Drupal is a versatile and powerful content management system. We explore its capability in our Drupal 7 Site Building workshop. We teach strategies for building sites without custom code, using Drupal core and contributed modules. We highlight the best modules for common tasks, introduce content types, users, permissions, paths, blocks, menus, themes, subthemes, text formats, views, and much more. Workshop participants are introduced to these topics through hands-on exercises.
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Zivtech conducts both public and private Drupal training and Design training workshops for all skill levels. We strive to provide our clients with an immersive, hands-on, and fun environment to ensure that they get the most out of their learning experience.
Since it was founded in 2008, Zivtech has established itself as a premier Drupal training shop. Our expert developers travel around the world conducting public and private trainings. Our training clients have included Cornell University, Verizon Wireless, Olympus, and more. Private training workshops are customized to the specific needs of our clients and typically occur on-site.
Views is a flexible tool for controlling how lists and tables of content are presented in Drupal. And our Views Module Workshop is a thorough introduction to this powerful tool. During our workshop participants learn to build and customize content ‘views’. Participants learn how to set styles, as well as add fields, displays, and filters. We explore arguments and building related content views using taxonomy. We also build RSS feeds. Finally, we explore using contributed modules in combination with Views, such as Flag module and Nodequeue.
The key to building a great Drupal site is making smart architectural decisions at the beginning of the project. An understanding of Drupal architecture is critical for site-builders, project managers, designers, and general decision makers. Drupal websites are made of basic building blocks. Using these building blocks correctly to meet the needs of your site is essential. Doing so makes future maintenance, expansion, and upgrades both possible and cost effective. In this workshop, Zivtech teaches the fundamentals and best practices of clean and sustainable architecture.
Drupal’s powerful theme system facilitates the construction of beautiful websites and the ability to fully customize the display of these websites. In our Front End Development workshop, we teach you how to leverage this power. This workshop includes an overview of the theme system, base theme set-up and configuration, front end related modules, and customizing the display of forms, menus, and node templates. Our trainers also highlight the intersections between the theme and ‘hook’ system, as well as how to work with new Drupal 7 render arrays.
Panels is a tool for creating advanced layouts and data displays in Drupal. In our day-long intermediate level training, we look at the full range of the Panels toolset. We also explore the relationship between Panels and Views and how to leverage the power of these tools working together. The training utilizes demonstrations and hands on site building with challenges to get participants thinking about how to apply the ideas presented throughout the day. By the end we promise you'll want to use the site building techniques and features provided by Panels to create your next site.
Our PHP for Drupal workshop is an introduction to PHP from a Drupal perspective. We introduce you to PHP syntax, key Drupal functions, and Drupal coding standards, as well as get you reading and writing some actual Drupal code. We will familiarize you with using the Drupal codebase and API to solve problems.
Sass (Syntactically Awesome Style Sheets) is a superset of CSS3 that adds power and reusability to the CSS you write today. By harnessing the power of variables, mixins, nesting, functions, and control directives, Sass allows you to write cleaner and more reusable CSS. Sass also gives you the power to do things that otherwise would not be practical with CSS alone. Combined with Compass, a Sass-based framework that allows you to use and create libraries of mixins, variables, and functions, Sass has the power to radically change not just how you theme, but how you think about theming.
Our 'Drupal 7 Module Development' workshop is a crash-course in solving problems by building custom modules. Our workshop focuses on how to approach a problem that existing modules just do not solve. Follow along in your individual development sandbox as we show you how to put Drupal’s APIs to work. Attendees will leave our workshop with working knowledge of Drupal’s core menu, form, entity and field systems, as well integrations with Ctools and Views modules.
A Drupal development environment needs a local and development server, text editor, version control system, bug tracking system, and some configuration. A Drupal development workflow needs strategies for handling code changes, configuration changes, patches, deployment, updates, code management, task management, and testing. By introducing a standardized system to manage all of the moving parts, both freelance developers and teams can greatly increase efficiency and reduce frustration.
Responsive Web Design (RWD) is a fresh perspective on design for Internet capable devices. It facilitates the artful presentation of content on every size screen. This workshop will explore techniques for progressively building a Mobile First, RWD website on the Drupal platform. We highlight common Drupal pitfalls, themes, and modules.
Search API module provides a powerful framework that lets you integrate your site with search backends like ApacheSolr and build out searchable interfaces of any Drupal entity with Views. Want a fully searchable user directory, a faceted sitewide search, or search-based related content panes? These can all be built with Views.
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In the Summer of 2014, Zivtech held Philadelphia's first Web Development Bootcamp, which was made possible through a StartUP PHL Call for Ideas Grant. PhillyDevCamp was held over a five-week-long period of time, and was free to attend for those students whose applications were accepted. Qualified applicants included currently-enrolled college students, as well as former Philly-area students that had graduated from college within the past three years. After a wildly successful first summer, twenty supremely talented students graduated from PhillyDevCamp, and many of them have found jobs in the web development world, or have gone on to continue their learning in the field.