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Written by the Drupal community, with videos added by Drupalize.Me, the Drupal User Guide is the best way to get started with Drupal concepts and site building skills.

This guide serves as a starting point for people with minimal knowledge of the Drupal content management system. The topics will help you become skilled at installing, administering, site building, and/or maintaining the content of a Drupal-based website. The guide is also aimed at people who already have some experience with a current or past version of Drupal, and want to expand the range of their skills and knowledge or update them to the current version.

The guide consists of concept and task tutorials. Concept tutorials are designed to explain a specific critical concept like security, or data modeling, as well as answer questions like, "What are themes and modules?" or "How do I connect with the Drupal community?" Task tutorials provide step-by-step instructions that will walk you through the process of building and deploying an example site. Through these hands-on lessons, you'll learn all the fundamental skills required to start building and administering a real-world Drupal powered site.

You can contribute to development of the User Guide, and learn more about the process through which it was created from the project page on

Once you learn the foundations check-out our other guides and dive deeper into Drupal site building, development, and theming.

What will you learn

  • Plan the content architecture for a Drupal-based site
  • Build the site that you planned
  • Manage and administer your site
  • Connect with the worldwide Drupal community
  • A practical introduction to most major concepts in Drupal site building and administration
  • Practice using Views, Blocks, Multilingual configuration, User administration, and more

What about Drupal 9?

Long story, short: the vast majority of Drupal 8 tutorials will work on Drupal 9 sites. Due to how innovation now works in Drupal, new features are released in minor versions. Major releases, like the release of Drupal 9, contain all the features of Drupal 8, but with deprecated APIs removed, and some 3rd-party libraries updated. Learn more about Drupal 9 and what it means for your learning journey in our Guide to Drupal 9.


Drupal User Guide

Background and prerequisites

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Overview of introductory topics that help to leverage this guide in an efficient manner.

Overview of Drupal concepts such as modules, themes, distributions, and types of data.

Overview of site planning concepts and details of common site layout tasks. Content entity and structure concepts are covered.

Overview of server requirements and details of common installation tasks.

Essential lessons

Overview of basic site configuration concepts. Tasks on module installation, user account settings, and themes are covered.

Overview of page management concepts. Tasks on content items, in-place editing, and menus are covered.

Overview of content structure concepts. Tasks on content types, taxonomies, and reference fields are covered.

Overview of user account concepts and details of common user account tasks.

Overview of block concepts and details of common block tasks.

Overview of view concepts and details of common view tasks.

Advanced concepts

Overview of multilingual site concepts and details of tasks needed to make a site multilingual.

Overview of site customization and development. Tasks on downloading modules and themes are covered.

Overview of cache, data backup, and log concepts. Task on clearing the cache is covered.

Overview of security and maintenance concepts. Tasks on updating the core software, modules, and themes are covered.

Overview of the Drupal community and how to connect with other users.


A glossary of terms used in this guide.


An index to topics in this guide.

Overview of contributors to this guide.


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