Getting Started Drupal You write and publish content to your website using a Content Management System (CMS) called Drupal. The Digital Commons platform is a customized version of Drupal that's been optimized for NC government agency websites. It allows non-technical people to manage the content on their websites. You can learn more about the platform here. What do I do First? This page will orient you to the platform. You should be trained before getting access. You must log in to the website to edit it. Your Website Manager will tell you how. They will assign you a user role—permission to perform certain actions on the website, such as adding, editing, and deleting content. When you're logged in, you'll see the Administrative (Admin) Menu at the top of the screen. This is where you access tools to perform actions. Most users will want to either edit existing content, or create new content. We use the word "content" to mean web pages, images, or uploaded documents. Content Types The web pages on your site are made of different Content Types. These are like templates for thepage. They create consistency across your website and across all the websites on the Digital Commons platform. Any page that goes in the menu (site pages, landing pages) must be created by your Website Manager for you, since they are the only ones who can add a page to the menu. The most common content type on the platform is the Site Page. To create a press release, blog, or event, you choose the appropriate Content Type, then fill in pre-defined fields, such as the page Title, or the Date of an event. The Event content type is for creating calendar events. The Press Release content type is for news. What next? Watch a video about the platform. Learn how to create a Site Page* Learn how to create good content with this checklist. Watch more videos. Read about roles on the platform, so you know which actions you can perform. Look at the different Content Types in more depth: Site Page, Landing Page, Event, Press Release, Data Table, Webform. Learn best practices for creating content on your website. Learn about keeping your site accessible. *Note this video describes an Editor as being able to create a Site Page. This is no longer true; a Site Admin creates the blank page and then the Editor adds content.