needed before continuing on as a professional tool. For the simple user who is developing a personal site, Drupal Gardens is a great fit.
For Embrace Niagara, we maintain our site through WordPress. I still believe that it is the right tool for the right job and moving it to Drupal doesn’t make sense at this time. Who knows how I’ll feel down the road with more experience but for now… don’t fix something that works.
Nearly every other website we, High Concept, have designed has been entirely custom (HTML/CSS). I see the opportunity that Drupal could provide us with extra features that usually require scripting and advanced code.
Drupal can be easy to learn casually but it can be extremely difficult to master. Regardless of the challenge, I look forward to the day that I’ve hiked to that mountain peak, clawed my way up and finally can enjoy the vista of accomplishment.
Course instructed by Trevor Twining
Space provided by Upper Rapids
Drupal Global Training Days is an initiative by the Drupal Association to introduce new and beginning users to Drupal. The Drupal Association is partnering with training companies to make this happen. Once a quarter, free or low cost training events will take place around the world with one of two curriculums:
- “Introduction to Drupal,” a full day training on the basics of Drupal. Attendees will leave having successfully built a Drupal site. It is ideal for those interested in exploring Drupal as a career path.
- “What is Drupal?” This half-day workshop will address the basics of Drupal, and will give an overview to those interested in evaluating or implementing Drupal.
Each training company can make it their own event and provide more detail on their web pages.
We invite you to come Learn Drupal!