Understanding Drupal Nodes - dummies

By Lynn Beighley, Seamus Bellamy

Each basic page or article you create for your Drupal site is stored as a structure called a node. Think of a node as a block of content, be it a basic page, article, or blog posting.

Don’t confuse a Drupal page with a web page. Drupal uses the expression basic page to describe a block of content that doesn’t allow comments and is largely static. And while you can view a basic page node (for example, a page that contains directions to your office) as though it were a single web page, you can do the same with an article node or any Drupal content type.

    Making basic Drupal pages

At this point, your Drupal site has a home page. Chances are you need additional content on your site for things such as contact information and information about your company or group. Drupal basic pages contain information you want on your site that

  • Must be kept available to visitors.

  • Doesn’t need to be on the main page of your site.

  • Doesn’t change very often.

Examples of appropriate information for Drupal basic pages include directions to your office; contact information; background information about your company; Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs); legal terms and policies; and biographies of your management team.

Content on a Drupal basic page doesn’t allow visitors to add comments. If you want to allow your site users to comment, you need to create an article instead of a basic page.

    Accessing content creation in Drupal

To get to the content-creation pages in Drupal, you log in as the site administrator, click the Content link, and then click Add Content.

You can also go directly to the content creation page by clicking the Add Content link under the Dashboard menu bar.

You see a menu allowing you to create a basic page or an article — along with some text to help you understand the difference between an article and a basic page. The important differences between the two are:

  • Articles allow user comments; basic pages do not.

  • Articles appear on the home page of your site. Both articles and basic pages are created as unique pages on your site with their own URLs.

  • Articles are best for content that changes over time, such as news. Basic pages are best for static content.


  • Articles can use tags and images. You add tags and images using text boxes on the Create Article form. These text boxes are not present on the Create Basic Page form.