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Universal Drupal Aministration Basics

Here's some of the first things that come up when someone needs to get into a Drupal based website and make basic changes.

    • Getting in:

    • The user login form is near-always available at /user so:
    • example.com/user
    • Retrieving password

    • there's a password retrieval form linked on the page above, it's always linked to the email account associated with the site.
    • example.com/user/password
    • Changing password

    • after logging in the password can be changed at:
    • example.com/user
    • Search for pre-existing content

    • If the search module has been turned on, the page is at:
    • example.com/search
    • Adding new content

    • example.com/node/add
    • each site has a separate set of content types, specifically made to meet the sites data-collection requirements.
    • choose new content's "content type" wisely as it can't be changed later, and it affects where the content will be listed within the site.
    • Editing existing content

    • after logging in, goto the page you wish to edit, it must be the full page view of that single item (so calendars and home pages don't work this way ).
    • if the page is a node, two tabs will appear above the page "view" and "edit"
    • Can't Edit Page

    • the page isn't a standard content node, chances are it's a panel(group of nodes/blocks and panes), or a view (sorted group/paged list of content nodes).
    • Views aren't really meant to be changed since un-foreseen things can break when they are adjusted.
    • Panels have a different interface, if you can't edit it see below.
    • Access Denied Errors

    • this has to do with permissions and roles, and your account not having enough of them
    • send your site administrator a link to the page you don't have access to and they can either give your user a higher role or give the role higher more permissions.