Multilingual Hands-On Training (Drupal 7)

Hands-on training using the Drupal 7 Multilingual Sites book

Friday, July 17, 2015 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

About the training

It's hard for some of us to believe but not everyone speaks English! ;) Reaching audiences from different countries and with different language preferences can boost site conversions, improve user engagement, and create happier customers. Drupal is a go-to CMS for both small and large websites. But, until Drupal 8, building a multilingual site in Drupal has been quite challenging. It can take 20 or more core and community modules, lots of configuration, and often many patches from the issue queues to get a site prepped for multiple languages and translations. But have no fear! Hook 42 will be rockin' a hands-on Drupal 7 multilingual training at NYC Camp. We'll go in depth for Drupal 7 by following the Drupal 7 Multilingual Sites book which covers adding languages, configuring language negotiation, installing interface translations, configuring entities for translation, and more. Mentors will answer your questions as you go through the training at your own pace. At the end of the training, you can move onto the Drupal 8 multilingual workshop from 2pm to 5pm. You will appreciate how much easier it is after going through the Drupal 7 book!


This workshop is geared towards Drupal site builders, developers, and themers who are familiar with building Drupal 7 websites. Beginner Drupalers are welcome but, to get the most out of the training, it would be good to understand Drupal basics like creating content types, blocks, views, and users.


We have a lot of material to cover so, to hit the ground running, you'll need:

  • Experience building Drupal 7 sites
  • Laptop
  • We'll provide a Drupal 7 site for each attendee that can be used for the training (or you can use your own working Drupal 7 environment)


Please be ready to go at 9am or earlier. If you are late, we might assume you are not coming and give away your spot.

  • 9am to 9:30am: Quick Intro to Drupal 7 multilingual
  • 9:30am to 1pm: Self-paced with mentors
  • 2pm to 5pm: (optional) Move on to our Drupal 8 multilingual training


You'll be learning a lot in a short time! Here are some highlights:

  • Understand what Drupal components might need translations
  • Configure interface translations to be pulled from automatically
  • Pros and cons between node/content translation and field/entity translation
  • Configure entities (nodes, comments, users, etc.) for translations
  • Update views, site variables, and other configuration to support different languages

Sprint with us

Interested in making Drupal multilingual support even better? Sprint with us on Sunday! All skill levels are welcome. Yes, beginners and non-coders can help too. :)

About the trainers

Aimee Degnan

Aimee has more than 16 years experience in enterprise devops, web content management, and process engineering making big, sustainable websites that people can use. Aimee is writing the Packt Drupal 8 Multilingual Sites book. Learn more about Aimee at

Kristen Pol

Kristen is a seasoned web and SEO technologist with over 16 years programming and 11 years of Drupal experience. Kristen wrote the Packt Drupal 7 Multilingual Sites book. Learn more about Kristen at


We'll have additional mentors helping out. If you have built a multilingual site in Drupal 7 and want to mentor, let us know!

Last call for Drupal 7?

This might be the last D7 multilingual training since Drupal 8 is likely to be released within the next year. Don't miss it! :)

Skill Level(s): 
Beginner, Intermediate
Architects, Back End Developers, Developers, Front End Developers, Site Builders