Frequently Asked Questions

What is Drupal? 

Drupal is A “free”, open-source content-management system (CMS) written in PHP.  Out-of-the box, the Drupal Core is very basic and customization is needed to achieve desired "look and feel" and features.  New features and custom behavior extending Drupal's core capabilities are possible through plug-ins, called "modules".  Non-coders can easily customize the aesthetic "look and feel" of a site through "themes".
How can I request and instance?
You can request an instance on this site by filling out our request form.
OK, I have a Drupal instance, now what do I do?
Check out our basic How-To to get started.
How should I organize the information on my site?
For the time being, we recommend using the GT CoC theme, which is a sub-theme of the campus GT theme.  Use the Administer / Site Building feature to position menus and blocks where you would like them to be.
Can I get GT accounts to work on my Drupal instance?
Yes, TSO can create a GT authorization group for your research lab, group or project.  Just send a request to helpdesk@cc.
How can I install another theme?
Several themes are pre-installed, including the GT theme, the CoC version of the GT theme, the new CoC web site theme, and all of the CoC schools.  Go to Administer / Site Building / Themes to choose a theme that is already installed.  If you prefer another theme, you will need to visit the site, browse for a desired them and install it in your site directory.
How do I start a blog?
First, enable the Blog module found in Administer / Site Building / Modules.  Then, you can create your first blog post by going to Administer / Create Content / Blog Entry.  You have a choice of making your home page the main blog viewer, or list your blog entries in a block on the main page, or creating a link to a sub-page.