Sharon Krossa Consulting
Sharon Krossa Consulting provides custom Drupal training, tutoring, mentoring, and advisory consulting for individuals and small groups. Instead of doing it for you, I help you do it for yourself.
Whether you have just a few questions or an entire website to build, whether you are a complete web novice or an experienced web developer, and whether you're starting from scratch or from an existing website, I can help you learn and use this powerful, dynamic content management system (CMS).
I specialize in "training by doing": learn Drupal by working on your own website projects and issues, not textbook exercises. This is both time- and cost-efficient. Training time doubles as development/project time, but with an expert guide by your side, and is not spent (re)learning topics you already know or don't need to know. The less time you spend trying to figure out how to do your project, the more time you can spend actually doing it.
End user training
Training end users, such as content contributors, editors, and user managers, can take as little as an hour or two. For end users, training may cover content creation and editing, user management, site administration, or other ongoing tasks. Training is done using the site the user will be working with and so covers how tasks are done for that particular site, not a generic Drupal site that may look and function quite differently.
Site builder training
For site builders, individualized training can speed up the development cycle by weeks or months. Learning to build a site from scratch, with no prior Drupal knowledge, can take as little as 20-40 hours of custom training. Answering just a few questions may take an hour or two —or a minute or two.
Site builder training can cover not only installation and the creation of custom content types, pages, lists, navigation, controls, and other features, but information architecture, usability, accessibility, search engine optimization (SEO), and best practices pertinent to your specific project.
Site maintainer training
Once you have a website, both its content and underlying code need to be maintained. Site maintainer training may cover backups, restoration from backups, and code updates to keep the site secure and functioning, as well as content creation and editing, user management, site administration, and other ongoing end user tasks to keep the content fresh and accurate.
Custom training lets you get right to the methods that work for your hosting environment and Drupal site, without having to wade through the ones that don't apply to your situation.
Hiring someone else
Don't have the time or inclination to do your site yourself? Want to hire a Drupal professional to build or manage your site for you, but don't know how to find a good one? I can help you with your search, from defining your needs to evaluating applicants.
How it works
Training and consulting sessions can be conducted in person or remotely (via GoToMeeting web conferencing). I just need to see your screen and talk to you: in either case, you will be at the mouse, doing all the work, to maximize understanding and retention.
I am based in Northern California near Stanford University and regularly work with Stanford departments and groups. I am also willing to travel worldwide, although so far clients from the US East Coast, Puerto Rico, and Europe have found remote training more cost effective.
Individual trainees may hire me directly and companies may hire me to train their staff and/or clients for them. I can be hired on an hourly basis as an independent contractor or a W2 employee.
There is a one hour minimum per session. Sessions may be cancelled without penalty with at least 24 hours advance notice. (If cancelled with less than 24 hours notice, the one hour minimum applies.) Educational institutions and non-profits receive a 20% discount.