3:30pm - 4:30pm

Drupal 8 Theming - No More <div>-itis

Drupal 8 has many new exciting features, but none are as radical or as needed as the changes made to the theme system*!

For 10 years Drupal's front end was design and built by developers that tried their very best to figure out what the front end needed; the lack of dedicated front-enders in core; resulted in front end architecture that was "less than ideal" for the challenges that the front end has faced for the last 5 years.

Drupal 8 and twig changed it all!

Should Everything Be Editable? The Admin Interface vs. Template Question

To hard code or not hard code? That is the question faced by a Drupal developer when constructing a site for a client. For some clients, they want access to all content, menus, headers, footers, buttons, forms, etc. through the Drupal admin interface. For other clients, they simply want to cut and paste text onto simple pages and need only the most minimalist admin interface.

Debug Drupal with Devel, XDEBUG + More

Learn how to debug Drupal using modules such as devel, and get a handle on even more powerful tools such as Xdebug with Sublime. When I first got into Drupal as an experienced PHP programmer, I was mystified by the backend of Drupal -- so many multidimensional arrays, so many hooks, so much stuffs! I figured it out fairly quickly, though, with help of a few tools, which I’ll show you. 


Better Agile Drupal Sprints


You've got a project in Drupal for your Agile client, and you've got a great team of architects and developers. You're working with one or more enthusiastic product owners. How do you bridge the gap between client wants and needs and what the developers need to know? In this session, we'll revisit the basics of good user story and acceptance criteria writing. We’ll then go through 12 Jira tips and tricks to help you keep your sprints focused, your project on track, and your sanity maintained.


Drupal SEO Basics: A Drupaler's Guide to the SEO Galaxy

In case you've been living in a cave (or maybe a Vogon ship's cabin) the last few years, SEO stands for "Search Engine Optimization." Improving your website's SEO can translate into more visitors, better conversions, more sales, etc. This is why people care about it and why you should, too.

When properly configured, Drupal is a very SEO-friendly web framework. The trick is to know which Drupal SEO modules you need to install and how to optimally configure them.

R.E.A.D: Four Steps for Selecting The Right Modules

One of the most crucial and important steps in building any Drupal project is how to determine which modules to use. When you are reviewing your functionality needs you may ask yourself:

  • Where and how can I find the modules I need?
  • Will this module I found solve my functionality needs?
  • Will I need to patch this module?
  • Should I just write my own custom module?

To quickly and correctly answer these questions, there are four simple steps you should follow. It's as simple as learning how to R.E.A.D.

Page Layouts with Drupal

There are many ways to acheive complex page layouts in Drupal. A complex page may contain a mix of node content, Drupal Core blocks, Views blocks and other elements. Come find out when to use different page layout methods including Panels, Context, Display Suite and Custom Code. We'll also have some fun looking at an artist site built with each approach.

You'll leave with more confidence about when to use a particular layout method and gain the knowledge of its pros and cons.

Bonus: We'll touch on page layout methods that will be available in D8.


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