Editing Web Content

We are always working to make the Physics Department page better and more representative of the people in the department.  Many changes can be made by contacting Dr. Collins directly.  For some content, it's best handled by the people who are closest to the knowledge.  Here are some notes for those people.


Basic Pages in Drupal


Drupal is the main content system.  To get access, contact Dr. Collins and he'll send instructions.  Once you have, you'll want to add or change content. 

When you're signed into Drupal, each page will have tabs that say View, New Draft, Delete, and Revisions.  If you click on New Draft, you'll be taken to the editor.  The main editor window works like most others.  On the right are two useful menus: Menu Settings and URL Path Settings.  The former is useful if you want your page to hang off one of the main tabs, e.g. the Students page.  The URL Path menu is useful if you want to give your page a specific name.  

When you want to save, scroll to the bottom.  There's a blue button that has several options, "Save and Create New Draft" and "Save and Publish."  The first option saves your work but doesn't push it to the live page.  The second one pushes your changes to the page that people will actively see.

To make a new page, click on "Content" then click the blue button that says "+Add content."  You probably want "Basic Page."

I'm happy to show you any of these details, let me know.

Seminar and Event Calendars


We're now using Google Calendars to handle and display the seminars.  In order to make everyone's life a little easier, I've created a google spreadsheet that directly updates the calendars.  You can also edit the calendars directly, but if you're organizing a year's worth of seminars, this should be easier.

Usage is straight-forward, but it's a new construction so there may be glitches.  Contact Collins for access to the calendar and spreadsheet.


  1. Make sure you're on the right page of the spreadsheet.
  2. Enter the date and event information.  Time and location default to what's at the top of the sheet.
  3. Type "yes" to have it published or updated.  
  4. From the drop-down, click "Update Calendar"

Privacy Policy The calendar spreadsheet and the script that does the work will ask you for permission to update the calendar. Since you access this through your own google account, it won't make changes on your behalf without your permission. You only have to do this once. The only things the script does is 1.) read the rows of this sheet, and 2.) create or update the items on the one calendar that sheet has access to. The events will say who created them; if this is problematic, contact Collins and he'll update them for you.

Here is a screen capture of the sheet.