Drupal 101: Intro to Views - The Essentials

May 2012

Drupal 101: Intro to Views - The Essentials

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Views are a massive part of Drupal and you can't experience the power of Drupal without the Views module.  To get views up and running you need to install a couple of modules which can be found at the links below. You also need to know a little about custom content types. For more information on that check out Chris's blog post listed below.

Important Links

Grab the Views module here
Grab the Chaos Tools Suite here
Get more information on custom content types

What are views?

Views are nothing more than a way to dynamically present your data.  Views are made of 3 main components: filter criteria (what type of content needs to be displayed), fields (of the nodes that were displayed what parts of the content or what content fields to want to display?), and finally the display itself (are you creating a page, block, or rss feed?). After creating a display with a set criteria and chosen content within that criteria you can begin to style and format that data just like you would any other page. 

Views are an enormous subject matter. The possibilities are limitless, but unfortunately my time and your attention span are limited so I try to keep this as short and to the point as possible. This video is only here to get you setup and on your way.  I will create some more advanced tutorials in the future, so if you have ideas please let me know and I'll do my best to incorporate what you want to see in the next one!

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May 18, 2012

Drupal Theme Garden

Great "intro", thanks. Do you

Great "intro", thanks.
Do you have plans to create more advanced views tutorials?

May 18, 2012


Advanced Views

I'm absolutely going to do more videos over views! Next I'll probably do a few on intermediate and advanced views. After that I intend to do a handful of slightly more obscure uses for views. If you have any ideas feel free to let me know, and I'll see what I can do to cover them in the upcoming videos.

May 18, 2012

Johan Falk

Nice video!

Great Views introduction! I'm including it in some kind of Drupal learning library I'm working with (see http://skillcompass.org/resource/drupal-101-intro-views-essentials). I hope you don't mind.

May 18, 2012


Skill compass

Nope, I don't mind at all. Thanks for sharing the tutorial with others!

April 7, 2013


Great job!

Great job guys! We would love to feature this at our Drupal development website. Let me know.