Resources

Comparisons

Looking to create a website? We have a few different tools for you to build a website - anything from a basic blog for a class assignment to a sophisticated department portal.

Experts & Communities

A dynamic and responsive group of Drupal users world-wide communicate regularly in the Drupal.org community forums.
A discussion list for University of Minnesota Drupal users, administrators, and developers.
The Office of Information Technology's Usability Services team helps University of Minnesota faculty and staff better unde
Web People is a group of web developers, designers and communicators at the University of Minnesota.

How-Tos

Breadcrumbs€”or a breadcrumb trail€”is a secondary navigation system that indicates to a user where they are within a site and how they got there.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal 7 configuration.
This article describes a known issue in Drupal Enterprise 7, Drupal Lite 7, Drupal Enterprise 8, and Drupal Lite 8.
Before setting a page as your homepage, you'll need the page's Drupal URL. For example, if the page you want to use is yoursite.umn.edu/content/homepage, the Drupal URL would be content/homepage.
Note for Drupal 8 Local Environments: As of November 19, 2020 no new Drupal 8 local environments can be installed.
On its own, Drupal produces a brand new copy of each webpage every time that page is viewed.
The Media Browser allows you to reuse existing media on your website, upload new media, or embed media from an external website. The Media Browser appears wherever you can add media to a page.
The following instructions are for websites using either the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7, 8, or 9 configuration.
Vocabularies include terms. Terms add organizational data to pages and uploaded files, often referred to as metadata.
As a site administrator or developer for a Drupal Enterprise 7 or Drupal Enterprise 8 website, you can add a link to your site's footer for users to report a website accessibility concern.
This article applies to websites built using either the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 (DE7) configuration or the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 8 (DE8) configuration.
When developing a website using the University's Drupal Enterprise service, there are many best practices you should follow.
As you develop your Enterprise Drupal site, you may notice that pages load slowly. This is more likely to be true the larger or more complicated your site is.
The following instructions are for websites using either the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 (DE7) configuration or the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 8 (DE8) configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using either the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 (DE7) configuration or the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 8 (DE8) configuration.Your role in Drupal may not have the proper p
View displays have three categories of criteria for generating an automated list: Filter criteria, Sort criteria, and Display criteria.
The instructions in this article pertain to Drupal Enterprise 7 and Drupal Enterprise 8. Your role in Drupal may not have the proper permissions to complete the task.
This article applies to websites built using either the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 (DE7) configuration or the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 8 (DE8) configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
A site owner is a defined role in Drupal Enterprise and Drupal Lite.
The steps outlined in this article apply to both the University's standard Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration and the University's Drupal Lite 7 configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using either the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 (DE7) configuration or the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 8 (DE8) configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using either the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 (DE7) configuration or the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 8 (DE8) configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal 7 configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal 7 configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 Groups configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 Groups configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration. The ability to add users to your site is based on your role.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 (DE7) configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 (DE7) configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal 7 configuration.
Click Menu in the Administrator toolbar.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
Your role in Drupal may not have the proper permissions to complete this task. Contact your site administrator for additional information.
When you receive confirmation from the Office of Information Technology that your site has been created, you will need to add yourself as a user before you can begin working on your site.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
When troubleshooting problems with your Drupal site, you may want to try clearing the cache to see if that fixes the problem.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 (DE7) configuration. Your role in Drupal may not have the proper permissions to complete the task.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 (DE7) configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 (DE7) configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration. Drupal is highly customizable, and your site may have different steps for completing the task.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration. Content types are fundamental to how Drupal organizes content and controls how contributors add content t
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration. Taxonomy is the best tool for organizing your pages and uploaded files (e.g.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration. Drupal is highly customizable, and your site may have different steps for completing the task.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 (DE7) configuration. Drupal is highly customizable, and your site may have different steps for completing the task.
In the University's standard Drupal 7 installation, one of the primary ways of organizing and presenting information is by using Content Types.
The following information is for websites using the default UMN Drupal 7 (DE7) configuration. Contact your site administrator for additional information.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration. Description You can easily delete content from your University Drupal site.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration. Description In the University's standard Drupal Enterprise 7 installation, if you delete a file,
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration. Displaying content using panels requires three things: fields, a layout, and the mapping of those fields
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 (DE7) configuration. These instructions are the same for any page on your site; however, you should rarely edit the disp
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration. Your role in Drupal may not have the proper permissions to complete the task.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 (DE7) configuration.  
