Completed Demo Exercise

Let’s practice creating some content in Drupal.  In this hands-on practice exercise, we will first add text that will span the width of the page.  We will then add a two-column layout and add elements and content to both columns.  Students will then do some basic formatting, learn how to upload documents, add metadata, and create links while being guided by the instructor.  At the end of class, students will practice on their own.

Versatile text element

A text block element is the primary location for adding text content.  However, you will find that some of the features that were in the text block in CommonSpot, now exist as separate elements.  These include headings, images and tables.

Layouts are also added to pages in the form of elements.  Currently there are 2-column and 3-column layouts available on Basic pages, while landing pages can also accommodate a 4-column layout.  Layouts can be used multiple times on the same page and the layouts themselves can be different on the page.

We have programmatically set Drupal to detect most of the required link styles automatically, as well as which links should be set to open in a new window, saving content authors time.  External links are still a work in progress and will be resolved as soon as possible.

What content should I use?

Images are added outside the text editor

Sparks Lake in November