Glossary of GW Drupal Terms

Access Levels & Permissions

There are three account types in GW Drupal, each with varying permission levels for content management and website customizations.


A chronological archive of GW Drupal Articles or Events.

Article Content Type

A structured page template to present date-driven news items, speeches, publications or other content that has a publication date. Article pages can be automatically aggregated into news feeds.


A graphic that is included on all GW Drupal websites that displays the name of the site owner (i.e. the office, department, group, or initiative). In some cases your parent organization is referenced using an attribution. It is always paired with a Hero banner.


GW Drupal allows you to pull in content directly from the University Bulletin. By using this feature, you can ensure that any course and program information presented on your department's website is accurate and up-to-date.


The WYSIWYG editor includes styles to turn text into buttons that serve as call-to-action links.


Accessible only to Site Administrators, the Flush Cache feature clears the short-term memory of current GW Drupal sessions to allow the most recent edits to display.


The Carousel is a content set subtype that can feature the title, image, and a summary blurb for up to nine pieces of content in a manual scrolling slider.

Content Management System (CMS)

A web-based system (like Drupal) that allows site owners to create and manage a website from a content perspective, with little to no knowledge or skills in web design and development.

Content Sets

Content Sets allow you to group multiple pages or supportive elements together into a single unit. For instance, grouping several pages into a Quick Links list, multiple Heroes into a homepage rotator, or a group of Promotions into a rotating sidebar.

Content Types

Content types are structured content templates used to present text and graphics in a specific manner, depending on the kind of information provided. For instance, for any piece of content with a publication date - such as a news item - you should use the Article content type.

Customize this Page

This button displays all of the active content panes on a page, and allows you to add or remove panes as necessary. It also allows you to manually adjust the layout of each page. It should not be used to add content to sidebars.

Detail Pages

The subpages of your primary navigation; they should be used to provide more detailed information on a topic. These are also the pages that get aggregated onto overview pages, such as a feed of Event pages on your homepage.


Drupal is a core package of code that contains the bare bones structure and functionality of a content management system (CMS). That code must then be customized by a web designer and/or developer to attain the look & feel and functionality an organization desires.

Event Content Type

A structured page template to feature events, including a special right sidebar to display when & where your event is, contact info, and to provide a customizable call-to-action button (ex: to RSVP). It is the required content type to create an Event Feed.

Facebook Embed

GW Drupal includes a module that provides several display options for your Facebook page or profile, including a Like button and Wall feed.

Feature Spotlight

The Feature Spotlight is a content set subtype used to present summary text and an optional image, with a teaser link to Read More. It is most commonly used on GW Drupal homepages as a welcome message.

File Browser

The local database for GW Drupal websites where all image and document files are stored. By default, every GW Drupal website has a Downloads directory folder for documents, and an Image directory folder for graphics & photos.

Foreign Language Capabilities

With a few exceptions, GW Drupal supports foreign language content just about everywhere. Headlines, subheads, menu items, body content and more can be written in a foreign language.

General Content

A page template used to create basic pages, it is the most commonly used content type on most GW Drupal sites. General Content pages include text, images, and sidebars.

Global Footer

The blue bar at the bottom of all GW Drupal websites that contains required links to the main site and other university copyright and policy information.

GW Drupal

GW Drupal is the George Washington University's customized & branded implementation of the Drupal CMS.


The Header is the top blue section of all GW Drupal sites.


The banner image that appears across the top of all pages of your website. It is always paired with a Brand image, and can be fixed (i.e. "static") or rotate through several banners. Typically, a large or medium hero displays on the homepage of your website, while a small hero displays on all other pages.

Image Teaser

The Image Teaser is a content set subtype that can feature up to four pieces of content in a grid format.


Launch is the final phase of your project.

List Sidebar

The List Sidebar (also known as Quick Links) is a content set subtype that allows you to create a list of links that can be reused throughout your website.

Logging in & Getting Around GW Drupal

Management of the content in GW Drupal websites is protected by NetID login and requires you to be on a GW network. Accounts must be added manually by a given site's Site Administrator.

Meta Tags Module

Meta tags are the behind the scenes keywords and phrases that search engine crawlers use to rank a page in search results.

Node ID

A unique numerical identifier automatically assigned to every piece of content in Drupal websites. The Node ID remains constant, even if an item is renamed.

Overview Pages

A page in GW Drupal designed to serve as a landing page to direct users to content deeper in the site.

Person Content Type

A structured page template designed to present details about a person in biography format. You can dynamically aggregate Person pages into a A-Z list to create a directory, for example of staff or faculty.

Photo Gallery

The Photo Gallery content type is used to display a series of related photos. Photo Galleries can be displayed as a small or medium Slider Gallery, a small or medium Grid Gallery, or a Large List Gallery.

Primary Navigation

The main navigation menu for GW Drupal sites.


A standalone sidebar graphic and/or text used to draw attention to content deeper in the site, or to encourage your users to take an action (ex: to fill out an application, learn more about a topic, register for an event, etc...).


Redirects are used to automatically send users from one URL to another. For instance, if a website no longer exists at a specific web address, users can be automatically redirected to the new web address.

Repeating Sidebar

The Repeating Sidebar is a content set subtype that allows you to display an item(s) in the sidebar throughout the entire website or a throughout a specific section. Applying the proper Site Placement value will dictate where the Repeating Sidebar will display.

Rotating Hero

The Rotating Hero is a content set subtype that allows you to display a series of hero banners on the homepage that rotate automatically.

Rotating Sidebar

The Rotating Sidebar is a content set subtype that allows you group multiple items, such as pages or promotions, into a sidebar feature that rotates automatically.


By default, GW Drupal websites provide a left and right sidebar for displaying your navigation and supportive elements, such as Quick Links lists and Promotions. While not recommended, it is possible to leave one sidebar empty and allow the Body text of your page to expand into that empty space for a two column layout.

Site Placement

Taxonomy terms used to group a set of pages under a single section, which allows them to all inherit certain elements like the Local Footer. It is also used to display content on the homepage and on overview pages.

Social Media Content Type

Allows you to display the icon of a social media logo, and link it to your account. These icons can then be grouped into a Social Media Icon Sidebar content set.

Social Media Icon Sidebar

The Social Media Icon Sidebar is a content set that allows you to list your social media accounts in the sidebar.


Subtitles within the body text of a page that highlights specific topics on the page, or indicates a change in topic. Subheads are important elements to use to increase your search engine optimization and to make your content more accessible for users using assistive devices, like screen readers.


Keyword terms used to categorize content within your website. They are used to create filtered feeds for news items or events pages, and to aggregate content to specific pages on your website.

Twitter Embed

A specific block of code that must be generated from your Twitter account. A Site Administrator must then add the code to your GW Drupal website.


A webpage containing fillable form fields. Form submissions can be sent to multiple email addresses, and results can be downloaded into an MS Excel or .csv file.

What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) Editor

An acronym for "What You See Is What You Get", it is the text editing tool used in GW Drupal. It uses many of the same functionality you'd see in a word processing program, and is coded to automatically style text to match GW's visual identity.