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 Groups configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 (DE7) configuration. Displaying content using panels requires three things: fields, a layout, and the mapping of those f
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 (DE7) configuration. Drupal is highly customizable, and your site may have different steps for completing the task.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration. Drupal is highly customizable, and your site may have different steps for completing the task.
Roles are how Drupal manages permissions. When you make major changes to your site (e.g.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration. URL alias patterns are how Drupal mimics the folder structures of traditional websites.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration. Description In the University's standard Drupal Enterprise 7 installation, you can edit any cont
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 (DE7) configuration.
This article explains how to enable breadcrumbs for your Drupal 7 Enterprise site.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration. Instructions In the University's standard Drupal Enterprise 7 installation, content is easily ac
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration. Description In the University's standard Drupal 7 installation, you can easily find files (image
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
You can install your website's Drupal database and files locally for developing.  The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 (DE7) configuration.
This article applies to Drupal Enterprise 7.  
This article describes how to use panels to do wild card redirects.  The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 (DE7) configuration.
When developing Drupal sites locally, you might need to log in to the local site. The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 (DE7) configuration.
Description On its own, Drupal produces a brand new copy of each webpage every time that page is viewed.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 (DE7) configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 (DE7) configuration. Your role in Drupal may not have the proper permissions to complete the task.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
Description In the University's standard Drupal 7 installation, content versioning is on by default.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration. Description In the University's standard Drupal 7 installation, content can be scheduled to be p
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration. Description In the University's standard Drupal 7 installation, content can be scheduled to be u
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration. Your role in Drupal may not have the proper permissions to complete the task.
This article describes how to set up Drupal Enterprise 7 local environments for development work using Acquia Dev Desktop. These instructions are only for those using Drupal Enterprise 7. 
This article contains instructions for using the Superfish and Block modules to create Navigation menus in Drupal 7 Enterprise.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 (DE7) configuration. Displaying content using panels requires three things: fields, a layout, and the mapping of those f
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 (DE7) configuration. These instructions are the same for any page on your site; however, you should rarely edit the disp
Owners of sites in the University's enterprise Drupal Enterprise 7 (DE7) service can set up the WYSIWYG editor so contributors can add CSS styles to images.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.   In your website, there are two general types of links: External links and Internal links.<
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 (DE7) configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 (DE7) configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 (DE7) configuration.
Updating a content file (e.g. an image, a pdf, a Microsoft Office document) is the best way to simultaneously update that file wherever it appears on your site.
Description In the University's standard Drupal 7 installation, you can easily replace files with newer versions. Any content that refers to the file will display the newer version.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 (DE7) configuration.
This article describes how to use anchors in a UMN-Drupal site. The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
The Flex Slider module will allow you to have a hero image slide show on a landing page. The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
Your Drupal site will consist of three environments:
Folwell is an evolving design system made up of modular components that can be combined in numerous ways to make creative and consistent University websites.
University of Minnesota site owners who want to move their sites to the University of Minnesota Drupal service need to complete some tasks before the move can occur.
Drupal has a configuration system that allows you to move configuration changes (i.e. content types, fields, views,...) between different environments, including your local machine.
There are many avenues for getting assistance with your Drupal site.
The University's standard Drupal installation includes a number of modules that you can enable and disable in the Drupal interface.
These steps detail how to restrict access to selected content on your Drupal 7 site. Determine content to be restricted Before following these steps, you must first determine:
The second step in planning to move a website to the University's Drupal service is to perform a content audit.
The third step in planning to move a website to the University's Drupal service is to review your site's design.
The first step in planning your site to the University's Enterprise Drupal service is to document your requirements.
The final step in planning to move a website to the University's Drupal service is to schedule the content migration. Steps for scheduling a move from external content management systems to Drupal are below.
Drupal.org site's Drupal Overview page explains the basics of how Drupal works.
Curious where your site's traffic is coming from or how people navigate around your site? You can add Google Analytics to your site to help monitor its traffic.
