As Drupal becomes a more integral part of our work at Eye Byte, we are working to expose more of our team members to it. To that end, I recently attended a two-day Drupal workshop in D.C taught by Cindy McCourt, author of “Drupal, The Guide to Planning and Building Websites”. The workshop gave me hands-on experience with building a basic Drupal site.
As a designer, my focus has been on the visual aspects and user experience design of building a website. But to have a successful and stable site, you need a strong and structured build to display those gorgeous designs. This workshop was the perfect starting point. I am now able to think about site design differently, even as I create visual and UX mocks, to ensure a smooth and well-transitioned site.
Here are some best practices that are worth sharing:
- When making the wireframe of a site, do not forget to think about the modules you will need and the page elements, that way you have less editing to do later on. Learn more here
- Before building something from scratch, look at Drupal modules. Chances are there is something similar to what you are looking for, or it already exists.
- There are blogs all over the Internet talking about Drupal. Don’t underestimate them, they may have the answers to your questions. Check out idcminnovations for example.
Once the class ended I found online tutorials, blog posts and much more to help further my Drupal knowledge. Like they say, “practice makes perfect.” For me, the first step of practicing was getting out there. Once I was there, it was easy to ask questions, participate in the training discussion and continue to use the tools provided.
If you are interested in learning more about the Drupal Training I attended or want to attend one, visit this site and take the dive into Drupal! Even a small splash makes big ripples.