This section details concepts such as installation, user management, site structure, theming, apps, and contributions for the OpenPublish on D6 distribution.

Adding Multimedia Content



OpenPublish provides an audio content type that is flexible and suitable for storing media locally on your site or referencing 3rd party providers. To add an audio node, click on Create Content > Audio in the Admin menu.

  • Embedded: this field relies on the Embedded Media Field module, which provides a simple way to feature external media on your site. Currently, the following providers are supported out of the box for audio: Odeo,…

Editing Existing Content


In Drupal, a single unit of content such as a particular Blog Post or Article is referred to as a node.

Editing Existing Content

In terms of editing content that already exists on the site, you can do this in one of two ways:

1.) Find the node you want to edit, for example the Blog entry titled: Five ways Michael Steele Could come back. Once you are on this node, click on the Edit tab at the top right in the Admin Toolbar:

Once you have clicked through a new page has opened and you can now edit all fields available for this node:



Related Content with More Like This


What is More Like This?

More Like This (MLT) is a set of modules we've developed that allows you to display related content from your site (or from around the web) on your node pages, using a set of taxonomy terms you've chosen for that particular node.

More Like This consists of the following modules:

  • MLT - Taxonomy (related nodes on your site)
  • MLT - Flickr
  • MLT - Google Video
  • MLT - Yahoo! BOSS

How does MLT work?

Internal Content Recommendations (MLT Taxonomy)

MLT Taxonomy harnesses Calais to automatically…


Tagging with Calais


What is Calais?

Calais is a web service provided by Thomson Reuters that analyzes documents and automatically identifies and extracts semantic metadata/tags from your content, as well as related facts, events, and more.

Many services can tell you that IBM was mentioned in your content, but no other service identifies that IBM is an Organization, then disambiguates all the various references to IBM (International Business Machines, etc.), and finally tells you with a scoring mechanism that your content is more about IBM than any other…


Publishing and Promoting Your Content


By default, published content is listed by decreasing chronological order, meaning that the most recently added item is shown first. You can however override that by checking the sticky flag under Publishing Options on a content item,


Should two items in the same category be both stickied, the post date will then be used again as the primary sort criteria.

Enhance Your Content with CKeditor and Apture


Tools like CKeditor and Apture make it easy for editors to make their content created in Drupal more attractive and engaging.

CKeditor (WYSIWYG)

CKeditor is a WYSIWYG editor, but What You See Is (almost) What You Get. It's really a tool for helping you generate HTML, but is no substitute for learning it incrementally.

We recommend that you leave your content nodes unpublished (details on this in the next section on publishing/promoting your content) and save them so that you can get the most exact possible preview of what your content looks like before it "goes…


Creating New Content


In Drupal, a single unit of content such as a particular Blog Post or Article is referred to as a node.

Create Content

To create a new node, click on the "Create content" tab in the Admin Toolbar.

You will see a full list of all of the different content types that you can use to create your node. Click on "Blog entry" to create a node using that content type, and you should see the content creation form.

Many of the fields on this form are pretty straightforward, such as:

  • Title
  • Body
  • Teaser

Configuring Site Navigation


Drupal's Menus system allow you to configure navigation menus on your site.

The two sets of links in the header of the default OpenPublish theme are controlled by menus, for example:

The links in these menus are pre-configured to point to lists of articles filtered by terms from the Topic vocabulary (i.e. /articles/Politics), but you can change their labels/URLs to whatever you'd like (more on this below).

Administer Menus

From the Admin Toolbar, navigate to Administer > Site building > Menus.

You will see a list of all of the…


Categorizing Your Content


Drupal utilizes a concept called Taxonomy to allow users to categorize/tag their site's content.

How Taxonomy Works

Your site's taxonomy is comprised of a set of vocabularies that you define. OpenPublish comes with a "Topic" vocabulary by default.

Each vocabulary contains a set of terms that can be applied to your site's content. In the "Topic" vocabulary, we have example terms like "Business", "Health", "Politics", and "Technology". You can see these displayed in the main navigation, and if you click on them you can view a list of content items that have been tagged…


Quick Tour of Administration Screens


OpenPublish provides several administration pages that allow you to manage your site's content and configuration via an intuitive user interface.

In order to access these pages, you'll need to log in as a user that has the necessary privileges to do so (which are governed by that user's role and associated permissions).

Logging In

To log in, navigate to /user and enter your username and password (usually "admin" and whatever you set the admin password to during initial installation).

Administration Page

After you've logged in successfully, you will land on…


Content Visibility



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