Drupal Content Settings - dummies

By Lynn Beighley, Seamus Bellamy

Most of the settings used to manage, create and edit all types of Drupal site content are located on a single form. You access them by clicking the links under the large Body text box.


You get to the content editing form for any of your basic pages or articles by logging in as administrator and clicking Content on the Dashboard menu bar. Locate the content you want to edit and click the appropriate Edit link. The options discussed are also accessible when you first create content by clicking the Add Content link and choosing Page or Article.

    Choosing a Text format

Choose from the Text format section when you create or edit content. If you don’t want to use any HTML, choose the Plain text option. If you know HTML, you can use it in your posts. Drupal offers you two choices: Filtered HTML or Full HTML.


By default, Filtered HTML is selected.

    Using filtered HTML

Filtered HTML allows you to use only certain tags.

Tags Allowed by Filtered HTML
HTML tag Function
<a> Create a link from words in your text, such as <a
href=”http://drupalfordummies.com”>Drupal for
<em> Italicize.
<cite> Italicize.
<strong> Boldface.
<code> Display as computer code.
<ol> Start an ordered (numbered) list of items.
<ul> Start an unordered (bulleted) list of items.
<li> Identify an item in a numbered or bulleted list.
<dl> Start a definition list.
<dt> Define a term in a definition list.
<dd> Create a definition in a definition list.

    Using full HTML

When you choose Full HTML from the Text Format drop-down list, you can use any HTML tag you want. When you edit or create a basic page or article, you decide which HTML tags to use.

Only choose the Full HTML option if you have to. If you ever give another user the capability to edit posts, remember: Keeping your content filtered prevents inadvertent code mistakes or the inclusion of tags that give the content an appearance inconsistent with other content on your site. Even worse, Full HTML allows JavaScript and other script tags to run in a page, potentially opening your site to hackers.