Drupal at Cal Poly

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Drupal Basics

Drupal 7 Quick Start Guide

Cover the basics you need to get started.

Site Anatomy

A basic overview of what different sections of your site are called.

Sample Content & Styles

This sample page illustrates some of the many design options available in the current Cal Poly theme.

Block Anatomy

Demonstrates the different regions blocks can be placed into on your Drupal site.

Frequently asked Questions (FAQ)

Find answers to common problems, especially for newer users.

Site Name and Site Slogan

Often only edited once when a site is first set up, it's easy to forget where to find these settings!

Site Requests

These guides explain processes surrounding creating or recovering a Drupal site.

Drupal Site Request Form

Submit this form to request a Drupal site. It can be a brand new site, or you can migrate content in from another hosting solution.

Who Gets Drupal Sites?

These guidelines help explain which campus entities are supported by Drupal.

Drupal Site Process

Learn what to expect when you request a Drupal site.


Site Reclamation Request Form

Site admins should grant new users access to Drupal sites. However, if all site admins have left the university, you can request assistance in reclaiming the site with this form

Site Layout

Site layout guides help you edit persistent aspects of your site - things that appear across multiple pages like your menus and widgets.

Working with Menus

Demonstrates default menu locations and how to add new menus to your site.

Using the Mega Menu

Turn your main menu into a dropdown menu that better supports a very large number of links.

Table of Contents

Adding a table of contents.

Working with Widgets

Learn how to create the widgets that can appear at the bottom of the page.

Adding breadcrumbs on your webpages to help navigation.

RSS Feed Aggregator

Set up RSS feed to collect and display information in the right sidebar of your site.

Content and Page Layout

Content and page layout guides help you create, customize, and manage the content on your site. In most cases, this means editing the body content of basic pages, but it can also include things like your hero rotator images.

Advanced Layout and Customization

Take a deep dive into the Cal Poly web theme to master page layout techniques.

Meta Description Guide

Learn how to control your pages' meta descriptions for better SEO.

Hero Rotator Instructions

Master the image rotator many sites use on the homepage.

Using News items

News items are an alternate type of content that is automatically aggregated in a couple places - this guide helps you leverage them.

Working with Videos

How to spice up your website with the addition of videos.

Embedding Twitter

Add Twitter content like timelines to your Drupal site!


Add accordions to your site to help manage the aesthetic of your content.

RSS Publishing

Configure your content so webpages and users can subscribe to your site's own RSS feed.

Management and Maintenance

Content and page layout guides help you create, customize, and manage the content on your site. In most cases, this means editing the body content of basic pages, but it can also include things like your hero rotator images.

Learn how to access and read the broken link report so you can keep your site clean and functional.

Rebuild the Link Checker database to get rid of false positive results.

Using URL Aliases

Customize your page's URL or set up multiple URLs to access the same page.

User Management

Covers how to add and remove users, which roles you should be granting to new users on your site, and how to troubleshoot the common problem of new users not being able to log in.

How to Use Your Stage Site

Explains the usefulness of testing in a stage environment before releasing the offical version.


Webforms are a content type that allows your users to submit various types of information including text and files. The possibilities in a webform are nearly endless, so we have a variety of guides dedicated to helping you utilize their extensive capabilities.

Webforms Quick Start Guide

Go over the basics you need to get started on a webform.

Webforms Guide

Learn about webforms through a new interactive layout that helps you get to the information you need faster.

Webforms User Guide (15 page pdf)

Full PDF documentation for creating advanced webforms​.

Webforms Tips and Tricks

Helpful tips and tricks for webforms.


Module Evaluation

How ITS verifies module additions/upgrades.

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