What is a Content Management System?

Drupal is a web-based publishing platform that allows users to easily create, manage, store, and deploy content on their own webpages. The core function and use of content management systems is to present information on websites. CMS features vary widely from system to system. Simple systems showcase a handful of features, while other releases, notably enterprise systems, offer more complex and powerful functions.

Most CMSs include Web-based publishing, format management, revision control, indexing, search and retrieval. A CMS serves as a central repository containing documents, movies, pictures, and scientific data. CMSs can be used for storing, controlling, revising, semantically enriching and publishing documentation.

A CMS such as Drupal allows users to:

  1. Create – Create new content with an easy-to-use web interface. You can create everything from simple text posts to news and events and photo galleries.
  2. Organize – Drupal comes with tools to organize, structure, find, and re-use your content.
  3. Manage – With the help of user permissions, multiple users can be assigned different roles in editing the site.
  4. Design – With the help of our design team, your custom website will be easy to use, engaging, and eye-catching.

Drupal offers a way for you to connect, relate, and classify your website’s content.

Listed below is a brief decscription of the most common Drupal terms–Content Types, View and Data, Taxonomy terms.

Content Types

Communications Services has created a list of content types below based on your content needs for your Web site. These are developed as a result of Communications Services conversations with you about the site and the content plan. This content management system (CMS) allows for dynamic placement of content based on the type of content and related taxonomies.

What is a view?

A view facilitates the retrieval and presentation. The data is retrieved from the database. The data can be organized, grouped, sorted, by taxonomies.

For example: The people are entered into the site individually, but pulled into a People view page listing, where you have the option to sort by Faculty or Staff.

Taxonomy terms

Taxonomy terms organize specific content within your site based on organizational keywords or tags. In Drupal, these terms are gathered within “vocabularies” and they are created, managed, and applied through the Taxonomy module.