Creating Initial Site Content

So far, your web site doesn't have much to say. The front page still shows a "Welcome to your new Drupal web site!" message, which is only intended to be seen by you, the site owner. You can remedy that by using the "Create content" link on the left navigation bar. The default installation provides links for two kinds of text content: Page and Story (see Figure 12-27). The Page content type is similar to the pages on a static web site, whereas the Story type is much more Web 2.0, with automatic links from the home page and the ability for site visitors to leave comments (if you want to allow them to do that).

Figure 12-27. Drupal offers two kinds of text content by default.

If you follow the link to create a story, you see a simple web form with fields for the Title and Body of the story (see Figure 12-28). There are also expandable links for "Menu settings," "Input format," "Revision information," "Comment settings," "Authoring information," and "Publishing options." The Menu link allows you to set a title for an automatically created link to this story in the navigation bar, which saves a lot of time over creating and maintaining links manually. Comments are set to Read/Write by default, which means any user whom you allow can add comments to this particular story. The "Read only" option is useful when you decide that a particular discussion is no longer topical, and the Disabled option can be used if you don't want comments posted at all on this story.

Figure 12-28. Enter a title and body for your first text content, and then check out the various options that Drupal offers from the expanding links.

Down in the "Publishing options" section, a check box indicates that this story will be promoted to the home page of the web site, until you decide otherwise. For an important story, you may wish to set the "Sticky at top of lists" option.

Click the Preview button if you aren't sure how your new story will look to the public; otherwise, click Save to publish the story (see Figure 12-29). You can revise it as many times as you want by clicking the Edit button—it isn't set in stone. This first piece of content is called node/1 by Drupal, with a corresponding URL. If you decided to create an automatic menu link, it appears in the upper-right corner of the web page by default.

Figure 12-29. The first story node on the new web site. Note the link "About this site" in the upper-right corner, which has been created automatically.

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