Curious where your site's traffic is coming from or how people navigate around your site? You can add Google Analytics to your site to help monitor its traffic.
Additionally, your role in Drupal may not have the proper permissions to complete the task. Contact your site administrator for additional information.
When working with fields, it is always preferable to reuse existing fields than to create new fields. Only create a new field when no existing field will meet your needs.
To use a new vocabulary to help organize your site, you first need to add it to a content type. The first time you add a vocabulary to a content type, you need to make a field for that vocabulary.
Each content type has default content and a default layout.
Each content type has default content and layout. You can easily add additional content to a page.
Each content type has default content and layout. You can easily add additional content to a page by adding additional panes.
When working with fields, it is always preferable to reuse existing fields than to create new fields.
Your role in Drupal may not have the proper permissions to complete the task. Contact your site administrator for additional information.
Your role in Drupal may not have the proper permissions to complete the task. Contact your site administrator for additional information.
Anyone that can log in to the University of Minnesota using an Internet ID can be given access to your site. There are two methods for adding new people to your site: 
Description In Drupal Lite, if mulitiple images are added to the Banner, they will automatically be displayed as rotating images.
From its introduction to the University community, a number of features have been developed for Drupal Lite that may not be enabled on all sites.
Each content type has a default page layout.
When a change is made to a Drupal Lite 7 page using the Customize this page button (which is at the bottom of the page), those changes are queued by the Drupal module Purger when the
Your role in Drupal may not have the proper permissions to complete the task. Contact your site administrator for additional information.
The Biography content type is for making biographical pages for your site. There is a tool available for adding a list of biographies to another page. Instructions To create a new Biography page
The General Page content type is for making standard pages in your site. The General Page has a field for a banner image, which will appear at the top of the page, just below the title.
Views is the tool Drupal uses to create and organize automated lists. It is a very powerful and configurable tool.
Content types are fundamental to how Drupal organizes content and controls how contributors add content to your site and how viewers experience that content.
The News/Blog content type is used to post news articles to your site. Instructions To create a new News/Blog page
A Session Presenter content type is a simple version of a Biography page. Instructions To create a new Session Presenter page
The Sessions content type is used to create pages devoted to conference sessions. It has a tool for connecting Biography pages to the Session page.
When you are editing a field that has the formatting toolbar, you can add email links that point to an email address instead of a web page.
There may be pages on your site that have similar fields, but you want to have different layouts.
Each content type has default content that appears on the new content form. The items that appear on the new content form are referred to as Fields.
Displaying content using panels requires three things: fields, a layout, and the mapping of those fields to the layout. These instructions are for mapping a field to a layout.
Your role in Drupal may not have the proper permissions to complete the task. Contact your site administrator for additional information.
Displaying content using panels requires three things: fields, a layout, and the mapping of those fields to the layout. These instructions are for selecting and applying a layout.
Instructions Log in to your site.Click Menu in the Administration Toolbar.Click List Content in the submenu of the Administration Toolbar.All
You might have a need to add an image, a PDF document, an Office document, or some other type of file to a page on your site. When you add the file, it is uploaded to your site's files folder.
Each Drupal Lite site will have its own unique storage for files that are uploaded. You can upload nearly any type of file.
Issue Known Error: "You are not authorized to access this page" message in a Drupal Lite 7 site after clicking "Customize this page" button
Anchor Links are hyperlinks that link to other locations on the same page. They are often used to create a table of contents at the top of a very long page.
Internal hyperlinks are links within your site-- for example, from a project page to a researcher's biography page. The link tool will create relative references for the links.
External hyperlinks are links to locations outside of your site-- for example, from an "About Us" page to your college's homepage.
These instructions are for sites that are using the Drupal Lite 7 platform. To log in to your site
Your site's menu will appear at the top of every page, below the site header.
All content that appears in the main body of a page can be moved around (the main body is the area between the navigation menu at the top and the footer at the bottom).
Drupal uses panes to display content within a layout. Panes can be moved around within a layout. Panes can move from one region to another or from one position within a region to another.
There are four levels to a Drupal Lite page. When you are working on your site, you will be interacting with the last three in the list. Theme
Whenever you upload files in Drupal Light, they are stored in the Files directory on the server. Instead of uploading multiple copies of a file, you can "re-use" the file in the new instance.
