Drupal Basics

What is Drupal?

Drupal is an open source web content management system that will be used by all units throughout the College of Science and Engineering. This software will offer you multiple ways to organize, publish and customize your web content.

Once again, please remember that you are responsible for creating and editing your website's content. Our CSE team is merely providing the platform and tools for you to do so and creating a more accessible web environment for our students, faculty and staff. Visit the Unit Responsibilities webpage to learn more about the services we are providing. 

Web Management Basics

Before you get started on the activities that will walk you through how to create basic and advanced pages, it's important that you know how to navigate and manage your website.

After you log into Drupal, click on the shortcuts menu on your top toolbar, and you'll find the Site Management tab, a page that provides quick links to actions you'll need to edit your website (see screenshot below). 

Screenshot of Site Management page on Drupal

 Here's an overview of what each section provides:

  • Content: Options for viewing all content and creating new pieces of each content type. You can use the "View All Content" link to search for specific pages you've created.
  • Media: Options for viewing or adding media (images, video, documents, etc.).
  • Categories: Options to manage categories for each content type. Different types of content have their own categories. Creating and selecting categories for pages will automatically generate a "More About" section on the sidebar of your basic pages. 
  • Configuration: Options to edit administrative aspects of your unit's presence on the site
    • Unit configuration: used for contact info, header and footer information, social media links, etc.
    • Edit menu: used to edit and add links your site's navigation top menu bar