Drupal Basics

Welcome to Drupal, an open source web content management system maintained and developed by a community of more than 1 million people across the globe.

The University of Minnesota is in good company, as our fellow users come from higher education, government, nonprofits, corporations, media, and more, from Harvard to the BBC to WhiteHouse.gov. This software enables users like you to easily organize and publish content, with a wide variety of customization options. 

As part of the health sciences current web system using Drupal 7, the web property you manage is in the AHC’s web theme, Nokomis. We are using the University’s enterprise Drupal implementation, supported by the Office of Information Technology (OIT). Once you publish, your changes will go live within minutes.

All Drupal 7 sites using Nokomis must transition to Drupal 8 by July 2021. See the Web Resources page for more information.

Things to remember

Did you save? 

Autosave is not enabled on the Drupal CMS, so be sure to save as you’re editing and adding content.

Did you publish? 

If you don’t see the new content page you just created or edited, there’s a good chance you haven’t published it yet. 

Previewing pages

When you hit Preview, it’s a Drupal 7 preview, not real life. To see what the page looks like to web visitors, hit Save.

Choose the right heading

When choosing your text style, start with Heading 2 for titles, Heading 3 for subtitles, and work your way down the line. This is important to support accessibility and will enable future style changes to automatically apply.