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Drupal Panels Module: Break Free from Drupal Blocks and Regions. Switch to Custom Page Layouts.
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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!

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.
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What Will I Learn?
Create Layouts Using Built-in Layout Categories
Create Custom Layouts
Easily Update Settings with the In-Place Editor
Modify Content & Variant Settings
Use Stylizer
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  • 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.
Curriculum For This Course
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Welcome & Setting Up Drupal Panels Course
4 Lectures 12:31

Welcome to this Introduction to Drupal Panels course on

Preview 01:25

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

Preview 06:04

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

Preview 03:47

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

Preview 01:15
Creating Layouts Using Panels in Drupal
5 Lectures 21:54

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

Preview 09:37

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

Exercise: Creating a New Panel Page
2 pages

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

Project 2: Creating a Builders Flexible Layout

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

Exercise: Creating a Builders Flexible Layout
1 page

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

Solution: Creating a Builders Flexible Layout
Modifying Panels Content Settings
8 Lectures 26:09

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

Section Overview

Learn about the default Style settings available for Panels

Style Settings

Learn to create your own custom Styles by using the Stylizer

Create Custom Styles with Stylizer

Who should see the content in your Panel Panes?

Setting Visibility Rules

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

The Panel In-Place Editor

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
Exercise: Modifying Content Settings
2 pages

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Using Panels Variants
8 Lectures 14:38

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

Section Overview

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

Creating a Variant with the Add Variant button

Create a Variant of a Page Panel by cloning it

Creating a Variant by Cloning

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

Changing the Panel's Layout

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

Selection Rules

Learn to Export your Variants


Learn to Delete your Variants


Learn to Disable your Variants

Introduction to Mini Panels
2 Lectures 06:51

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

Using Mini Panels as Blocks

Quickly add Mini Panel to Page Panels

Using Mini Panels in Panel Pages
Wrap Up
3 Lectures 00:47

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.

Thank You!

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