Drupal: Overview


This document provides background on the use of Drupal at UNH.


Quick links to contact form, related articles, and definitions of terms and acronyms used in this article.

What is Drupal?

Drupal /?dru?p?l/ is an open source software, website content management system (CMS), used to make and manage the majority of official UNH websites. Maintained by a robust open source developer community, Drupal is extensible and secure, and includes tools and functions designed to simplify content management. Through the implementation of a web-based user interface (UI) and WYSIWYG editor, Drupal provides an easy-to-use platform for maintaining your website content.

The Drupal software is installed on campus web servers and connected to databases where site content is stored. Access to site content requires a website account, and login is available via web browser.

Brief History of Drupal at UNH

Implemented at UNH in 2008:

  • Initial installation - Version 6
    • Just over 100 sites created and launched between 2008-12
  • Current installation - Version 7
    • Installed base is at 130+ websites
    • Migration from V6 to V7 completed in 2016
  • Future installation - Version 8
    • Migrations underway
    • First V8 sites in 2020.

Why Drupal?

Drupal's proven flexibility and scalability was a major factor in the decision to standardize website management on this platform. The Drupal framework, in conjunction with an underlying theme (the "glue" that holds site elements together), helps to assure that UNH websites have a consistent look and feel and functionality. Websites built in the Drupal framework are updated as the university's brand and organizational priorities change over time.

Along with the web-based UI and WYSIWYG editor that makes Drupal easy to use, the current version (7) assures responsiveness - the ability of a website to look good and function well on the large screen of a desktop computer, as well as on the small screen of a smartphone.

Having a standard platform helps to assure our websites adhere to policies and guidelines, allows for "global" adjustments and updates when needed, and makes it easier to support. And standard does not have to mean "the same" or "vanilla" - Drupal is customizable and can meet the needs of an individual department website as well as a large college website.

Who Manages Drupal at UNH?

Web and Mobile Development (WMD) manages the majority of official UNH websites, including the main page at unh.edu, schools and colleges websites, and dozens of other sites supporting academic and administrative units. Drupal is also used by Research Computing Center, Cooperative Extension, and other research and academic areas of the university.

For Questions and Inquiries

Web and Mobile Development Work Request Form

KB Articles Related to Drupal

Definitions and Acronyms

CMS - Content Management System, refers to the Drupal application.

UI - User Interface, refers to the look and feel, and methods used to manage content in Drupal.

WYSIWYG - What You See Is What You Get, refers to the graphical editing tool available in Drupal.

WMD - Web and Mobile Development, refers to the group in Academic Technology managing websites and mobile applications.


Want to learn more?

Additional help on this and other related topics is available during a regularly scheduled Drupal/myPages/Calendar Walk-in/Zoom-in Session. More information, including a complete schedule, is available at https://at-training.unh.edu/apps/ssr?action=course&id=288.


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