1. Introduction | Schweb Design, LLC

1. Introduction

Welcome! This guide describes how to get started using (as opposed to administrating) a Drupal-powered web-site and covers basic topics such as registering for an account, logging in, changing your account settings, and creating content.

Drupal is a content management system. Its goal is to help users compose and present web-site content such as articles, photos, and other content types. Rather than forcing users to specify a fixed, pre-declared arrangement of content, Drupal takes care of the details of how information is arranged and presented, and lets users focus on the actual content to be displayed.

Most of the content on a Drupal-based site is stored in a database. Text and images are submitted by filling in forms via a web browser. When visitors view a page, Drupal gets the relevant bits of content from the database and composes all of the components of the page in a template. This makes it easy to quickly add or change content, without requiring knowledge of HTML or other web technologies on the part of the person providing the content.

Depending on the configuration of the Drupal site and the defined user-roles on the site, you may be allowed to contribute and edit content or administer various aspects of the site. Fortunately, Drupal is designed to make this relatively easy. Very little technical knowledge is assumed. Though details may vary with a site's configuration, the basic process involves these steps:

  • register with the site
  • log in by typing the username and password supplied you in the registration step
  • create content such as articles and stories

This user guide will explain these steps and familiarize you with the basic information you need to use Drupal successfully.

For further documentation, see the online Drupal Handbooks.