Missoula Thursday Drupal Meetup: Getting Started with Drupal pt 1

If you're beginning with Drupal, or just Drupal-curious, this is the meetup you've been waiting for! On Thursday March 18 we're kicking off our monthly 'Getting Started Series' with an introductory presentation on Drupal core.
What is Drupal? Drupal is a powerful open-source web content management system and web application framework that can help you build and manage almost any kind of website, including personal & group blogs; e-commerce; community & social sites; nonprofit & issue sites; newspaper & media sites; video & photo/image galleries; and much more. It powers several dozen of the top 1,000 sites on the Web, as well as sites like
http://whitehouse.gov...,
http://theonion.com...,
http://www.observer.c..., General Motors, The World Bank, and many, many more. This powerful software is gaining huge momentum and thousands of businesses, organizations, and institutions are getting on board with Drupal every year.
What we'll cover in this meetup Starting from Drupal out-of-the-box – with no added modules – we'll methodically walk through Drupal's basic building blocks. You'll get a solid grounding in core Drupal concepts like nodes, users, permissions, taxonomy and learn the basic workflow of posting content in Drupal. If you have any specific beginner questions you'd like to have addressed, please add them to the comments for this event and we'll try to work them in. And ss usual we'll have ample time after the presentation for informal Q&A, networking, etc. If you know anyone who'd like to get started with Drupal, please send them the link to this page!
Recommended reading To best prepare for the Getting Started series, we recommend the book
Using Drupal published by O'Reilly. If you are at all serious about learning Drupal, please just go ahead and purchase this excellent book. Monte, Art, and AJ are just three of our group members who are happy they did! Well-written and aimed at the Drupal beginner, it takes you though the sometimes-daunting Drupal jargon and concepts with ease, and gets you comfortable with managing content and building sites step-by-step. If you review the first two chapters before this meetup, you'll have a leg up on everyone else! (Although highly recommended, the reading is not required to attend the session – everyone is welcome!)
About the Getting Started Series Each month an experienced Drupaler will present a lesson suitable for Drupal beginners. We'll structure the series so each month builds on the next – if you attend each monthly Getting Started series, your Drupal skills will grow naturally and within a few months you'll be competently managing your site and your content, and on your way to adding new site sections and features.
Meetup Details Thursday, March 18th 4:00 to 6:30 pm
Ruby' Inn and Convention Center (Room 300) 4825 North Reserve Missoula, MT 59808
map Phone: (406)[masked]

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to everyone who attended, I really enjoyed covering this material and your excellent questions. Looking forward to the next installment of the Getting Started with Drupal series! // For help/discussion between in-person events, please join our group and leave a comment here: http://groups.drupal.org/western-montana

    March 19, 2010

  • Nathan S.

    This was an excellent event. The Drupal training was informative and the instructor was as good or better than classes I've taken in the Media Arts department at the University of Montana. Kind of makes me wonder why I paid so much for education when events like this are going on for free. Great job!

    March 19, 2010

  • Steve

    Very basic introduction to Drupal, I struggled with the session only because it's not my learning style. Great presentation about the history of web management for the very novice.
    After some time playing around

    March 18, 2010

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