Create Content

In order to create/edit any content at the CEU website a user should login into the system. The way to login depends on the type of site. There are 2 web-site types:

1) Organic Group based: f.e. http://archive.ceu.edu/afsrp

If user would like to publish content to Organic Group based site, he should login to CEU website: http://archive.ceu.hu/user/login.

2) Domain based: f.e. dpp.ceu.edu

If user would like to publish content to domain based site, he should login to the DOMAIN web-site: http://SITE.ceu.edu/user/login.

Having logged in on the wrong website will result in users inability to create the content. Make sure you login and create your content in a proper location!

In order to login a user should use Novell ID and password (also known as LDAP password what is different from groupwise/mailbox account). These credentials are used when user logins to the CEU Novell network (any computer at CEU, not mailbox). In case you do not remember your login credentials please contact IT department (helprequest@ceu.edu or by extention 2000) to clarify your login details. The Webteam does not have authoritiy over the Novell network and user passwords.

Based on login credentials each user posesses his own website rights giving him possibility to add, edit or delete content within domain selected (see above). If user is a new member of CEU community (staff, faculty, PhD Student) he received default limited rights on the website activities. To get the appropriate rights he should as the first compulsory step login into a proper domain. Then, after he loged in and his account has been generated, please write to the CEU web team at ceuwebteam@gmail.com from CEU email account in order to request user role assignment. In the email, please indicate CEU affiliation and position.

MA students do not have rights to create any content at the CEU website. After their login into the CEU website they became active users and can get access to the restricted areas of the website for review purposes.

Nodes

The package DRUPAL is the Content Management System (CMS) which powers this website. The central concept of this and any other CMS is a "node". A node is a cluster of data, an elementary unit of this website. Essentially, a Drupal site consists of various nodes linked to each other. For example, this text you are reading is a "page" node. In general, you can think of a node as a simple webpage (i.e. formatted text without menus and other normal webpage elements). Almost all substantive information on the Drupal website is stored in such nodes and you will be mostly working with nodes when adding, editing or deleting the content.

There are several types of nodes we are using at this website. Most commonly used type of nodes include:

  • Pages (more or less normal webpages);
  • Courses;
  • Profiles (of Faculty, Staff and PhD students);
  • Publications;
  • Projects;
  • Official Documents;
  • News;
  • Events;
  • Thesis;
  • Blog Entry.

These categories will be sometimes referred to as "Content Types" (CT).

Each node/content type consists of several elements. Some elements are common to all or most Content Types. For example, each node has its Title, most have Body Text (that is what you are reading), the Author, Date of Publication and Internet address (also called URL).

Some other elements of different node types are different to reflect their specific nature. These elements are called "fields". For example, Faculty Profile CT has a field for the First and the Last Name, the Publication CT has several fields for Authors and the Course CT has a field for the academic year in which the course is taught. The fields allow powerful manipulations with the content. For example, filtering publications by author or displaying Courses of a given academic year.

For more information about basic content types, please read How to Create a Page, News etc.

Once you have logged in adding content to the Website is as simple as clicking on Create Content in the Navigation menu (see image below). You will be presented with a list of possible content types to add and you will need to make an important decision: which content type to choose. More information regarding this decision you can find at Choosing the right content type.

When you have chosen which type of content to create and clicked on the relevant link you will get to the node creation form where you can input information available, format it, upload necessary files and images, etc. Most of the content editing is intuitive: it is as easy as filling in an on-line form. However, mistakes and confusion still can occur, therefore we recommend that you read the rest of this guide before adding a lot of content to the Website. Below we explain the most common types of "fields" which you will encounter while editing any content and how to handle them to provide accurate and relevant information.

After filling in all the fields, press the Save button at the bottom of the screen and your node will be published on the Web.

There is a (by design) 15 minute delay of newly-published items for their appearance to unauthenticated users. This may affect the appearance of an item on your page, ie. if you are not also logged in to your website, it will take 15 minutes for a new item to appear.