Drupal Web Site Content Management System (CMS)

Tulane has adopted the Drupal platform to manage web content across University-based websites. A web content management system (CMS) like Drupal offers flexible and responsive design elements as well as ready-to-use page templates.

What do I need to begin editing my Drupal web pages? 

Before you begin editing your website, be sure that you have (1) logged into your Drupal site at least once and (2) checked-in with your site administrator to register your editing permissions. 

How do I log into my Drupal website? 

To log in to your site, use your site URL followed by “saml_login”. For example: http://liberalarts.tulane.edu/saml_login

Drupal Navigation Menus

Once you are logged into your Drupal site, you will see a menu bar at the top that includes a “Manage” toggle. When you click it a white Header menu bar will appear on top of your site. This is your Drupal Navigation menu. 

How do I locate the Content web page I would like to edit? 

From the Drupal header menu, click the Content menu item. You will see a listing of all the pages within your site. You can sort the content in a variety of ways, including by Page Title, Content Type and Author. Remember to click Reset to begin a new search if you are searching using different criteria. 

How do I begin Editing the web page? 

After you have sorted the Content to locate your web page, choose Edit in the Operations Column next to that page name. Alternatively, most pages can be edited fro the page itself when an editor is logged in. Navigate to the page and look for the Edit tab on top of the page. Be sure to SAVE your web page edits frequently. 

Can I add images to my web pages?

Images are a great way to provide a visual element to a web page and are encouraged. As a recommended best practice, images should be resized and optimized for website viewing BEFORE you upload them to Drupal or include them on your web page or any other location on your website. Resizing images will make them load faster on the page for both web and mobile browsers.

How do I resize and optimize my images to provide the best viewing experience? 

Adobe Photoshop can be used to resize and format images. The website communications team recommends the following image sizes for use within your Drupal website. In addition, images that will be used in a series or image slider should be the same size. Be sure to include Alt Text when you add images to your web page.

  • Banner image size – 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • General image size – 800 x 600 pixels
  • Headshot image size – 400 pixels high or wide

Click the following link to learn more about resizing and optimizing photos in Adobe Photoshop:  [How to Resize Images in Photoshop]

Optimization Tool: https://compressor.io/

How do I get access to Adobe Photoshop?

Tulane’s license for Adobe Creative Cloud includes Adobe Photoshop. This is already installed on Technology Services managed computers university-wide. Click the following link to learn more about obtaining Adobe Creative Cloud for your office computer.

Where can I signup for Drupal Training?

You can register for Drupal training at http://signup.tulane.edu and refer to the Drupal Basic Editing guide from the following link. Please use your Tulane Box login to access the document. [Drupal Basic Editing view/download]. 

Who do I contact if I have questions about my Drupal website? 

Most schools and departments at Tulane have a dedicated Site Administrator. Your Site Admin is your first point of contact. If you do not know who your Site Administrator is, please contact the Tulane Office of Communications and Marketing at website@tulane.edu or http://tulane.edu/communications