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Drupal 8 Blueprints

By : Alex Burrows
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Drupal 8 Blueprints

By: Alex Burrows

Overview of this book

Drupal is an open source content management framework that can be used for developing websites and simplifying online management of content for users. This book is a must-have for web developers who are looking to create professional-grade websites using Drupal 8. While building 7 different Drupal websites, we will focus on implementing the out of the box features that come with Drupal 8 and see how we can make some complex sites with minimal custom code. Focusing completely on Drupal 8, this book will help you leverage the new Drupal 8 features such as creating a different types and layouts of content using configuration to build in core with its built-in web services facilities, and effortless authoring using the new CKEditor with an effortless and efficient industry standard approach. The book starts with getting started with the development environment of Drupal. Each chapter will start with a brief overview of the site to be built and the required features. Then, we will proceed to create customized modules and themes and integrate third-party plugins. Lastly, you will learn about "headless" Drupal that uses RESTful services that would help you to display content outside of Drupal By the end of the book, you will be able to implement the knowledge gained to build your own custom websites using Drupal 8.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Title Page
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback
Free Chapter
Introduction and Getting Set Up
Get Fundraising with Drupal
List Properties with Drupal
Express Your Event with Drupal
Get Teaching with Drupal

Chapter 1. Introduction and Getting Set Up

Welcome to Drupal 8 Blueprints!

I'm Alex Burrows, and I'll be your guide for this journey through building websites using Drupal 8.

Firstly, this book is aimed at beginner to intermediate-level developers. You'll need an understanding of how websites work and some PHP knowledge, as we will later delve into writing some custom modules, but mostly, this book will use Drupal's powerful configuration.

Throughout the book, we will go over things we covered earlier; however, the aim is to understand the basics and, if at any time, you become unsure, review the chapter where it was covered.

We will cover the following to get you ready to build websites using Drupal 8 first:

  • Setting up for local development:
    • Setting up on Windows
    • Setting up on macOS
  • What is SSH?
  • Our great development tools:
    • Homebrew
    • iTerm
    • Oh MyZsh
  • Setting up our local development environment:
    • Native
    • Acquia DevDesktop
    • Vagrant
    • Docker
  • Terminology
  • Drush and Drupal Console
  • Installing Drupal:
    • Getting our basic site
    • Drupal core structure
    • Downloading modules and themes
    • Using themes
  • Get involved with Drupal

So, get ready to learn and build some awesome websites using Drupal 8!