This article applies to sites that are using Drupal Lite 7.
Your role in Drupal may not have the proper permissions to complete the task. Contact your site administrator for additional information.
Click Menu in the Administrator toolbar.Click Custom Settings in the Menu bar.Click Advanced.Click Manage Content Types
Your role in Drupal may not have the proper permissions to complete the task. Contact your site administrator for additional information.
You can easily remove content panes from a page.
View displays have three categories of criteria for generating an automated list: Filter criteria, Sort criteria, and Display criteria.
Customize the header When you receive your new site, it will have a simple header (the gray region in the screenshot below). The header will appear at the top of every page.
When your site is created, it has a default homepage. But you can set any page to be your site's home page.
Displaying content using panels requires three things: fields, a layout, and the mapping of those fields to the layout. These instructions are for removing the mapping of a field from the layout.
 The main content region of a page consists of different content regions. The number of regions and their layout is defined by the Page Layout. Each content region can have multiple Content Panes.
The main content region of a page consists of different sub-content regions. The number of regions and their layout is defined by the Page Layout.
This article applies to Drupal Lite 7. Content Types are the primary ways that Drupal organizes content. There are five default types of content:
There are three categories of content on your site:
If you are adding an additional content pane to a
There are four types of hyperlinks you can create when editing text in a field that has the formatting toolbar.
All of your files are stored in your Drupal Lite site. From time to time, you might have a need to update the file. For example, if one of your employees has a new portrait picture, or if you have updated a PDF.
This article applies to Drupal Lite 7
When you are logged in to your site, you will see the administration toolbar at the top of screen. The administration toolbar has the following three buttons:
The Colorbox feature provides a modal (pop-up) image gallery that allows you to display thumbnails of images that site visitors can click to view the full size in a carousel.
The Slider Image content type is for setting up images to be used in a rotating slider.
Drupal is a role-based application. When a person logs in to your site, they will be able to complete various tasks based on their administrative role.
This article applies to Drupal Lite 8 or 9.
This article applies to Drupal Lite 8 and 9. A small Google Map can be added to a page using a Custom Block. You must have the Contributor role to add custom blocks to a page.
This article applies to Drupal Lite 8 and 9. Vocabularies include terms. Terms add organizational data to pages and uploaded files, often referred to as metadata.
Layout Builder is a tool that is used to change the layout of a page and / or rearrange the default content blocks.
This article applies to Drupal Lite 8 and 9. There are three content types in Drupal Lite 8 and 9: Biography, General, and News/Blog. Each has a set of default fields and layout.
In Drupal Lite, you can add any page to navigation menu that appears at the top of a page.
This article applies to Drupal Lite 8 and 9. To manage people on a site, you must have the Access Manager role. If you do not see People in the admin menu, contact the site owner.
This article applies to Drupal Lite 8 and 9. Only the Site Owner role has the ability to change the site name.
This article applies to Drupal Lite 8 and 9. There are three default content types in Drupal Lite:
This article applies to Drupal Lite 8 and 9. There are four types of hyperlinks you can create when editing text in a field that has the formatting toolbar.
This article applies to Drupal Lite 8 and 9.
This article applies to Drupal Lite 8 and 9.
This article applies to Drupal Lite 8 and 9.
This article applies to Drupal Lite 8 and 9.
This article applies to Drupal Lite 8 and 9.
This article applies to Drupal Lite 8 and 9. A Google Slide can be embedded in a page. The Slides need to be published to the web so that visitors can view the presentation on the page.
In Drupal Lite 8 and 9, Folwell Components are configured blocks that use the Folwell design system.
This article applies to Drupal Lite 8 and 9. To log in to your Drupal Lite 8 or 9 site, use either:
This article applies to Drupal Lite 8 and 9. This article contains information about:
Applies to Drupal Lite 8 and 9 Access to edit the display of a content type requires the following roles:
This article applies to Drupal Lite 8 and 9.
This article applies to Drupal Lite 8 and 9. Anyone who has the Access Manager role can cancel any account.
Drupal Lite 8 has five default roles:
This article applies to Drupal Lite 8 and 9. When your site is created, it does not have a default homepage. You can set any page to be your site's home page.
