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ITD Drupal User's Guide

Logging In

Login to Drupal is done using your ND.GOV userID (e.g. if your email address is person@nd.gov, your userID is person) and password . To access the login page, go to your website's address /siteadmin (e.g. http://www.nd.gov/website/siteadmin).

Once logged into an ITD Drupal site, Site Administrators will now have a two new menus as explained below.

Common Writing Style

Drupal allows a variety of people within the organization to update content directly. Therefore, it is important to adopt a few guidelines in order to maintain a common writing style across the entire site.

  • Use one space after a period in a sentence instead of two
  • Don’t include semi-colons after headings/titles
  • Use a comma before the word "and" when sequencing three or more items.  For example, "This, that, and the other thing."
  • Use bullets for non-sequential lists; only use numbered-lists if there is a sequential order to the content
  • Don't insert periods at the end of bulleted or numeric lists unless the content is truly a sentence
  • Don’t use indenting unless you are defining levels of a bulleted or numeric list
  • Avoid inserting URLs directly into the text; use an embedded hyperlink within a descriptive phrase
  • When inserting URL hyperlinks to other ITD pages within the site, remove "http://" from the path
  • Avoid coloring, bolding, italicizing, and (especially) underlining text
  • Remember to use the spell-check feature

File Naming

  • Use all lower case naming
  • Use dashes for separation within names; not spaces or underlines
  • Use a name that is consistent with other documents on the site
  • Avoid linking to a document if its content could be converted to an HTML page
  • Only upload Word and Excel formats when publishing templates; save the document as PDF, or better yet, convert its content directly to HTML

Edit Tabs

The first will appear just under the page title, and will consist of several tabs.

View
The first tab which is selected by default, is View. This tab lets you view the saved page content.
Edit
The Edit tabs allows you to edit the content, and is identical to the create content page.
Revisions
The revisions tab at the top of the page allows previous versions to be viewed, reverting back to previous versions, and the deletion of revisions. This tab is only visible next to the Edit tab if revisions are available.

Site Admin Menu

The second new menu will appear on the left sidebar identified as "ITD Only - Site Admin". This gives you access to some of Drupal's content management features.

Page List
A list of all site content sorted by type (page, FAQ, etc.) published status, and updated date.  It also has view page and edit links. This list will allow quick access to unlinked or unpublished content.
Recent Activity
Similar to Page list, but includes author and is organized by updated date. To let you know what's being worked on and by whom. Another quick way to find content that is in active production and isn't yet published.
Create Content
This list of file gives you access to the various file type creation editor pages
Edit Menu
This menu list allows access to current menus for editing
Top "page not found" errors
This is a list of pages requested, that don't exist. It let's you see potential navigation problems. While this doesn't show the origins of the traffic problems, it will let you see issues that need further investigation.
Logout
Logs out the current user
File Manager
Quick access to the file manager for uploading or managing content
 

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