Instructions for Common Content Tasks: Configuring Advanced Content Properties

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Getting Started with Configuring Advanced Content Properties

At the bottom of every content creation page is the same collection of tabs which offer some advanced configuration options for your content. All of the settings in these tabs are optional, and it's likely that most of the time you probably won’t need to use them. There are a few, however, that are useful to know.

Publishing Options and Menu Settings

There are two options in particular that will come in very handy—Publishing Options and Menu Settings.

PPublishing Options and Menu Settings

Saving Content as a Draft

Sometimes, you’ll want to save content without publishing it to the website immediately. On the Publishing Options tab (see above), you can do that by publishing your content as a draft.

To publish your content as a draft:

  1. Click the Publishing Options tab to select it.
  2. Uncheck the Published checkbox.
  3. Click the Save button.
Note: Even if you’re not publishing your content, you will need to fill out all required fields before you can save it.

To finish your draft and make it live on your website, you’ll need to return to edit your content that has been saved as a draft:

  1. Go to [INSERT URL IN DOC PROPERTIES > Custom > Sample URL]/admin/content. You’ll see a list of all of the content on your website.
  2. From the Status dropdown, select ‘not published’ to limit the content list to ‘drafts.’
  3. Click the Filter button.
  4. Find the content you want to edit and click the Edit link in the Operations column on the right.
  5. Make your changes, and then simply check the Published checkbox on the Publishing Options tab before saving.

Adding A Menu Link

After creating a new piece of content, you may want to add it to your website’s navigation menus. On the Menu Settings tab, you have that option.

To add a menu link for a piece of content:

  1. Make sure the Menu Settings tab is selected.
  2. Click the Provide a Menu Link checkbox, which will cause new configuration options to appear.
  3. In the Menu Title field, type a title for your menu link.

Note: If you leave this field blank, your menu link will default to the title of the page.

  1. In the Description field, type a brief description of the page, which will appear when someone mouses over the link.
  2. From the Parent Item dropdown, select which section of the navigation menu you’d like the link to appear within.
  3. You can select a number from the Weight dropdown, to adjust where in the menu your link will appear. The smaller the number, the higher on the menu the link will appear.

Adding A Menu Link

Other Advanced Content Properties

Like we mentioned above, most of the time you probably won’t need to use the controls on these tabs. But just in case, here’s a quick description of each of the other tabs:

  • Revision Information – If you have more than one person editing a piece of content, this tab gives you the option of saving multiple revisions.
  • URL Path Settings – This tab lets you add a custom URL for your content, which will override the automatically generated URL. This can be useful for Search Engine Optimization.
  • Comments Settings – On this tab, you can specify whether to enable the comments section on your content or not.
  • Meta Tags – On this tab, you can add a title, description, and list of keywords for your content that will help search engines identify and categorize it. All together, this is called meta data. For example, the Description field on this tab will often be displayed when your content appears in search results. Having good meta data can help people quickly identify your website in a long list of search results.
  • Authoring Information – If you need to change the author of your content or the date it was created, you can do that on this tab.

Note: Google’s webmaster tools have some useful tips for how to create good meta data for your website.

For more how-to guides on Drupal tasks, check out the other posts in our blog series, Instructions for Common Content Tasks