Fading Drupal: How to Learn Drupal the Bad Way

The Story of Drupal and I is a hilariously prolonged stretch of ebb and flow in the tide towards hate, love and excitement.

It all started out with a simple desire: To Build a Website.

But oh no Johnny Boy, I didn’t want just any website. I wanted one that stood fact to the ideals that I could build something utterly indistinguishably good as websites that received tens of millions of visits per month. I knew I was wrong, but it would be the last time I would fall folly to this ignorance. Since my background in computer security was still at its infancy at that time, I decided that I myself should probably stay away from my own black box version of a website. Then I found Drupal. It was a website buzzword that had bothered me for about a year and a half now. I didn’t really know what it was other than the fact that it was in the same ball part as Rails, Joomla and Magento (amazing software mind you).

For several months I hacked away at Drupal and learned more PHP, JQuery and Javascript than I had in my entire life. I was consumed at first by the excitement of using a new CMS. But I didn’t do things the right way. That is I never really followed tutorials are tried to read the documentation. Rather, like a boy opening gifts on Christmas morning, I went head first into Drupal. Bad decision. From then on afterwards, things began to seem hopelessly stranded.

So I decided to go the normal route and was I pleased. But by then I had wasted several months; though, my sudden interest in learning foreign languages was a huge time-suck.

However, even deciding to do things the standard way had presented itself with a number of routes. The best way I found was to first go through all the documentation on the version of Drupal you will be using whether that be 6.x, 7.x or upcoming in the future 8.x. From there on, tutorials become very easy to understand.

By now, 7.x should be the new adopted standard so many things I’m about to tell you will be out of date.
There are a lot of things to learn in drupal, but the most important are views and context. With those two key words in mind, go enjoy Drupal. It’s actually fun.


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