As we say in terms of computer programming, only two things are extremely complex: naming variables and invalidating the cache. Drupal 8 has an automatic caching system activated by default that is truly revolutionary, which makes it possible to offer a cache for anonymous visitors and especially for authenticated users without any configuration. This cache system is based on three basic concepts:
Are you interested in building a fully functional Drupal website but don’t know where to start? Or experience time-consuming difficulties in the process of achieving your goals with Drupal? There is no better way to learn and further develop your skills than to follow along with the finest video tutorials provided by experienced members of the Drupal community.
Sooperthemes has put together a list with some of the most useful websites that provide high quality and up-to-date Drupal tutorials.
1. BuildAModule (Free and Premium Tutorials)
BuildAModule has been dedicated to sharing Drupal tutorials to the community for more than four years now. With a rich library of an astonishing 2240 videos, BuildAModule provides an easy way of learning that is suitable for everyone interested in building a Drupal website. People who just started with Drupal and those who already have experience in working with it can find material which best suit their goals and needs. The range of topics covered in BuildAModule tutorials include:
- Drupal 8 Site Building, a series of 265 videos aimed to teach the basics of Drupal to people who are complete beginners in the industry, or those who are already familiar with some aspects of Drupal but want to further develop a strong foundation before starting to work on more advanced projects.
- Setting up a Web Environment with Drupal, a short list of nine videos which will assist and guide you on how to set up a Drupal Web Environment on all platforms (Mac, Windows, Linux).
- Upgrading to Drupal 8, 87 videos to help you understand the difference between Drupal 7 and Drupal 8, get you ready to migrate your Drupal 7 website to the newest version or help you start a new Drupal 8 project.
BuildAModule videos are used by major educational institutes, web development shops and training companies. They are also neatly organized so every step of the process is clearly defined and easy to follow.
2. OSTraining (Free and Premium Tutorials)
Over the past years OSTraining has made a name for themselves by providing a wide range of tutorials on various open source CMS software projects including Drupal 8. Currently there are 15 Drupal 8 classes available, divided into 4 categories:
- Drupal 8 Beginner (level: Beginner)
- Drupal 8 Site Management (level: Beginner & Intermediate)
- Drupal 8 Design (level: Intermediate & Advanced)
- Drupal 8 Development (level: Advanced)
Depending on your skill level and current knowledge of Drupal 8, you can pick the classes that best fit your objective.
In addition to the premium tutorials on their website, OSTraining has also produced a great YouTube Playlist which consists of 63 Beginner Tutorials that will guide you through the essential Drupal concepts and provide basic knowledge needed in order to start working on your own project.
3. Drupalize (Free and Premium Tutorials)
If you are at least a little bit familiar with Drupal, then you most likely heard about Drupalize.
Drupalize is one of the most active players when it comes to updating their tutorials in order to keep the content up-to-date with the new features that come to Drupal 8. The material provided by them starts all the way from the Basics and Site Building, and moves on to covering more advanced topics such as Management and Strategy.
With the largest collection of Drupal premium learning videos, Drupalize has thousands of tutorials you can choose from. If you are interested in: Learning to Build Drupal Websites, Working with Drupal Themes, Becoming a Drupal Developer, Learning Drupal 8 or in an Introduction to the Drupal CMS - then Drupalized is the right choice for you!
Not sure whether or not it’s worth the investment? Check out their YouTube Playlists made in association with Lullabot, which cover topics such as: Drupal 8 User Guide, Configuration System, or How to Install Drupal for Local Development and see if the content provided by them meets your expectations.
In order to recognize contributors' hard work, Drupalize.me offers a Free Membership to the drupal.org Project Maintainers and those listed in the Drupal 8 MAINTAINERS.txt file.
Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced user of Drupal, you are going to find interesting, useful and up-to-date content on Webwash.
In addition to the free and premium content offered on their website, Webwash has put together an impressive gallery of high quality tutorials available on their YouTube Channel. While you will find topics like New Media Management Functionality in Drupal 8.6, you will also stumble upon some interesting Live Streams. Also, if you encounter any difficulties or some points are not clear, the creator behind the camera Ivan Zugec is also active in the comments section and more than happy to answer the questions you have.
Last but not least, Webwash also provides premium consultancy for Drupal users who need help in building a website. Before commiting to paying the consultancy fee, you can apply for a 15 minute Free consultation and see whether or not this is the right fit for you.
Lynda.com has been sharing tutorials for Students, Project Managers, IT and Design Professionals for over 20 years now. Currently a part of LinkedIn, they serve more than 10k organizations worldwide and provide tutorials for anyone working in Business, Design, Marketing, Developer and many other industries.
Lynda has a long list of Drupal related tutorials, touching on topics such as: Drupal 8 Essential Training, Drupal Responsive Design, Create Your First Online Store with Drupal Commerce or Drupal 8 Configuration Management. These tutorials have assisted tens of thousands of people in learning Drupal and helped them achieve their personal and professional goals.
People who want to use Lynda for the first time can apply for a Free Month membership which gives access to all the tutorials available in the library, but most importantly the Drupal 8 ones!
6. Drupal Up
Even though Drupal Up currently has only 351 subscribers on their YouTube Channel, the type of tutorials they provide is impressive and definitely worth taking a look at.
With a new video up and ready every Monday, Drupal Up covers topics like Module Development, Theming, Site Building and General Tips for an easier and better development. You don’t have to be an expert in Drupal in order to follow along with his tutorials, but they are definitely not just for Beginners too! No matter what your level of Drupal knowledge is, you are most likely going to find interesting videos to learn something new from.
Drupal Up also has a gallery of three premium courses on Drupal Module Development, Introduction to Drupal 8 Theming and Introduction to Drupal 8 Views. These courses serve hundreds of happy students whom.
While every single one of these websites brings unique value to the Drupal community and some incredible learning material, we’re curious to hear your opinion on them and which ones have you found to be the most intriguing?