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Demystifying Decoupled Drupal with Contenta CMS

by Mark Shropshire
July 17, 2018

headshots of presenters Mark Shropshire and Bayo Fodeke


Decoupled Drupal is all the rage, but getting going can be intimidating. How can one get started without having to understand, install, and configure all of the components needed in a Decoupled Drupal backend?

Hello Contenta CMS!

Contenta is an open source API-first Drupal distribution that makes out of the box decoupled Drupal accessible. No need to install Drupal and figure out which modules and libraries that are needed to create a robust backend for your websites and applications.

In this session from Drupalcamp Asheville 2018, Senior Drupal Developer Bayo Fodeke and Open Source Security Lead Mark Shropshire demonstrate how to install Contenta, working with included features, using demo content and consumers, and working with the Contenta community. The presentation kicks off with a discussion around the benefits of decoupling Drupal. Viewers can look forward to live Contenta install and feature demonstrations. In addition, live code examples show how various frontends interact with a Contenta backend.

Key takeaways from this presentation include:

  • How to install Contenta
  • How to contribute back to Contenta
  • How to connect a frontend application to a Contenta backend

Meet team member, Mark Shropshire

As the Senior Director of Development, Mark “Shrop” loves working at the intersection of leadership and technology. He has a passion for personal and team growth, aligning individual purpose with Mediacurrent vision. Shrop focuses on empowering teams to be their best while using best of class open source technical solutions.  

Over his 20 plus year career leading technical teams, Shrop gained experience in IT roles at a large urban research university and nationally recognized award-winning graphic communications company. Through these experiences, Shrop has learned to lead others with an eye on the big picture, while getting into the details as a software developer, systems architect, and system administrator. One of his proudest accomplishments has been his role in building a stronger technical community in the Charlotte region. For the past several years, Shrop has served as the community co-organizer for the Charlotte Drupal Drive-In event, hosted by CharDUG (Charlotte Drupal User Group) where Shrop is a co-founder. He is a frequent public speaker around meetups and conferences, talking about leadership, technology, productivity, and mentorship.

When not focusing on teams and clients at Mediacurrent, Shrop enjoys spending time with family, podcasting, running live sound, and playing various musical instruments.

Learn more about Mark >