I’m taking the plunge and learning Drupal because:
- Many companies are using it and it’ll be an extra tool under my belt.
- I am a fan of Composer and Symfony2 (incl. Twig). I’ve been intrigued with D8 since it has modernized itself and is now integrated with these technologies.
- I have some projects in mind where a CMF will be more useful than a plain ol’ CMS.
I’m writing and updating this post as I go along to give my take on it from a May 2016’s perspective on it all. So far I’ve learned the basics as a Drupal Admin user.
Whenever I learn a new dev technology I find it useful to watch some intro videos then layout the resources to read up on and try. If you’re interested in taking a similar path here they are, I’ll update this list as I find more useful resources.
- [done] Drupal installation Options:
- On your local environment.
- Create a local VM this article and this listing (Note: Some VMs listed are outdated and/or had dependancy issues and did not fully run as they should. I was able to get drupal-vm working after having to revert Virtual Box back to v4 from v5. I may have a crack at it).
- Or SymplyTest.Me for a free D8 sandbox.
- Theming Guide, Theming Best Practices
- Dev Best Practices
- Module Development resource
- Custom Content Types dev resource
- Securing Drupal
- [done] I’ve checked out Pantheon, PagodaBox, and Acquia, they all have their perks as production environments. My pref would be for Pantheon, especially if I were an agency.
- Going deeper:
Let’s see where this rabbit hole takes me.
Factoid: Drupal has been around since 2000. Three years older than WP!