Yes, you read that right: we're going to release 200 free Drupal 8 videos.
We want Drupal 8 to be a success. One way we can help make that happen is to make reliable training available to as wide an audience as possible.
Back in April, we launched our Drupal 8 training Kickstarter project. The project closed in mid-May with enough sponsorship for 100 videos, but over the last 6 weeks we've been talking with more sponsors and now have backing for 200 videos!
Here's an overview of the all the free Drupal training, plus an introduction to the organizations who made it possible.
50 Beginner Videos: Acquia
Acquia is one of the most impressive open source companies. Started by Dries Buytaert, the founder of Drupal, Acquia provides an open cloud platform, developer tools and world-class support for Drupal.
Acquia positions Drupal as the central technology for many organizations, allowing them to unify their content, community and commerce on the Drupal platform.
We're pleased to announce that Acquia has chosen to sponsor our Drupal 8 Beginner classes. These 50 videos will cover an introduction to Drupal, installation of Drupal 8, taxonomy, modules, themes, managing people and reports, and site management.
50 Intermediate Videos: Glowhost
Glowhost is based near us in Florida and has been providing rock-solid hosting since 2002. Glowhost customers include Snopes.com, United States Postal Service, Keller Williams Realty and PBS (Public Broadcasting Service).
We're delighted that Glowhost is sponsoring our Intermediate and site-building classes. These videos will follow the the Beginner class and will really show you how to build Drupal 8 Sites. The Intermediate classes will cover Panels, Display Suite, Pathauto and other important modules you'll need to launch real-life sites.
50 Upgrading Videos: Commercial Progression
Commercial Progression builds and supports Drupal sites. Based in Michigan, they have worked with the National Geographic Channel and the University of Michigan amongst many others.
We're grateful that Commercial Progression will sponsor 50 upgrading videos:
- Upgrading a site from Drupal 7 to 8
- Upgrading a module from Drupal 7 to 8
- Upgrading a theme from Drupal 7 to 8
50 Performance Videos: InMotion Hosting
Based in Virginia and California, InMotion Hosting has been an excellent hosting company since 2001. Do you ever get the feeling that your host's staff doesn't know what they're doing? If so, you should try InMotion. No one is allowed to help InMotion customers unless they have a full month of internal training on everything to do with their hosting. InMotion has several team members dedicated to filling their documentation area with helpful resources.
We're pleased to announce that InMotion is sponsoring the Drupal 8 site performance and maintenance videos. The 50 videos supported by InMotion will cover these topics:
- Drupal installation in different environments
- Drupal core, module and theme updates
- Speeding up your Drupal site
- Drupal backups
- Moving a Drupal site
- Keeping your Drupal site secure
Other Thank Yous
A big thank you goes to the Drupal Association which supports the Drupal project in 1001 ways. Their staff are just recovering from running an excellent DrupalCon LA and they are still raising money to help finish Drupal 8: Crowdrise.com/d8accelerate.
Thanks also to the individual backers of the Kickstarter project. We'll start the process of shipping t-shirts and rewards to you next week.
Specifics of the 200 free Drupal videos
- Where will the videos be released? Primarily on YouTube. You'll also find the videos here on our site and on the sponsors' websites.
- When will the videos be released? The Beginner videos will be published before Drupal 8 is released. Because the other video series rely more heavily on contributed modules, the time frame for releasing these videos will coincide with the release of the contributed modules.
- What's the benefit for me if I'm an OSTraining member? You get these videos much more quickly than you would have otherwise. Plus, you'll get to see a non-sponsored version of the videos.