Frequently Asked Questions
Drupal is a Content Management System (CMS). A CMS allows users to build a Web site primarily through the use of a Web browser and permits content creation and editing by multiple people. Drupal provides the functionality to create or use:
- Web sites,
- blogs (secure or public),
- forum discussions,
- stories and books,
- syndication of content, and
- Web 2.0 applications (i.e., social bookmarking, etc.).
With the needs of the UD community in mind, the Office of Information Technologies has chosen Drupal for its centralized Content Management System (CMS). Drupal is a flexible option for Web publishing that meets many needs.
The IT-hosted Drupal service is currently targeted toward servicing UD colleges, departments, and units. If you are a faculty member or a student organization, contact the IT Help Center (302-831-6000 or firstname.lastname@example.org), so we may address your request. In some cases, it may be the policy of your parent organization that all pages be hosted by that same organization.
If you are interested in having IT host your Drupal site, please contact the IT Help Center at 302-831-6000 or email@example.com to request that your site be migrated to the IT servers. If you do migrate your site to the IT servers, keep in mind the following:
- Only the modules within the current UD core will be allowed on your site. If you have other modules that are being used on your site, you will need to find alternative ways to get that functionality in your site with the current set of UD core modules. For more information on what is offered as UD core, contact the IT Help Center at 302-831-6000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The intended name of your site (i.e., URL). This information helps us set up the directory space and database appropriately.
You can request a new Drupal site by calling the IT Help Center at 302-831-6000 or by sending e-mail to email@example.com. You must provide all of the following information:
- The name you would like for the site (e.g., www.udel.edu/your_site_name*).
- The site administrator's EmplID.
- The e-mail address from which e-mail will be sent.
- The UDelNet ID of the site administrator.
After you submit the request, you will be contacted to confirm the details of your request. The request will then be submitted, and you will be notified when your site is available. New Drupal site administrators and content providers are encouraged to seek out training opportunities offered by IT to help guide them with site creation, design, and development.
All UDrupal sites will use subdomains (your_site_name.udel.edu). If you are interested in using www.udel.edu/your_site_name, you will need to create a Web page "redirect," so that users will be pointed to the UDrupal server for your site. The domains are not crawled by Web search engines while on the UDrupal development server.
We recommend that you review your settings in the SSH client or FTP client. They should be set as follows:
- Open the SSH client.
- From the Edit menu, click Settings.
- In the left pane (depicted as area 1 below), click Global Settings -> File Transfer -> Advanced.
- In the right pane (depicted as area 2 below), modify the Upload section as follows:
- "Preserve original destination permissions" should be checked.
- Default file permissions: 664
- Default directory permissions: 775
Click OK. These changes should persist for future uses.
If this change does not help, please contact the IT Help Center (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further assistance.