Creating Content

Once you have created your Drupal website, you are ready to add content.

All content creation for Drupal websites is done directly via the browser by accessing your website and logging in. Once logged in, an administrative menu will be shown at the top. Anyone with a CERN account may login on any CERN website, but only those with relevant permissions (typically managed via grappa or e-groups) can make changes to the website. Depending on how a specific website is configured, distinct roles (e.g. writer, editor, etc.) with different permissions may be implemented. This allows owners to micromanage exactly which functionality should be accessible to which users. Additional information on Roles and Permissions is available here.

Once logged in, click the Content tab in the upper-left corner.

Logged in
An authenticated user looking at the Content interface.


The Content interface shows an overview of all the content currently published on your website.

Adding new content is done via the Add content button.

Adding content
Adding new content to a website.


On this page, you choose the type of content you wish to add.

Drupal supports a number of different content types, e.g. Article or Basic page. Different types of content offer different types of features. As such, choosing one content type above another typically depends on which look-and-feel you seek to accomplish on your website. While the content types included via the CERN Drupal Distribution generally accommodate most use-cases, it is possible to (a) install and enable additional modules; and (b) create your own content types if you have very specific requirements. Information on how to create your own content type(s) is available at

In this example, we will proceed with an Article.

Adding new content
Adding new content to a website.


The Title specifies the title of your content. Please avoid very long titles to better accommodate different screen sizes! The Body is a complete WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get)-editor with traditional text formatting features known from LibreOffice or Word. Tags may be added to aid searches on your website, but are not mandatory. The entire interface shown in the above screenshot is also referred to as the CKEditor in Drupal terminology. Kindly note that different types of content have different types of fields which need to be filled out or checked. In the case of articles, the only mandatory setting is deciding whether to allow comments or not (note the * on the right-hand side).

Once you are satisfied with your content, click Publish.

Once content has been published, it is generally publicly accessible.