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Creating New Pages for Your Drupal Site

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Creating a new content page for your Drupal site involves a number of steps.

  1. Creating the page
  2. Selecting the content type
  3. Adding and formatting content
  4. Adding a menu link to access your page

Working with the Content Overlay Page

  • Click Content on the Admin menu.
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  • There are two areas to note on this screen. At the top is the + Add content link. This is the link to click when you create a new page. The second area to note is the list at the bottom. This is the list of all your content pages. From here you can do a number of things.
    • Click the title to open the page (helpful if there is no menu link to the page).
    • Click edit to open the page for editing.
    • Click delete to delete your page.
You may wish to hold off on deleting pages. Later on you may decide you need the page.

Creating a New Page

  1. Click Content on the Admin menu.
  2. Click the + Add content link at the top of the Content overlay screen
  3. Select the Basic page content type. See Selecting a Content Type below for more information.
  4. Enter a Title for your page. This is required.
  5. Enter your content into the Body. You can return to add or edit your content. The Text format defaults to Filtered HTML. You may wish to switch to Full HTML.
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  6. The settings at the bottom of the page are discussed in other articles.
  7. Click Save. You will see a confirmation message.

Your new page will be listed on the Content overlay screen.

Selecting a Content Type

There are seven basic content types available to use. Each content type has a different set of fields for storing and displaying information.

Content Type Description
Basic page Use basic pages for your static content, such as an 'About us' page.
Biblio Use Biblio for scholarly content, such as journal papers and books.
Blog Create a blog entry.
Feed Subscribe to RSS or Atom feeds. Creates nodes of the content type "Feed item" from feed content.
Feed item This content type is being used for automatically aggregating content from feeds.
News Create or reference relevant news stories here.
Webform Create a new form accessible to users. Submission results and statistics are recorded.

Adding and Formatting Content

There are several ways to enter and format your content. These are discussed in the following articles available on the Drupal Cloud Home Page.

Add a Menu Link for Your Page

To create a menu link for your new page scroll to the bottom of your page and check the option to Provide a menu link. You can leave the other options as they are.
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For more information about menus, see Adding a New Page to Your Site Menu at the Drupal Cloud Home Page.

Working with Page Options

Several page options are available at the bottom of your page overlay screen. Some are more critical than others.
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Menu settings Click the option to Provide a menu link. You can change the menu link title which may be a shortening of your page title. You can also add a description. You can choose the menu (parent) under which this link will be placed. The Main menu is typically the best choice when you are just beginning your site. You can assign a weight to position the link within the menu but there is a much easier way by accessing the menu links through the Menu overlay screen. Click Structure on the admin menu, then Menus, then click list links for the Main menu.
Revision information Lets you enter a note about any revisions you have made.
URL path settings You can override the default system of assigning URLs to pages. However, it is highly recommended that you keep the setting for Generate automatic URL aliases which take into account any hierarchical menu structure you have developed. For example, if you have an About page which has subordinate pages for Faculty, Staff, and Students, Drupal automatically generates the appropriate hierarchical URL, e.g., /about/faculty. This is enormously helpful if you then move or rename the page or its parent. Simply open each page overlay screen and save the pages again. The new aliases will be created.
Comment settings These are options to enable comment logging for a page. Comments are not enabled by default.
URL redirects Here you can set the from, to and options for any page redirects.
Authoring information Edit the author and date data in the section.
Publishing options Keep a page from being published while it is being worked on by unchecking the Published option. All pages are published by default.

See Also

IS&T Contributions

Documentation and information provided by IS&T staff members

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August 07, 2020

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