Introduction to the Drupal Content Management System

  • Posted on: 15 March 2012
  • By: Christefano Reyes
Friday, March 30, 2012 - 12:00 to 15:00

This Friday, March 30, 2012, we're offering a 3-hour workshop on an introduction to the Drupal content management system and what you need to know when using Drupal for your next website. No prior experience with Drupal is necessary.

Jumpstart your project with a solid approach! We'll help you turn your ideas into concrete action items by guiding you through the steps to organize your project.

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What is Drupal?

Drupal is a free and open source web development platform used by millions of sites on the web today. It is used by sites big and small to manage online communities and their content and can be customized for any device to match any visual design. Learn more at

Exaltation of Larks - Expert Drupal strategy, consulting, development and training This is a free workshop and seating is limited. You'll have access to the experts at Exaltation of Larks — a Drupal strategy, consulting, development and training company in Los Angeles — learn about Drupal, and have a fun time!

It is being held at Droplabs, a Drupal-friendly coworking and event space in Los Angeles, and is scheduled to coincide with Drupal Coworking Friday, also at Droplabs the same day.

What we've covered in the past based on the interest of our attendees

  • When and why to use Drupal
  • Considerations when starting a Drupal project and how to organize your project
  • The basics of Drupal, from content management to membership ("user") management
  • An introduction to databases and queries
  • How to organize your site using Drupal content types, taxonomy and Views
  • How to turn ideas for features and functionality into achievable tasks using user stories and use cases
  • Which tasks are crucial for a successful Drupal website and how to organize them
  • How to choose the right Drupal version and modules for your project
  • The basics of web hosting and getting Drupal running on your own computer
  • How to connect with the Drupal community, its meetups, conferences and job fairs and online discussion forums and chat rooms


1 day. This workshop is from 12-3pm and begins at 12noon sharp.


  • An active interest in learning about Drupal
  • A basic understanding of the Internet and familiarity with how websites function
  • A conceptual understanding of Content Management Systems (CMS), HTML and CSS is beneficial (but not required)

What to bring

This is a lunch and learn-style workshop that is shaped by the interests of the attendees. Bring your lunch and learn about Drupal! You don't need to bring a computer.

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Location and directions

   651 Clover St.
   Los Angeles, CA 90031

Droplabs is in the Mission Junction neighborhood of Los Angeles at Big Art Labs, just 1 mile down Main St. from Philippes (the first-ever venue for LA Drupal meetups!) and Union Station. We're one block west of The Brewery, the largest live-and-work artists' colony in the world.

Free parking in our large parking lot is first-come, first-served. After parking in the lot, follow the yellow signs that point to Droplabs. (If our lot is full, you can park for free on Clover St.)

Droplabs is a brief walk from the Main St. / Lamar St. stop on the the Metro Local 76 bus line. To carpool from Union Station, post below in the comments.