Learn Drupal 8 for Free: Extending and Managing a Drupal 8 Site

If you, or a colleague, is wondering about why "community" is an important part of the Drupal experience, this course could be a good way to introduce the topic.

Because community is an underlying theme that runs through many of the 20+ segments that make up the course.

The section on Modules is a good example. Our instructor, Rod, explains the concept of "contributed modules," and illustrates how they work in practice using three specific modules: Book, Forums, and Telephone.

Remember: modules = features

There's also a segment on how to evaluate modules. It's not a complicated process, but it is crucial because there are now more than 32,000 contributed modules to sort through.

This course also introduces "Layout" in Drupal, which includes themes, blocks, and menus.

Block regions in Drupal

User Management is covered in two segments.

Site Management is concerned primarily with updating Drupal core, modules and themes.

Finally, Rod pulls back the focus to consider the Drupal community, including Drupal.org and the Drupal Association.

Introducing the Drupal Association

This brings to a close this basic 3-part overview to Drupal 8. In our next posts we'll take a detour to cover two free "Tech Talks" by Acquia experts, then we'll circle back to another, slightly more advanced Drupal 8 tutorial.

And it's all free! So stay tuned.

Oh yeah, here's where you can access this free Acquia Academy course on Extending and Managing a Drupal 8 Site. And check out our entire Learn Drupal 8 for Free series so far.