DrupalCon sessions about Site Building

Written by: Matic
Published on: 30.5.2017

Last time, we gathered together DrupalCon Baltimore sessions about Drupal Showcase. Before that, we explored the area of Coding and Development, Project Management and Case Studies. And that was not our last stop. This time, we looked at sessions that were presented in the area of Site Building.

Beyond the Solr Eclipse - Building blazing fast Drupal 8 search with Solr and no code by Tanay Sai and Jayakrishnan Jayabal from Acquia

In this session, the authors discussed Apachesolr - an open source search platform that can be easily integrated with Drupal 8. They did not write any code, so attendees were amazed when they saw what could be achieved using the suite of Solr modules to build a blazing fast search for their Drupal website without any coding. The session also gave a rundown of building an advanced search system using Search API suite of Solr Modules.


Bootstrap Paragraphs by Jim Birch from Xeno Media, Inc.

In this session, attendees learned how to combine the power of the world's most popular front-end framework, Bootstrap with Drupal Paragraphs, the powerful module that allows content creators to build layouts and structured pages. With using the Bootstrap Paragraphs Drupal 8 module, attendees ought to be able to create Bootstrap features like Accordions, Carousels, Modals, Tabs, and Multi-column layouts.


Compose your Drupal Website by Hussain Abbas from Axelerant

In this session, attendees learned how Composer workflow helps them in building and maintaining websites with relative use. It might sound intimidating and lot of work at first, not to mention you need to use the terminal. Moreover, attendees also learned how to use composer with existing templates and some helpful commands and tools to get you started quickly.


Drupal is Changing, Quickly: How and Why by Ted Bowman from Acquia

This session let attendees know, how changes in Drupal 8 core affect users, no matter whether they are a site builder, module developer, business owner or anyone else involved with Drupal.


Dungeons & Dragons & Drupal by Tobby Hagler from Phase2

This session covered learning Drupal 8 the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) way, creating a D&D Player Character (PC) content type, creating custom fields for a PC data, including custom compound fields with Field API and the Paragraphs module, handling intricate entity relationships (effects of magical items on stats) ...


Harness the Power of View Modes! by Aimee Hannaford from Hook 42

This session presents View Modes, which are the site-building glue that brings your content strategy, design, media strategy, and UX development together to actually create your web displays. They have been in Drupal for some time. The session explores, why View Modes are so powerful and why are they now even more relevant with the standardization of Entity and Field management across entity types.


Launching Online Stores with Commerce 2.x on Drupal 8 by Ryan Szrama, Matt Glaman and Bojan Živanović from Commerce Guys

In this session, the authors present the history, architecture and features of the project (Drupal Commerce 2.x for Drupal 8, which is advancing towards a full release). They also highlight the changes that have made this version even more productive for building online stores.


Mastering Drupal 8 Views by Amanda Marshall and Gregg Marshall from Accenture

In this session, the authors started by clarifying terminology, continued with modifying a view built into core that everyone uses. Then they have built their own simple what's new content list and next they have expanded and extended that list to create more complex displays, including maps and carousels. In the end, they looked at ways to make Views display exactly what they wanted.


Raising The Security Bar with Guardr by Mark Shropshire from Mediacurrent

In this session, attendees learned about Guardr's philosophy, features, and how to start new projects with Guardr. They have raises the bar on Drupal security with a more streamlined approach.


Rearchitecting for Drupal 8 by Frank Anderson from Clarity Innovations Inc.

This session showcastes one of the most complicated Drupal 7 projects and evaluation of rebuilding the project with Drupal 8. The author focused on changes in information architecture from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8.


The Right Tool for the Job: Content Layout in Drupal 8 by Kathryn McClintock from Amazee Labs Austin

In this session, the author covered the differences, use cases, and advantages/disadvantages of a variety of layout options (Blocks, Context, Display Suite, Panels, Panelizer, Paragraphs, Twig templates and WYSIWYG / CKEditor templates)


Webform 8.x-5.x by Jacob Rockowitz

The main purpose of this session was to get attendees familiar with the Drupal 8 version of the Webform module, inspire them to use this module to build awesome forms and to ultimately convince them to extend and contribute code and ideas back to the Drupal and Webform community.