Create New Content (How To)

How to create new content

1.   Go to the Add content link in the gray bar.

2.   From the visible options available to you, click on the title of the desired content type in the list. (If you only have one type of content available, clicking on Add content will launch the form.)

3.   Proceed as described in the edit section.

Basic Content Editors have permission to add one Drupal content type to ALA.org and for members volunteers it is called  Basic Page, Members and for staff it is called Basic Page. Basic Content Editors permissions are limited and they will not be able to delete any content unless they have created it, they must collaborate with their Web leads to accomplish more advanced tasks.

Remember to follow the Nine Guidelines for Maintaining High Quality Webpages as you proceed.

To create a new Webpage:

  1. Click Add content on the Shortcut bar (gray bar)  immediately below the black Drupal Admin Toolbar.
  2. Either the  Basic Page or Basic Page, Members content type will open (this is dependent on the Website zone you have permission to edit.)
  3. In the Title field, enter a well-written, compelling title in sentence case for your Webpage, this field will be formatted with an H1 tag and should be the only place that H1 is used on the page (please note that the Format drop-down on the WYSIWYG toolbar does not include a Heading 1 style.)
  4. Use the Main Content field to add your content and format it according to the information provided in the Text Formatting page in this documentation.
  5. For Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Content Managers the text format option (indicated in the area immediately below the Main Content field will be set to Filtered HTML. Any HTML code added to source code that does not meet the allowed HTML tags will be removed. You can see a list of the allowed HTML tags in the text format area below the Main Content field.
  6. Scroll down the page to the Description field, and enter a few full sentences that summarize the content keeping in mind terms that one might enter into a search engine that would lead them to your Webpage.
  7. Copy the text that you added to the Description field, and scroll back up the page, click on the Edit Summary hyperlink located in parenthesis next to the Main Content title, paste the text from your clipboard into this field.
  8. Metadata - Scroll down and click on the Metadata  tab located in the bottom left corner of the page,
    1. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization and all ALA.org Webpages REQUIRE that the SEO TitleSEO Description and SEO Keywords located under the Metadata tab of every content type are populated.
      1. Click in the SEO Description field and paste the description text still on your clipboard.  It is a ALA.org best practice to have the text in the Summary, Description and SEO Description fields for every content type to be populated and match.
      2. In the SEO Title field, enter the same text that you entered into the Title field at the very top of the content type page.
      3. In the SEO Keywords field, enter a series of words (no commas needed) that describe the primary ideas expressed on the page.
  9. To learn more about the other items under the Metadata tab, Taxonomy tags and the other menu tabs located in the Basic Page, Members content type please check the additional pages on the left navigation.
  10. Clicking the Save button, located at the bottom of the Content Type will automatically publish your content. Yes, one click publishing!
    1. However if this Webpage is not yet ready for prime time, still click Save so not to lose your work but then go to the Publishing options tab in the bottom left corner and deselect the Published  checkbox.
    2. Hit Save to close the page.

Adding items to the left navigation during edit mode

1.   To determine if you have the right to add items to the left navigation, scroll down from edit mode and look for a left tag situated under Taxonomies, called Menu settings.

2.   Click on the tab.

3.   Check the Provide a menu link box.

4.   Add a title.

5.   Optional: Describe the content to be found here with an additional phrase or sentence. This will appear during mouse-over of the link.

6.   Select the Parent item in the dropdown.

7.   Weight controls the level. Options are -50 to 50, providing 101 possible items at each level, with lower numbers rising in the list. Most items that have been migrated were set at 0, 2, 4, 6, leaving room to add a new item without reweighting the existing ones.

8.   If you cannot get the menu item to show up where you want it, move to Structure > Menus and locate the item described as the site’s left navigation.

9.   Click on the option to List links. This opens the entire left menu.

10.         Click on Show row weights, or use the drag and drop option to move items around.

11.         Scroll down and click on the Save configuration button before leaving the page.

12.         Menu changes may only show to logged in users immediately, but will appear next day. If you need faster service, email help@ala.org, and ask for your site’s cache to be cleared.

Navpods & feature slides

1.   If you have rights to these content types, they will show when you go to Add content.

2.   Detailed information and templates are available at http://www.ala.org/support/drupal/slides and http://www.ala.org/support/drupal/navpod.

Front page tabs for RSS & Twitter

1.   If you have rights to this content type, it will show when you go to Add content.

2.   Open the form to edit it, and add a title.

3.   Select a weight between -50 and 50. Smaller numbers will shift left.

4.   Select either the Twitter, RSS or Tagged Content tabs on the left.

5.   Add the Twitter hash tag or username, the RSS feed, or a comma separated list of terms to pull tagged content. The Body field can be used to create announcements separate from the feeds, or additional text, such as More links.

6.   Scroll down and use the Save button.