5 Best Drupal Books (From Beginner to Expert Level)

by Hamza Zia  August 31, 2017

Drupal is a powerful content management system that is well known for out-of-the-box solutions for website owners. In simple words, once you have finished installing the CMS, all the essential functionalities are available as part of the core installation.

5 Best Drupal Books

Although the installation of Drupal is easy, it takes time and efforts to master the application.

There are numerous skills that you need to acquire in order to develop a website on Drupal and customize it to your needs. Dedicating yourself to reading useful books will definitely get you started.

I have hand picked a few of the most useful books on Drupal that will help you understand the platform and eventually master it.

Drupal For Dummies

Drupal for Dummies

If you have to start from scratch and need a book to hook you up with all the basics then Drupal For Dummies is one of the best options. Written by Lynn Beighley, this book is for all newbies and non-programmers.

Drupal For Dummies starts by teaching you how to download Drupal, set up a site, organize and create your site’s content, apply templates, and get your Drupal website up and running. The teaching material covers tutorials on using modules and third-party templates as well.

The Definitive Guide to Drupal 7

The Definitive Guide to Drupal 7

Drupal 7 is a content management system favored by many stakeholders of the ecommerce industry. When it comes to using the powerful and extensible system, The Definitive Guide to Drupal 7 can be your go-to resource. It comprehensively covers major aspects of Drupal with the aid of practical approaches and real examples. This book is written by a panel of expert authors including Benjamin Melancon, Jacine Luisi, and Karoly Negyesi.

Pro Drupal 7 Development

Pro Drupal 7 Development

Pro Drupal 7 Development takes the learning of Drupal to a whole new level. The book explores a range of topics, from the basics of writing modules to making Drupal 7 modules even more powerful and sophisticated. It is an ideal book for developers seeking to learn about Drupal core, how to optimize its performance, build modules etc. Pro Drupal 7 Development is written by  Todd Tomlinson, an active contributor to the Drupal community.

Drupal 8 for Absolute Beginners

Drupal 8 for Absolute Beginners

The book Drupal 8 for Absolute Beginners can help you understand what this platform has to offer and how you could master it. It starts with the basics and requires no prior knowledge of the platform.

It is a definitive guide to Drupal 8, teaching the basics of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and PHP in the context of Drupal. Starting with setting up and customizing a basic blog using Drupal, this book teaches you how to build, and add functionalities to the modules.

Drupal 8 Development Cookbook

Drupal 8 Development Cookbook

Drupal 8 Development Cookbook is a step-by-step guide on how to develop a website with Drupal 8’s new configuration management system. It guides users on how to customize the platform and install third-party libraries. It further branches into the creation of blocks and custom modules.

This book covers a variety of Drupal features that will enhance the functionalities of your website, e.g. the use of multiple languages and how to import and export site configuration.

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About Hamza Zia

Hamza is a Drupal Community Manager at Cloudways - A Managed Drupal Hosting Platform. He loves to write about Drupal and related topics. During his free time, he can be seen obsessing over Football, Cars, Android and Gaming.

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