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Get the most out of your education. Zivtech's Drupal Training services provide a an immersive, hands-on, and fun learning environment.

Ready Your Team for Drupal 8!

Drupal 8 has been officially released. This means soon enough Drupal 8 will be the version of choice for new Drupal development projects. There are some important changes between Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 that your developers, themers, and content maintainers should be aware of. Our experienced training team has updated all of our Drupal 7 Training materials to Drupal 8 Training materials that are designed to help both Drupal beginners, as well as teams and organizations have been using Drupal 7.

Why Learn Drupal?

From Tesla Motors to the White House, hundreds of organizations use and love Drupal. A leading open source content management system, Drupal boasts numerous benefits: cost, flexibility, freedom, security, and accountability are unsurpassed by proprietary software solutions. With over 25,000 contributed modules to choose from and an active community of over 30,000 developers, learning Drupal is a smart and money-saving move.

Train with Experts

Zivtech is the premier Drupal training shop in Philadelphia, with nearly a decade of expertise and community involvement. Our expert developers travel around the world conducting public and private training services to clients and the community at large. Join training clients like Cornell University, Verizon Wireless, Olympus, and more.

How Does it Work?

Receive a list of free, open source tools to install on your computers prior to training. Make sure to bring your laptop, since you’ll want to follow along with both the instructor and a provided course handbook. Courses are a full day with a break for lunch, and are designed to balance extensive coverage of a topic with time for your questions.

For many of our clients we travel on-site to facilities for the training, but we also offer trainings at our office in Center City, Philadelphia. We also create custom curriculums for organization's using Drupal specific to their Drupal website.

Topics Include:

  • Site Building & Module Development
  • Architecture Best Practices
  • Javascript, jQuery, and Angular.js
  • Front End Development
  • Layout & Site Building with Panels Module
  • PHP Development
  • Responsive Web Design with Sass & Compass
  • Devops to Improve Your Development Environment & Workflow
  • Search API with Apache Solr

Available Workshops

Site Building, Drupal Training

Skill level: Beginner

Drupal is a versatile and powerful content management system, and we explore its capabilities in our Drupal 8 Site Building training workshop. We teach you strategies for building sites without custom code by leveraging Drupal core and contributed modules. You will learn about core concepts such as Content Types, Users, User Permissions, Paths, Blocks, Menus, Themes, Subthemes, Text Formats, Views, and much more through practical hands-on exercises. Along the way we will highlight the best contributed modules for common tasks.

Views Module, Drupal Training

Skill level: Beginner

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.

Architecture Best Practices, Drupal Training

Skill level: Intermediate

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.

Beginning jQuery, Drupal Training

Skill level: Intermediate

Our jQuery workshop provides a general introduction to the jQuery JavaScript library. We highlight particular strengths of jQuery while reviewing basic syntax and methods. Our workshop specifically addresses the use of jQuery on the Drupal platform by way of hands-on exercises. Participants learn how to add jQuery functionality via modules and themes, including how to add tabs, dialog/alert boxes, and how to hide/show page elements.

Front End Development, Drupal Training

Skill level: Intermediate

A lot of changes have been introduced between Drupal 7 and Drupal 8. The most important one being the switch from PHPTemplate to Twig. This training documentation contains information and tutorials that will explain and illustrate the new processes to build a Drupal 8 theme the right way.
Themes make Drupal websites beautiful – and Themers are the bridge between the science of code and the art of design. While Drupal markup isn’t the prettiest out of the box, it’s very flexible in how you alter it. A good theme will show off all the best aspects of your website, while maintaining all the speed and flexibility that Drupal brings to the table.

Layout and Site Building with Panels Module, Drupal Training

Skill level: Intermediate

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.

PHP Development, Drupal Training

Skill level: Intermediate
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 & Compass, Design Training

Skill level: Intermediate

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.

Drupal DevOps

Skill level: Advanced

DevOps is a movement to make our teams as efficient as possible through an emphasis on Culture, Automation, Measurement and Sharing. The single biggest jump our team has seen in proficiency, knowledge, and productivity happened when we switched from developing on MAMP to using virtual machines that matched our production servers. At the time, Vagrant had not yet been created and "DevOps" was not yet a word. All we knew was that we were collaborating in a way that wasn’t possible before.

Module Development, Drupal Training

Skill level: Advanced

Zivtech's "Drupal 8 Module Development" workshop is a crash-course in solving problems by building custom Drupal 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.

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