Drupal Basics


Graphic visualizing building pages for the web

NOTE: Because of the unique way we implement Drupal, these instructions and training opportunities only apply to, and are only available for, site editors working on Drupal websites maintained by University Communications.

For help with a website not using our Drupal installation, please contact your communications director or your IT contact. For help with UO Blogs Wordpress websites, visit the UO Service Portal.

If you are working on a staging site, those can only be accessed while you are on the UO network or using a UO VPN.

Drupal Basics 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 run into a problem, have questions about how something works, or have questions about functionality that is not covered, email webservices@uoregon.edu to ask for assistance.

If you would like to set up a training for someone in your department who needs to learn our Drupal system or needs help beyond the basic instructions, please complete the request form and select training.

Ask for Assistance   Request Drupal Training

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 photo editing tools like Photoshop.

Design and Layout

Learn more about why we limit the options for colors and fonts. What is responsive design and how do we implement it with our templates. Get some ideas for how to design and lay out your website, including homepage styles, basic pages, and staff directories.


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 change the name of your URL.


Most of the text formatting icons are the same or similar to those found in Word. Get step-by-step instructions for how to add and format text on your website.


Step-by-step instructions for how to add internal links (links to content on your website), external links (links to content on a different website), and anchor links (jumping to specific content on a webpage).


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 collapsible 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.

Feeds and Dynamic Content

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 basis. 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.