Log In and Get Started
The Mason Drupal Platform, our content management system, provides several components that allow us to strategically and effectively present our content.
When you're ready to begin working in Drupal, you'll log in through Shibboleth with your Mason credentials. (Shibboleth is a log-in system that many universities, including Mason, use.)
To log in, at the end of the URL of the site on which you're working, add /saml_login (for example: https://webinfo.gmu.edu/saml_login); saml stands for security assertion markup language, which allows Mason's system to authenticate and authorize you to work in our Drupal ecosystem.
Once you've logged into your particular site, notify Digital Communications' project manager, who will arrange for your permissions to be set. You'll then be able to work on the site.
When you gain access to your site, you'll be able to create pages and edit the content that appears on a page through the Customize this Page button at the bottom. You'll also be able to edit the back end of the page (changing publishing status, for example), through the Edit button in the row of Drupal commands at the top left.
You can't work in Drupal until you've been trained, and you can't take the training until/unless you have a site that's being built or already exists within Mason's Drupal ecosystem.
Levels of Access
Most users will be able to create pages, and write and edit content. However, not everyone will be able to publish something to the live site without approval. Whoever manages the site within your department will decide what level of access each person has. Roles include:
- Content owner.
- Content editor.
- Content contributor.
- News editor.
- Technical owner.
If you can add content, but not publish it, your work will remain in draft until someone authorized to publish the page has checked it.