This article applies to Drupal Lite 8 and 9. Folwell Tabs Wrappers can be used to create a tabbed interface on a page. Using Tabs Wrappers can make the content easier to navigate.
This article applies to Drupal Lite 8 and 9. Each content type has a default layout for presenting the fields. Using Layout Builder allows for the customization of any page. Layout Builder can be used to:
This article applies to Drupal Lite 8 and 9.
This article applies to Drupal Lite 8 and 9.
Tables are used to organize and display data sets grouped in rows.
  Many sites on the internet publish their content as news feeds. In your Drupal Lite site, you can define a source for a feed and add it as custom content to a page.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal configuration.
University units moving to Drupal will be able to hire consultants through University-wide contracts.
This article contains instructions for UMN Drupal site editors and site owners to perform URL redirects on their UMN Drupal site.
When you are ready to move a site in the University's Drupal Enterprise environment from DEV to STG and PRD, we recommend you use different branches for different environments.
This article will help you determine which version of Drupal your site is in.  As of June 2019, there are four possibilities at the University of Minnesota:
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
Description All media uploaded via the Drupal interface is stored in your site's files. Because of this, you can easily re-use images and other media on many pages.
This article applies to Drupal Enterprise 7.  
The following instructions are for websites using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise 7 configuration.
There are several ways to add images to a page. These instructions are for contributors who need to add an image within a field that has the HTML editor toolbar.
Paragraphs is a module in Drupal. It is included in the University's Enterprise Drupal 8.
GitHub is a web service that allows you to share your code with others. The University of Minnesota offers a free-to-use GitHub server for current University faculty, students, or staff.
[email protected] authenticates using Active Directory's LDAP, which holds accounts for active students, staff, and faculty.
Description GitHub is a web-based code hosting and revision control system.
This article contains the steps to transfer [email protected] repositories (also known as "repos") to an account that is not hosted by UMN (such as a personal Github.com account).
When configuring your search settings, consider which CSE configuration would best benefit your users. There are three options for configuring your search:
Duplicate search results can be caused by two different issues.
The UMN Search Settings module comes with default configurations on all Drupal Lite sites. There are also some configuration options available to customize the search experience on your site.
What will happen with my GSA keymatches? The Google Custom Search Engine uses promotions instead of keymatches. Because the CSE uses the main Google search algorithm, keymatches are seen as unnecessary.
A common reason that pages are not appearing in search results is the presence of the attribute rel="nofollow" in page links.
Certain types of Web pages typically have little to no value in a search index.
For your unit to show up near the top of search results in both Google and on the U's search, website developers and content contributors need to use SEO techniques to optimize their content for indexing.
People visit pages on your site via many methods: a bookmark, a link, or by searching. Knowing what searches drives people to your site provides a lot of valuable information to you.
The UMN Search Settings module comes with default configurations on all sites that use Drupal 7 Enterprise, Drupal 8 Enterprise, or Drupal Lite.
Curious where your site's traffic is coming from or how people navigate around your site? You can add Google Analytics to your site to help monitor its traffic. 
Curious where your site's traffic is coming from or how people navigate around your site? You can add Google Analytics to your site to help monitor its traffic. 
The customizations outlined here will affect the main search bar in the U web header.
The Google Custom Search Engine module will be available for Drupal Lite sites on December 12, 2018.
If you've configured your search results with Google Analytics (explained in the Configure Unit Branding and Navigation for Search Results
If you've configured your search results with Google Analytics (explained in the Configure Unit Branding and Navigation for Search Results
If you are using the Google Search Appliance and have your Google Analytics account configured (as outlined in the
If you are using the Google Search Appliance and have your Google Analytics account configured (as outlined in the

Planned Changes

Drupal 7 will reach end-of-life in November 2022 (see extended support details below) and Drupal 8 reaches end-of-life in November 2021.
Overview Google is retiring classic Sites and replacing it with the new Google Sites.

Resources

It's important to debrief with your team at the end of the project to find out what went well and where things went wrong, to celebrate great performances, and to document your findings.
This article from copyblogger.com outlines thirteen questions you can use to help you draft your content strategy.
