I may end up needing to work with Drupal in the near future for a project. I worked with it a little quite a while back. But I’m noticing that the number of resources out there in terms of theming and functional guides are pretty scarce.
Does anyone know of any thorough resources? I’m going to check places like Lynda to see what they have there, but I even noticed Nettuts was pretty low on Drupal content.
Drupal is the Linux nerd’s CMS. It’s keyboard-headbuttingly frustrating to setup and “get it” but once you do, you can do some scary stuff with the amount of control it provides.
If you’re a hardcore tinkerer / masochist, go for it. Worst case scenario: you’ll build something with Drupal and find out why you love X, Y, Z cms so much more.
“Just build websites.” – Chris Coyier
I personally haven’t messed with it since v 4ish, WP has pretty much woo’d me over so /grainofsalt.
I have built several sites with Drupal. It was tough at first, but once you wrap your head around the concepts, and if you give it a chance, it will blow your mind at how powerful AND simple it actually is. I started with Drupal, so it’s funny when people mention how hard it is, and how simple WP is, because I actually feel the opposite =P
There really isn’t a lot of resources out there, unfortunately, so the initial climb is difficult. As mentioned, drupalize.me is good. Mustard Seed Media is another good one.
Focus on learning the power and flexibility of Content Types, Fields, and Views. This is what puts Drupal in its own league imo ;)
I’ve been working with Drupal full-time at my day job for about 2 years now and the journey has been tough at times. However, I wouldn’t go back to a CMS like WordPress at this point.
Drupal has been called a Content Management ‘Platform’ or ‘Framework’ for a long while now and essentially this tells us that Drupal is used as a CMS very frequently, but it’s more flexible than that. Web apps and the like are all within reach with Drupal.
Drupal 7 was a big step up from Drupal 6 IMO, but with Drupal 8 on the way next year the platform will change quite a bit. I’m hearing that Twig will be the primary templating language.
If you’re looking for a good book check out ‘The Definitive Guide to Drupal 7’.
Drupal.org has a ton of documentation. I’ve found 90% of everything I’ve needed on their site. http://drupal.org/documentation
Drupal is very powerful and once you understand the ins and outs you’ll be able to do more in less time than you ever could with WordPress. Give it a go man!
I have to support several Drupal sites made by a previous developer. I like to call it “hunt for the checkbox” as virtually every time I get stuck there is some hidden checkbox somewhere dictating a privilege or oddball field output.
I’m also surprised by it’s massive databases and heavy file structures.
Go for it. It’s a good skill to have in the back pocket. And you can always do WP sites on the weekend for some relaxation!
Well, after working with it a little, I can definitely say that at this point Joomla is now officially the worst CMS I’ve ever used. The one thing I can say Drupal gets overwhelmingly right is the interaction of the page editing. It “feels” like you don’t have to go to the admin panel to make changes to pages.
But I can’t really see anything Drupal can do that WP can’t do. I think Drupal is a good skill to have to sell if you were to try and find a job, but since they are equally matched you really do have to REALLY want to learn it :)
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