At this point, you might want to read The 11 Most Important Things To Do After You Install Drupal.
Content typesA content type defines the way in which content is collected and displayed. Content types are a container for all content with the same characteristics (e.g. a "Bio" might contain different kinds of information than an "Event"). Some fields are part of all content types (e.g., basic data such as a title, date, and author). Some modules create their own content types and some don't. Those that do can have unique fields defined in their content type (e.g., the Location module adds fields such as city, country, longitude, and latitude). Additional custom fields of many kinds can be added using the CCK module. Content types have settings that can be modified by editing the content type and managing the fields.
Examples of content types provided by core Drupal modules:
PageA page is a simple method for creating and displaying information that rarely changes, such as an "About us" section of a website. By default, a page entry does not allow visitor comments and is not featured on the site's initial home page.
StoryA story, similar in form to a page, is ideal for creating and displaying content that informs or engages website visitors. Press releases, site announcements, and informal blog-like entries may all be created with a story entry. By default, a story entry is automatically featured on the site's initial home page, and provides the ability to post comments.
Examples of content types provided by non-core (contributed) Drupal modules:
WebformCreate a new form or questionnaire accessible to users. Submission results and statistics are recorded and accessible to privileged users.
ImageAn image (with thumbnail or other sizes). This is good for photos, art work or screen shots.
Create your own content typeYou can define a content type to exactly meet your information needs. The easiest way is to start with a page. As you create your content, think about the menu as well. Another handbook section you may find useful is Creating new content.
Creating contentTo create content: click Content management > Create content, then select the content type you want to create. There are usually one or more fields within each content type. We are providing an example of a page.
- Title and Body fields are found in many content types. The Title is used by Drupal to create the page URL. Keep it concise.
- Body is where you put the text for the page. "Input format" controls what code can go in the Body field. There are three (core) options: filtered HTML, PHP code, and full HTML. CCK allows you to change the name of this field; for example, you might call it "Product description."
- Use the log message to provide information that might be useful to other authors who may edit your document later, or provide your rationale for making edits to your own or other people's content. The log message is not visible to users without the appropriate content editing rights.
- Menu settings are used only if you are making this piece of content an item in one of your menus. It's the most efficient way to create menus. Another handbook section you may find useful is Working with the Menu.
- Comment settings are probably best set at the site level (click Content management > Comments > Settings), but can be specified for an individual piece of content.
- You can attach files to many content types. The "Upload" module must be enabled, and then the content type has to be set to allow this.
- If you enabled the Path core module or added PathAuto, you'll have URL path settings next. You can enter a "normal" name here rather than being required to use "node/2" when you refer to it later on. PathAuto will automatically create a URL based on your page title.
- Authoring sets the time stamp and creator information. The other use for this section is to control the page or story order when they are based on the time and date it was created.
- Publishing options: only "Published" items show up on the website. You can also promote content to the front page and make the content item sticky to the top of lists.
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