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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)


About the author

J. Ayen Green is a software architect, developer, author, poet, and rascal. He is the author of titles including Drupal 7 Views Cookbook, Drupal 6 Content Administration, and Drupal 6 Attachment Views. Green enjoys nature, critters, photography, the arts, experiencing other cultures, riding horses, and discovering new ales. He and his wife, Sofia-Aileen, make their home in Atlanta when they're not traveling. Track him down @accidentalcoder or theaccidentalcoder (dot) com.

Thanks to the Editorial team at Packt for their assistance and support. I greatly appreciate their eye for detail and willingness to compromise. Thanks, too, to the technical reviewers who already know the material well yet tirelessly slogged through it to help better assure its accuracy.

About the reviewers

Matt Glaman is an open source developer who has been working with Drupal since 2013, and doing web development for many years prior to that. Since then, he has contributed to over 60 community projects and has had 9 core commit mentions. While mostly focusing on Drupal and PHP development, Matt has created the AngularJS application to provide Kanban boards for the Drupal community to collaborate on. Currently, Matt is the US Team Lead at Commerce Guys.


John Bloomfield is a Software Engineer who lives in Oxfordshire, UK. He has been working in the web industry since 2002. He specialises in Drupal and is the Technical Director of JRB Digital Ltd. He has worked with Drupal since 2009 and has worked on some of the largest enterprise projects with BBC Studios, PwC, BrightLemon, CTI Digital, Atelier 7 and the Australian Government. At BBC Studios, he was part of the team that created BBC Store and also worked on the BBC Good Food and BBC Top Gear websites. John was the technical reviewer on a book by Alex Burrows called Drupal 8 Blueprints.


Alex Burrows is a web developer who specializes in Drupal and is based in Surrey, UK. He is the Technical Director of a UK-based agency called Digidrop, also based in Surrey, UK. He has worked with Drupal since 2008 and has worked on some well-known brands and large-scale projects; he is also very active within the Drupal community and attends every European and North American Drupalcon, where he is a mentor as well.

He is also one of the directors of DrupalCamp London CIC, which has been running since 2013, and he has been involved in the organization and its running since the beginning. Each year, it is becoming a bigger, better, and more popular event, and it has been marked as the second biggest Drupalcamp in the world. He is author of Drupal 8 Blueprints.




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