Introduction to Drupal

The Delta College website is built on Drupal. Drupal is an open-source Content Management System (CMS). With minimal technical expertise, you can create pages, edit content and incorporate features that add functionality and enhance the user experience for your area of the website. 

Drupal Terminology for Editing

The following is a list of Drupal terms you may encounter while editing.

Content Types - The pre-defined elements of various content/pages that will be available for creation on your site.

  • Examples: Department, Basic Page, Article, Program

Menu - The term refers to the clickable navigation elements on a page.

Nodes - Pieces of content in Drupal, typically corresponding to a single page on the site that has a title, body, and additional fields. Every node belongs to a particular content type.

NID (Node ID) - The Node ID is the unique identifier that Drupal assigns to a node. It can be found in the path to the node. For example, a node with path, “”, has a Node ID of “937”.

Path - A unique, last part of the URL for a specific function or piece of content. For instance, for a page whose full URL is, the path is “node/7”.

Published - The state of a node that can be viewed by visitors to the website. To easily hide nodes from the public (i.e. anonymous role), make the node unpublished by unchecking “Published” in the node add/edit form. 

Roles - Sets of permissions that can be applied to individual users. Users can belong to more than one role.

Revisions - Allows you to view previous versions of a node.

Taxonomy - Name of a core module that gives your sites use of terms. 

Terms - A term is a label that can be applied to a node, and acts as a category. A group of terms makes up a taxonomy

WYSIWYG - WYSIWYG stands for What You See Is What You Get. This is the area in which you will be able to enter/edit your content.