Introduction to Website Content Creation

A Drupal CMS Guide for Marketers

One of the reasons Drupal is such a user-friendly system is the standardized method of content creation featured on the platform. Although your website’s content may be divided into several different types, the basic steps of creating a new piece of content are the same. Adding a new piece of content can be broken down into these easy steps:

Opening the Create Content Page

Accessing the Create Content page will allow you to create your content and then determine its type, all within the same page, streamlining your creation process.

  1. Login to your website.

  2. The admin toolbar should appear at the top of the window. Mouse over Content and then over Add Content to pull down a list of content types available on your site. The content types listed should be those that were specifically tailored to your site.

  3. Select the content type you’d like to create. Your website will then redirect you to the Create Content page.

Create Content

NOTE: The title of this page will reflect the content type you selected, e.g. Create Basic Page, Create Featured Story, etc.

Content Creation

Once you’ve reached the Create Content page, you’ll see that there are several fields and options available. These vary between your different content types, but there are a few that are fairly universal across each:

  • Title - This will be represented by a small text box at the top of the page. Text typed into this box will feature at the top of your content.

  • Body - This will be represented by a large text box somewhere near the center of the page. This box is reserved for the main bulk of your content, whatever text or images your new piece of content revolves around.

  • Images - This will be represented by a “Choose File/Upload” field. For many content types, you’ll have one or more fields where you can attach an image for your new content.

  • Advanced Properties - At the bottom of any Create Content page, you’ll see a menu of advanced properties, such as Menu and URL path settings, or revision information and comment settings. All of these are optional, but some of them—like changing the publishing options or adding a custom URL alias—can come in handy.

  • Save - Although incredibly user-friendly Drupal is not like Word or other basic blogging websites and will not save drafts of your content automatically. If you create your content within the Create Content page, you must be sure to save before exiting the page. If you have unfinished content, be sure to save it as a Draft.

Publishing Your New Content

After you have finished creating and editing your new content, options for previewing and publishing your content are at the bottom of your Create Content page.

  1. To Preview - Clicking the preview button will show you your content as it will appear as its final, published form. No one else, aside from you, can see the content while in Preview.

  2. To Publish - Publishing your content in Drupal is simple, simply click the Save button at the bottom of the screen.

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