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Intro to Drupal: 10 Most Useful Drupal Videos

By tfrancois
Nov. 18, 2013

I have over 15 years of experience as a Business Analyst, and have worked on many projects involving different Content Management Systems (CMS). But when I first joined Appnovation, Drupal – the CMS we use – was very new to me. To learn more about this specific CMS, I took a top-down approach, wanting to first capture a big-picture of Drupal development; I posed a list of questions:

  1. What is the overall organization of Drupal?
  2. Why is Drupal the application of choice when it comes to selecting a CMS?
  3. Who uses Drupal as their CMS? And what do they have to say about it?
  4. What does Drupal offer that can fulfill the needs of our clients?
  5. What is the size of the Drupal community and how far is its global reach?
  6. As a Business Analyst, what are the need-to-know items regarding Drupal?


I visited the Drupal.org, reviewed documents, and had in-depth discussions with our Drupal developers.  I wanted more, so to capture a larger spectrum of information to help answer my questions above, I also searched out videos. Here is my list of 10 most useful Drupal videos:

These 3 offer a good overview of Drupal using different approaches:

“Drupal 7 Marketing Video”

Drupal CMS Video: “What is Drupal?”

“Understanding Drupal Documentary” – this video uses an interview format, making it nicely organized and presented

“Drupal Beginner: What is Drupal?” introduces the user to Drupal through tutorials; this video is the first in a series of many.


These two videos get more into the details of theming and module items. Even me, a Business Analyst, was able to understand them – amazing!!

“Part 1: Drupal Theming – Panels & Panels Everywhere HD”

“Introduction to Drupal Module Development”

“What makes Drupal special?” is a video that presents the connection between Drupal and other big systems. It is quite interesting to see that Drupal has a lot of support from well-established technology companies like Sun.

With “Drupal: An Open Source Community” you can see how the Drupal community connects. This Acquia video introduces the viewer to many of the individuals involved with Drupal.

Finally, I couldn’t complete this list without adding a presentation from the creator of Drupal, Dries Buytaert: “The Dries-note”


Voila! I hope you enjoy viewing these Drupal-based videos – please send me your comments or share any other links you think are informative.

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