The University of Arizona

Managing Content

Editing an Existing Page

There are a number of ways to manage content nodes on a Drupal site.  The most basic is editing an existing page.  All you need to do is log in to the site and navigate to an existing page in your web browser.  Here you will see an EDIT tab*.  Click on the edit tab and begin editing the text content using browser-based text editor.

*Note that in some cases you may have access to edit a "page" but when you click the edit tab, you may not find any physical content to edit. That may be because that page is made up of different pieces of content that is being pulled into this page.  An example might be a list of people in a directory or a publication list. In these cases, you will need to edit the original source node of that content, i.e. a person's individual profile.

Creating a New Node

Soon, you may need to create a new page. Remember, nodes are pieces of content within a Drupal site based on the different content types that you have within your site. 

To create a new piece of content, in the Admin menu click Content then click Add Content.  On this page are all the different pieces of content to choose from. Click on the desired link.  A blank node will open and you can begin to add your content.

Remember to save your work using the Save link at the bottom of the page.  If you do not save your node it will not exist on the site.


Before you SAVE your newly created PAGE, you will also need to add it to the menu structure of the site.

  1. Towards the bottom of the EDIT page you will see Menu settings.
  2. Check the box next to Provide a Menu link.  Additional menu fields will display.
  3. The Menu link title is the text that will display in the list menu. By default it will be the same as the Page Title but you can change it here to make the menu display shorter or a different name than the page title.
  4. You must next select a Parent item.  This is the where you will place your newly created page within the menu structure. 
  5. You do not need to worry about ‘Weight’ and can skip this option.
  6. Save your work.

You will now see that your newly created page is part of the website’s menu structure and that you can easily navigate to it using the menus on the site. More about Menus

Finding Content

Sometimes, nodes that are not a part of the site’s menu structure might be difficult to find or access. 

The most simple way to find content on the site is to use the search field in the banner of the website. If that doesn’t work, go to the Admin menu and click Content. The page that opens is a listing of all the content that exists within the website.  From here you can filter the content down based on the type of content you are looking for. 

Simply select the “type” in the dropdown menu and click filter.  The list will now only display the desired content type.

Things to remember

Save your work
Remember to save your work using the Save link at the bottom of the page.  If you do not save your node you will lose your work.

Be sure to add your page to the Menu Structure
All PAGE nodes must be added to the menu structure.  Other pieces of content, such as Profiles / People, Events, News, Publications and others do not need to be added to the Menu structure.  Only Page and other related custom content types need to be part of the site’s Menu structure.  If you have any questions, please contact Biocom.

You will not have access to edit blocks
Some content on a page is made up of BLOCKS.  These mostly show up on the home page and custom landing pages within the site. You will not have access to edit blocks and will need to contact Biocom for assistance in editing this particular content.