Get comfortable with Drupal

Ready for review -- Last peer review: 28 Feb 2016
Add content, taxonomy, etc. Configure settings and blocks. Add fields to entities.

In this lesson you will learn how to:

  • Configure basic site settings
  • Add content
  • Add taxonomy terms
  • Configure blocks
  • Create custom content type
  • Add fields to content type (fields can be added to any entity)
  • Enable a theme

Install Drupal Locally


Configure basic site settings
First, start by completing steps 2 and 3 of Getting Started on Once complete, come back to complete this lesson.

Add content
Next, let's add content, by first understanding what a content type is.
Start by Reading Creating Content. A content type defines the way in which content is collected and displayed. Content types are containers for all content with the same characteristics.

  1. Make sure you are signed in
  2. Click add content from the menu at the top of the page
  3. Click article
  4. Give your article a title, tag it, and description
  5. Scroll to the bottom and click the Publishing Options sidebar. Note that to publish, you should determine where it will publish. For this example, make sure Published and Promoted to Front Page is selected and then click Save.
  6. Once saved, the completed post is displayed. Click on the Home icon in the upper left corner. You should see your new post on the Home page.
  7. Click the title and you will navigate to the post page. Look for the Edit option below the title of the post.
  8. The original post edit screen is displayed. Practice making changes to the post and reviewing your changes. Updates to your post automatically appear on your site.

Add taxonomy terms
Taxonomy is the process of categorizing your content on your site. Review About Taxonomy to learn what taxonomy is and why it is important. Additionally, followings sections of Adding Vocabularies and Terms using Drupal 7 listed below:

  • Adding a Vocabulary and terms using Drupal 7
  • Add terms to a vocabulary

Configure blocks

  • Navigate to Structure -> Blocks. This administrative page shows all of the blocks displayed around the main content in various places on the page or "regions."
  • Scroll to the bottom of this page. At the bottom of the list the screen shows the available blocks that are not displayed under "Disabled."
  • Let's move the navigation menu to the second sidebar. Find the block called "Navigation" in the "Sidebar first" region and change the region to "Sidebar second" using the drop down. (This can also be done by dragging the compass handle by the block title to the desired region.)
  • Click "Save Blocks" at the bottom of the page.
  • Next, configure that block to only show on the homepage. Click on the configure link for the Navigation block. Scroll down the page and find the "Pages" section under Visibility Settings. Select "only the listed pages" and type "" (without quotes) in the text box.
  • This makes the Navigation menu only appear on the Home page.

  • Click "Save Block"
  • Go to your homepage by clicking the house icon in the upper left corner of the page and notice that the navigation menu is in the second sidebar and that it disappears when you click on any other content.

Create custom content type

  • Navigate to Structure -> Content types
  • Click "Add Content Type"
  • Give the content type the title "Bio."
  • Type the description "Information about participants."
  • Select the vertical tab "Publishing options" and uncheck "Promoted to front page."
  • Select the vertical tab "Display Settings" and uncheck "Display author and date information."
  • For Comment settings, select "Closed"
  • Click the "Save content type" button

Add fields to content type

  • Now you see "Bio" in the list of content types. Click on "Manage Fields" for the content type Bio to add a Field.
  • Under "Add a new field" type "Nickname."
  • Under "Field type" choose "Text" from the drop down.
  • Click Save, keep the default Max length and click Save Field Settings
  • Again keep all of the default settings and click Save.
  • Now you should be back on the Manage Fields page. Drag the Nickname field up so it is just after Title. Click Save.
  • Close the admin overlay and click Content -> Add Content -> Bio
  • Now you see your custom content type with a custom field.

Enable a different theme
Head over to Changing Your Site's Appearance
For more information about theming, head over to How the Drupal theme system works


I would encourage making the links in the body of the document open in a new tab, that way the user does not lose the their place on the ladder once they navigate away.

Good idea. Thanks for making those changes, Ed!

I made a few changes and this looks done to me for now.

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