DIY Drupal 8 for Site Builders

Ted Spencer

“What does a DIY* Site Builder need to know for Drupal 8?”

(*Do It Yourself)

Learn the basics of Composer to manage dependencies.

Learn to select production-ready modules.
Discover H5P interactive content.
Learn the basics of theming without becoming an expert themer.
Drupal 8 can work very well without dedicated developers if you follow a "Keep it Simple" philosophy.

Knowledge and resources you need:

ISP/host with SSH access
Basic knowledge of command line and Composer
Strong knowledge of Drupal model of Content Types, Taxonomies
Strong knowledge of Views and Blocks
Basic knowledge of Themes

Analyze needs/understand requirements: Content, Users, Interactions
Model the Relationships
Prioritize Requirements: Need Now, Want Next, and Can Wait
Find Modules: Stable, useful, well-supported

Install with Composer (Prod & Staging/Test on Host)
Clone Production to Staging/Test on host; Local dev optional
Configure Site with modules
Add Theme/Sub-theme
Add static content and menu blocks (About, Privacy, etc.)
Build Content Types & Taxonomies
Build Views and Blocks for interactive content.
Test real content with real users.
Rinse and repeat.
Feature Demonstration: H5P Interactive Content

HTML5 allows users to interact with content using browser-based functionality. provides open source libraries to serve these content types from the H5P hub, allowing you to create, export, embed, and import this content across websites.
Demo H5P at

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