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New Tutorials: Manage Drupal Sites with Pantheon

Today we are happy to present a new series teaching you how to Manage Drupal Sites with Pantheon, which is completely free thanks to the generous sponsorship of Pantheon. Pantheon is a great service for management your website development and launching your sites on an environment that has been optimized for Drupal.

Release Day: Wrapping up Media with YouTube Videos

This week we are wrapping up our Working with Media Module in Drupal 7 series. We complete the site by getting our music views into place and adding YouTube video embeds. In the process of finishing up with our YouTube video content type, we also have to dive into the Media File Type settings. There are several layers to getting Media module displays to look and behave the way we want. The most confusing aspect of working with Media is knowing how the file type field display and the file display works together, so we walk through the steps for finding which settings we need to change and then playing with the display flexibility Media provides us. We finish things up by taking a tour of the finished site to review how we've built it out, along with a look at some other cool modules we could add. 

Release Day: Tame Images and Audio with Media Module

This week, we'll tame images and audio files as we continue our Working with Media Module in Drupal 7 series with Addison Berry. You'll get a guided tour of the maze of configuration necessary for getting images in-line inside your content, understand how one configuration screen affects another, master text formats, and create custom WYSIWYG toolbars. Then you'll move on to to look at HTML5 and Flash-fallback media players to create a media-rich website that rocks! Get ready to become a master of media in this week's videos:

Release Day: Creating Image Galleries

This week we turn our attention back to the Working with Media Module in Drupal 7 series. We have a basic site in place, and now we need to add some features to make it rich with media. These three videos walk through the steps to create good-looking image galleries. They also show how we can work with third-party JavaScript libraries to enhance features on our site. Finally we add a listing page and front page block so users can find our new galleries.

Release Day: Navigate the Many Settings of Webform

This week, as we continue our Webform Basics series, I walk through the many settings of the Webform module. I cover email settings, form settings, and global Webform settings. All of which will help make your form behave exactly how you want it!

Release Day: Finishing Our Theme

This week we wrap up the new theme we've created in the PSD to Drupal Theme series by getting it installed and enabled on our site. We'll double-check our components matching up with our Drupal elements to make sure the theme looks right. Then we spend some time reviewing the work we've done, as well as cover some more topics you may want to look into to take your theme even further.

With this all finished up, next week we'll be taking a look at the Acquia Cloud, before heading into our Working with Media in Drupal 7 series.

 

Release Day: Create a New Theme

This week in our PSD to Theme series we are getting into the nitty-gritty and creating our new theme in Drupal. We start off by getting the .info file set up properly and then add our style guide stubs to work with. Then we build our page.tpl.php file for the structure and layout of our pages. With all of that in place we'll finish up by adding our site-wide elements, like images we need from when we sliced up our PSD.

Release Day: Prepping Drupal for Your Theme

This week, we continue the journey from PSD to Drupal Theme as Emma Jane Westby shows us how to prepare a Drupal site for our theme by generating sample content, customizing image styles, creating and placing blocks, and creating a useful file structure for our new base theme.

Next week, we'll begin building out theme files by preparing a .info file, incorporating our style guide into the page.tpl.php file, and establishing a page layout structure in page.tpl.php.

Release Day: CSS Prep and Drupal Elements

This week we're chugging along with our PSD to Drupal Theme series, with a look at getting our CSS system setup and figuring out our Drupal elements for theming. Now that we have a style guide, we want to start stubbing out the CSS files we'll use to represent it with our grid framework, and then we'll get our layout rules into place. With the CSS basics in place we're going to run through creating our Drupal element checklist to make sure we know which design components map to which Drupal pieces. This will set us up with a good foundation to begin setting up the site for theming.

Next week we'll continue with the Drupal site-building by getting the elements into place that we'll need. We'll be configurig things like image styles and blocks for the site.

Release Day: Going from Design to Finished Theme

We're super excited to release a new series this week, which has been a highly requested one on our suggestion list: PSD to Drupal Theme. This series walks you through the process of converting a static design into a Drupal theme. We'll be covering strategies for breaking down your design into Drupal pieces, extracting your design assets, and working with those components in your CSS. Along the way you're going to also be introduced to grid frameworks, Sass, and other very helpful general web development tools. At the end you will have a theme that you can install and enable on your Drupal site. Having a little bit of Drupal site building experience, and a little bit of Web experience (HTML and CSS) will be helpful but it's not required, so if you find the world of Drupal themes mysterious, this is a great series to clear the fog.

Release Day: Wrapping up Media 2.x

This week, we're finishing up our Using Drupal, Chapter 4 series, which covers media management with Media 2. We finish off our site by adding the ability to embed YouTube videos on the site very easily. This introduces us to the Media Internet Sources module and the concept of stream wrappers. Once we've finished building the site, we take a look at some ways to extend the site further on your own, and then summarize everything we've done to get to the final product.

Release Day: Text Formats, WYSIWYG, and Media

After a brief break from our video schedule, we are back on track this week, picking up the trail on the Using Drupal Chapter 4, Media Management series. In these three lessons we'll take a look at how to get media into the body of our content, instead of as a separate field in our nodes. We'll look at what general solutions are out there for web development, by taking a look at tools like BUEditor, Markdown, and CKEditor and explaining what WYSIWYG is all about. We'll also spend some time to explain the very important, but often overlooked, text format feature of Drupal. This is an important concept to understand to make your content editing experience better, and make sure you keep your site secure. Lastly, we get a nice, shiny WYSIWYG installed on our site, and integrate our Media Browser with it.

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