Frequently Asked Questions

What modules would you recommend I install in Drupal?

If you're a client of 1 Website Designer, you will have all the following modules installed (unless we've arranged otherwise) and be using Drupal 6.  Otherwise, I recommend that you install and configure the following modules (some of this end-user guide or tutorial assumes that you have).

The above are related to editing and creating content, I'd also recommend:

  • Backup and Migrate - creates automated backups of your site.
  • Cron - Automatically runs Cron as often as you wish (defaults to once per hour).


I've created a page, but I can't see it, how do I find it again?

If you've created a page, but either forgotten to add a link in the Menu Settings, or deliberately set it to 'unpublished', how do you find it again?

The answer is to click on 'Administer', then near the top left, 'Content', or alternatively visit the following folder in your site:

/admin/content/node

This then lists all of the content on your site (including images).


How do I change the order of links in Drupal?

If you wish to reorder the navigational links on your Drupal site, do the following:

Click on Administer, then Menus (near the top right), then select the Menu you wish to re-order, or go to the following page:

/admin/build/menu

You will then see a list of items in a menu, click and hold down this button:

Reorder menus

And simply drag and drop this menu item to wherever you want it to go.  Repeat for other menu items, then press 'Save configuration'.


How do I edit other elements of a page (footers, headers, etc.)?

These could be in one of three places.  Click on Administer, then either:

Blocks ( /admin/build/block ) or
Site information ( /admin/settings/site-information ) or
Themes ( /admin/build/themes )

In the Blocks section, you will then be presented with a list of 'Blocks' on your site - these may include things like Headers, Footers, auto-generated lists of content, menus, etc.

The link to Site information is near the bottom right of the Administer page.  This lets you edit the name of your website and the default email address, slogan, footer message and URL of the home page.

If you feel you need to modify the theme, please contact 1 Website Designer first if possible, as this could change the site in unexpected ways.  If you wish to modify for example a dynamically generated list, we may also have used Views, in which case please contact us and we'll explain how to modify these sections, or we'll modify them for you.

Pasting from Word or Excel

The Microsoft Word software generates very poor html with several lines of code for every line of text that will slow down how quickly a page loads and means search engines have to wade through nonsense code to find the real content of a site.

To paste from Word or Excel:

  • In Word / Excel Highlight the text you want to copy.
  • Press Ctrl + C (on a PC) or Apple + C (on a Mac) to copy the text or Excel table.
  • Open the Drupal page and position the cursor where you want to paste the text.
  • Drupal tutorial - pasting from Word with the FCK EditorPress the 'Paste from Word' button.
  • Press Ctrl + V or Apple + V to paste it into the section that appears.
  • Click OK.

If you accidentally paste from Word, my advice is to delete the content and restart.  To see the html code that word creates, if you do this by accident press the Source button.  Editing the html would be a whole new tutorial by itself, but this button also lets you look into the html code Drupal generates.

 

How do I use tables in Drupal?

We've created a whole page about working with tables in Drupal.

 

How do I create a link to a section of page, rather than the top?

This can be done using something called an anchor link, click to find out how these work.

Creating links generally and 'anchor' links to a specific area of a page.

 

How do I use the i18n Translation / Internationalization interface?

If you have the i18n Translation / Internationalization module installed, then we've included a separate
i18n Translation / Internationalization Tutorial


Where can I get more information?

The Drupal 4 and 5 end-user guide contains useful information.  It is focused on a previous version of Drupal, but the vast majority of the tutorial is still relevant.

The Drupal handbook refers to Drupal 6 and is aimed at developers rather than end-users.

Alternatively, please send us an email at design@1websitedesigner.com.

If you're just looking into Drupal or into creating a new website, please browse the rest of this site, which has information on our Drupal web design and search engine optimization services, plus extra tutorials and advice.