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Create a Zen 8.x-7.x sub-theme - Manually (Tested with D8.17, 'zen-8.x-7.0-alpha14' / 'zen-8.x-7.x-dev [2016-Jul-14]')


The base Zen theme is designed to be easily extended by its sub-themes. You should Not modify any of the files in the Zen base-theme folder 'zen' at [D8-root]/themes/zen, but, instead, create a sub-theme located outside of the 'zen' base-theme folder. Put you subtheme at [D8-root]/themes/my_zen_subtheme_location.

Set Windows to "Show hidden files, folders, or drives", and to NOT "Hide extensions for known file types"

If you are using Windows,
it is important that you
set Windows to display hidden files.
And it is even more important
that you display all file extensions.

By default, Windows hides certain files
that it has classified as worthy of being 'hidden'.
And, by default, Windows does not display
certain file extensions.

I have no doubt that MicroSoft did this
to reduce the burden upon
their telephone support department
by reducing the number of calls
from parents whose 2- and 3-year-olds
play 'drums' on the keyboard.

This is, however,
a completely unacceptable situation
for you as you work on your Drupal site,
and you should adjust Windows
to display all files,
and all file extensions.

Drupal 8 Development: Beginner's Guide

Explore the new features of Drupal 8 through practical and interesting examples while building a fully functional recipe sharing website
Packt Publishing
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Drupal is one of the most popular platforms with which to develop websites. With more and more organizations looking to build engaging digital experience for their stakeholders, the Drupal Content Management System offers a mobile-first platform with native support for integrations, better performance, and scalability. The new version brings significant changes to its module development and theme creation techniques, improving performance and refining the development experience.

This book will help you develop your own website using Drupal 8 in a step-by-step manner. You’ll start off by setting up your development environment, enabling you to begin writing custom code for a Drupal-powered website through PHPStorm. You will learn about configuration management and creating custom content types before exploring the HTML5 features included with Drupal 8.

You will then get familiar with Drupal 8’s mobile-first features, explore the built-in WYSIWYG and in-line editing capabilities of Drupal 8, and enhance the overall authoring experience. Later, you will create and enhance a Media Entity Lightbox module, before taking an in-depth look at the Views module.

We then cover some advanced search concepts and walk you through the installation and integration of the Java-based Apache Solr search engine. Finally, you will explore and configure the built-in support for REST and extend its support by installing the RESTful module. By the end of the book, you will have created a recipe sharing website while gaining a solid understanding of development best practices for Drupal 8.

What you will learn

  • Set up your Drupal development environment
  • Brush up on your understanding of the concepts of object-oriented programming, module development, and test-driven development
  • Install and configure Drupal, add new content type, and work through lot of dummy content to create listing pages using views
  • Enhance the content author’s user experience and custom block
  • Find out about field Type API and explore custom theme development
  • Manage various media types in Drupal for your content-rich website

Guidelines for username for a Git vetted account

All materials that are stored in the Drupal.org Git repo must be created by the individual that pushed it to the repo. We do not allow organizations to have a Git account at Drupal.org. It is inappropriate to use an organizational account to commit to a project in the Drupal.org Git repo.

When creating an individual account at Drupal.org, your username can be your full name or your nickname. You can use numbers or letters, but punctuation is not allowed except for periods, hyphens, and underscores.

Configuring the Search API server (D8)

Create a new Search API server

Go to http://example.com/admin/config/search/search-api
○ Click on "add server"
○ Add a name for the server
Add the connection configuration to your Solr server and leave the other defaults


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