Logging In and Logging Out of Drupal 7

Log In

You can log in to your site by appending “login” to the end of your site’s URL, e.g., “www.sitename.edu/login.” This will bring you to a School login page. Your username and password are the same UNI/password combination you use to access your Outlook mail or any other University website. If that doesn’t work, contact ITG at [email protected].

If your site URL includes the words /programs-admissions, /current-students, /alumni, or /execed, your site is part of one of the three main homepage sites (Programs, Faculty & Research and Alumni). Your login will be at the root level of one of these sites. (e.g., www8.gsb.columbia.edu/programs/login)

Roles and Permissions

Everyone using Drupal is assigned a role and each role is assigned a specific level of permissions. Drupal has three basic roles:

  • Anonymous User: Anyone who happens to visit the site
  • Authenticated User: Visitors who have a valid login and password
  • Administrator: Users with permission to edit the site

(In addition to these basic roles, the School has added some of its own to allow specific users control over certain sites and pages.)

As part of the login process, Drupal retrieves your role from the database and grants you the appropriate permissions.

Once you are logged in, you will see the Administrative Menu Bar. This is a black and gray bar running across the top of your screen. The black bar shows the administrative menu items to which your role has permissions. The gray bar is the Shortcut Bar, prepopulated with links to the features you’ll need the most.

Log Out

The log out button appears at the upper-right corner of the Drupal screen. It should appear just to the right of your login name. For security purposes, it’s good practice to log out of Drupal when you are not actively working on the site.