MiniBar: Drupal 101 workshops

Event Info

Tue 5 - Tue 12 Oct, 2010 from 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Young Foundation
18 Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green
London, E2 9PF, UK (Map)
Cost: £239


++ Intro:

Drupal is a rapidly developing open source Content Management System which is gaining popularity fast. It’s more versatile and flexible than WordPress and now websites such as the Economist, MTV and even the White House are powered by Drupal.

We are not saying that after this course you will be able to build the White House’s web operation, but you will be able to built decent Drupal sites and start earning money.

++ Structure:

This course is split into two sessions. Part one covers the basic framework and content management: nodes, menus, blocks, CCK and views.  Part two takes us a bit deeper, getting Drupal to do things your way. Theming, management and maintenance and a few handy techniques to make Drupal jump through hoops for you. 
Both workshops will take place at the Young Foundation in Bethnal Green, each lasting 4 hours (from 4pm to 8pm) with a half hour break in the middle. Participants are advised to bring their own laptops and either install Drupal and Apache beforehand or come to the first session one hour early so we can set you up and not waste any teaching time. 

++ Content:


  • Introducing Drupal
  • The Drupal Core
  • Drupal contributed Modules
  • Introducing the Drupal Open Source community
  • Installing Drupal
  • Enabling and con!guring modules
  • Key Drupal contributed modules
  • Supporting and contributing to the Drupal Open Source community

User management and permissions

  • Registration and login options
  • Roles
  • The permissions table

Designing the user interface

  • The Theme Layer
  • Ajax and jQuery
  • Customising Drupal

Content management

  • Blogs and forums with Drupal
  • CCK (Content Creation Kit))
  • Custom Content Types
  • The Content Construction Kit
  • “Tagging” and categorising content with taxonomies
  • Managing images, audio and video

Surfacing and navigating content

  • The menu system
  • Blocks
  • Views
  • RSS feeds using views
  • Email integration

++ Who this course is for:

- individuals who want to become Drupal developers

- graphic designers who want to start building websites

- developers who use frameworks such WordPress

- individuals who manage content on Drupal sites and want to learn how add modules, change fields, tweak their site themselves without needing to call a developer each time

++ The Goal:

At the end of the course you will be able to build a Drupal site, add modules yourself and customize themes.

++ Our master ninja teacher:
Peter Brownell has spent many years as a Drupal developer and consultant. He is one of the founders of the Drupal UK user group, a Director at Code Positive ( and co-founder and CTO of School of Everything ( Peter has run many Drupal workshops and trained a number of development teams in best practice.

++ Price:  
This package is priced at £239+VAT and attendance is limited to 14 (we reserve the right to cancel the class if fewer than 7 people sign up; in these circumstances we will refund ticketholders). 
++ When

Tues 5th October 4pm to 8pm

Tues 12th October 4pm to 8pm

++To prepare:

We recommend to install the Acquia stack  on your laptop ( This will set up everything we need to get started. Otherwise you will need to install Apache, PHP 5.2 (not 5.3), Mysql 5 and Drupal 6 separately.If you have problems with this please email us at infoatopenbusiness [dot] cc and we can either set you up virtually, or you come to thr first event early with your laptop.

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