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Drupal Training 101 - Introduction to Drupal

Drupal Training 101 is an introduction to working with the Drupal build designed by the School of Nursing. In these videos, we'll go over the basics of how to login, the creation and management of content, and how content control and workflow works in Drupal. By the end of these instructions, you should be able to build attractive, complex pages quickly and easily.

1. What is Drupal and How Do I Use It?

Drupal is a type of Content Management System (often abbreviated to CMS). In this section, we’ll get a brief introduction to what CMSs are, what Drupal is, and how to start working with Drupal.

  • Introduction to Drupal (Duration: 02:37)
    This presentation will give you a brief introduction to what Content Management Systems are, what Drupal is, and what Drupal is not.
  • Logging in to Drupal (Duration: 03:06)
    Learn how to login to the editing interface in Drupal.

2. Creating and Editing Content

An introduction to the basics of how to create and edit content in Drupal.

  • Creating a web page (Duration: 08:03)
    Learn the basics of how to create a web page.
  • Editing a web page (Duration: 13:49)
    Learn how to edit an existing web page. We’ll also touch on using related content.

3. Content Control

Drupal uses a distributed, hierarchical model for content control and workflow. In this section, we’ll learn what content control is and what this means for you when you’re creating and editing content in Drupal.

4. Related Content

“Related” or “supporting” content in Drupal is an important concept. It lets you creatively reuse content that you or others have created, and considerably speeds up the creation and editing of attractive, consistent pages.

5. Related Content (continued)

In this section, we’ll continue to work with related content.

In particular, we’ll be exploring a faster way of creating content, what we call “Creating content inline.” This method of content creation allows you to create your web page and any related content at the same time.

In addition, we’ll be looking at placing content in the left hand side bar—the region of your page lying just beneath the left-hand menu, a potentially valuable piece of page real estate.

  • Creating related content inline (Duration: 09:42)
    This method of content creation allows you to create your web page and any related content at the same time.
  • Using the side bar (Duration: 03:02)
    The side bar is a potentially useful and valuable piece of real estate on your web page. Learn how to add content to this part of your page.

6. Other Content Types

Most of our attention so far has been focused on web pages, blurbs, images, and content groups.

In these videos, we’re going to take a look at some of the other content types that are available in Drupal, such as files, web forms, and events.

You’ll find that once you know how to build a web page or a blurb, working with the other types of content you can find in Drupal is pretty easy as well—in the end, adding one type of content is largely like adding another.

  • Other content types (Duration: 13:56)
    In this video, we’re going to take a look at some of the other content types that are available in Drupal, such as files, web forms, and events.
  • Web Forms (Introduction) (Duration: 10:13)
    In this video, we'll take an introductory look at Web Forms.
  • Web Forms (Creating your form) (Duration: 12:54)
    Here we’ll go over how to assemble your form’s fields—components in Drupal lingo.
  • Web Forms (Settings) (Duration: 11:29)
    In this video, we’ll go over the settings for how you want your form to behave.
  • Web Forms (Conclusion) (Duration: 10:03)
    A review of how to edit a Web Form, how to retrieve and analyze results, and how to use Web Forms as supporting or related content.

7. Submitting Content for Approval

We already introduced content control and workflow earlier in this course, but now we’re going to see how you can submit your changes for review.