Drupal: An Overview of How a Webpage Gets Displayed in Drupal
The display of a webpage in UMN Drupal has several layers. These layers are called the theme, site wide panel, and either the content type panel or a node panel. Some webpages even include more layers, but these three layers are typical of most UMN Drupal webpages.
Red Boxes: Content from Theme
The site wide panel controls content that should appear across the website, like the site name and main navigation. It is a panel and so includes regions and panes to control what content gets displayed and where it should rest on the webpage. Often, regions act like columns or rows in a table, while panes always act like window panes, we look through them to see individual pieces of content.
Red Boxes: Site-wide Panel
Red Box: Site-wide panel
Green Boxes: Regions
Fuchsia Boxes: Panels
The content-type panel controls content that contributors enter into the UMN Drupal site’s content types. Content types are Drupal’s version of templates, only much more powerful, so the content-type panel is the content type’s way of selecting what content gets displayed and where it should rest on the webpage. As with the site wide panel, content type panels includes regions and panes.
Red Box: Content-type Panel
Red Box: Content-type panel
Green Boxes: Regions
Fuchsia Boxes: Panes
Some pages are distinct on a website, such as a homepage, and require a custom presentation and selection of content. For these kinds of webpages, node panels replace content type panels for selecting what content gets displayed and where it should rest on the webpage.
Each UMN Drupal website comes with a default theme and a default number and behavior for panels. The site builders for an individual website are free to deviate from these defaults. If you contribute content to a UMN Drupal site and have questions about your site’s theme and/or panels, please contact your site’s administrator.
If you are a site builder for a UMN Drupal site, please see the following resources for more information, see the sections Work with Landing Pages, Work with Content Categories, and Work with Your Site’s Default Template in the Drupal Self-help Guide.