Drupal CMS FAQ

Commonly Asked Questions About Drupal CMS

Commonly Asked Questions About Drupal CMS

What is Drupal?

Drupal is a content management system used as a platform for building and managing custom websites. It provides website admin with a user interface that allows them to manage complex website content tasks, without needing advanced technical coding or development expertise.

I'm comparing Drupal to other CMS platforms–Wordpress, Joomla–how does it compare?

Drupal is open-source, which means that developers can directly and easily access the platforms source code, allowing for faster development and customization. Drupal is also built with a modular system, which means that, out of the box, Drupal initially has a basic appearance and functionality. But by adding modules, your Drupal website can be quickly built with a unique look and feel, as well as functionality. This means that your Drupal website can be built to align with your desired website management process.

I hear the Drupal admin panel is difficult? Can our content managers run the site day to day?

The Drupal admin panel has a steeper learning curve than Wordpress or Joomla, due to the deeper functionality available on the platform.
Bear Group technical PM’s are available to provide training to end users of the system on an ongoing basis throughout development. We will provide written PDF guides, and can do group or one-to-one training via webex or in-person as needed. Our goal is to get everyone comfortable using the new system in their day-to-day work, and often end-user training provides valuable insights we try to fold back into the overall system usability.

I am nervous about open source. Security concerns.

The short answer is that open source software is as secure or more secure (in general) than commercial software. Drupal has a very good track record in terms of security, and has an organized process for investigating, verifying, and publishing possible security problems. Drupal's security team is constantly working with the community to address security issues as they arise. More information about this process can be found in that section of the handbook.

How can I access the login screen after logging out?

The next time you visit your Drupal site, append your URL with “/user”. For example, your full URL should look like this: “demo-drupal.stage.beargroup.com/user”

I deleted a block, can I retrieve it?

If you deleted a block from your block layout, which can be found here:
blocks
Check the custom block library tab. There are a few blocks in this tab that came with your website, but this is where you can find blocks that you created yourself on your Drupal instance.
If you deleted a block that only appears in the block layout and not in the custom block library, feel free to contact us and we will refresh your Drupal website. It is possible to retrieve deleted website content by downloading saved information from your website database.

I have multiple blocks placed in a single section of my page, how do I control what order they appear in?

From your block layout menu, you can also click and drag blogs that have been placed. The order that they are listed on the block layout page will be how they appear on the actual page.
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Where do I manage meta-data from my website?

Depending on what content type you’re editing, there is a grey block on the right side of the back-end editing page:
editing
From this menu, you can make adjustments to your content’s URL, meta data, and menu settings.

Is there a way to adjust the size limits of images I am permitted to upload?

Those image limits have been set to manage the website’s look and feel, ensuring that images have been uploaded which will not disrupt your website’s layout. You can customize your Drupal website to allow larger images, or to automatically resize uploaded images, but that requires additional development work.

Can I create a new content type?

Without further development work, you are limited to the content types that appear in your Drupal site. Although creating new content types can only be done on the web developer’s level, it’s a quick project. Many of the teams we’ve worked with in the past have created their own custom content types to create unique content, such as microsites and user profiles, with their Drupal CMS. Using blocks and other media, you can create unique looking content with the content types already available to you. For example, these two pages are both made with a basic page content type:
 

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What browsers support Drupal websites?

Drupal has been most successful on these browsers: Internet Explorer 6.x and later, Firefox 5.x and later, Opera 12 and later, Safari 5.x and later, Google Chrome.