10 new videos on Context (and last chance for Early Bird Pricing on training!)
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10 NEW videos added in "Advanced Site Building in Drupal 7"
Before we get too much further, let's take a quick break and capture our work in a backup. Whew! Okay, now we can can keep going in confidence.
Anyone who's worked on a large scale Drupal project has felt the frustration of the default blocks system in Drupal. The blocks listing page is one of those places where the blocks system breaks down pretty fast. If you haven't sailed that ship before, then here we give you a preview of coming attractions and explain how the Context module helps out.
Context is a bundle of a few modules, in this video we explain what they are and which ones we're going to use throughout this series.
(FREE!) How the Context module works and how to create a context - 4:00
Now that you've got a bit of background with the Context module, we explain the details of creating a context, and what a context is actually made of. Understanding the concepts here will also prove useful as we get into Panels, which has it's own very similar contextual system.
Once you start using Context, the next logical step might be to standardize on it, and in this video we explain why.
In this video we switch over from using the default blocks listings tool to using Context to position our blocks. From here on out in this series we'll be using Context for positioning our blocks, but for simpler projects or for projects using Panels exclusively, this might not be necessary.
Panels is coming up, but because there's a lot of configuration involved that can be inadvertently borked, we're doing a quick backup.
Man, it seems like we're just doing the same thing over and over, but this is the perfect opportunity to see where the different layout-oriented modules overlap in functionality. So while our site is developing slowly, you'll be able to dive right into your next project knowing exactly what tools you have at your fingertips and it will go much faster.
Now that you have a taste of what it's like to be a site builder, we take a step back and look at another way of describing what you're doing that might help you both get a sense of the depth of your work and the edges that define it.
The Panels module brings together configuration that's typically scattered throughout Drupal into a single interface. This makes it both powerful and novel and complicated. Once you play with Panels a bit, it will quickly become second nature, but in this video we explain why it's just fine to feel overwhelmed initially.