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Intro to Backdrop CMS

October 25 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Eshleman Hall 212A/B

Backdrop CMS is for the small to medium sized business, non-profits, educational institutions, and companies or organizations who are delivering comprehensive websites on a budget. This introductory training will cover the basics of creating and administering a website with Backdrop CMS.

Training Itinerary:

In the morning we'll do a meet-and-greet to get to know one another.

Then we'll have a brief presentation on the philosophy of Backdrop CMS, followed by questions and answers.

For the rest of the day we'll build our own Portfolio website on Backdrop CMS, and in the process explore some of the similarities and differences from doing so with Drupal.

Hands-On Site Building
Exploring Pages & Posts
Content types & fields are almost the same in Backdrop CMS as they were in Drupal 7.
As soon as you master some slight terminology changes you'll be cooking with gas!

Creating and modifying Layouts
Backdrop CMS has a new top-level concept (like modules and themes): Layouts.
Separating page layout from the look & feel of your site means lots of good things for your site-building experience. Let's play!

Building lists of your content with Views
Views was the #1 downloaded contributed module for Drupal 7.
It's been moved into core for Backdrop CMS just like in Drupal 8.
Let's take it for a quick test drive so you can see that other than it's facelift, not much has changed.

Extending your site with a Module
Modules for backdrop are very similar to modules for Drupal 7, but in Backdrop the can be installed quickly without needing to leave your own website.
Let's use the project browser to install your favorite module.

Deploying changes using Configuration Management
One of the time-saving features Backdrop includes is the ability to package and deploy configuration from one site to another.
Let's practice deploying to a Pantheon site to see how quick and easy it can be.