Drupal Basics

Drupal Basics is designed to help communicators and content editors add and edit content for the websites they maintain. It starts with the very basics of how to gain access to a website and log in and covers a wide range of Drupal features.

If you would like to set up a training for someone in your department who needs to learn the Drupal system, need help beyond the basic instructions below, or have questions about functionality that are not covered, please complete the request form and select training.

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Getting Started

Learn about how to request access for a website, how to log in to your website, rules about accessibility, general guidelines and tips, and some of the most commonly used web tools like Photoshop.

Design and Layout

Get some ideas for how to design and lay out your website, including homepage styles, staff directories, basic pages, and grid elements, from webpages that have been designed using our Drupal system.


Step-by-steps instructions on how to select which type of page you need, where to find your content, how to edit your content, how to use our Drupal content editor, and how to format text and add different types of links.


Step-by-steps instructions for how to upload new images directly to a page or through the library, add images to a page, edit image properties, and replace or change exiting images.


Step-by-steps instructions for how to upload new documents to the library, link to documents on a page, and add multiple documents at once.


Step-by-steps instructions for how to embed YouTube and Vimeo videos on a page and make those videos responsive based on the device they are being viewed on.


Learn about our expanded menu of template options, including component templates, pattern templates and marketing page templates—from grids and call to action buttons and photos with captions to resource listing and feature envelopes and story blocks. 

Navigation and Menus

Step-by-step instructions for adding content to your site navigation / menu, how to change the order of your site navigation / menus, how to add custom menu items, and how to change the site navigation / menu titles.


Learn how to add and update the information in the dark grey section at the bottom of your website, including adding content like collapsable menus on the left 3/4 of the area, and updating the form items on the right 1/4 of the area like address, contact information, and social media links.


There are a variety of automatic feeds that can be set up on your website. News can be pulled directly from Around the O through a feed and calendar items can be pulled directly from the UO calendar through a feed. In addition, we can set up automatic feeds for announcements, updates, programs, etc., using tags on article pages.


Webforms are used to create simple forms for your website, such as a “contact us” page, and are enabled on a per user. Try to limit webforms to no more than 5-8 questions. If you need to ask more than 5-8 questions, or you need to collect any FERPA data, please use Qualtrics to create your form.