Admin UX and Content Training for Drupal 8 Migrations


Drupal is a powerful tool for building, managing and presenting structured content, which can be an overwhelming experience for anyone who isn’t well-versed in Drupal terminology or UI conventions. Fortunately, Drupal is extremely flexible and extendable, which allows us, as builders, to create a sensible, focused experience for content admins.

In this video, we walk through real Drupal 8 migration examples that leverage tools from the contrib and core space, like Paragraphs Browser, Media suite and Field Groups, along with admin theme, architecture and UX customizations to create a delightful and straightforward content admin experience.

In the second half of the presentation, we take this thoughtful admin experience we’ve created and made functional for our clients embarking on Drupal 8 migrations for the first time. We walk through strategies to effectively train any audience, including a demo training of the example we reviewed in the first half.

What we cover:

  • Using out-of-the-box tools to improve standard Drupal 8 admin conventions
  • Leveraging grouping and UI patterns to create logical fieldsets in Drupal’s admin UI.
  • Aligning frontend designs with Drupal’s strengths to keep admin tasks focused
  • Framing Drupal terminology so it’s easier to learn 
  • Ensuring your training is aligned with the client’s current proficiency
  • Making each item relevant to their ‘why’ of learning it
  • Speaking about familiar terms with the newness required to train inexperienced clients 


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Nick Switzer Development Director

With a background in journalism and digital media, and 10 years of Drupal development experience, Nick is perfectly suited to ask the right questions and build the systems to display that information in a meaningful way. That deep, technical experience combined with his natural ability to connect with others makes him the perfect fit for managing one of the best Drupal development teams around.