Top Navigation in Drupal

The black and gray bars at the top of your screen are the starting points for everything you do in Drupal.

The home icon

The home icon brings you to your site’s homepage.


Content will bring you to the list of all pages, profiles, menu features and other items on your site, both published and unpublished. This is also where you’ll find and manage your files in case you need to rename, replace or delete an image or PDF.

Clear Cache

The “cache” of our site is automatically cleared at the top of the hour. Sometimes, if you need your edits to go live before the next scheduled clear, or if you just created something (like a menu feature) and it isn’t displaying correctly, clearing your cache manually can fix the problem. Just click Clear Cache and wait for the confirmation message, then refresh the page.

Hello <yourname>

This is where you can change your password, email address, time zone. It is also where you can choose your display name, which shows up in places like the Content screen to indicate who was the last person to edit a page.

Add Content

This is your jumping-off point for creating content. You can create:

  • An article, such as a news item
  • A basic page for content that doesn’t change often
  • A menu feature, which you can assign to show up when someone hovers over one of your main menu items
  • A person profile, for anyone not already in the faculty directory

Find Content: The Content Tab

This is the default screen you see when you click Content. It’s a handy place to sort, find, or batch-publish (or unpublish) pages, and access files.

Filtering content

While you can’t search for particular content from this screen, you can search for particular types of content. Under the Show Only Items Where heading, set the Status and Type filters to the criteria you would like to search for, and select Filter.

Updating content

If you need to perform an action such as unpublishing, publishing or deleting an item, go to Update Options. Tasks can be performed in bulk or individually. Just select the check box next to the content that you want to edit and then select the option from within the drop-down box.

Find Content: The Files tab

To access the files on your site, click the Files tab in the upper-right-hand part of your screen. If you don’t know your files by their filenames, you can opt to look at them (the images, anyway) as thumbnails.

Filtering content

You can still filter items here, but the criteria have changed. Or just sort by any of the blue column titles.

Updating content

As before, find the files you want, select the box(es) at left, and select the Update Options that you want. Click Update.

Find Content: The Webforms tab

Rarely, you may need to create a webform. If you have an academic department, you may already have an Alumni Stories form on your site, which uses a webform.

Main menu

This is a text representation of how your site is organized (like a sitemap). You can easily move pages around in the main menu, or delete them from the group. As these are only links, deleting a page from the menu will not delete the actual page, only the link. You need to delete the page in the Content menu to get rid of the content itself.

Publications admin

Four faculty publications can appear at a time on your site’s homepage. They can be journal articles, books, anthology contributions, etc.



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