Content types

At AlbanyWebs, we don't overwhelm you with jargon.  However there are a couple of simple key terms that the web site software (Drupal) uses a lot, so it will help you to understand.

  • The parts of your website that you can edit are known as the content.  You might think of them as pages, but content is a little more precise (for example the main blog is page that gives a view of several items of content).
  • Your web site has different types of content, formally known as content types.  The standard web site has two: Blog post and Basic page.

In particular, when you create a new item of content, you need to pick the right content type.

Blog post or News Item

Blog posts are for you to post regular updates - immediate short pieces of news or information.  Regular posts will help your site be more visible and attractive.  Once per week is good, once per month is OK, definitely still worth doing.  The posts should be relevant to the theme of your site.  Don't be daunted - something short and slightly rough is fine. 

Generally when you create a new page it will be a blog post.  You don't normally go back to edit the posts, but if you notice a small typo or need to make a quick correction you can.

Your site may call this a News Item or an Article, but you can follow instructions for Blog Posts in this Guide.

Basic page

Your AlbanyWeb website has a few key pages that generally don't change much and are typically linked from the main menu - Home, About, Contact, and similar items.

You may need to update these as the information changes, or occasionally even add a new one.  However if you find yourself adding and updating them a lot, then there may be a better way - please ask us to explain the options.

Other types

If you added extra features to your site, then you might have other content types.  These vary from site to site, and we'll explain them to you individually.

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