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Drupal Structure Manager

This section plays an important role in building of drupal website.  ‘Structure’ menu or option defined the whole structure of website that means look and feel of website. 

Drupal Structure Manager

It is having following component which is necessary to build a website.

1.       Blocks

2.       Contact form

3.       Content types

4.       Menus

5.       Taxonomy

These five components play an important role in building of Drupal website. Let’s take a brief idea on above five components.

Blocks:

Blocks are the boxes visible in sidebar of your drupal website. Most blocks (recent forum topics) are generated on the fly by various Drupal modules, but they can be created in the administrator block area of a Drupal website.

This page provides a drag-and-drop interface for assigning a block to a region, and for controlling the order of blocks within regions. Since not all themes implement the same regions, or display regions in the same way, blocks are positioned on a per-theme basis. Remember that your changes will not be saved until you click the ‘Save blocks’ button at the bottom of the page. That means in short, configure what block content appears in your site's sidebars and other regions.

 Click the configure link next to each block to configure its specific title and visibility settings. To open the Structure menu option in admin panel, first of all login in Drupal Administrator Pane and go to Structure -> Blocks.

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Add a Block:

To add a new block just click on ‘Add block’ option; and fill all appropriate information in text fields.

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After filling all appropriate information in text fields, click on ‘Save block’ button.

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The above message is showing that Blocks will be created successfully.  Now you could use it anywhere in drupal website.

Contact form:

This module expands the features of the site wide contact form. It eliminates the drop down category menu by generating a clean looking contact form (without a drop down menu) with a unique path for each of the contact form categories. You can also define the subject in the link to the form.

To open ‘Contact form’ in Drupal panel, first of all login in Drupal Administrator Panel and go to Structure -> Contact form.

Drupal Structure Manager

Add Category:

To add new category in drupal website, click on ‘Add Category’ link and fill appropriate information in text fields.

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After filling all the information in text fields, click on button ‘Save’.

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Content types:

A single web site could contain many types of content, such as informational pages, news items, polls, blog posts, real estate listings, etc. In Drupal, each item of content is called a node, and each node belongs to a single content type, which defines various default settings for nodes of that type, such as whether the node is published automatically and whether comments are permitted.

To open the content types in drupal, first of all login Drupal Administrator Panel and go to Structure -> Content types

Drupal Structure Manager

In Drupal technology, there are basically seven core content types.

1.       Article

2.       Basic Page

3.       Blog Entry

4.       Book Page

5.       Comment

6.       Forum

7.       Poll

Menus:

The Drupal menu system was always much more than what the name suggests. It's not only used to display visible navigation menus but also to map Drupal paths to their callbacks with proper access checking. This second task is called dispatching.

To open the menus in Drupal, first of all login in Drupal Administrator Panel and go to Structure -> Menus.

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Add New Menu:

To add a menu in Drupal, click on ‘Add menu’ link and fill all appropriate information in text fields.

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After filling appropriate information in text fields, click on button ‘Save’.

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Taxonomy:

Taxonomy is the practice of classifying things. In Drupal, the Taxonomy module is how you classify your website content, and it is an important piece of many sites' information architecture.

Taxonomy is for categorizing content. Terms are grouped into vocabularies. For example, a vocabulary called "Fruit" would contain the terms "Apple" and "Banana".

Drupal Structure Manager

Add New Vocabulary:

To add new vocabulary in drupal website, first of all login in Drupal Administrator Panel and go to Structure -> Taxonomy -> Add vocabulary; and fill appropriate information in text fields.

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After filling appropriate information in text fields, click on button ‘Save’.

Drupal Structure Manager

This is the complete description on ‘Structure’ menu option. I hope you will enjoying it and thanks for reading this article.

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