Drupal for Users


General information about Drupal

A dynamic web site platform which allows an individual or community of users to publish, manage and organize a variety of content, Drupal integrates many popular features of content management systems, weblogs, collaborative tools and discussion-based community software into one easy-to-use package.

As an open source software project maintained and developed by a community, Drupal is free to download and use.

Note: YOU MUST ENABLE cookies for this site to be able to log as an authenticated user. Visiting public pages never requires an account.

Main user-focused features we have are :

  • Easy content creation and maintenance : visual editor
  • Comments. Every site page could be commented by site visitors
  • Subscriptions to page updates
  • Version control for site content : no pages lost forever
  • Events and Conferences calendar support and maintenance
  • Easy Polls and Surveys creation and maintenance
  • BNL news syndication via RSS. STAR-online news XML export
  • Integrated Bug-Tracking engine
  • Powerful integrated site search
  • Blogging!

You can find comprehensive User guide here : http://drupal.org/node/6261

Tips and Tricks

Please use 'add child page' for adding new pages to the site. It is located just below a site page

You can set various site settings and change your password under 'my account => edit' tab (personal menu to the left) after you log in.

You can post to your personal blog following 'create content => personal blog entry' path from personal menu.

Due to a vulnerability in xmlrpc, the below is no longer true and this feature will NOT be re-enabled until upgrade
Also, you can use external blogging tool with the following settings : 'MetaWeblog API', path = 'http://drupal.star.bnl.gov/xmlrpc.php' and your site login/password combo.