Drupal 101 - Before you start
Before you start, we need to get a few terms in the Drupal terminology out of the way. We try to keep away from jargon, but to not call a Node a Node won't work ... so what's this Node thing?
- Drupal nodes
- Drupal content types
- Drupal menus
- Drupal taxonomy, vocabularies, and terms
- Drupal views
- Drupal Display Suite view modes and displays
- Drupal theme
- Drupal blocks
- Drupal sitebuilder role
In Drupal, content - pages, news, blog posts, events ... - is stored in a node. Content for each node is stored in a set of text fields based on the configuration of the node's parent content type, and assigned a URL. For example, the page you are reading is a node for the content type Documentation page under the URL https://sector.nz/node/576.
Drupal content types
In Drupal, website content is organised in content types. The content type configuration defines the settings, fields and displays of a node. For example, all nodes of type Event follow the blueprint set by the content type Event.
In Drupal, hierarchical content is organised in hierarchical menus. Menu items are either created with the node or added via the menu management. Drupal allows for a number of menus per site. Every menu has a menu block - the public display of the menu - and menu blocks are placed via the Drupal block management.
Drupal Taxonomy, Vocabularies, and Terms
The Drupal Taxonomy allows you to categorise your content into groups. Drupal Taxonomies are used as sort and filter criteria, to add meta data, or content labels and markers.
Drupal Taxonomies are organised into vocabularies. Vocabularies are used to group, organise and, in many cases, categorise a set of taxonomy terms. The vocabulary defines the fields and lists the terms captured in the vocabulary.
Taxonomy terms are the actual terms in a vocabulary. Drupal allows for flat or hierarchical term structures.
Drupal Views is a database query builder. It allows you to group, sort, and filter your content and present it, for example, as lists, tables or grids. Common use cases are news listings filtered by date and type, or view blocks to promote the latest news on your front page.
Drupal Display Suite view modes and displays
Display Suite's view modes allow you to create different public displays of your content nodes - you can create a default display for a full page view, a teaser that only shows a short version of your content, or a short teaser that shows even less. Every view mode can be configured to which fields you want to display and each field can be configured to a specific display per view mode.
The theme is the public version of your site.
Drupal Theme Regions
Theme Regions (also known as regions, block regions, or page regions) are areas into which you can place elements, blocks or content. The regions are set by your site's Drupal theme and include, for example: header regions, content regions, sidebars, and footer regions.
A Drupal block is a container element. It can contain - amongst others - content, fields, views, or menus. Drupal blocks are placed in theme regions and managed via the Drupal block management. They can be configured to be shown based on content types, Term conditions (Context it Drupal 7), URL path, and more.
Drupal sitebuilder role
The Drupal sitebuilder role is an administrative role that has permissions to create and configure content types, along with view modes, displays, taxonomies and views.