Drupal’s extensibility allow us to create the perfect CMS for our organizations. But too often the same level of design is not considered when building out the editorial interfaces. The default tools are often scary for first-time Drupalers and include confusing words like ‘nodes’, ‘taxonomy’, and ‘blocks’. Making Drupal friendly for clients means checking internal jargon at the door and building interfaces that are intuitive and distraction free. Topics include:
- Creating personalized dashboards for authors and editors;
- Defining roles and permissions that follow an organizations workflow;
- Modifying the entity add and edit forms;
- Adding contextual help to administrative interfaces;
- Using constraints to provide meaningful form validation; and
- Choosing field, widget, and storage types that are best fit our content.
This sessions is for attendees in site-building and technical leadership roles. Participants should leave this session with ideas for: taming their content forms, building out useful content dashboards, and enhancing their editorial workflows.
Programming knowledge is not required, however example code and links to developer resources will be shared to highlight features of Drupals Core APIs; Views, Field UI, and Contributed modules; and custom code for taking control of your theme and admin interfaces.
A version of this session was presented at BADCamp 2014 and SandCamp 2017. Content has been updated to include new CMS features and information about current Drupal Association initiatives.
Jim Vomero is a Senior Engineer at Four Kitchens. He is backend developer and specializes in creating web architectures – translating application requirements into useful, discrete, and reusable components. With over 10 years of Drupal experience, Jim uses the framework to support all of his nerdy hobbies, including planning retro-arcade projects; sharing photos of outdoor adventures; and organizing Philadelphia-area summer camps.