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    Basic Page Sections in Drupal


    To make body text easier for users to scan, and to help you display it better, Drupal lets you break text into sections

    Each section has a section heading, a section title and a section body. It's not necessary to use both the section heading and the section title, so if you only need one, we recommend that you use the section title.

    Article Title in Drupal


    The title is what people will see first when they look at your article. It should not be longer than a short sentence, and can usually be thought of as a headline. Use proper capitalization (not all caps). The title field cannot use formatting such as italics.


    Basic Page Columns in Drupal


    You have the option of displaying the text below your introduction, also known as your sections, in one or two columns. If you opt for two columns, Drupal puts half of the columns on the right and half on the left, regardless of their length.

    Lists of courses or prizewinners are good uses of the two-column layout. It shortens what would otherwise be a very long page of very short lines.


    Accessing Your Website Account


    To access your Dartmouth website account, the supported secure FTP (SFTP) clients are Fetch for MacIntosh OS X and SSH Secure Shell for Windows.

    Fetch is an FTP application that is site-licensed for Dartmouth. Originally developed at Dartmouth, this product is now sold by FetchSoftworks. If you are a member of the Dartmouth community, click the Fetch link below to download the site-licensed version of Fetch. Everyone else should click the FetchSoftworks link to purchase a copy of Fetch.

    Logging In to Drupal


    There are two ways to log in and edit Drupal sites: SAML Authentication and using the "Last Updated" link.

    SAML Authentication

    The first and most common method is SAML Authentication. The URL to reach the authentication page may vary, but the structure is the same. Type the site (not page) address, then a single forward slash, then "saml_login" without quotations. Examples include:

    Menu Feature in Drupal


    If you wish to draw extra attention to your content, you can make it a menu feature, which appears when a user hovers the cursor over the main menu bar. A menu feature is not a page; it’s a link, but you have to create it just like you would create a page or profile.

    Slideshow Promo in Drupal


    Not to be confused with the image slideshow, this feature doesn’t have images. It’s a green box on the left-hand side of a basic page, which you can use to highlight up to five other pages or files. Users can browse the promos using bullets at the bottom of the box.

    You can change the order in which the promos appear by dragging a row by the cross icon on its left-hand side.

    The title of each promo is limited to 128 characters. Text should be short and descriptive.

    Menu Settings in Drupal


    This is an important step when creating a new page in Drupal. The menu setting tells your website where you want your content to live. If you don't do this step, people won't have any way to access the page.

    Top Stories in Drupal


    Many of our academic departments' sites have a Top Stories carousel for their "promoted" content. An article is promoted by default when it is created, and stories appear in chronological order. This is an easy way to display your newest content for your site's visitors and keep your homepage looking fresh.

    Website Training Handouts


    These documents are shared with Drupal site editors during training. You may find it useful to refer back to this page as more handouts are added over time.


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