Advanced Glossary - Site Administrator Guide

Node
A single piece of content that is published on a Drupal site. Examples: a general content page, a faculty profile page, a single image, a pdf, etc.
Region
Defined areas of a page where content can be placed. Main regions used in the KU Template include: Content, Unit Sidebar, KU Sidebar.
Block
The boxes visible in the regions of a Drupal website. Some example blocks include the social media module, the KU Visitor module, or other custom modules such as related links.
Module
Software (usually PHP and CSS) that extends Drupal features and functionality.
Menu
From the end-user perspective, this refers to the clickable navigational elements on a page.
Weight
Order in which the element or link appears in relation to the other elements. Lower weights appear first. Most commonly used in menus.
Taxonomy
The science of classification. In Drupal, Taxonomy is a powerful core module that gives your sites use of “terms”, organizational keywords known in other systems as categories, tags, or metadata. In Drupal, these terms are gathered within “vocabularies.”
Tags
Taxonomy keywords that allow you to categorize/group your data.
Views
A contributed module which allows site developers a simple graphical interface for modifying the presentation of content. Views permits selection of specific fields to display, filtration against various node attributes, choice of basic layout options (i.e. list, full nodes, teasers, etc.), and other more advanced features.
Contributor
An authenticated KU user who has the ability to add or edit content and submit it for review, but not publish.
Editor
An authenticated KU user who has the ability to add/edit/delete/approved content and publish it.
Site Administrator
An authenticated KU user who has site configuration and setup ability, as well as all other content authoring rights.
KU Sidebar
The right-most region (in 1280px view) of the KU Template that is centrally controlled. Currently it includes the Why KU block, the Apply and Give buttons, and the KU News block.
Unit Sidebar
The region directly to the right of the KU content area (in 1280px view), where units can place their own blocks and additional content.
Unit Footer
The grey footer region at the bottom of the page. Content in this region is controlled through the KU Site Settings configuration form.
KU Footer
The general KU footer appearing on all sites, centrally controlled.
KU Eyebrow
The top-most header bar (blue with a redline), centrally controlled.
Main Navigation
Navigation bar appearing directly below the site title and background image.
Responsive Design
The approach that suggests that design and development should respond to the user's behavior and environment based on screen size, platform and orientation. The KU Template was created using a responsive design.
Workbench
Installed Module that provides workflow capabilities throughout the sites.
Draft
An unpublished piece of content not yet ready for review.
Needs Review
An unpublished piece of content that has been flagged for review to be published.
Published
A published/live piece of content.
Content Type
Content types define what consitutes a piece of content. Some examples include a general content page, faculty profile, and web form.
Rules & Triggers
A module that causes a specific action to be performed following another action.
WebForm
A module and content type that allows Site Administrators and editor to easily create forms for email and/or database submission.
URL Alias
A URL that points directly to a node on your site.
URL Redirect
A URL that redirects to another web page.
Feed Aggregator
A core Drupal module that allows data to be pulled in from an external RSS or XML feed.
Cache
A cache stores recently accessed information in a place where it can be accessed extremely fast without needing to regenerate the content. Drupal uses caching extensively.

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