Creating Pages

  1. Log in to Drupal

  2. Click "Add Content" in the top left navigation bar

  3. Select "Default Page - Catchall"

     

  4. This brings up a form page. Filling out this form provides Drupal with the content it needs to create the page.

    • Title: By default the title entered here appears both at the top of the page and as the metatag title, used by search engines. It's best to keep titles short, descriptive, and punchy. Your title should match the page URL.

    • Body: The copy entered here determines the main content of a given page. Select “Enable rich-text” at the bottom of the text box to turn on the Word-like interface, or “Disable rich-text” to work directly in HTML.

    • Menu Settings:To make the page appear in the navigation, click “Provide a menu link.”

      • Menu Link Title: Enter the text for your link. Brevity is key.

      • Parent Item: Determines where in the navigation scheme your page will appear. (In the example below, “Digital” is the parent item to “Websites.”) Find the appropriate parent item on the dropdown menu and release.

      • Weight: Determines the order in which the menu item appears on the menu. Drupal arranges menu items by weight — higher weight numbers get pushed lower on the menu. Tip: A best practice is to skip a few numbers between menu items so that you can insert new items later without having to adjust each existing item’s weight.

    • GSB Groups Access Control:To limit what users can see the page, click "GSB Groups Access Control."

      • View: Groups allowed to view: Begin typing in what group you would like to view the page, and a list will appear below of options. The groups are organized from general to more specific, so you have the ability to specify options as general as "All Students" to "Admitted EMBA-NY Summer Term Students from the Class of 2017". You can select more than one group.

      • Edit: Groups allowed to edit: Begin typing in what group you would like to edit the page, and a list will appear below of options. The groups are organized from general to more specific, so you have the ability to specify options as general as "All Staff" to "Only officers in the PhD Department." You can select more than one group.

    • URL Path Settings: Insert the URL for the website. Follow these guidelines for choosing a URL:

      • Only include what part of the URL will appear after the root website. For this website, only what appears after www.gsb.columbia.edu/identity (eg. web/drupal-how-to/creating-pages/catchall)

      • The URL should match the title of the page

      • The URL must be in lowercase

      • Separate words with hyphens (eg. investment-banking)

      • Be sure to include the parent page (eg. about/directors/biographies)

    • Publishing Options: When “published” is selected, the page will appear on the site when the content is submitted. When “published” is not selected, the page will not appear on the site and only be visible to users with the appropriate permissions.

    • Hit Save.