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As your company develops, it is important to keep your website content fresh, up-to-date and engaging. This could mean posting news articles, updating copy or swapping images.

In order to make these changes easy for our clients to perform, we build websites using Content Management Systems (CMS), namely WordPress or Drupal. This allows you to change many elements of your website without having to learn a line of code.

In this guide, we will provide instructions on how to perform some common tasks in your Drupal CMS. If your website was built in WordPress instead, view our WordPress CMS guide.

Logging-in to your Drupal website

Before you can start making changes to your website, you first need to gain access to the Drupal CMS.

To do this, visit your website and add ‘/user’ onto the end of your URL. You can do this on a smartphone or tablet, but we recommend using a laptop or desktop device because it will be easier to make changes.

You will then be prompted to enter your login credentials. Enter these and click ‘Log-in’ to gain access to your Drupal CMS.

You now have the ability to make changes to your website in a live setting. This means anything you save, update or confirm will be immediately visible to all website visitors.

Editing existing pages

In order to edit and update existing pages, you need to click on ‘Find Content’ – this should be visible in the top left of your screen as pictured below. Clicking on this will bring up a list of pages available for you to edit. To edit an existing page, navigate to the title of that page and click ‘edit’ under the operations column.

Using the find content function in your Drupal CMS

You will then be taken to an editor view of the corresponding page. Depending on the content type, you will see different fields that you can change. In a blog post or a project page, the fields you will typically be able to change include the page title, the body copy, and any images.

Editing content in your Drupal CMS

To edit the title or body copy, simply remove the text you do not want and type (or paste without formatting) the text into the correct field. To replace an image click ‘remove’ under the operations column in the image section, ‘Choose’ the file you want to use under ‘Add new file’ and then click upload.

Click ‘save’ at the bottom of the page to save your changes.

Deleting pages

To delete a page, after you have chosen ‘find content’, find the title of the page or item you want to delete and select delete from the operations column.

Adding new content

To add new content to your website, click ‘Add Content’ in the top left of your screen as shown below. You will then have the option to add a range of different content types depending on the design of your website. Typical options include articles (news or blog posts), case studies, testimonials, and basic pages. To select one of these, click on the title of the content type.

Adding new content in your Drupal CMS

Adding an article

After clicking on ‘article’ you will be taken to the post editor. You can then fill out the following sections:

  • The article title, which may be used in numerous places throughout the website.
  • The summary, used to entice people to read the article. This is accessed via the ‘Edit Summary’ button.
  • The main content box, visible on the article page itself.
  • The image section, which may need an image of a certain size. The chosen image will appear at a certain position on the page as determined by the website design. This is also likely to form the preview image – as seen in your ‘news’ page before you click on the article.
  • Publishing options – this allows you to publish your finished article so that it is visible to website visitors. You can also deselect ‘publish’ to remove a post from public view without deleting it.
Creating an article in your Drupal CMS

Adding a standard page

To add a standard page in your Drupal CMS, choose ‘basic page’ from the content list. You will then be taken to the page editor where you can then fill out the following sections:

  • The page title, which may be used in numerous places throughout the website.
  • The summary, which may be used to entice people to read the page. This is accessed via the ‘Edit Summary’ button.
  • The main content box, visible on the page itself.
  • The image section, which may need an image of a certain size. The chosen image will appear at a certain position on the page as determined by the website design.
  • Publishing options – this allows you to publish your finished article so that it is visible to website visitors. You can also deselect ‘publish’ to remove a post from public view without deleting it.
Creating a basic page in Drupal

Adding a link

To add a link to a specific piece of text, highlight the text you want to add a link to and click the link icon as highlighted in the image below.

Adding a link in your Drupal CMS

A pop-up should appear as shown below. Change the Link Type in the drop-down menu to ‘URL’ and paste the URL into the ‘link’ box. If you want the linked page to open in a new window, choose ‘target’ from the menu and select ‘new window’ from the drop-down list. Click ok when you have finished.

Using the link pop up menu

Adding an image

To add an image to the ‘body’ text field, place the cursor where you want to add the image and click the image icon as highlighted below.

Adding an image in your Drupal CMS

A pop-up should appear as shown below. Click ‘browse server’.

If the image you want to use has already been uploaded, click the file name of the image from the list that appears. Then choose ‘insert file’ from the menu at the top and click ok.

If you need to upload a new image, click ‘upload’ in the top left corner of the pop-up window and select ‘choose file’. Choose the image you want to upload and then click ‘upload’ as highlighted below. Then select ‘insert file’ from the menu and click ok.

Adding an image pop up menu

Final notes

Due to varying designs and content sections between different websites, we have not covered any actions that will be specific to a certain website. If your website was produced by Three Sixty Media, you should have been given a more in-depth PDF guide.

As a manager of your website, you have access to all of the files that relate to your site. When editing or adding content, we recommend using the ‘Preview’ options (where possible) to see your changes before you publish them live. We don’t recommend editing or amending any files unless you are confident to do so.

We also don’t recommend editing the ‘Appearance’ settings of your website, either using the CMS or directly editing the code.

Please be aware that some changes you make may be irreversible without dedicated support from our team. We are happy to help with any queries, just get in touch.

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