A self-help guide to plan, write, and manage content at the federal level
Clear steps to consider during content strategy audit stage
Ethan Marcotte will explore CSS techniques and design principles, including fluid grids, flexible images, and more  
This article from the Buffer.com social media blog reviews the results of the content audit that they conducted on their site. The article provides a number of tips and takeaways on how to conduct a content audit.
ExpirationWhen your certificate nears its expiration date, you will get email notifications of the impending expiration starting 30 days prior.
To accommodate browser vendors' plans to phase out support for SHA-1 signed certificates, InCommon has now made available certificates signed using the SHA-2 hash family.
Offers a printable sheet about accessibility basics.
This resource shows an inaccessible website and a retrofitted version that illustrates radical redesign is not needed to meet accessibility standards.
Exploring the business reasons for creating a taxonomy
Card sorting helps you to understand how your users think you should organize your content. From this information you can create a site structure that enables your users to find what they are looking for.
Resources for planning, moderating, and assessing results of your own focus group.
This article from MeetContent.com, they have compiled some of the content types commonly encountered in higher ed and some special considerations for managing them effectively.
The Computer Accommodations Program (CAP) works to ensure equitable access for all individuals to Web content, Web applications, digital materials, environments and services associated with administration, courses, pr
A complete guide to Complete Guide to choosing and implementing a content calendar.
Grow your team's knowledge about content strategy with a certificate program designed to take your workflow even farther.
In this video Karen McGrane will discuss why you need to deliver content wherever your customer wants to consume it — and what the risks are when you don’t make content accessible to mobile users.
Overview from Google on how to create Google+ Events, including how to add a Google Video Call (Hangout) to a Google+ Event.
A video to help consider the audience(s) for your content
The Usability Lab is located in the basement of Walter Library, 117 Pleasant Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 on the East Bank of
UMN Drupal Training OpportunitiesDrupal Working LabsWe offer working sessions that allow participants to bring their own Drupal Enterprise 7, Drupal Enterprise 8, and Drupal Lite projects into a lab
Modules are certain add-ons that you can use within your website to extend the functionality of Drupal.
Smaller and local Drupal community conference
Modules are certain add-ons that you can use within your website to extend the functionality of Drupal.
Drupal Lite sites are automatically backed up on a nightly basis.
The Paragraphs module is a fairly new addition to the Drupal project, but when it comes to content creation, it offers a rapid and straightforward path towards improving the quality of your products.
We offer a number of courses for those who want to learn more about the Drupal content management system. Training sessions may be requested for groups of 7 or more.
Acquia Dev Desktop 2 allows you to install, test, and build Drupal sites locally on your Mac or Windows PC.
This information pertains to groups that are planning to do custom development within Drupal.  Custom development includes:
Information on the Drupal Conference and larger Drupal community
Simple steps for embedding video, images, and spreadsheets into Google sites.
Show the accessibility benefits of plain language with this interactive online exhibit
Focus groups help you generate ideas by listening to your current and prospective users discuss their experiences and expectations with one another. Focus groups can provide:
Use this currated list of resources to find free web asseccibility tools.
This 6-hour LinkedIn Learning course covers how to use Git, the popular open-source version control software, to manage changes to source code and text files.
This chapter of the Git Essentials training covers Branches in Git.
Basic overview of branching and merging in Git.
Git Checkout allows you to move between branches.
In your github fork, you need to keep your master branch clean, by clean I mean without any changes, like that you can create at any time a branch from your master.
Show changes between the working tree and the index or a tree, changes between the index and a tree, changes between two trees, changes between two blob objects, or changes between two files on disk.
Instructions for installing Git for Linux, Mac, and Windows.
This is the manual page for the gitignore command.
A well documented article covering the topic of handling conflicts in Git
This tutorial will teach you how to create two branches (master and develop) and how to merge code from the development stage to production.
The git log command displays committed snapshots. It lets you list the project history, filter it, and search for specific changes.
Join two or more development histories together
This LinkedIn Learning chapter from the Git Essential course covers the concept of merging code branches.
How to resolve merge conflicts in Git
The git status command displays the state of the working directory and the staging area.
Learn how to use Git by reviewing the basic concepts of Git version control. Try out this introductory course that was created with GitHub.
This LinkedIn Learning video covers how to tell Git which files to ignore.
Version control is a system that records changes to a file or set of files over time so that you can recall specific versions later.
