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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.

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.

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

Web Development Bootcamp

PhillyDevCamp is a free Web Development Bootcamp made possible thanks to support from a StartUp PHL grant. It’s a 5-week-long training course designed to give recent high school and college graduates the skills they need to become junior web developers. The camp focuses on common programming languages, such as Sass, Drupal, Node.js, Ruby and more, that students need to know in order to perform as junior developers.

Available Workshops

Site Building, Drupal Training

Skill level: Beginner
Drupal is a versatile and powerful content management system. We explore its capabilities in our Drupal 8 Site Building training workshop. We teach strategies for building sites without custom code by using Drupal core and contributed modules. We highlight the best contributed modules for common tasks, introduce content types, users, permissions, paths, blocks, menus, themes, subthemes, text formats, views, and much more. Drupal 8 Site Building training workshop participants are introduced to the following Drupal 8 topics through hands-on exercises.

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

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.

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.

Module Development, Drupal Training

Skill level: Advanced

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.

Professionalizing Your Development Environment & Workflow, Drupal Training

Skill level: Advanced

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.

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