Drupal Panels: Creating Custom Drupal Layouts

Drupal Panels Module: Break Free from Drupal Blocks and Regions. Switch to Custom Page Layouts.
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  • Lectures 30
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 10/2015 English

Course Description

Drupal Panels - Go Beyond the Basic Layout

So you use Drupal, and have heard of Panels. Maybe you have even seen them in action, but you don't know the ins and outs yet.

Maybe you are tired of being confined to placing your content in Sidebar Second, or Triptych Middle, or any other built-in block region. Or maybe you want different layouts for different roles, permissions, or situations.

If that sounds like you, then you are going to want to take this course.

In this Panels course you will:

  • Create Layouts Using Built-in Layout Categories
  • Create Custom Layouts
  • Easily Update Settings with the In-Place Editor
  • Modify Content & Variant Settings
  • Use Stylizer

This is a No Code course for Panel beginners. If you are looking to add CSS (beyond the Stylizer), or PHP, this might not be the course for you.

Take a look at the curriculum, see if this course is for you.

I'd love to have you in class, so if it is, scroll up and click the ENROLL button, because you can take your layout to the next level this week!

What are the requirements?

  • You should already be familiar with Drupal, and know how to navigate a site, and know standard Drupal terminology.
  • You should also have Administrator permissions, and a test site to freely use to follow along with the exercises in this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create Layouts Using Built-in Layout Categories
  • Create Custom Layouts
  • Easily Update Settings with the In-Place Editor
  • Modify Content & Variant Settings
  • Use Stylizer

Who is the target audience?

  • This Drupal Panels course is meant for those not yet familiar with constructing Panels. No prior Panels knowledge is needed. This course is probably not for you is you're looking for more advanced, and complex Panels, or are looking for instruction on adding PHP or CSS to your Panels.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Welcome & Setting Up Drupal Panels Course

Welcome to this Introduction to Drupal Panels course on Udemy.com


Set up this Drupal Panels course by installing the Panels and CTool modules


If you don't currently have content in your sandbox site for this Drupal Panels course, you can quickly add nodes, people, comments, and more with the Devel module


I will be demonstrating how to add blocks to Panels, if you already have blocks on your sandbox site you can skip this lecture.

Section 2: Creating Layouts Using Panels in Drupal

In this first project, I walk you how to create a Panel Page using the built-in layout categories of 1, 2, and 3 columns

2 pages

A step-by-step, printable exercise that walks you through creating a Panel Page in Drupal


In this project, I walk you how to create a Panel Page using the Builder's layout category, Flexible layout

1 page

This printable exercise allows you to create a Panel Page using the Builder's Flexible layout


A walkthrough of the of the Builder's Flexible Layout exercise

Section 3: Modifying Panels Content Settings

Now that you have created a few Panel Pages, learn about some of the settings that you can modify


Learn about the default Style settings available for Panels


Learn to create your own custom Styles by using the Stylizer


Who should see the content in your Panel Panes?


Set the Regions that your Content Panes can move to


The In-Place is a quick way to make changes to your Panels while not in the Page Manager

2 pages

In this exercise you will be:

  • Creating a Panel Page
  • Enable Pane Locking
  • Creating a Custom Style
  • Using the In-Place Editor
  • Set Visibility Rules
1 page

If you are enjoying this Introduction to Drupal Panels course, please leave a positive comment, and a rating, which you can do at the top right hand corner of the Course Dashboard.

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Section 4: Using Panels Variants

A Variant is a different version of your Panel. Maybe it has a different layout, different content, or different visibility rules. In this section you will learn two different ways to create Variants, and options you can set within your Variants


Create a Variant of a Page Panel by using the Add Variant button


Create a Variant of a Page Panel by cloning it


Change you Panel Page from 2 columns to 3, or 3 columns to 1, or 1 to a custom layout, whatever meets your needs.


Set rules on which Variant will be shown to your Drupal site users


Learn to Export your Variants


Learn to Delete your Variants


Learn to Disable your Variants

Section 5: Introduction to Mini Panels

Learn how to create Mini Panels and use them within Block Regions of your Drupal site


Quickly add Mini Panel to Page Panels

Section 6: Wrap Up

Thanks for being a part of this Udemy course. I hope that it has helped to further your understanding of Panel in Drupal. If you have any questions, please let me know. I look forward to your feedback & review.


From the Known Issues text file inside the Panels module


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IsáBel Harrison, Computer Training Specialist Since 1999.

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IsaBel has been serving students since 1999. Successfully self-employed, she is a trusted consultant for businesses large and small. She is a publisher, and author of several highly-rated eBooks.

IsaBel has been certified many times over as a Database Administrator, IT Professional, Developer, Network Administrator, and even Certified Ethical Hacker. Even with a technical background, she is a down to earth half-marathoner, who enjoys her family, good food, and sports.

IsaBel grew up around teachers, so education was always important to her.

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