GitHub Flow is a lightweight, branch-based workflow that supports teams and projects where deployments are made regularly. This guide explains how and why GitHub Flow works.
Adding other users to your GitHub organization. The other users must have logged in to GitHub before you can add them.
You can create a new organization by either setting up a new organization or converting an existing personal account into an organization.
More detailed instructions for creating an organization in GitHub.
Instructions for generating SSH keys on your computer and then adding the public key to your GitHub account. 
Pulling code from GitHub (aka syncing)
Pushing code to your GitHub
Blog for Google Analytics users
Find support information for Google Currents on Google's help site.
Google Currents brand pages offer ways for organizations to reach out to followers, fans, and customers on Google.
Google Help Center for Google Sites
You can prevent a page from appearing in Google Search by including a noindex meta tag in the page's HTML code.
A robots.txt file is a file at the root of your site that indicates those parts of your site you don’t want accessed by search engine crawlers.
Search ManagersDesigning Your Front EndLimiting Search ResultsUsing Advanced URL Patterns
Our current Search Appliance license allows us to index 3 million documents. We would quickly reach this limit if we did not exclude problematic Web pages from the index.
Get more information about higher educational institutions that have faced liability for inaccessible web content and technologies.
This article offers a great explanation of how disabilities can affect use of the web.
This article from uxmastery.com review the process of conducting a content audit including what to include and where to begin.
In this article from Buffer.com Social Media blog, Kevan Lee review the process they take to write their blog posts. They present a good process that others can follow.
While many would describe web accessibility differently, from a coding perspective, the goal is to code a POUR website or web application.
This article from Moz.com illustrates the "long tail" of search demands. This helps people decide what to keep, what to expand on, and stuff that doesn't belong online.
Purchasing Teams You’re purchasing something that needs to be easy for the whole University community to use. We can:
This guide is based on Fugu version 1.2.You can download Fugu here.
You are now ready to transfer files from your computer to your University of Minnesota server space.
By performing the following steps you will ensure that all future files to be transferred to your web-docs will automatically have the permissions you specify.By performing the following steps you will ensure that all
When you are connected to your file space, locate the web-docs folder in the remote directory, and enter it.
This short 6-minute video provides an overview of how Drupal manages content.
A six minute video from LinkedIn Learning on how Drupal handles content.
Once you have connected to Fugu, you will see the main window. The left half of the main window shows the local filesystem on your computer.
Members of the University of Minnesota community who use Drupal Lite may request enhancements or changes to the Drupal Lite platform, base theme, modules, support site documentation, or communications
This site, maintained by University Relations (URelations), provides requirements and guidelines surrounding the use of color and type/typography at the University of Minnesota.
University Relation's website on University of Minnesota brand standards for web and print.
This site, maintained by University Relations (URelations), provides downloadable files containing offical University of Minnesota logos, wordmarks ("Driven to Discover"), seals, and other official branding elements s
University Relation's web page on University of Minnesota web standards, and usability and accessibility related to the Univesity of Minnesota web templates.
This site, maintained by University Relations (URelations), provides downloadable images for social networking services such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+; as well as common icons for RSS feeds and
Learn about United States laws that require that State and local governments (including the University) give people with disabilities an equal opportunity to benefit from all of their programs, services, and act
A template for creating page tables.
A github resource produced by University Relations that provides a working online page table for developing and reviewing site content. Requires a UMN login.
The Drupal.org community documentation page for the Paragraphs module in Drupal 8
Personas help you get out of your own head when you are writing content and designing your product. Personas are:
Determining answers to questions of purpose, users, content, scope, and resources when planning your taxonomy project
Create an interdisciplinary team with the right mix of roles and responsibilities.
Use this RACI chart template for your project
Rapid prototyping is a helpful approach when you want feedback on an early design. At this stage, the design can be on paper or screen.
A stash of headline formulas, social media updates, and more to help organize your team's content on realtime media.
Generate a Certificate Signing Request To request a certificate, first generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) on your web server.
Before completing the Drupal Site Request Form for a Drupal Enterprise 7 (DE7) site, please think through the following considerations.  If you have any questions regarding these considerations, contact a
Before completing the Drupal Site Request Form for a Drupal Enterprise 8 (DE8) site, please think through the following considerations.
