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Drupal 8 Essentials 1: Getting Started

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Drupal 8 Essentials is designed to help anyone create a simple website using Drupal, the free web design software that powers personal blogs as well as the sites of some of the world’s largest corporations. This course is the first of the series. No pr …

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Blog posts

Moving on from Drupal

24 June 2015


In the Esperanto language there was a great writer and activist known as “Kabe”. After creating magnificent translations and reaching …

Make “Views in Core” happen!

28 July 2012


Summary: Making Views part of Drupal “core” will make its future more secure, but will take substantial resources. Therefore, please …

New lynda.com video course: Drupal 7 Advanced Training

26 June 2012


It’s been a busy few months since ending my time at Acquia last October. I’ve returned to freelancing, bettered by …

Keynote from DrupalCamp WNY: “Hello Universe”

3 January 2012


It was a great pleasure to deliver the keynote talk to the first-ever DrupalCamp Western New York, held in downtown …

New lynda.com video courses about Drupal Commerce and Views 3

18 November 2011


I said that two new lynda.com video courses would be coming out soon, and here they are: Create Your First …

How to create Drupal exercise files that work every time

8 November 2011


lynda.com has now released five of my Drupal courses (which you can watch for free, by the way), and there …

Announcing CertifiedToSUCK.com

1 April 2011


How much do you suck? Find out now!

You might know of Certified to Rock, which reduces your activity on drupal.org to a single number, much as a …

Upgrading and redesigning tomgeller.com on Drupal 7

22 February 2011


I’ve been watching Drupal 7 for almost two years now and have been champing at the bit to start using …

Brass player? Going to DrupalCon?

16 January 2011


If you’re a strong brass player and want to take part in a secret project at DrupalCon on Monday and …

Drupal 7 Essential Training released, with free videos

16 January 2011


My Drupal video courses on lynda.com are mostly available on a subscription basis, starting at $25/month. But I realized that …

The challenge of opportunity

10 January 2011


All signs say that Drupal is booming. Job listings on monster.com went from 65 in October 2009 to 120 a …

“Drupal Gardens Essential Training” video series released on the same day as Drupal 7

7 January 2011


In the hubbub of Drupal 7’s release, you might have missed this announcement from lynda.com that they released Drupal Gardens …

New book! Drupal 7: Visual QuickStart Guide

5 January 2011


I’m pleased to announce that “Drupal 7: Visual QuickStart Guide” is available and has a supporting web site at drupalvqs.com. …

Free pass to check out “Drupal 7 New Features”

10 October 2010


I forgot to mention in my post about the “Drupal 7 New Features” video series: You can check it out …

Timing! (Also: “Drupal 7 New Features” video series released by lynda.com)

7 October 2010


The same day that Angie Byron (webchick) announced the release of Drupal 7 Beta, my Drupal 7 New Features course …

Packaging a Drupal site — possible for under $10,000?

7 June 2010


I’m currently developing some Drupal 7 instructional videos for lynda.com. The company likes to offer “exercise files” for their courses …

Will Drupal 7 fulfill Dries’ wishes?

2 June 2010


In preparing a “Drupal 7: New Features” video series for lynda.com, I decided to go waaaay back to when we …

Quick and Dirty DrupalCon schedule in iCal format

17 April 2010


“Scratch your own itch,” they say. When I couldn’t find a version of the DrupalCon session schedule in iCal format, …

Map of cheap eats near DrupalCon San Francisco

13 April 2010


View Good cheapish eats near DrupalCon SF 2010 in a larger map I once heard that San Francisco has so …

Seminar discount for readers of this blog

15 March 2010


If you’re thinking of taking my online seminar, “Setting Up, Customizing Drupal” on 29 March, use the discount code “DRUPALTOMG10” …

Online seminar, 29 March: “Setting Up, Customizing Drupal”

5 March 2010


I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be teaching my first live telecourse on Monday, 29 March, “Setting Up, Customizing Drupal”, …

Preparing for the huddled masses from Drupal’s success

3 March 2010


A recent CNet article notes that such shops as AF83 have been turning away business because they can’t keep up …

Drupal runs three times as many top sites as the next CMS

18 January 2010


Here’s a statistic I haven’t seen bandied about much. Drupal runs three times as many of the Alexa 10,000 top …

New article: “Top Ten Changes That Make Drupal 7 the Best Version [Ever]”

5 January 2010


Peachpit just published my article, “Top Ten Changes That Make Drupal 7 the Best Version”. Peachpit is a publisher of …

Quick hit: List of Drupal books

18 December 2009


Just want to point people at a terrific new resource maintained by a “Seattle Drupal Beginner” group: a list of …

What the Drupal 7 release date means

27 October 2009


Regular readers know that I’ve been working on a Drupal 7 book for beginners. We — meaning Peachpit Press and …

My beginner’s Drupal 7 book: What’s missing?

