Welcome to the Drupal tutorial.  This is for ministers featured on the Alternative Ceremony website and provides instructions on logging in and editing your section of the site.


Getting started in Drupal

Visit http://www.alternativeceremony.org/user and Login using your username and password.  When you first log in, click Edit on the first page you reach after you've logged in and change the email address and create a new password.  Ideally change the password to something secure, (e.g a combination of letters, numbers and symbols).

After you have logged in, if you navigate to your home page on the site, by clicking your name under the 'Ministers Listed' section, then you will notice that at the top of your page there are now 2 tabs:

View or Edit a Drupal page

To edit your home page, once you are on that page, simply click the Edit tab.

If you wish to instead, create a new page, click "Create content" from the new menu (pictured below) that will have appeared above the other menus, then click "Page for <name>".  After this the process is much the same to Edit or Add a page.

Administer Menu

You are then presented with a series of fields. They are:


By default this is the Title that appears both at the top of the page and the 'metatag' title which is used by search engines.  In the example below, Creative Website Design and Promotion is the title as it appears on a search in Google.

Drupal search engine optimization

This is one of the important things search engines look at when deciding where to place a site in the search results, so for example:

'Alternative Wedding Ceremonies in London'
Is a much better title than:
'Organising your Wedding'

Which doesn't give either search engines or potential clients sufficient information about that page.

If you enter text in the Page Title field, then:

The 1st Title field is the H1 Title that appears on the page itself.
The 2nd Page Title field is the metatag Title that appears with search engines.


Clicking Menu Settings then presents the following options:

Menu Link Title - What do you want the links TO this page, from other pages of your section to be called?  (Fairly short Link Titles often work best, but should still be descriptive).

Weight - Determines the order of links, so negative numbers rise to the top of the list and positive numbers sink to the bottom of the list.  If you create 10 pages on your site, then the weight controls in what order the links in the left-hand column will be shown.


This determines the main content of a given page and uses the Drupal FCK Editor interface, which is much like Word.

To insert an image in the Body, use the Image Assist button:

Insert images using the FCK Editor

From a web marketing perspective, it's useful to use the words in the Title a few times in the Body section of the page (not necessarily in the same order).  This should happen naturally, after all the Title is what this page is about!

You also have a Side Content section, which is the equivalent of a 2nd Body field and which if you leave empty, will not be used, or if content is entered in it, this will appear in the right-hand column.  We are also currently looking at an easier way to add images in the right-hand column should you wish.


Pasting from Word

The Microsoft Word software generates very poor html with several lines of code for every line of text that will slow down how quickly a page loads and means search engines have to wade through nonsense code to find the real content of a site.

To paste from Word:

  • In Word Highlight the text you want to copy.
  • Press Ctrl + C (on a PC) or Apple + C (on a Mac) to copy the Word text
  • Open the page in Alternative Ceremony and position the cursor where you want to paste the text.
  • Drupal tutorial - pasting from Word with the FCK EditorPress the 'Paste from Word' button.
  • Press Ctrl + V or Apple + V to paste it into the section that appears.
  • Click OK.

If you accidentally paste from Word without doing this, my advice is to delete the content and restart.  To see the html code that word creates, if you do this by accident press the Source button.  Editing the html would be a whole new tutorial by itself, but this button also lets you look into the html code Drupal generates.  You can also use the Remove Format button on the top right of the editor.


Meta tags provide information about each page to search engines.

Description - This is a synopsis of the page (In the example used above, it starts 'Original website design with free hosting ...'

Google won't place your site higher or lower based on the Description, so use the Description to sell yourself to people looking at a list of search results.  The Description should encourage visitors to click your site, rather than someone else's.

Do not just put a list of keywords in here, that's what the Keyword field is for!

Keywords - Each page will have different keywords that you'd like it to appear with search engines for.  This field should list keywords (or more aptly, key phrases) separated by commas. 

Some pointers:

  • It's OK to repeat a keyword one or two times if it's as part of a phrase (e.g. 'Interfaith minister Norwich' is different to 'Norwich Interfaith ministers'), but don't repeat any exact keyword more than once (e.g. Norwich, Norwich, ...) as this will likely encourage search engines to ignore your Keywords.
  • Any keyword should also appear in the Body of your page at least once.


The site automatically generates this based on the title, so if you leave this blank, by default the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) will match the title.  The URL of a page for example might be:


Which forms part of the overall address of this page:


To modify it, untick the 'Automatic Alias' box, then change it.



To add images in the righthand column, simply click the 'Browse' button, find the image on your computer (in .jpg, .gif or .png format), select it, then choose 'Upload'.

Drupal will then resize the image for you and add it to the right-hand column.

After you have uploaded an image, you can then enter 'Alternate Text' for it, which tells visually impaired users what the image is and also a 'Title' which appears if a user hovers over the image.  You're welcome to put the same thing for both of these.


If you're working on a page, but don't finish it in one go, click to expand 'Publishing Options', then untick 'Published'.  This will mean that only site administrators will be able to see this page.

To publish the page once you have finished it, simply tick 'Published' again.


This is the most important button on the Create Content page - remember to press 'Save' once you've finished creating or editing a page!

Alternatively, press 'Preview', which shows you what the page looks like, then scroll down to the bottom and press 'Save'.


This Drupal end-user guide was written by Martin Woods of  Indigoextra.  I hope it's been useful!