University of Minnesota departments and colleges may use the University's Drupal Lite content management platform to publish and maintain web content related to conducting official University business.
A collection of resources about the various aspects of responsive web design.
Section 504 bars any entity that receives federal funding from discriminating against individuals with disabilities based on their disability status.
WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind) provides standards excerpted from Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. It can help you understand how to apply the law in a web content setting.
Section 508 is important because it established the first web accessibility standard.
When you use WinSCP to transfer files, by default they are not accessible by / viewable on the web.
The following websites were created using Drupal Lite as part of a pilot testing period and offer a glimpse at the tool’s capabilities.
This article explains how the Web affects the lives of people with disabilities.
A definition of what "soft launch" entails.
Task-based Usability Evaluations are useful when your design is getting close to being fully functional but you still have some ability to change the interface or content.
In academia, we’re notorious for using older, “fancy”, ten-dollar words, when plain language would be clearer and more effective.
Check the effectiveness of your content in a couple minutes.
Find the gaps in your content and prioritize them based on feasibility.
Research on how different tones of voice on a website have measurable impacts on users’ perceptions of a brand’s friendliness, trustworthiness, and desirability.
The launch of a new blog is an event that shouldn’t go to waste.
Themes make Drupal websites beautiful – and Themes are the bridge between the science of code and the art of design.
Tree testing helps you to learn if your proposed site structure is going to make sense to your users, before you start designing your interface.
Instructions and downloads that enable you to use University branding when creating a site on the new version of Google Sites.
Create standards-compliant websites and applications at the University.
Developers create the systems for publishing web pages. These systems could be a server and file structure or a content management system.  They may also set up the basic template to be used with each page.  
To "get" or "download" a file, drag it from the remote window to the Finder. Fugu will automatically detect the file type.
"User research focuses on understanding user behaviors, needs, and motivations through observation techniques, task analysis, and other feedback methodologies." This article from usability.gov reviews the variou
Examples of simple, precise words and phrases you might substitute in your writing
An overview of using keymatches in the google search appliance, including instructions for how to implement them.
Check links and anchors in Web pages or full Web sites
Developed by WebAIM.org, this tool provides visual feedback about the accessibility of your web content by injecting icons and indicators into your page.
If you are a website designer. this simple checklist is a great reference that's worth posting in your workspace.
Your content is the most important part of your site.
Utah State University's Center for Persons with Disabilities' WebAIM Program provides an impressive slate of accessibility tools.
This checklist is a simplified version of the full Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 for the layperson.
A scrolldeck.js presentation by Chicago Web Developer John Polacek.
Anyone on the Internet may search for University Web pages using Web search.
Often times it can be easy to get ahead of yourself and jump in to a full fledged hard launch. 
Part of a research-based guide that covers writing actionable content

Self-Help Guides

Content is one of the main components of a great user experience. This self-help guide walks you through the process of planning the right content to meet your website's goals.
Content is one of the main components of a great user experience. This self-help guide walks you through the process of planning the right content to meet your website's goals.
This is the self-help guide for contributing content to a University of Minnesota Enterprise Drupal site. 
Learn how to build a site in Drupal Enterprise 7.  Drupal Enterprise is the official web content management system of the University of Minnesota; Drupal Enterprise 7 will reach end-of-life by July 2020.
This self help guide is designed to assist developers that are creating sites using the University of Minnesota's Drupal Enterprise platform.
Build and manage a Drupal Lite website using the advanced tools associated with the Administrator role: Content Types, Taxonomy & Views. 
This self-help guide is for building a site in Drupal Lite 7, including requesting and configuring your site, adding content to your site, and managing your site.
This self-help guide is for building a site in Drupal Lite 8 and 9, including requesting and configuring your site, adding content to your site, and managing your site.
This Self-Help Guide is intended to assist developers that are going to develop within the University of Minnesota Drupal environment.
This Self-Help Guide is intended to assist developers that are going to develop within the University of Minnesota Drupal environment.
This guide is for configuring and using Google Custom Search Engine with University websites. Frequently Asked Questions about the transition to Googl
Learn how Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificates identify and encrypt digital communication. You can request SSL Certificates to protect data entered into your applications.