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Drupal How-To: Find great beginner tutorials on Drupal 7

In my first blog post, I outlined the main sources for fresh news and info about Drupal. In this post, I’ll round up the best blog sources for tutorials in the Drupal community.

Great Beginner Blogs Round-up

There’s such a large volume of great content coming out for Drupal lately for both new and experienced Drupal developers.

Great standby sources such as LevelTen , Isovera, Drupal Easy , PreviousNext, MediaCurrent and Lullabot continue to consistently publish excellent Drupal-related posts. But I noticed a number of really good new blog sources particularly for beginners. There seems to be a mix of tutorials and spotlights on specific modules, both as articles and video/screencasts.

Beginner Drupal Tutorials

This is a round up and hat-tip to some great new blogs specifically focused on beginner content.

Web Wash videos

Ivan posts a couple of times a week. He writes tutorials and records videos on “Using X module”. Very straightforward!

Web Omelette

Danny blogs a few times a week. Keep an eye out for his "Cool modules" posts.

Toronto Website Developer.

Pete posts video tutorials good for beginners. He’s in the middle of a 10 part series on Views right now.

Code Karate

Shane Thomas posts a "Daily dose of Drupal” includes introductions to specific modules. There are well over a hundred such doses already!

There are also some more detailed tutorials such as these:

Friendly Machine

John Hannah posts beginner-friendly tutorials on his site: http://friendlymachine.net/tags/tutorials

OS training

OStraining have a busy calendar of blog posts as well http://www.ostraining.com/blog/drupal/


The format of an interview on podcasts works well, since you can learn a little more about people in the community, and hear about new tools being used. It makes it easier as well to spark conversation when you meet them in person, for example at a sprint.

Drupal Easy Podcast

They just published their 99th podcast! http://drupaleasy.com/podcast (Funny enough, I was looking through the recent archive and noticed how many of the folks have been involved in our Acquia Training program :D)

Jam at Acquia

My colleague, Jam, conducts interviews here at Acquia and you can listen to them on the Acquia Podcast. You can even listen to me natter on about training.

Modules Unraveled

Brian posts interviews in his podcast about once a week with busy contributors who give insights into Drupal.

He also posts free and premium video series such as this one on the views slideshow module.

I hope the links above give you some leads on great sources for tutorials, but I wanted to also cover how to discover tutorials for yourself as well.

Search tips

if you’re trying to learn something new in Drupal (or anything) my guess is you turn to your favorite search engine, and hope for the best. In an ideal world we'd publish our tutorials on Drupal.org documentation, thereby making it MUCH easier to search for good quality content. (I know the docs team is working on a major re-jig of documentation.)

So - I stop short of using “lmgtfy.com” when I get asked questions. What I’ve learned is that many folks don’t know to make the most of these great search indexes we have. And of course, the Drupal.org faceted search is very good as well, but it doesn't capture ALL the content.

Bing and Google are my favorites. Each have their own benefits and even source-specific indexes.

Improving Search Queries

1. Improve your search query.

  • For example a search for: drupal jquery tutorial yields a poor results.
  • Whereas if I limit to "drupal 7" jquery tutorial I get rid of some cruft in the search results.

2. Use advanced operators such as site:drupal.org allow you to refine searches better. Turns out each search engine has its special tricks.

In Bing you can specify content with a specific page title.
"drupal 7" jquery intitle:tutorial

In Google you can search a year range separated by two dots 2012..2013
"drupal 7" AND jquery AND video tutorial 2012..2013

I hope that gives you some ideas of new sources for tutorials and ways you can search better as well. Trust me, if you're having a problem, it's likely that someone else has too!

In the next post I'll be writing about ways to get answers to your specific questions through the various help and support channels available.

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Posted on by Pete (not verified).

Hey Heather,
this is great - really appreciate the shout out! When I started the video tutorials way back, I didn't know a lot about Drupal but wanted to share with others as I was learning and contribute back to the community. Because I wasn't an expert, I was really self-conscious and didn't want to promote the tutorials for fear of someone commenting or writing back and essentially calling me out (I was always nervous when I got an email notification that someone had commented on my tutorial). Since then, the positive feedback has been growing steadily and it is great to hear from people like you about the usefulness of my tutorials.

-pete, toronto website developer

Posted on by heather.

Thanks for all your hard work, Pete!

Posted on by Juan G (not verified).

Thank you, that's a very helpful list.

Another Drupal beginner tutorial, in the Drupal.org docs, that can be useful is:

Site building: beginner, intermediate, advanced

Posted on by heather.

Absolutely, I agree on the usefulness of Drupal docs. I also encourage bloggers to add their tutorials to Drupal.org, and ask module developers to include the screencasts in their docs. As I write tutorial blog posts, I'll be putting the actual steps on Drupal.org wherever possible.

Posted on by Anonymous (not verified).

Dunno if its my browser or your site but the share via social media toolbar keeps flipping on and off like its scrolling down to reach the top of my viewing section..... actually the pointer stays in place so its more like the page is re-orienting itself to keep the bar at the top of my view. gna go before this makes me vom...cheers for the links!

Posted on by Dave Myburgh.

It's your browser - IE8 or 9, I'm guessing. IE10 has no such problems thankfully.

Posted on by ToraRTC (not verified).

You forgot Level Up Tuts. Over 100 beginner Drupal Tutorials. https: //www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL15BE2E8313A4E809

Posted on by marr keri.

Nice post - I also found nice free tutorial here https://www.youtube .com/user/learndrupalnow or here

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