Drupal/CMS Resources

The Graduate Center's public website is built on the Drupal CMS. Members of the GC community who need to directly manage web content associated with their program or office must use Drupal to do so, and must receive training from Communications and Marketing.

If you have not yet received Drupal training or require additional support from our office, we invite you to submit any necessary revisions to your unit's pages using our Web Request form.

Drupal Access and Training

Communications and Marketing offers two standardized Drupal trainings: Drupal Basics, and News/Events/Profiles.

All new users must complete the Drupal Basics training.

All training sessions run for approximately one hour and are conducted online via Zoom. Each session will be recorded and provided to participants after the session is complete.

Participants will be provided with login credentials on our secure training website and will be expected to practice working with Drupal before gaining access to the live site.

Drupal Basics

Runtime: 1 hour
This session will show you how to navigate the Drupal dashboard, create/edit pages, and manage images and files and is required for all new users.

News/Events/Profiles

Runtime: 1 hour 15 minutes
This session will focus on structured content in Drupal, including news, events, staff/faculty profiles and directory information, books, and FYIs and is also required for anyone who will be managing these content types. 

Training is currently offered only to those who have submitted a request via our Web Request Form (select "Support, Access, or Training Request").

Request access and training

Once we have received your request, we will invite you to register for an upcoming training session.

Training is currently offered on a monthly basis. If you are unable to participate on any of our upcoming dates, please contact us at comms.request@gc.cuny.edu for possible scheduling assistance.

Fall 2022

Both Drupal Training sessions will be offered on the following Wednesdays:

  • September 14
  • October 12
  • November 16
  • December 14

On all dates, Drupal Basics is held from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and News/Events/Profiles is held from 2:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

Documentation and Support

The Drupal User Guide contains detailed information about accessing the Drupal CMS and understanding the structure of the GC website, instructions for creating and editing content of various types, and requirements and best practices for effective content management.

The guide is updated regularly and is presented as an easily accessible and searchable website. Printable documentation and supplementary guides are also provided as PDF downloads.

View the User Guide

If you require additional assistance following training or have questions regarding a particular aspect of your own unit's web pages, you are welcome to schedule a one-on-one consulting session with a member of the Communications and Marketing web site team. 

Please note that you must first undergo our standard training before scheduling a consulting session.

We are currently developing these resources. Thank you for your patience!

Ongoing Development

The GC's institutional site, like all web sites, is a work in progress, and is continually updated and improved by the Communications and Marketing web team. 

The following are enhancements made to Drupal which affect the way content is displayed and/or the way content can be edited by our CMS users. (This list does not include bug fixes, configuration changes, or other enhancements that do not affect our CMS users.)

Profiles: Added Administrative Title field to help identify Profiles within Drupal. December 2022

Media Files: When adding files in the media library, including a Media Tag is required (previously optional). September 2022

Department Template: Added Gallery component for use on Department detail templates. August 2022

Department Template: Added Event Feature component for use on Department detail templates. July 2022

Profiles: Added a new Pronoun field, which appears between profile type and title. June 2022

Contacts Component: Added a new Description field to allow for a simple description between the heading and contacts. June 2022

Profiles Component: Added a new Description field to allow for a simple description between the heading and profiles. June 2022

Checkerboard Component: Description field changed from basic HTML to simple HTML to allow for bold, italics, and links. June 2022

FYIs: Added Administrative Title field to help identify FYIs within Drupal. June 2022

Books: Added Publisher field, which appears between publish date and link. May 2022

Books: Updated Author field to be optional (instead of required). This allows the creation of books authored by students, alumni, or others associated with the GC who do not have a profile on our site. May 2022