How to Use Drupal
- Training handout
- How to add & edit content
- Style guide (work in progress)
- Tips on Search Engine Optimization
- Advice on browser use with Drupal
How to Use Drupal
What is Drupal?
Drupal is our new CMS (content management system) which supports our college website. In fact, this site is in Drupal! Drupal is open source software that is widely used, especially in higher ed. We are using Drupal with the addition of something called Monster Menus, which was developed at Amherst College and is also used by Middlebury College, with great success and joy.
For users have only worked with Dreamweaver to update HTML websites, you will find updating and adding to your web pages very easy. It's as simple as logging in and clicking "Edit." (This is where users sometimes break into applause -- we are very excited about this too!) For Bluenog users, you will be delighted to find everything happens in one place in Drupal -- there is no separation between where the content is stored in a database, and where it is displayed on a web page. Check out the Editing in Drupal page for an illustration of how it works.
Email your ideas to the Drupal team, which is comprised of staff from Public Affairs (PA) and Library & Technology Services (LTS). PA shepherds website design and content while LTS supports Drupal and training.
We are currently in a migration and stabilization phase, but this will be the process for new feature requests:
Originally written by Dries Buytaert as a message board, Drupal became an open source project in 2001. Drupal is an English rendering of the Dutch word “druppel”, which means “drop” (as in “a water droplet”). The name was taken from the now-defunct Drop.org website, whose code slowly evolved into Drupal. Buytaert wanted to call the site “dorp” (Dutch for “village”) for its community aspects, but mistyped it when checking the domain name and thought the error sounded better.