Join Tom Geller for an in-depth discussion in this video What you need to know, part of Drupal 8 Essentials 2: Building Out Your Website.
- [Voiceover] This is the second course in the Drupal 8 Essentials series. If you've taking the first Getting Started course, you already have everything you need to continue. If not, here's how to prepare. I'll be using a Mac throughout this course, running Drupal inside an environment named Acquia Dev Desktop. This is what's known as an AMP stack, and it contains the web server, database server, and programming interpreter. It's a free download, and it's available for both Windows and Mac. The course should also work fine inside similar AMP stacks.
I'll also show you how to perform certain system administration functions on a Linux computer. But by and large, the course is designed to run within Acquia Dev Desktop. You'll also need permissions to see, add, and remove files on the web server's document root, also called the docroot. The first course showed how to install Drupal on Mac, Windows, and Linux. It also took learners through a lot of Drupal's administrative interface, including the parts related to creating content. It ended with a section on moving a site from your development environment onto a live, public-facing web host.
If you have trouble with any of these steps, consult the first Drupal 8 Essentials course. One video from that first course deserves special attention. As you work through this course, you'll occasionally see a warning that you haven't set something called trusted hosts. This issue only becomes important when you make your site available to others, and so you can safely ignore it while working on your home computer within Acquia Dev Desktop. However, you should watch the video titled Designate Trusted Hosts in that first series before you launch.
In these tutorials, Tom Geller helps new Drupal designers change the layout and design elements of their sites, control visitor interactions (including comments), arrange content in user-friendly "views," and expand the site's capabilities beyond what's available in core Drupal with Drupal modules. In all the steps you'll learn best practices to ensure your sites remain streamlined, secure, and up to date.
If you want to start from the beginning and create your Drupal site from scratch, check out Drupal 8 Essentials 1: Getting Started.
- Grouping content into categories
- Managing comments
- Adding discussion groups
- Customizing fields and image styles
- Adjusting menus and navigation to help users
- Adding new features with Drupal modules