Drupal 8 – CMS basics and content

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Content is the primary building block of any website, whether it is constructed using Drupal or any other tool in the marketplace. Content is what visitors come to a website to find, and a lack of content is often the reason visitors fail to return to a website after the first time. In its most basic form, content is any combination of text, pictures, video, audio, and graphics. An individual piece of content may take a variety of different forms:

• news story
• blog post
• product description
• company overview
• forum post
• photograph
• wiki entry

Content on a Drupal-based website often starts with a title followed by body text. We created a basic page, which consisted of content with just a title and body. Drupal provides the ability to expand on this with a custom content type. A custom content type enables you to create additional fields that can be used to capture other relevant and related information. A common example is a calendar event.

An event includes a title and body text (the description of the event), as well as other pertinent information, such as the date and time, the location, and possibly a map or photo.

An article is identical to a basic page, with the single exception that an article has an image upload feature and an additional field where the author can enter what are called tags. Tags are simply words that help classify, organize, and search for related content on your site.

To create and publish your new article, click one of the “Add content” links on your website and select Article from the list of content types. The form that is used to create an article looks identical to the form used to author a basic page, with the exception of the image upload and tags fields. Proceed with the content creation process by entering a title. Next, upload a picture by clicking the Browse button and finding a picture on your computer to upload and include in the article.

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