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Drupal 8 Quick Start Guide

By : J. Ayen Green
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Drupal 8 Quick Start Guide

By: J. Ayen Green

Overview of this book

Drupal is a powerful content management platform, ?exible enough to accommodate almost any content requirements. This ?exibility comes with a cost: complexity. Drupal 8 Quick Start Guide will clear your path from installation to a building usable site in minutes, and to a customized site in one sitting. You will begin with installation of Drupal and going through the main sections of the Drupal UI. Then, you will create a content type that describes its content, which simplifies the act of creating and editing the actual content later. You will learn about user roles, using real-world examples. This will help you to learn how to design roles, and how to assign appropriate permissions to them. Next, you will learn to use the WYSIWYG editor, configure it for other roles, navigate the various fields on the content creation form, and publish content. To begin to appreciate the ?exibility and expandability of Drupal, you will make use of popular content-focused modules that extend Drupal's power. You will learn how to expand your market to other readers directly and through other sites by configuring content and UI translations and creating a View that provides an RSS feed. Finally, you will put everything together by customizing the home page for your new website.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)


Views is a very popular Drupal module. It used to be a contributed module, but is now part of Drupal's core code.

Views provides many features, and so resists a single-sentence description. Rather than trying to describe what it is for, let me give you a simple description of how it works, from which you can infer many of its potential uses.

Views retrieves data from Drupal based on selection criteria and data relationships, arranges it, and outputs it in any number of ways, whether as a component of a Drupal page, as an external file, or as a feed – which is meaningful for our purposes.


To get started, navigate to Extend (/admin/modules) and enable both Views and Views UI. The former is the module that provides the services for each view to run, while the latter provides a visual tool for creating views.

Creating the container view

Here, we are going to be creating three feeds. The output choices and displays of the Views module includes both feeds and blocks, and a single view can act...