Drupal Theme: 
UQ Base Template
Learning Objectives: 

On this page, Site Editors will find the step-by-step instructions on how to create a basic page. This includes information about all the different fields available. 

This tutorial covers the creation of basic pages, the other content types such as "Article" and "Event" will be slightly different. 

Read through the tutorial first then undertake the exercises at the end of this page. When finished, Site Editors will have a number of basic pages for their website.

When undertaking this training activity please create 7 webpages in your sandbox. This will ensure that there is enough content available when undertaking all the Site Coordinator activities.

Add a new basic page

Select Add Content from the Content option in the admin menuLogin to your Sandbox or Drupal starter website and navigate to the administration menu in the top left hand corner of your web browser.

To create a new page navigate to: Content > Add Content > Basic Page

NOTE: The Add Content menu will list the different content types you can use (i.e. Article/Basic Page/Event etc). The majority of the time you will use Basic Page.

Basic Page fields

The screenshot shows the basic page fields. A description of the fields and the actions that can be performed are detailed below.

Drupal create basic page screenshot

Left hand menu navigation


The create basic page screen requires a Title of the webpage. The Title is a mandatory field.
This checkbox can be checked to allow your page to be displayed in a feed. Depending on how your site is set up, this could be on the homepage or in a listing on a subpage (see note below).
No content is required in the summary unless your basic page is being promoted or displayed in a feed. The summary would then be used to display in the feed. ​
Content, documents and images required on a webpage are added to the Body section. The content in the Body can be formatted using the editor. The editor, which is located at the top of the body content, has many of the same functionalities that can be found in a word processing program.
Users can access features such as bold, italic, underline, bullets, justification and can insert/edit links and images, and copy and paste content etc. Html code in the webpage can be viewed by accessing the "source" in the editor. There is an option in the editor to paste content from Microsoft Word into the Body of the webpage. This is covered in detail in Activity 3: Add & Edit Content of the Site Editor training. Tables can be created in the body for the purpose of displaying tabular data.  This is covered in detail in Activity 4: Tables of the Site Editor training. We recommend that you use the templates which are located in the tables page of the style guide for positioning content and images.
Text format
The editor can be viewed in Full HTML, Raw HTML or Plain text. The editor defaults to Full HTML. If multimedia such as YouTube or Vimeo is required on the page then it is recommended that users paste the HTML code using the source functionality within the editor (next to the table icon).

NOTE: Featured: This checkbox can be checked to allow your page to be displayed in a feed. Depending on how your site is set up, this could be on the homepage or in a listing on a subpage. See example image right (the summary content is in the red box).

Image of use of summary in the basic page

Featured Image
This is where you can attach an image that best represents this content page. This image then can represent the page in a feed. There is another "Image" field, explained below.
This field allows you to add multiple images attached to the content item. The content page will display these images automatically, cropped and positioned to the right of the content body.


Adds an image that display's in a fixed position on the right hand side of the webpage. Click the “Browse Server” button and navigate to the image that is required on the page then double click on the image. The image will now upload. Fill in “Alternative text” and “Title” in the box. Click “Save” to add to webpage. Repeat for multiple images.

Image of use of attachments

Category Tags

This feature is currently not in use.

Menu Settings
example of drupal menu settings

Once checked the Menu link title will be automatically populated with the title of your webpage. Add some content to the Description as this content is shown when hovering over the menu link.

The Parent item contains a drop down menu that allows users to index their content in the menu. NOTE: The default is Main menu.

Weight allows the web pages to be changed in the navigation, i.e. smaller weights are displayed before links with larger weights.

** Please note, this is only available to Site Coodinators, and Sandbox sites at present. 

Revision Information

NOTE: A revision is a previously saved copy of a page. You can roll-back to previous revision if needed, which will replace the current page. In general, the site will store up to 5 revisions of each page. You don't need to save each page change as a revision, it is an optional function.

It is useful for short term changes, such as a notice, that need to be taken down after a period of time.

Authoring information

This normally does not require attention. It will automatically populate the authoring information with your details.

Publishing options

To publish the page click the Save button at the bottom. By default pages will be NOT be published live when they are saved. This means that they won't appear in menus, search engines and people cannot view them unless they are an editor or coordinator who can access the site.

To save the page without publishing, simply click "Save". If you would like to publish your page, you must click "Publish" before clicking "Save".

You can unpublish a page by editing the page, clicking on "Publish options" and unchecking "Published".

Your site could be set up to display content on the homepage in a feed. This may mean that you can check "Promoted to front page", which sets this page to automatically display in the homepage feed.

Depending on the feed configuration, "Sticky at top of lists" is used to keep the content in front of more recently published content in a feed.

Once published your page will now show up on the black "top main menu".

EXERCISE: Create a new page

Once you have read through the tutorial create your first webpage.

  1. In the top left hand corner of the web browser in the black menu click on the Content > Add Content > Basic Page.

  2. In the Title field type in “About us”. NOTE: Site Coordinators will need to create 7 pages for this exercise.

  3. Check the box "Featured" and add "This page details information about studying at the University of Queensland" in the "summary". NOTE: Image and caption not required for this exercise.

  4. In the Body field leave this blank as we will add content, images and documents in Activities 3 to 8.

  5. Click on the Menu Settings and check the box "provide a menu link" and add the content "This page details information about The University of Queensland".

  6. Click on "Publish" at the bottom of the page.

    Your first webpage will now exist in your site. If it is published, then people who visit the direct URL can view your page. It may automatically appear in feeds, depending on how your site is set up.

    SITE EDITORS NOTE: If you are working on a live website it won't exist in the main black menu until a Site Coordinator adds it to the menu. If you are working on a sandbox it will exist in the main black menu.

  7. Repeat steps 1 to 6 and create 6 more webpages. The titles of the webpages should be as follows:

    • Students
    • News
    • Teaching Excellence
    • Global Reputation
    • Campus Life
    • Contact us

NEXT: Structuring page content