Drupal Enterprise 7: Create a Staff Page (aka Node)

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. Additionally, your role in Drupal may not have the proper permissions to complete the task. Contact your site administrator for additional information.


  1. Click Menu in the Administrator toolbar.
    Drupal administrator toolbar. The Menu option is highlighted. 
  2. Click Content in the Menu toolbar.
     Screenshot of the first part of the menu toolbar. Content is highlighted.

  3. Click the +Add Content link. 
    Content page. Add content link is highlighted. 
  4. Click the Staff link under Add content.
  5. Enter a first name in the Given name field.
  6. Enter a last name in the Family name field.
  7. Add biography information to the Bio field.
    • The Bio field already has headers for major biography information. Take advantage of that organization.
  8. If your site uses groups, select the appropriate group from the Primary groups audience field.
  9. Fill in any remaining optional fields as needed.
    • Optional fields you should consider filling include: Short description, Portrait picture or Landscape picture, and/or Pull Quote
  10. Click Publishing Options in the bottom left corner.
    Drupal Content sub-menu. Content sub-menu includes Meta tags, Scheduling options, Authoring information, and Publish options. Publishing options is highlighted. 
  11. Choose the publishing state from the Choose an action drop-down menu (required).
    Drupal publishing actions menu. The action menu includes Draft, Needs Review, and Published. Draft is highlighted.

    • Draft: This state keeps the page private. You can keep working on the page without having the public see it.
    • Needs Review: This state keeps the page private, but flags the page as ready for editing.
    • Published: This state makes the page public. Publishing a page will also make it viewable in any menus or automatic lists (aka views) that might reference the page.
  12. Enter a message to state your changes in the Log message for this state change field.
  13. Check the Create new revision checkbox.
    Create new revision checkbox.

    Note: This checkbox should automatically be checked. If it isn't, check it.

  14. Click Save. You should now see the new content page on your site.

Additional Information

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