1 September 2009


I’ve been busy writing Drupal 7: Visual QuickStart Guide for Peachpit Press over the last couple of months. I’m pleased …

Drupaceous!

27 August 2009


I’m sure I’m not the first to discover this, but… An online dictionary search for “Drupal” says it’s a synonym …

What the hell’s wrong with Drupal on WAMP?

15 August 2009


Look at the top keyword searches that bring people to my site, according to Google Analytics: tom geller (O.K., that’s …

“Drupal 6: Online Presentation of Data” video series is out!

1 July 2009


At last I can announce the release of my new six-hour video series from Lynda.com, “Drupal 6: Online Presentation of …

The problem with Drupal documentation

5 May 2009


First things first: I’ve you’ve ever looked at Acquia’s documentation, read this post and take the survey. You’re welcome, jam. …

5 tests to stop your Drupal site’s silent death

4 April 2009


I visited my site a couple of weeks ago and discovered a pile of comment spam. That’s not unusual, of …

Brother, can you spare a headshot?

11 March 2009


I’ll soon be recording a video training course at Lynda.com similar to the one I created last year. To demonstrate …

A boon to beginners: the “Acquia Drupal stack installer” (DAMP)

3 March 2009


Only five days after its latest release, Acquia today released another update to its namesake Drupal distribution — and it’s …

Helping Drupal beginners

20 February 2009


TopNotchThemes just released my “How to make an online store look great with your new theme from TopNotchThemes, which I’m …

New Lynda.com video series: “Presenting Information Online with Drupal”

29 January 2009


Edit: The title is now “Drupal 6: Online Presentation of Data”, and will not include a section on Panels. Funny …

Can Drupal handle high-traffic sites?

29 December 2008


In Lynda.com’s Drupal Essential Training video series, I said: “…you shouldn’t use Drupal if it’s going to be an extremely …

Beginners’ DrupalCon sessions, TopNotchThemes, and a new hosting service

10 December 2008


It’s been a busy few months for me, so I didn’t get around to submitting my DrupalCon session proposals until …

Because it had to be done…

2 November 2008


…here’s the cover of the upcoming O’Reilly book “Using Drupal”, with the dormouse chewing on a Druplicon instead of a …

Notes for BADCamp presentations: “1st Drupal Steps” and “2nd Drupal Steps”

10 October 2008


It’s finally here! BADCamp 2008 will happen this weekend in Berkeley, California, with 27 informative sessions, BOFs, a job fair, …

The business of Acquia Drupal

30 September 2008


A few hours ago, Acquia announced public release of its first two products: Acquia Drupal (the software) and Acquia Network …

My solution to the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac crisis… from 2004

29 September 2008


At the risk of saying “I told you so”, I predicted FNMA/FHMLC problems in 2004 and suggested solutions. Here’s the …

Why support Drupal Association?

25 September 2008


Note: The store closed in October 2009, so this program is no longer active. I’m leaving the blog post up …

New store for Drupal-related products gives 10% to Drupal Association

24 September 2008


I’m pleased to announce the opening of store.tomgeller.com, which donates 10% of the purchase price on all Drupal-related products to …

Is the market ready for Drupal certification?

17 September 2008


Yesterday, Indian firm Gloscon announced its intent to offer Drupal certification. It joins Acquia, which first discussed its forthcoming “Yellow …

Reaching for the middle: Hosted Drupal or Google Sites?

16 September 2008


A comment in response to Jim Butz’ blog post (“Drupal and Startups: Is there a Connection?”) mentions Google Sites, an …

New to Drupal? Come to my beginners’ sessions at BADCamp (SF Bay Area)

16 September 2008


Today I proposed two sessions for BADCamp, a FREE two-day Drupal event that will happen 11-12 October in Berkeley. Except …

Try the complete Drupal Essential Training video course — for free!

12 September 2008


I’m excited to finally be able to give out access to the complete Drupal Essential Training course for free for …

Tips: Running Drupal on Windows using WAMP

11 September 2008


I haven’t actively administered Drupal on Windows, and in fact had never installed WAMP before creating Drupal Essential Training. The …

Update on Lynda.com course, Panels 2, and tomgeller.com

8 September 2008


The last few days have been busy, and I’m sorry if I’ve been slow in correspondence. Here’s what’s up with …

Happy anniversary to me! (One year on drupal.org.)

5 September 2008


As of 11:27 this morning, I’ve had an account on Drupal.org for exactly one year. 🙂

The story behind the “Drupal Essential Training” video series

3 September 2008


With the release of the Lynda.com series, some of you in the Drupal community might (rightly) wonder about my relationship …

Craig’s List founder credits Drupal-based site for pioneering online campaigns

27 August 2008


CNN just published commentary by fellow San Franciscan, Craig’s List founder and proud Obama supporter Craig Newmark, titled “Internet can …