Your content is the heart of your website. Within this section, you will learn how to perform basic content management tasks, such as how to find, add, and edit your website content.

How your website works

Every Sites@Duke Pro site has TWO components.

1.) DRUPAL ADMINISTRATIVE SITE

Site admins and editors can edit, manage, and quickly preview website content updates at https://[yoursite]-content.cloud.duke.edu/.

  • You must be on the Duke network or VPN to access this admin interface.
  • Only Duke users who directly access your URL can see this site. It is not publicly available or findable via search engines.
  • This is also called the "back-end" or "content" website.
  • This URL is permanent and does not change at launch. 
Preview Pane

When you "View" a page on the Drupal Administrative Site, you are looking at the Preview pane.

  • When you save content edits, the Preview pane may not immediately display the new changes when it first loads. If this happens, simply refresh the page to make the changes appear.
  • Search, filtering, and automatic list pages function on the front-end website only. They will not work in Preview.
  • To view or edit other pages, you can navigate to them through the Preview iframe, and then click Edit in the magenta bar beneath the menu. Or, you can also find existing pages on the Content Page first.

2.) front-end production website

Before Launch

View and interact with your website content at your "staging" site – https://[yoursite].cloud.duke.edu/

  • Duke or public users who directly access your URL can see this site. It is publicly available but not findable via search engines.
  • This is also called the "staging," "static," or "Gatsby" website.
After Launch

Public users will view and interact with your website content at your "live" site – https://[yoursite].duke.edu/ (or the URL of your choosing).

  • The site is now publicly available and findable via search engines.
  • This is also called the "production," "static," or "Gatsby" website.

Publishing Delay

Content additions or edits may take up to 10 minutes to appear on the front-end website for public viewing.

To immediately check your changes as a logged-in user, view the Preview pane on the Drupal site.

If you need to make an edit or correct a typo during that 10-minute period, you can simply update and re-save the content.